Icelandic Doppelbock | Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
Iceland
einstokbeer.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The 2015 version of this limited-edition seasonal is only available through the holiday season, but this winter celebration brew is worth the wait. Malted barley and chocolate tones define the traditional style, while the robust aroma and long, mellow finish make this the perfect companion for holiday adventures. Get it while you can.

Munich malt, pilsner malt, crystal malt, chocolate malt, bavarian hops.

Added by thepeter on 01-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
128
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
12.32%
 
 
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16
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet malt, caramel, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid toasty and caramel-like aromas and flavors.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My New Year Beer of 2015! I was lucky to score a single at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop recently and I am anxious to give this beer a try.

From the bottle: "N65/W18"; "This limited-edition seasonal is only available through the holiday season, but this winter celebration ale is worth the wait. Malted barley and chocolate tones define the traditional style, while the robust aroma and long, mellow finish will make this the perfect companion for your holiday adventures. Get it while you can. DREKKTU. SIGRADU. ENDURTAKTU!"

I yelled, "KLAATU BARADA NIKTO!" before I Pop!ped the cap. I donned my horned viking helmet and began a heavy-handed pour. I wound up with two fingers of dense, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with copper highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was rich and malty with notes of caramel, milk chocolate and marshmallow. I was again put in mind of Count Chocula! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. It opened with a fusel heat on the tongue before giving over to an intensely sugary maltiness. The taste did not correspond as much to the nose as I would have liked. It was sweet and sugary, but more like an undefined syrup than a finished beer. It was like cold wort! I realize that this style is not in my wheelhouse, but I have had better. Finish was sweet, cloying and just not my bag.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, mahogany. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, Euro yeast, alcohol, pale malt, earthiness, and a hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, slight Euro yeast, alcohol, pale malt, hint of hop, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of wood. Overall, good appearance, distinctly European, good feel, and good blend.

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is not mild. Toasted malts, dark breads, just a touch of nuttiness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

...and the second Iceleandic beer had at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

It's a mix of orange ruby brown color in the glass. The head has solid retention and dots a little lacing around the glass. Like its Toasted Porter sibling, the nose is its weakest point. There is some smoke, also some indifferent grainy notes that don't do much good.

Hope arises in the taste. The stereotypical notes of bready and sweet malt are is reasonable quantities. The balance of the beer seems to get better with more sips, as at first it seemed a little one-dimensional. It is medium bodied, and overall a decent effort at the doppelbock style.

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3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 330 mL bottle, thanks Chuck,

A: Pours a medium burnt orange, looks a bit like Alesmith Grand Cru, a hard colour to describe. Soft white head, clear.

S: Raisiny fruit, some light sugar character, not a huge nose.

T: Not super sweet which I like, more a maibock really than a doppel, both in colour and ABV. Fruity with some grape and plum skin. Nice beer, but not particularly full-flavoured.

M: Medium-bodied, soft carbonation, never cloying which is nice.

O: A good dopplebock, but the Toasted Porter was by far the superior effort.

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3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

31st August 2012: Icelandic or should I say ‘Einstok’ tasting evening at a mates house. He’d bought two bottles of four different Einstok brews. All poured carefully into a ‘Straffe Hendrik’ badged chalice. Last beer of the four was a 33cl Bottle of this (best before 10/2012).

Dark brown, deep, deep amber coloured body with a thin almost white head on top.

The malty nose had chocolate and toffee esters to the fore with caramel arriving later.

The taste was also malty sweet, with the same flavours as the aromas except there was a distinct burnt bitterness towards the end of each gulp. Not sure whether it came from hops or the dark chocolate malts?

Most enjoyable and the best of the four Icelandic beers I had that night.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tigg924
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear, chestnut brown, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is chocolate and sticky caramel. Smooth and tasty. I prefer the German classics more, but this is solid. I will get this again.

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3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from UTOBEER recently, coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, not bottle-conditioned; bottled on 26/09/2013, BB 27/11/2014, served lightly chilled in a straight pint glass. Notes: According to the beer label, this brewery is based just 60 miles south of the Artic Circle…(!) in the fishing port of Akureyri, Iceland. Well, this has to be the “highest latitudinal beer” I’ve ever tasted…

A: pours a bright, dark orangey amber colour, coming with a restrained foamy beer head dissipating pretty fast, on top of steady streams of mild carbonation.
S: on the nose, the aroma is pretty bock-ish, meaning the concentrated, slightly burned sugary sweetness is balanced by a sound level of acidity, surrounded by brown prunes, caramelised apples and a touch of herbs. Given a good swirl, the fine aroma of Munich malts comes through, lending a lightly gristy impact on the otherwise richly sweet and acidic aroma of fruity candy.
T: soothing on the palate, the impact on the palate is initially densely malty but not too sweet or jammy, with notes of burned sugar, brown malts, lightly spiced notes and very faint prunes around, and the sweetness is always kept in check by the nice level of acidity; a mild but focused flow of herbal hop bitterness at around moderate-plus level follows, leading towards a lightly dry finish without much unwanted cloying feel of sugar lingering. Very decent and drinkable.
M&O: the carbonation level is kept pretty well in the bottle, coming just refreshing but not too lively, which accompanies the surprisingly mild body, a low level of sugary impact, and an all-round approachable flavour profile very well. All in all, this is a rather low-profile but well-made bock bier, easily making it a staple drink for people living so close to the chilling/freezing Arctic Circle, or so I’m led to believe!

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3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Stamped "171011-14:28." Best before October 2012.

A: I'm hoping this will be the first Icelandic beer I've enjoyed, but I'm not holding my breath. Still, it's in a bottle, which is unusual, and I like the label...It pours a rich, nutty auburn, with a finger of creamy head. We're off to a good start.

S: Alas! A grainy-sweet lager, which I suppose is what I should've expected. A touch of caramel malt gives the nose depth and complexity enough to merit an 'average' score. Smells like an amber ale.

T: Hrm. It takes like an average American amber lager. Given the strength, I suppose I can justify the 'doppelbock' moniker. Still, it's not really my thing. Grainy, lagery-sweet -- especially on the endtaste -- and generally uninteresting. A touch of carmelized sugar is welcome, but is too little too late.

M: Malty and round. Substantial.

O: An impressive effort by Icelandic standards (do keep in mind the country has only been legally brewing for 22 years), but not an objectively excellent beer. Not recommended. Worth trying, but won't have again.

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Icelandic Doppelbock from Einstök Ölgerð (Einstök Beer Company)
3.57 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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