Doppelbock Dunkel | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another spot-on choice of John, from Smokeless Joe's. Brown with soapy head. Chocolate malt with caramel, lots of lace dots. Smooth and creamy, good dunkel. Expirey in 08. Chocolate nose. Brown sugar, and it is on sweet side, though bitterness and a drop of burnt molasses

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Though a mild disappointment, I still beleive that the beer is worth a shot. The pour delivered a promising deep ruby / mohogany hue, but with head retention that started fizzy and loosely knit, and finished quite flat with no lacing. The aromas swayed be back with a deep, almond scent with heavy notes of dehydrated fruits (plumbs, dates), and a hint of chocolate, kona coffee, and rich toffee. The sweet flavors continues what was experienced in the nose, but the bitterness seemed more distractive than complementary. Over-hopped with earthy, pungent hops later gave an astingency to the mouthfeel. Alcohols gain intensity as the sweetness subsides, and often crossing the fence to fusal territories. Grainy flavors persist into the aftertaste. A rich bready, yeasty, toasty flavor arises early, but offers very little quality to the body. The body weakens considerably into the finish delivering a cola-like flavor late. I would have expected this lack of quality from the majority of American breweries who attempt a Dopplebock, but not a classic German brewery

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, with an elegant paper-wrapped cap, and stern black and white label presentation.

This beer pours a clear, radiant dark copper amber hue, with one fat finger of foamy and sudsy ecru head, which drops away quickly, leaving a few specks and some low-hanging swaths of lace around the glass.

It smells of bready, crackery pale malt, a bit of toffee and caramel, ethereal hints of day-old coffee, mild earthy, grassy hops, and a subtle alcohol edge. The taste is doughy caramel malt, hard toffee, rum-tinged brown sugar, raw molasses, mineral water, bitter citrus cream, and earthy, floral, and somewhat perfumed hops.

The carbonation is average, just a lilting frothiness, the body a fairly hefty medium-full weight, smooth, and even a little creamy. It finishes off-dry - sweet, actually - but adequately balanced by a rising alcohol warmth and some still lingering bitter noble hoppiness.

Quite an enjoyable doppelbock, the hops more evident than usual for a European example of the style, and the expected elevated ABV not at all disappointing, in subtlety, or in assumed strength. Tasty, and well worth saving another bottle until the next time spring has a hard time wresting away the focus from a smugly lingering winter - so, next year, then.

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Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hzy dark amber color with a very meagre head that fades quickly to a ringlet but leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: The caramel is there along with some fig and apple, but there is also a herbacious quality that seems misplaced

Taste: Opens with a rich caramel flavor that also brings along some apple, fig and herbal tea qualities by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet flavors stick and are joined by an herbacious bitter element that just seems out of place for the style

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and viscous; low carbonation

Drinkability: At the end of the day, this is a real disappointment for a doppelbock; it's on the bottom of the list for me

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear deep burgundy color bock with a large creamy off-white head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of creamy banana bread with light toffee notes. Taste is a great mix between some banana bread and caramel and toffee notes. Body is a bit thin or the style with great carbonation but alcohol is bit too hot. Very well done overall but some less apparent alcohol would have been even better.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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 nickfl
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Small, light brown head with poor retention and lace. the body is brown and clear.

S - Malty with a slight coco aroma. Notes of plums and other dark fruit.

T - Strong malt character up front with dark caramel and a strong plum flavor. Sweet alcohol in the middle and a slightly roasty chocolate flavor in the finish.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Sweet finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable for a strong beer, but a bit lacking in complexity and the sweetness becomes cloying towards the end of the bottle.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep russett brown with some reddish tint a large fuffy slight off white head that settled into a creamy mass for the duration of the glass was nice.Kind of a green sour apple note hit it the nose along with some toasted nut and mineral and lightly sweet brown sugar,light to medium bodied creamy mouthfeel coats the mouth nicely.Lighter flavors really sweetish brown sugar and molasses tones along with hint of green apple with an underlying mineral note.Pretty standard but good nothing to go out of the way to find like I did today though.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, lager yeast, some roasted malts and touches of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts with flavors of caramel and dark fruits, but there's a strong burst of alcohol during the first few sips. The malt character isn't quite as bready as other beers I've had in the style. The hops presence is mild and provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent beer I guess, but I don't think this is really the right beer for me to drink too many of. Something just didn't strike me right and I didn't like it too much.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a small, eggshell-colored head.

Smell: Sweetish aroma of toffee and fruity prune and sour cherry juice with a hint of roasted malt.

Taste: Sweet maltiness and a taste of toffee-flavored coffee with the strong dark fruitiness jumping out at you. Very light touch of roast. Medium hop bitterness pre-finish. Some of the alcohol sneaks into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Their Schloss is my gain!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark titian with bright orange trim. The tight-bubbled cap is ecru in color and filled at least half the glass after a vigorous pour. Considering the ABV and the lack of hop resins, there is quite a bit of soon-to-be-crusty lace.

This offering doesn't smell very dark. There's no roasted maltiness, just a little dark fruit (unripe figs) that is more sour than sweet. Here's hoping it makes a comeback on the palate.

What an odd beer. Doppelbock Dunkel isn't exactly bursting with barley and it's one of the most balanced examples of the style that I've ever run across. That is not a positive since bitterness has no place in a doppelbock. At least not to this degree. On a positive note, the alcohol is expertly buried.

The flavor profile includes burnt toast, black tea leaves, unsweet caramel, cocoa powder and bitter nut skins. The beer isn't so much smoky (which would be a good thing) as it is burnt (which is sometimes a good thing, but isn't here). It tastes better than the above description would suggest, although it isn't a beer that I'll buy again.

The mouthfeel is too light and too underbubbled. The result is a lack of mouth excitement in a lager that could use a little something to get it kick-started.

So far I'm not impressed with Brewery Castle Eggenberg. Maybe Samichlaus Bier will finally change my mind. As for Doppelbock Dunkel, there are any number of German doppels, or even a few from this country, that deserve your hard-earned money over this one.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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 smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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 jwc215
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a very thin head that slowly recedes to a disappearing patch.

The smell is of toffee with a hint of coffee.

The taste is of toffee sweetness with an earthy, dark fruity bitter balance. Alcohol noticeable in the finish. Bittterness overtaken by malty sweetness in the aftertaste.

Full-bodied and pretty smooth despite noticeable alcohol. Mild to moderate carbonation. Slightly syrupy.

A warming doppelbock. Malty with some balance. Not overly complex, and there are better doppelbocks out there. But, it's still a nice one to sip on on a chilly late winter/early spring day.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eggenberg Doppelbock Dunkel

Dark reddish brown, little head to speak of.

Aroma brims with malt and alcohol. Not much more. Raisins and figs? That'd be stretching.

Dark, malty, some caramel, met with ash. Candy coated coffee.Tidy hops at work on the palate, riding through the finish.

Not too complex, not at all deep, but drinkable, and tasty, too. Has it's moments.

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Photo of Tone
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, mahogany color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, strong alcohol, strong caramel malt, adjunct, and pale malt. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, strong alcohol, strong caramel malt, adjunct, hint of wheat, hint of raisin, hint of floral hops, and pale malt. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma, good complexity and feel, and a decent blend, but the body is lacking due to the adjunct.

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Photo of stevoj
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Brewers haven. Rich and roasty with some molasses sweetness. Appearance is lacking, dull head, but that’s the only bad marks against this brew. Classic doppelbock.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 11.2oz into a tulip. Best before December 2013.

Filtered mahogany, with some ruby and violet hues as well. White head with some larger bubbles really, some remnants of a head and a thick sticky collar persists. Lager yeast and hop notes are there, with some toasty bread and caramel right alongside. Not too sweet, but a bit on the drier side. A bit of grain and dark bread. Warming and slightly alcoholic on the palate, more caramel and toffee slides through as anticipated, gets sweeter as it warms. Lightly fruity and gentle toasty malt notes. Not a ton of complexity but straightforward. Light bitterness in the finish, but sweetness and alcohol wash over this. Medium-heavy feel, and drinkable. A nice affordable doppelbock, I could seek this out again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Medium brown with some glowing amber around the edges and one finger of thick egg-shell coloured head.

S - Noticeable alcohol up front that gives way to sweet bready malts, caramel and a touch of molasses.

T - Sweet bready malts, dark caramel, toffee and a big overall sweetness that is cut nicely by warming alcohol. Hints of spice and molasses in the background.

M - Medium body. Somewhat creamy at times with light to moderate carbonation.

O - Nice and easy drinking for 8.5% ABV.

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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a 1/2" offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet, malty scent that boasts of chocolate and crystal malts along with a dry lager yeast aroma. There seems to be some roasted malt character as well. The taste is good. It has a smooth, malty taste that goes down easy and finishes sweet with a dry lager yeast element. It's not very exciting. There also seems to be some sort of off flavor in the finish. The alcohol is hidden well. The mouthfeel is average. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, but nothing I'd buy again. It's much too sweet and syrupy for me.

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Photo of biegaman
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rusty nail would make an identical match colour wise. Although the beer is fairly dark in tone it is brilliantly clear in complexion and glints with exuberance both when away and up to the light. It hosts a pageant of bubbles that hover at a calm and steady pace. Despite a slender outline there really isn't much to skim off the top.

The nose is sweet but not in the good sticky, caramel ladled toast malt kind of way that characterizes dopplebocks as a style. This seems to be sweet - and piercingly so - in a syrupy kind of way. There's a touch of toffee but no gooey caramel covered fruits. In fact, I'm picking up (just a little) on two big no-no's for the style: a smokey character roast and a solventy indication of the alcohol strength.

Yikes, if this was lagered it couldn't have been for very long - this doesn't taste smooth, crisp or clean - it tastes adjunct ridden. It doesn't have the heavy, sweet, rich maltiness of a dopplebock. It has the cloying, stale, cheap, off-putting feel of adjuncts. Instead of toast, caramel, chocolate or fruit I'm tasting burnt crust, soggy bread, and microwaved frozen corn niblets. This is not at all my ideal dopplebock.

Without a rich heavy-set malt base the alcohol is in full exposure. The impression of alcohol in dopplebocks can be quite present but it's usually masked by a ton of caramel as well as dried and candied fruits. The 8.5% in this, however, is caught bare naked. This isn't comfortably warming - it's a NASA rocket-sized engine full of burning hot fusels.

I would have figured Austrians could make a dopplebock as good as their German neighbours but if this example is any indication I'd be wrong. I've had a couple of less than stellar offerings from Castle Eggenberg now and I'm starting to become a little less optimistic about future encounters with Austria's oldest family owned brewery.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Above average double bock that falls short of the top tier but should definitely be tried if one is a fan of the style. Dark brown color with rapidly diminishing head. Modest aromas. Nicely balanced flavor, good and malty, low bitterness levels. Booze is subdued, moderate roastiness. Carbonation is modest as well, fairly drinkable. A solid B overall. Not on the level of Celebrator but you could do worse. Not as big as it could be, I think. But then nothing every beer has to be a big bomb anyway, right?

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Photo of Derek
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brown/black, light tan head, very little retention or lace.

S: Root beer? Dark caramel, brown sugar, slight breadyness.

T: Dark caramel, cola, dark bread, slightly burnt (similar to a swartz).

M: Moderate body & carbonation, some residual sweetness.

D: Fairly average.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The color of this Doppelbock is dark brown with lots of red hues. The head is beige, rather thin and sinks instantly, leaving only utter faint lacings.

S: Raisins galore! and loads of other dried dark fruits. Notes of bread and flowers is present but way in the back compared to the fruitcake and syrupy sweet doughy buns. Just the way I like it.

T: Sweet bready malt is way overrepresented in this style, and this Austrian product is truely no exception. Besides the malty flavours there is also rich notes of molasses and dried fruits, like raisins, dates and figs. In the back, there's some bitterness which adds to the complexity.

M: The first thing that hits you is the recemlance to dark syrup - thick. No surprises when the carbonation is non-existant, not that you miss it though... The aftertaste is short, but there is a lingering dry feeling in my mouth.

O: A nice Doppelbock, but not quite up there with the most complex Bavarian ones. I had high expectations on this Doppelbock from the brewery of Samichlaus, but yet again - the complexity is not what I hoped for, rather than expected.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle - From the LCBO for around 3$

Appearance - Clear dark brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair acing. The head lasted for a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, raisins, grapes, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and the beer seems a little watery. Most of the taste is made up of malts, grapes/raisins, and grains. There was also some light notes of nuts and a touch of a smokiness. It ended with a malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall - The best part of the beer is probably how well it hides it's alcohol. The taste is decent but nothing that will wow you. Also the mouth feel leave a lot to be desired. I wouldn't pick this one up again but it was worth a try.

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