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Doppelbock DunkelDoppelbock Dunkel

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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by tavernjef on 02-18-2007

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Reviews: 151 | Ratings: 242
Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting, strong and complex beer. Looks flat and unappealing but aroma and taste are very good. Pours deep brown with almost no foam head. Smells malty, fruity and alcoholic. Taste of alcohol is dominant, some cellaring would work well to balance this beer.

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Photo of crossovert
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz papered brown bottle.

It pours a beautiful reddish-brown with a foamy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.

The smell has a nice fruitiness, caramel, and a hint of alcohol.

The flavor is right on, perfect for a doppelbock. It isn't too sweet. It has delicate dark fruit notes, some nuttiness, caramel, and some cocoa. There is no hop balance, but there doesn't need to be, this is a smooth, smooth beer.

The mouthfeel is spot on, the drinkability is high.

Just a great beer, I didn't like Samichlaus on my first try, but this one I definitely dig and it gives me light for this brewery.

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Photo of jsanto
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a aventenus fan. But this is right there. I will buy another 4-pack.

The one I had, must have been very fresh.

Taste . First sip, Bach. As it sat in my glass for awhile, jut as good 10 minutes later.

Mouth. I like a dat.

Over . My go to Bach.

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Photo of bobhits
4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow amazing deep black amber color. Held to the light the only thing I can see through it is the over head light itself. Just amazing depth and unlike anything I can think of. Normally no light or the glass will light up. Here just the image of the over head light. There is a decent amount of carbonation but that is already long gone before this description has been written.

This glass was recently cleaned and I’m sadly picking up the scent of the soap used to clean it, no impact on flavor I assure you. A bit more into the beer, the aroma of toffee, amber malts, dried figs,

Deep rich chocolate and caramel malts, Not sure on the age of this beer but the hops are gone from sight. Toffee and sweet malt are the show case here. A touch bitter hops perhaps at the end to give off a hair of floral flavors. Very much muted though.

A bit light in body and not enough carbonation, but at the same time the abv is just non existent. I have a feeling this is a WELL aged bottle but I can’t find any information on the bottle about that.

Just an amazing beer. I can’t express how nice an example of this style this beer really is. Based on other reviews I have a feeling this one was pretty well aged and many flaws have washed away.

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Photo of joshwlt
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This had a clear brown color and when held to the light had a ruby color. No head, no lace. Smelt much like a light lager - barley malt and earthy. One of the best tasting beers I've had though. Sweet malt, almost appley, yet with amber roasted malt (caramel) and a light smokey character. Backed by a zesty hop profile. Tasted amazing. Thinner mouthfeel than your average doppelbock, not as meaty. But some spicyness from the hops and very smooth. Couldn't pick up the amount of alcohol in the brew and drank this at an enjoyable speed. Delicious beer, though not your typical doppelbock. By the way I found some strange thread-like shaped silicates I think. I may drink it again sometime to take better notes on the flavor.

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Photo of AlesALot
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very beautiful beer. A deep ruby red in color, and excellent clarity. Not much head to it as is typical for the style.

Smells peppery with dark fruits and licorice. some alcohol noticible.

Tastes of very deep maltyness with some coco and spicyness with a dry finish of earthy hoppiness. not much alcohol presence but some warmth very subtle for an 8.5%

Not over cabonated. Thick and silky.
Very good and very drinkable. You could guzzle this one, but I wouldn't recommend it.
An exceptional beer. Not quite as good as the Samichlause, but how could it be!?

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Photo of pkalix
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

doesnt eggenberg make samicluase too? and isnt samiclause a dopplebock also? interesting. and i have a dunkel samiclause ready to go in the frig....
pours dark ruby, small head.
smells sweet, chewy.... toffee? caramel? i havent had a sami in YEARS but it brings it to mind...
taste is... sweet, but funky sweet.... what IS that i'm getting?? says 'coffee' and toffee on the website.... and some beautiful women on the website also....
the taste is bringing back memories of a certain pub in the mall in las vegas called DER BARON's.... i cannot place the taste, but it is familiar. i am wondering if it is the sami....?
anyway, overall, this is an interesting brew. i need to do the sami now to see if it is the brewery which produces this peculiar taste or if it is the ingredients. or the region? i want to say i like it. it's certainly a HEAVIER doblebock than the typical german variety and very sweet, still... i give it a 4.5 overall simply for the memories... but it rightfully deserves it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a dark brown/copper color with half an inch off-white head that went away quickly. Lacing is OK. The aroma is sweet and malty, it smells like caramel malt, chocolate, toffee and raisins. The taste is similar to the aroma, with the addition of nuts, smoke, peppery spice and brown sugar. Both the aroma and taste are pretty good. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, the alcohol isn't very noticable at all, it's smooth and very easy to drink. It's a great beer for a cold fall/winter day. I think this is a pretty good dopplebock, if you get a chance to try it you should.

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Photo of Pencible
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, dark mahogany with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like fig, prune, raisin and honey wheat, with a bit of smoke and wild yeast and alcohol. It tasted like mellow roasted barley, sweet raisin and molasses, rusted copper hops, and a bit of oak and honey wheat. It was watery with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a very nice beer with great smell and tasty flavor, and decent body. It was very clean and super easy to drink, and it hid the alcohol well. But I preferred to sip it to better enjoy the subtleties in the flavor. Based on the scent, I expected a bigger flavor (like a barleywine or old ale), but the flavor wasn't nearly that big. It was almost disappointing, but it was just too tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: root beer brown; clear; minimal head; induces salivation!

Aroma: crisp wheat/malt and mild hop - similar to a lager, but with more caramel and roasty hints

Taste & Mouthfeel: great molasses, burnt caramel flavours - it's actually tasting like root beer too with a hint of earthy spice; crisp and clean, very well balanced to make an easy drinking beer that could have mass appeal; as warms get more yeast character with some more spice and dark fruit (cherry, raisin)

Overall: complex and fun flavour for an easy drinking brew; balances everything perfectly, from sweet to bitter, crisp and smooth, complex and familiar

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Photo of BierBrawlinator
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 2 finger head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. You can swirl a nice froth at any given time. The color is dark chestnut, with some deep ruby hues and is fairly clear with nice beading.

The nose is dark fruits, toffee, chocolate, and molasses. A nice burst of malt hits the palate with plenty of dark fruity esters coming through. Chocolate, raisin, toffee, and dark fruits dominate the initial flavor blast, followed by a smooth and creamy finish.

What a great doppelbock. There are plenty of malty, fruity flavors to session with this one for hours. As it warms, even more flavors come out. This beer gets better with every sip.

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Photo of kvnstfrd
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark-brown, cola colour. Head fades away quickly, leaving some sticky lacing behind. Smells of toffee/molasses and a note of real liquorice. Taste is semi-sweet molasses, with a mild hop bitter, along with a coffee-ish bitter flavour in the finish. Picking up up some notes of fig preserves in there as it warms up. Body is between medium and full; carbonation is barely detectable. As I expected, another finely crafted beer from Schloss Eggenberg.

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Photo of SirSketch
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep reddish brown in color. Tons of carbonation bubbles. Thick, lacy head.

S - This was the highlight of this beer. Banana-nut bread, clove, sweet caramel malts, and dark fruit dominate this beer's aroma.

T - Seems more like a Scottish-style ale than a doppelbock to me, but I still enjoyed it very much. Tastes of butterscotch candy, coffee, and nutty chocolates. Slight bitterness as well. Long lasting aftertastes.

M/D - Full bodied beer with medium carbonation. Drinkable, but definitely a sipping beer. I really liked this one!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brilliant deep rerddish chestnut with some chunks floating around – probably a sign of age. No bottle date, billowy off-white thick creamy head, nose has some chocolate, more chocolate on the palate, not a lot of hops – might have something to do with both the style and the age, there is some faint coffee on the nose and on the palate. Very creamy, very faint licorice to anise, lingering malty toffee chocolate flavors, excellent lace, soft carbonation. Even with the chunks and age, it is very very good.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep mahogany brown, with dark walnut edges and reddish almost ruby hue but far darker body color. Creamy one finger head only a faint tan appearance, but settles to a very creamy thin crown puck and collar.

Sticky black licorice, hints of alcohol rum like and booze, with a nice thick toffee rich aroma. Clove spicy qualities, a brittle kind of tree bark and woody tone, fairly dry surprisingly but not at all hot either. Real nice smelling doppelbock.

Palate hits with good sweetness but manages to push the right buttons. Sticky toffee in the front, with thick caramel sweetness in the mid palate. Slightly dense clove notes, but with a light body that balances and coats the palate with ease. Clean finish, with a muted sticky quality that makes for easy drinking. Aftertaste hints a little mild licorice, even some plum like fruit just a bit too.

A real nice solid doppelbock and definitely on the sweeter edge, but very tolerable.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour into my Celebrator glass yields a thick, densely packed head that's light copper-gray-brown in color. Excellent head retention, lasts until the beer is finished. Lacing is tangled, thick, complex and all over the place, almost like a neural network diagram. Beer itself is a dark, rich brown color, like stained wood.

Slightly weak in the scent department: metallic tones, caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar.

The taste is very full and complex. Upfront and very clear tones of dark, heavy malt sugars, which melt into a kind of maple syrup flavor. I pick up hints of walnuts, dilute caramel or toffee, faint bitter chocolate, some toastiness, prunes, and raisins. Just a touch of spicy-like hops and a ghost of alcohol in the last moments for balance. Aftertaste is of lingering sweetness, though not cloying.

Mouthfeel fits the medium-heavy beer extremely well. It comes across best-described as velvety, with the foam softly hitting the palate first, followed by the adequately carbonated body. This effect is quite pleasing and I don't have the metaphor handy to describe it adequately. In the mouth, the beer isn't aggressively carbonated and one is happy to let it swirl around and taste from several vantage points before swallowing. The finish is dry and satisfying. Really enjoyable.

Probably tied with Celebrator as my preferred doppelbock (and I've had as many of the style as I can find). Far above Optimator and Salvator, as well as some other harder to find imports. Haven't found a domestic that compares. The only drawback is it's price: currently $3.59 for a bottle.

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Photo of Dubbledown
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 14.9 oz. nonic. Very large, creamy, beige head. Little lacing, color is a black-ruby-orange. Smell is of light alcohol and heavy, wet bread. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and very smooth. Flavor is like chocolate bread with a clean alcohol finish. Next one tastes a very big malty syrup. This is a big flavor beer but the body of the beer - its weight in the mouth - is light. Some may prefer a heavier feel; they might want to try the Ettaler Curator. Still, this is a very fecund, springtime brew. As the beer warms, you may notice an almost cognac-like taste with a hint of fruits and raisins. It promises the harvest to come. Call it a very refined Doppelbock. Serving temperature 52 degrees.

Grade B+ Purchased at Stoney's - $4.99 per bottle

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Ruby brown brew with a cream colored tapioca bubbled head.

S - A bold profile of sweet and syrupy malt. Sweet toffe, caramel and sugar inviting the nose.

T - Delicious sweet malt and toffee swirls around as some alcohol warmth and evaporation sets in. Very smooth malt body and a touch of hops to balance. This isn't a malt monster but carries a rich flavor. Some mineralistic and metallic notes at the end.

M - The mouth is soft and sweet, smooth and mellowed. Easy feeling micro carbonation and a clean finish.

O - Im a fan of this brewery and this is a well balanced dunkel.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a rich brown color with garnet highlights, and not much head to speak of. Lovely aroma of rich malt, brown sugar and toffee, lightly fruity hops, and just a hint of roastiness. Palate is sweet up front with notes of toffee mild stone fruit, and again with a hint of roasted malt just before the swallow. A lingering rich, brown sugar sweetness comes on the finish. Body is light, although not particularly effervescent, as is typical of the style. The 8.5% ABV is integrated really well, making this beer a pleasure to drink. I'm a big fan of doppelbocks, and this does not disappoint.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep hue of burgandy. Thin and slightly bubbled beige head. It offers some stickiness to the glass. Nice aroma of raisin, rum, cinnamon and toffeeish malts. Rich malt base with notes of plum, brandy and brown sugar. Smooth and easy going mouthfeel. Medium-full body. Good drinking dopple with an agreeable flavor.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crisp deep brownish red color to the body. The head is light and airy but still starts over a half inch talll before fading to less than an eighth inch. No noticeable residual carbonation.

S - Deep plum, slightly smokey, a bit of Worcestershire, and even some prune scents in here.

T - A year of aging this doppelbock seems to have brought out some of the deep, moody flavors. All those in the aroma are present in the flavor except for the Worcestershire.

M - Plush in the beginning before turning slightly coarse on the lips.

~ I really like this doppelbock. It's just pungent enough to be a sipper but not so much that it loses any of it's drinkability. This is a good beer and one that I strongly recommend.

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Photo of AltBock
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Little 11.2 fl oz bottle with a white label that has a big black horizontal stripe in the center. In this stripe is the word "Doppelbock" in white letters and a double picture of a big horned ram smack dab in the center. This ram has some of the biggest horns I've seen on a ram so far. At the bottom white part of the label is where they tell you the ABV%, country of origin, and that it's a malt liquor. The back label has the mandatory US information and a brief paragraph about the beer. The only thing missing on the bottle is a vintage year or best before date. Around the cap is black paper with a white vertical stripe with the same picture of the ram that is found on the main label.

Appearance: I had to pour this Doppelbock into my Celebrator pilsner glass. When poured, this Doppelbock was a beautiful deep dark mahogany brown with a ton of crimson red highlights all through out the beer. Great Doppelbock color! The head of foam was less desirable than the color of the beer, but it was still decent. It was about 1/2 an inch in height and an off white color. This small head of foam quickly fizzled into a string of white rings and a few off white white colored spots of lace. I didn't care that much for the head of foam, but I loved the color this Doppelbock had.

Smell: The aroma of this Doppelbock was burnt and roasted at the same time. It was burnt and roasted with dark roasted malts, a few burnt coffee beans, a hint of rum raisins, a splash of black cherries, and a small whiff of alcohol. Not too much alcohol where it completely took over the aroma, but enough to make it presence known. The aroma wasn't done just yet. To help balance out all of the burnt and roasted aromas was the sweet scent of toffee and caramel popcorn. A great aroma to match the nice appearance. I honestly couldn't get enough of this burnt, roasted, and sweet aroma!

Taste: The taste of this Doppelbock was more burnt than roasted and with a little bit more alcohol than there was in the aroma. The taste was burnt with roasted malts, a hint of black cherries, sweet toffee, a dab of roasted chestnuts, a splash of burnt coffee beans, a few raisins, a speck of dried pine needles, roasted alcohol, and then ends with a slight taste of rust. The sweet toffee didn't really do much to help balance out all the burnt flavors like it did in the aroma. The back label said it has a "hoppy bitterness in the finish" In my bottle, the hops turned to rust. Don't ask me how that happened. Even though the hops turned to rust, it was still pretty good burnt slightly roasted Doppelbock taste.

Mouthfeel: This Doppelbock was medium to full bodied, but a tad bit more on the medium bodied side. After the full flavored burnt taste, there wasn't much of an aftertaste to this beer. The aftertaste was light and roasted with roasted malts, a hint of burnt coffee beans, a few black cherries, dry pine needles, and a slight taste of alcohol. The aftertaste had the flavors, but it was lacking the kick it needed. I thought this beer did a good job on hiding it's relatively high 8.5% ABV.

Drinkability: Wow! What a nice big burnt and roasted Doppelbock. It had a great color, a wonderful burnt and roasted aroma, a good taste, and a decent mouthfeel. I'm glad I finally decided to crack open this Doppelbock. This is an under estimated Doppelbock.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, apple, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, light roast, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes with light hops. Taste of big caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, brown bread, light roast, floral, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toffee, raisin, toast, dark bread, light roast, floral, light pepper, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance malty flavors; with a light hop balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent doppelbock style. Very nice complexity and balance of malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of drpimento
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm. Pretty decent. Pretty good in a different way. Poured with a small, fine, light tan head and no lace. Color is a crystal clear mahoganey. Aroma is roast, malt, toffee. Flavor is like nose plus has both sweet and bitter that are quite pronounced. At first I thought it was too sweet, then I noticed the bitterness popping up and taking over. Body is good and has good carbonation to cut the big sweet malt. Finish is like flavor and good, slowly dwindling.

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Photo of tonyf55
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From bottle into a Delirum tulip glass

Visual (4): Dark ruby colour with a good clarity. Robust, pillowy off-white head settles slowly to a single finger leaving a nice lacing on the glass. A stream of bubbles dance through the body.

Aroma (4): Malty and boozy. The nose tells of toasted biscuit, molasses sweetness, and a real boozy, alcoholic backbone. The aroma gives a bit of a smokey character.

Taste (4): Predominately sweet, with a bit of acidic/alcohol warming on the finish. Mirrors the smell with caramel rich sweetness, toasted biscuit and dark molasses. Rich in taste and boozy on the finish.

Mouthfeel (5): Medium to heavy body with a real silky smoothness. Very light carbonation with a lingering, mouth-coating alcoholic numbness

Overall (4): A real model of the style that does a lot of things very well. Good balance in the malt flavours, with strong but not overpowering alcoholic lingerings. The mouthfeel is really solid complimenting this robust, but smooth, beer.

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Doppelbock Dunkel from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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