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Doppelbock Dunkel | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Doppelbock DunkelDoppelbock Dunkel

Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 245
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 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 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 papat444
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to derek for this one. Had it last night with my supper, grilled broccoli and orange chicken.

Poured from a 330ml. bottle, best before 02.2010.

Appearance: A thick oatmeal colored head (3 fingers) with a heavily tinted reddish body(semi-opaque) and decent staying power.

Smell: Dark fruit with a bit of liquor. Musty a little.

Taste: Slight wood and dark fruits mostly at first. This is malt all the way though it's pleasant. Sweet but not cloying. A spicy, herbal finish that at first was hard to pinpoint but it's definitely mint.

Mouthfeel: Practically no carbonation and very smooth. A nice warmth at the end.

Overall: I really dug this one. Considering the age, it held up well.

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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 Suds
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a deep copper color, very clear, with a thin, off-white head. The aroma is malty, with a metallic, slightly acetic and honey scent. The taste, though, is full malt. Very sweet. A mixture of melanoidin-laden and toasty notes. The beer does not have as much complexity and fullness as most dopplebocks. It's a decent and enjoyable beer, but that's about as far as it goes.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown color with hints of red on the sides. Bit of white head that left some stick on the sides.

S - Dark fruits, figs mostly, with some caramel malts and a lit but of nuts and grain.

T - Sweet, candied dark fruits, caramel malt, and some bock-like hop profile (meaning it has hops like a bock should) make this one pretty solid. Brown sugar and toffee notes in addition to the caramel malt backbone.

M - Full bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation.

D - This is a solid beer that I can drink and enjoy, but wouldn't go crazy over.

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Photo of speter
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep ruby with a one-finger bone-white head that leaves almost no lace.

S: Toffee, raisins, prunes, brown sugar.

T: Candy-like sweetness up front persists through the center, where a bit of hop bite blossoms towards the finish and aftertaste to offer amazing balance. The toffee, sugar, and dried fruit flavors are more subtle than other doppelbocks. Very nicely done.

M: Full-bodied with light, but persistent, carbonation. Alcohol very well integrated.

D: Very drinkable for a doppelbocks, which is to say, one per evening, but you look forward to the next one.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes:11-20-10

A: pours clear dark brown, with a finger thick light brown head which fell to a light haze and a small amount of lacing.
S: sweet and malty, a bit of nuttiness and caramel.
T: again sweet and nutty malt, with a bit of caramel and even just a hint of coffee. also hops have a nice lightly bitter finish
M: smooth, lightly coating, medium carbonation.
D: very easy to drink, nice balance and easy mouthfeel

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

Tops Liquor - Phoenix , Arizona

a - dark amber, little head

s - sweet and clean, light hops

t - more on the sweet side, not too much hops.

m - complex, something a can't figure out that hangs around.

d - a good hang out beer...

i'll try another Eggenberg

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Photo of Swill5786
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep brownish-amber. One finger head. A very good-looking doppelbock! Smell carries currants, raisins, figs, molasses or brown sugar, breadiness, and a tinge of alcoholic aroma. Sweet sugary fruity malt with decent carbonation. Heavier body for a doppelbock. Aftertaste is yeast-driven. Only the slightest alcohol bite at the tail end... Deceptive for the alcohol content. Hops bitterness is rather muted, but suits the style well. One and done.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into my Rochefort...A medium brown pour, lots of amber, pretty watery looking. Light tope head, also watery, gone quickly, light lacing...The aroma is light but really nice, quadish like, sugar, lots dark fruits, really complex, alcohol on the finish, pretty strong...Taste is a let down, all the complexity of the aroma is gone, lots of alcohol throughout, a little dark fruits, kind of plain. Feel is really light and watery.

A decent dopplebock, smells awesome, but down here fom there.

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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 cyrenaica
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle
8.5% ABV
I tried this beer on December 13, 2008 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a transparent reddish-brown with a very thin long lasting tan coloured head. The aroma is sweet caramel malt with a little hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with mild carbonation. The flavour is sweet malt, some caramel, some toffee, and little bit of a bitter finish.

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Photo of pootz
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Deep chestnuit brown with ruby highlights. decent sticky off white cap that laces the glass.Soft carbonation.

Aroma is ambrosia, Deep wafts of sweet toasty Munich malt, burnt treacle, some coffee, musty woody noble hop signature.

Soft malt spine, coffee-toffee-toast character, rich mouth feel.

Alcohol totally hidden by the hearty flavor profile Front side douses the palate in rich toasty sweet malts, mid palate you get some chicory, cocoa, almond paste and figs. Finishes clean and slightly bitter with a wee bit of drying. Leaves a rich bundt cake aftertaste and mild warming.

First rate dunkler dopplebock.

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Photo of Yesac
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark golden and appears dard ruby/brown in the glass. Nice two finger off-white almost tan colored head that settles to a thin layer. Some lacing on the glass.

S- Dark fruits/cherry, fig, some belgian yeast.

T- Sweet malt, caramel, dark fruits. Slight hop bitterness. The 8.5% is well hidden.

M- High carbonation, thin/medium bodied. Sticky on the palate, dry finish.

D- Nothing spectacular but enjoyable none the less. The bitterness, and dryness makes it meh.

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Photo of Ego
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

small head crackles to the surface and runs for the hills, no lacing, some aspect of legs from the ABV are apparent, dark brown sunset in tone, not much else to report here...

a dry sweetness like a loaf of fresh bread, a touch of smoke, real honey with just a smidge of booze, likin it.

taste etc...
the carbonation is there but it knows exactly when to retreat and leave a really nice mouthfeel, your mouth is coated in sweet malty flavor, almost sugary but just on the edge of being too much (and I usually can't stand sweet beers).. this reminds me more of a substantial candy bar (you know something that is sweet but has alot of other elements such as Milky Way, Snickers, etc.), smooth as silk with barely a mention of the ABV, just thick enough to have body but not thick enough to choke you out, I don't think I could stand more than a couple of these but as a digestif after a fall meal ? hells yes.

sweet? yes, but not too much for me, I rather enjoyed this one as many Doppels seem to just taste the same. this seems just like a nice traditional take on this and that comes through in the beer.

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Photo of Domingo
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those beers that I wanted to like, but it didn't really live up to expectations.
Pours a deep muddy brown with cherry wood highlights. Not much head formed even with an aggressive pour. It's not a highly carbonated style, but this one's pretty much flat short of a tiny white sheen on the top. No lacing either.
The nose is excellent. Chocolate, caramel, dark breads, a little honey and molasses. No issues there.
The flavor however is a bit of a letdown. It pretty much tastes like dark malt extract. The nuances from the nose didn't really carry over. Just straight ahead sweet maltiness. Caramel and molasses are really the only noticeable flavors and the hops are MIA. It's not bad, but it's a bit simplistic. Coming from Eggenberg, you can definitely make the connection with this beer and it's bigger brothers from the Samichlaus line.
Texture is appropriately sticky but needs more carbonation.
One of these was enough. If you're craving something that exemplifies dark malt flavors above and beyond anything, this is up your alley. I just wish it had some flavor nuances like the better DB's.
Definitely not bad, but nothing I'd seek out again.

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Photo of grub
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours crystal clear pale brown, appearing more orange when held to the light. a small dense light tan head forms, dropping fairly fast and leaving plenty of lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. sweet caramel and toffee. bit of butterscotch. lightly toasted white bread. bit of cracker and biscuit. light alcohol. bit of dark fruit - date, raisin.

taste is nice. toasted whole wheat bread. faint caramel and toffee, but far less sweet and dominant than it seemed in the aroma. low bitterness level. light alcohol. some raisin and dark fruit. light earthy character.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a fairly dry finish. medium carbonation level carrying just a touch of sting.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced. the real character of this one comes out once it has warmed a little. a nice doppelbock.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have liked the beers from Eggenberg, and when I saw their traditional DoppelBock at Knoghtly Spirits today, I had to pick up a couple bottles. I will cellar one for a while, but I have one now to review.

Appearance: Pours a very inviting reddish chestnut color with a small 1/4" head of small tan bubbles right after the pour. The head was only in its original form for about 30 seconds and then ended up a small ring on top of the beer with a consistent haze across the top that I assume must be the result of some bubbles rising to maintain it.

Aroma: I originally got a clean malt profile with some dark caramel and melanoidins, but this fades into some mild toasty notes after the head fades on top of the cold beer. I can get a hint of dark cherry in there that is subtle and is obviously a contribution of the malt.

Taste: The flavor is really bold with malt, melanoidins, toasty bread crusts and gee whiz...what else? I can get some of the alcohol as a spicy note and a subtle warming after the sip. The malt is in charge of the whole flavor profile as it should be with what I can only pick up as a hint of hops in the flavor. The bitterness in really reserved and makes the beer finish just a tad syrupy. Other than this, the carbonation is appropriate to just a tad low and the beer is a bit under attenuated to boot, so it is a formidable force for your palate and gullet to handle and reminds me more of what the original DoppelBocks used to be when they were called "liquid bread".

Opinion: This is a good beer and I would be proud to have made it. That said, by today's standards this beer is quite sweet and I guess I have become accustomed to the drier and more attenuated/carbonated/overall lighter on the palate type of Doppels. Either way, this is a fine beer and one that should be noted especially if you want to IMO try something that may be more classic to the historical side of the style. I would certainly drink this beer again, and would love to try it on tap where the carbonation is controlled.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Continuing with my "bock" theme today... Reviewed from an 11.2 oz bottle, costing $4.69 (plus...) at Half Time.

This one checks in with a clear, dark mahogany color. Scattered carbo is noted within, with a thin, light beige head, most of which congregates at the edge. Little lacing, overall. Sweetness, caramel malts, and some toffee are what's found in the aroma. Mouthfeel? Medium bodied, the feel on the tongue is fairly smooth and light, with minimal prickle.

Flavor has some sweetness present, with, again, more caramel. A little dark fruit, though light, shows up. Hopping is light, though detectable. Flavor is good, overall, though lacking complexity, making this one a bit pedestrian. Hard to find the 8.50% ABV, too; always a scary thought. Still, it is tasty offering, though not anywhere near my "must have" list. Prosit!!

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


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Photo of ryanonline
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear dark brown with a thin but rocky off white head, moderate lacing. appears sort of watery as well.

smells sort of grapey, maybe with a little brown sugar. i can vaguely smell the alcohol as well. light hop presence.

still kind of maintaining that grapey flavor, but the more traditional toffee/chocolate dopplebock flavors are coming through as well. bitter finish, though not a really hoppy bitterness.

mouthfeel is clean and creamy with lightly spritzy carbonation. there is a lasting bitter bite, but it's not something i expect.

it's good but not that interesting. i'd say it is drinkable , i just wouldn't really want to have many.

i am confused about this beer... i don't understand where it's going.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single of this earlier today... Its cold here and I need a warmer..

This looks and smells very much like Coca Cola... Clearish ruby brown with a thin head... Aromas of sweet malt... Maybe a little booze... That's about it..

Whew... While this isn't a drain pour or anything, its a VERY average dopplebock... Its sweet and malty and there might be a touch of fruits and a little booze but this is MILES away from the elites of the style... Very average..

Well, glad I got to try this but not something I will be picking up again...

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

Sangria with a pleasant head with good retention and lacing considering abv.
A sweet smelling beer from all the malt, with a subtle mocha and vanilla character. Slight hints of rum cake from the sweet alcohol and malt.
A toffee presence is present with some bread and alcohol. A very pleasant mocha character is the highlight which then segways into an alcoholic finish.
Full bodied but more hard than celebrator.
A good Doppelbock no doubt. For the price however I probably will not readdress this for some time.

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Doppelbock Dunkel from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.71 out of 5 based on 245 ratings.
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