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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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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 245
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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 mintjellie
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chestnut brown with a fast receding head that doesn't lace. A delicate toasted bread note is difficult to pick out from behind it's powerful ethanol aroma. Tastes malty and sweet upfront with bread and brown sugar flavours before a note of watered down coca-cola comes through midway. Finishes a little boozy with some light bitterness. Just shy of medium-bodied with low carbonation. Lightly syrupy. Lacks weight. This is an enjoyable enough beer, but it doesn't hold a candle to Celebrator, Salvator, Weltenburger, or Optimator.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from the LCBO. I find the fact that the bottle calls this "malt liquor" amusing and confusing...

Poured into a goblet. Light ruby-chestnut, surprisingly light in colour for a doppelbock. Looks more like a brown ale or Belgian dark. About a half inch of head, recedes into a thin ring.

Nose is malty goodness, caramel, dark bread, grapes, a bit of spice. Quite nice.

Solid doppelbock, dry to the finish. Dark bread, malt and grape dominate the palate.

Thin bodied, easy carbonation. Dry on the tongue.

Though I tend to like my doppels to be malty monsters, I do enjoy this lighter take on the style. All the flavors are there, but it ain't quite so heavy as some of the others. Affordable too, might pick up a few more for the pre-Easter drinking season.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of korguy123
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip
Best before 12/2013

A- Crystal clear dark brown with ruby highlights. Half finger white head that shrinks to thin white ring leaving little lacing.

S- Toast, dark fruits, slight coffee and chocolate. There is a strawberry and metallic aroma.

T- Toast, alcohol, chocolate and stone fruits. Metallic aftertaste.

M- Thin to medium bodied. Medium carbonation with a slight warming from the alcohol.

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Photo of peensteen
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent cola brown colour, one finger of off white head, light lacing left behind. Smell is malty, cereal/bread like grain quality, light chocolate and coffee, sweet caramel scents, some light fruity qualites and a bit of alcohol. Taste is malty, sweet caramel, toffee, some raisin flavours, moderate bitterness, some alc in the finish, dark breads and some chocolate in the finish. Sticky feel especially in the back of the throat that took some getting used to, medium carbonation, syrupy and full bodied. Not bad but easily forgetable, worth a shot but there are better examples out there.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggresive pour yielded only one finger of off white foam upon a burnt brown coloured body, little retention although a nice collar of bubbles last throughout.

Earthy hops, dark fruit, and rye bread malt for the nose.

Taste follows the nose, rye and sweet bread, plums and figs soaked in booze.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Bitter on the back end with the booze lingering in the finish. Definitely drinkable although my constitution would be tested putting back a six pack.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, dirty-white, creamy head quickly drops over an almost clear, dark brown beer with some carbonation and red highlights. This Dunkel is viscous, leaving a light lacing on the pilsner glass.

Toasted malt aromas are prominent with some fresh plump raisins and figs. Overall, this one is a bit earthy.

The flavors are dominated by malts with sweet wheat bread, some tea and a slight finish.

Medium body with a slick texture, light carbonation, and alcohol above perception. Residual sugar is left on the lips.

This is an easy drinking beer reminiscent of brown ales. It is good with a meal or as an appetizer and if the alcohol were lower it might even make for a fine session beer.

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Photo of wl0307
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Jasons supermarket in Taipei City, Taiwan; coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 05/2013, served chilled in a slim pilsner glass.

A: pours a dark amber to copper hue, coming with abundant fizziness but not OTT, topped with a lasting thin beige foamy head.
S: besides toffee-ish malt sweetness with a touch of sweet nuts, the jammy plums, prune and date-ish fruitiness accompany closely; lightly burned caramel is retrained while alcohol is clearly at presence when given a good swirl.
T: a mildly spritzy and lightly alcoholic swallow of toasted malts and toasted fruits is fast ensued by a flow of dry hop bitterness (not so much bitter as dry), leaving faintly nutty, spicy-woody and moderately sour-sweet dried berries-like undertones in the gradually warming finish. The maltiness is quite restrained, however, not like many beers of the same style I’ve tried from Germany.
M&D: the mouthfeel is lightly fizzy and refreshing, especially when taking into account the 8.5%abv.; it’s good that the beer never tastes too sweet as the hop bitterness does render a considerable balancing influence, and the sourness typical of a well-lagered bock beer also makes itself felt well enough. Not as good as the same brewery’s other Doppelbock, IMO, perhaps due to the less depth from the malts used, but still an easy-drinking heavy beer.

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Photo of plfahey
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Dark mahogany brown with a deep garnet color and excellent clarity. Moderately tall khaki-beige head shows large bubbles and fair retention.

Aroma-Rich malt aroma-Toasted dark bread, toffee, molasses, and brown sugar with some nutty, sherry-like oxidation. Bread crusts blend with rock candy sugar. A hint of cocoa powder hangs in the background present. Light dark fruit presence. Not sure how old this bottle is, but it shows some oxidation characteristic of a couple years of age, and it's aging quite nicely.

Flavor-Not quite as varied on the palate as in the aroma, but still moderately complex. Opens with cola and licorice, followed by sweet, sugary molasses and rock candy sugar, and then finishing with a nutty toast-like character. The aftertaste is semi-sweet with a strange blend of nutty, sherry-like oxidation, rock candy sugar, and bread crust malt.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with soft, moderately low carbonation. Incredibly smooth, and probably a little thinner than when it was originally bottled. Alcohol warmth leaves hardly a tickle on the back of the throat.

Quite interesting. Although I'm not sure of the age on this one, I can tell based on the oxidation flavors present that it's probably been at least a couple of years since it was bottled. It is aging quite well, so I give it points for that. Underneath the oxidation character, there are remnants of a good doppelbock, and I can see this being a much maltier, robust beer in its younger days. Good, but there are certainly better doppelbocks out there. Still, I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of DCon
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a 11.2 FL. OZ bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $3.99. Poured from the Black/White labeled bottle w/ two rams on it into a 16oz Tulip Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Tons of malt and strength from the very beginning of the aroma. Caramel hits the nose as well and is sweeter than ever. A slight booziness is found at the end. Everything great for this style!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has poor retention but a big group of bubbles stay on top. Has a nice deep caramel/medium brown colored body but clear. Leaves suds you can count on the glass.

Flavor- The flavor starts with tons of sweetness, malt, and caramel. Toffee comes up BIG time towards the middle of the drink and is great! Light-medium hops but the malt dominates this one.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Nice creaminess and then goes down smooth.

Overall Impression- A nice doppelbock but where is the body? Wish it had more depth and ingredient here. I REALLY enjoyed the toffee flavors in it though. Would definitely recommend if you can get your hands on this.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was very tasty, I'm surprised it hasn't scored higher. Poured a 2" beige head with reasonable length. Clear dark burnt umber brown color. Smells not only of malt but fresh bread and that carries through nicely into the taste. Body is lighter than the smell and taste would lead me to expect. And it cost me under $5 which to me is pretty good for this quality of import. Nice.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: medium dark brown, a little "dirty" mostly clear. Little head to speak of.
Smell: Malty fruitiness. Pretty simple profile but very nice.
Taste: Much like the nose. Simple, balanced, mellow.
Overall: Solid, very quaffable brew.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a clear deep brown, one finger of grey head left a thin covering
S - toffee and nutty with dark fruit syrup, herbs and spices
T - sticky sweet with caramel and candied fruit, some roasted nuts, light leafy and herbal hop notes
M - sticky thick body with a good carbonation balance, finishes syrupy and sweet
O - big in flavour and feel with the alcohol very well disguised, maybe a little over the top on sweetness, but still a fine example of the style

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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 hoser
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle is not the best of shape as lover of dopplebocks I will have to try this on tap some time. Underneath the smell of oxidised cardboard there once was a nice beer. Chocolate malt with nutty, toffee coffee backbone to this beer but as stated before the beer is not of the best of shape.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
1.96/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: 1/4" white head that left a slight lacing over cola brown liquid.

S: Sweet, malt, and a hint of a metallic smell.

T: Metallic and somewhat malty.

M: Thin and low level of carbonation.

O: Hopefully this was just a bad bottle, and I could not particularly tell, but there are much better Doppelbocks that exist.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a moderate brown and appears copper when held to the light. A 1/4 inch very light tan head forms and quickly reduces to minimal lacing.

The aroma hit me initially with a toasted bread note with some malty sweetness that kind of hides. I also think I'm picking up just a bit of earthy hops.

The taste has a very nice fruitiness the plays well with the caramel malt sweetness. There is again the lingering earthy hops and just the right dose of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. This is a very smooth and creamy beer with a well balanced carbonation. A pleasant and minimally dry finish.

Overall, this is a solid beer. The components work well together and I think the rate limiting step is the alcohol notes that seem to build. This would be a great beer in autumn.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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 BDTyre
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Copper brown with a very thick, white head. Creamy, bready small. Big malts, a bit of hoppy citrus notes. Toffee, malts, bread and even mild coffee in the taste. Low hops. Note quite as spicy as I would like. There's a very faint spice to it, hardly even noticeable. Alcohol not really noticeable. A bit thin, but not bad. Needs a little more oomph.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 6/6/11

A clear brownish copper with only a few bubbles able to feed a fast falling finger of foam that leaves some random patches of lace

S some bready caramel with a little brown sugar

T raisins and molasses with just the slightest nutty flavor to go with everything I smell

M enters silky and creams up fast from the bubbles, just a slight hint of heat from the booze but it's pretty mild for 8.5%

O a respectable brew but just not quite in the top examples for the style for me at least, worth trying but not mind blowing

great value for this one here in Alberta at 3.29$ its worth every penny but may not leave a beer snob impressed

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
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 TheBrewo
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We pour a brew of a warm nut brown color. It holds a bubbly one finger head of tannish bubbles which recedes at a medium pace. Little lacing is left as it goes, but the voracious carbonation leaves a tiny crown of bubbles around edges of the glass. Big cylindrical flecks of yeast are noted throughout. When the pour settles it looks like a watery cola. The aroma is bright with metallic notes off the bat. These are lent by the deep, crystal and caramel malts. There is also a sugary sweetness to it, and a hint of adjuncty grain. The faintest esters soften the hard edges around the nose, without the help of much else. As did the aroma, we begin with metals and a dark and sweet graininess. This quickly transitions into a sweeter, toffee-like vibe as we peak through the middle. There is a slight bittering of black coffee beans, lighting quick, with another ping of metallics from the yeast. Moving to the conclusion brings about robust, slightly bittered, and toasted malts. This is their darkest appearance in the tasting. This mixes with a fine saltiness at the very end. The aftertaste breathes with clean malt, slight booze, black tea leaves, and white sugar. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is medium. The lips are left on the stickier side, smacked with the sweetness, while the mouth’s interior is cooled, and only mildly coated. The abv approaches the higher end for the style, but is relatively hidden, assisting this beer in drinking easier.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how the malts don’t really fade out through the finish. While the beer may appear on the watery side, and look more like a soda, the malts in the flavoring made up some lost ground. They actually became more robust as the flavoring wore on, becoming the most intense by the end of the tasting.

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Photo of cnally
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice mahogany slightly transparent body, lots of active carbonation flowing through the liquid, and a fizzy off-white head barely stays after the pour.

The aroma is so incredibly subtle, with just miniscule toasted malt notes, slightly burnt, but little in the way of hops, yeast, or any fruity or estery qualities. Dissapointing.

The flavor is one of those that thinks it got swagga, but just doesn't. Initial burnt grains flavor, a little sweetness (slightly less oppressive than an average doppelbock), followed by an assertive alcohol bite. The depth of the flavors is lacking, and fades into an underwhelming black-or-chocolate malt cocoa bitterness. Decent aspects but lacking as a whole experience.

Mouthfeel is good. Slick but not oily, well carbonated but not a CO2 bomb, medium feel and lazily retreats down your throat.

A style typically dictated by sweetness, this beer has little in the way of syrupy and sweet characteristics. But the depth of the appealing toasty flavors falls short. Decent but not a great value.

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Doppelbock Dunkel from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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