Doppelbock Dunkel | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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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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Photo of coldmeat23
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pokal
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a translucent dark copper color. Three-finger head of slightly off-white foam. Retention is very good and lacing is spotty and sticky.

Nose is fairly understated. Mostly just some caramel maltiness. Light hints of dark fruits, wheat and mild coffee notes.

Strong hints of cane sugar, like in Rum. Notes of dark brown sugar and molasses. Hint of coffee. A light touch of dark fruits. Caramalized bananas and a nice breadiness. A nice shot of (mild) hops bitterness keeps it fairly balanced.

Good medium body. Nice and smooth and lightly creamy.

Where is that 8.5%ABV hiding? It's not obvious, at all. While this is certainly not the boldest representation of the style, it is certainly drinkable. I'd enjoy this one again.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2-oz bottle poured into a small pilsner.

A = Deep reddish brown with caramel traces around the edges, small light bone head consisting of small bubbles.

S = Light caramel and toffee with a little cocoa thrown in as well. Pleasant smells but a little understated. There is also a very light presence of RC Cola which I would usually find offputting in a beer, but here it works.

T = The taste is considerably stronger than the smell. It has a good coffee with milk and sugar (maybe even a little black tea with milk and sugar), caramel, brown sugar, pleasant amount of contrasting bitterness to the sweeter flavors to keep it in balance.

M = Medium to medium-heavy body, good mouthcoating. I don't really notice the alcohol in the taste and there is no strong sting though there is a slight warming it does contribute.

D = It drinks easily enough. Not at the top of the list for my doppelbocks, but I one that is good enough to drink again from time to time.

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Photo of seand
2.39/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown, with 1.5 fingers of bubbly light tan head. The head fades pretty fast, but leaves a thin layer on the surface. Looks pretty nice.

S: Not too strong, mainly malty with hints of fruit.

T: A bit odd. Sweet, with a bitter aftertaste and touch of astringency that just doesn't work for me. The alcohol is reasonably well masked.

M: A little overcarbonated. Finishes almost syrupy.

D: It's not really hard to drink, but I didn't enjoy it enough to wish I had another to crack open.

This beer was OK, but just OK - I doubt I'll ever pick it up again.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No noise or gunsmoke visible when I pop the cap. Pours a deep garnet color with a non-existent head and just a touch of lace on the glass and floating on the surface. The aroma is of prunes, christmas cake and sherbert. Malty sweetness and a prominent alcohol kick mix with a bread dough and field berries in the taste. The mouthfeel is medium-full and lightly carbonated. Sweetness and alcohol spice make up the longish finish.

This is an OK doppelbock. The alcohol is too strong and its a little too sweet, but its not undrinkable.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark amber, perhaps brown, almost like a cola. Nose and palate are reminiscent of cola also - the caramel sweetness at least, but brought in with a few other flavors. Head dissipates quickly, and it's just not terribly aromatic. Easy drinking, but just not an amazing doppel.

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

Deep brown, mahoganey, clear sheer lustre with tan head, half finger, gentle carbonation, solid ring, nice lace. Molasses nose, sweet brown sugar. Taste is not bad at all, suggests toffee, cane sugar, touch of coffee, caramel, not as pronounced as some dopplebocks I've sampled. Bitter malt balance is alright, hard to believe this is 8.5 % ABV. This is a style I'm not overly fond of but this seems pretty drinkable to me. A little on the syrupy side and maybe a bit too sweet as it warms, I'm not about to be converted either. Prosit!

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Photo of nickynick
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Doppelbock Dunkel poured a clear brown/ruby color, with no head at all, and no lacing. Smell was full of sweet chocolate. Taste matched the smell, very sweet. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. Very drinkable, don't notice the 8.5 abv. Overall this was not a bad beer, but there are so many better doppelbocks out there I just can't see my self going back to this one.

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Photo of Viggo
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a clear dark ruby red, almost brown, very nice looking, thick light tan head forms, slowly drops to a medium layer, lots of lace sticks to the glass, great retention, looks pretty damn nice. Smell is nice, very malty, some caramel and brown sugar, toast and biscuity malts, very clean, light fruit, some raisin, alcohol, rich malt, corn syrup, iron, sherry, pretty nice. Taste is good, very rich and malty, toffee and raisins, some bananas foster, lightly spicy, toast and bread, brown sugar, iron and slightly astringent, alcohol is well hidden, dark fruit, cranberry and cherries, nice finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth for the ABV, but some warmth going down from the alcohol. Not too bad, like all Eggenbergs interesting and good but just doesn't have the complexity to have me going back.

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Photo of bobsy
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the LCBO, clocking in at 8.5%.

Poured into a tulip glass this reveals a chestnut hued liquid with a big, frothy tan head, that leaves behind some sticky lace as it drops to a film. Rich fruity nose mingles dark fruit flavours with cocoa and sweet bread.

This is a malty one - with lots of fruit flavour (in particular raisins) coming through. There also a slight hop bite, which acts as a counterpoint to some of the chocolate aspects. Also lots of roasted malts, providing a bit of a coffee note. The flavour is very nice, but an occasional tinny note acts as a distraction which drags it down a little. Medium to full body with enough carbonation to prevent things from getting sticky.

Nice drinkability, although the strength would have to rein me in quite a bit. Of all the Eggenberg beers I've tried so far, this is a clear winner.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
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 walshclimb
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cool label with a top that gives the impression that the bottle will be a twist off (perforated around the cap), but it is not. Pours dark brown with thin head that quickly dissipates to a thin film. Smells relatively complex with roasted malt, fruit, and heat. First sip not too bad with a flavor that starts malty, a little sweet and just a mild bitterness but finishes up pretty alcoholic. Not terribly balanced there. Mouthfeel is a medium bodied and maybe a little thin. This is not one of my favorite beers that I have tried recently. It is a little boozy and sweet for my taste.

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Photo of ecoastman
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinkability - This is a very easy drinking 8.5%. Could be dangerous stuff.

Appearance - Pours dark with ruby red tone. The carbonation provides a reasonable head with some retention. Little lacing.

Smell - Almost too mild but has a hint of a malty chocolate-coffee note. I thought a high octane brew like this would have a stronger aroma.

Taste - Malty start with chocolate and coffee. Leads to a medium bitter finish with some short lived metallics and graduating to a slightly sweet raisin fruit note. The bitterness subsides as the beer warms up and you get half way through. Some "alpine herbal" tones are hidden in the background. The high ABV is also well hidden. Overall, I like this beer...

Mouthfeel - creamy smooth with medium body and carbonation. Goes down very nice with no harshness from the alcohol. The carbonation flattens out by halfway.

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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 TheTrevor
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown with lighter brown accents and a thin head. The smell is sweet malt with some dark fruit and raisins. The taste is almost all a combination of different toasty sweet flavors, including raisins, toffee, and a chocolate with a tiny bit of hops and some warming from the alcohol. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some pleasant warming and fine carbonation. This is a surprisingly drinkable beer for the high alcohol content, an interesting beer that I'm glad I decided to grab on a whim.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is very sweet and malty with raisins, caramel, hints of coffee and alcohol.

T- The taste resembles the aroma with a lot of sweet malt and dark fruits along with some toffee flavors and some alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but a little thinner than I expected with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a pretty solid Doppelbock. The alcohol limits it's drinkability a little bit but it is a pretty tasty brew that I wouldn't mind having again. Worth a try.

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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 BWH3
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pure deep brown with terrific clarity and a single fingers breadth tan head that dies a bit too rapid. Nothing too special or remarkable but a pure and clean look.

S/T: The scent is less potent than the taste but otherwise the two are very similar. A light prune with moderate toffee and melanoidin start things off. A chocolate and toast flavor dominates the mid portion of the tasting followed by a significant skunky noble hops flavor and bitterness that compliments the sweetness perfectly.

M: Clean, medium bodied, slightly creamy, smooth. Average to below head retention.

D: Potent and delicious. Would be perfect for a large hefty stein. My deductions are mainly for the steep cost I had to pay for this one.

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Photo of kwakwhore
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cola like brown pour into a Sam Adams pint glass with an off white head. Nice lacing down the glass.
Malty sweet smell followed by hops in the aroma.
Same thing in the taste, malt up front but some hops are evident as well. Definitely a two stage process.
Same two stage thing in the mouth feel. Smooth start followed by a bit of prickly carbonation.
Easy to drink. The alcohol is not obvious at all. I wouldn't want to tempt fate by having more than a couple. The price is a big negative for this beer. $4 a bottle is a bit much.
A pretty straightforward doppelbock. Nothing really surprising but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear dark ruby red. Thick creamy tan head.

S - A bit chalky with some fruit. Solid maltiness with a strong alcoholic/solvent edge.

T - Rich, with coffee and toasted grain, and acidic attack as well. Alcohol and fruitiness comes through in the middle followed by a long bitter finish.

M - Somewhat slick. Medium-heavy with a zippy carbonation on the tongue.

D - Not bad. Obviously not something to put down a lot of, but some solid flavour.

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Photo of BierBrawlinator
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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 TerryW
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chesnut that pours a short-lived head. Some lace as we go.

Very fruity, malty nose, with less alcohol than you might expect. Some smoky grain.

Drinks like a barely wine, but with nicely rounded edges. A little too sweet, but not cloying as you drink your way through. The sweetness is a little offputting, but there are enough other interesting things happening to compensate. Burned molasses, chocolate, coffee. The big surprise is the alcohol is quite subdued within the brew despite being 8+.

Good sipping beer for after supper.

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Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a thin beige head that quickly dissapeared. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, toffee and dark fruit. Very smooth with the 8.5 % very well masked. Creamy taste of chocolate, coffee and sugary fruit.

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Photo of Pencible
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
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 AltBock
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Gmann
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin cola color with a whispy white head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of toasted caramel malt, light burnt wood or peat, and hints of fig or raisin. The taste is of a meaty broth, wet wood, a roasted malt with hints of raisin sweetness. The feel is thin for a malty brew and the alcohol has a slight noticable presence, the carbonation is thin and the brew finishes a tad sweet. Despite the 8.5%abv, this brew is quite drinkable as the body is thin. Some unique flavors makes this stand out from other dopplebocks.

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Doppelbock Dunkel from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.72 out of 5 based on 250 ratings.
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