Castle Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel Eisbock
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Style:
German Eisbock
ABV:
9.8%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 8.72%
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
106
From:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
 
Austria
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  10
Gots
  0
SCORE
90
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Photo of Phatz
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden caramel color with a small head but it retains a frothy cap.

Smell: Dominantly sweet malty caramel and sugars, fruits, light spices and a not so subtle suggestion of alcohol.

Taste: This beer is super sweet and syrupy with a bready malt character lots of sugary flavors and a sweet tart candy, caramel molasses, and dates flavor. The alcohol is warming but not too much so.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy thick and rich and smooth and a sheer delight in the mouth. Almost limited carbonation lends to the slick feel.

Drinkability: It is a bit to thick and sweet and alcoholic to consider sessionable but it certainly is taste and I enjoyed drinking one very much.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good eisbock. Very smooth for the style. Pours to a nice ruby brown color. Almost appears to be made of that pearlescent color-shifting paint as I look at it from different angles towards the light. No head is produced, though none was expected.

The aroma is nice. A strong caramel malt aroma steals the show, but it is accompanied by an intense fruity ester profile as well as a nice warm backing of alcohol. Not enough to strip your nose of its hairs, but just enough to add complexity and spice. A little bit doughy.

The flavor is very similar to the nose. Hidden under all the fruity plum esters are the vegetal notes typically associated with a lager. Despite the rich, sweet, fruity flavors, this beer seems to be very dry. It leaves almost no trace of an aftertaste! That really helps to improve upon the drinkability of this 9.8% eisbock. The alcohol is quite well masked as well.

The body is full and sticky. Fairly crisp, and surprisingly very clean. This is probably the smoothest eisbock ever. I'm sold. This beer was in my cellar for about half a year before I decided to try it tonight. I'll likely end up replacing it with another, since it seems to have cellared VERY well. When I tried a fresh sample at work, it seemed much more harsh, like the eisbocks I'm used to. Or perhaps my palate has developed just that much.

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Photo of StoutHearted
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured with no head into a dark caramel color. My first impression upon its aroma was of burnt rock candy. It had a slight milky taste, with traces of caramel, white chocolate, yogurt, and raisin. The mouthfeel left me with the impression of gritty charcoal on the throat and a creme brulee finish. This is a beer I would save to pair with dessert. I don't think it could hold up the end of a meal on its own, but paired with creme brulee, I expect this beer to be fabulous.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear brownish color . Decent head that retreats quickly.

Has a faint sweet smoky alcohol nose to it.

Has a light sweet bourbon taste. Some sweetness.

Moutfeel is lighter than I'd expect , medium.

Drinkabilty is pretty good considering the high ABV.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/25/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle, no freshness info noticed. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark cherry colored pour. At first a slim 1/4 inch head if that, settles to a very slight white rim. Lacing is sparce and lightly streaky.

Smell- Heavily scented brew with mucho dark fruits and sugars. Lots of raisins, prunes and the like. Some alcohol noted as well.

Taste- Taste is remarkably similar to the scent...go figure! Prunes, butterscotch, mollasses, plums and raisins. Lots in here. Light alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation than would like. Thick and heavier.

Drinkability- Fairly good for an Eisbock. Didn't get the almost 10%. Well hidden. Tasty.

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Photo of asabreed
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay chaline.

Appearance: A very dark amber with lots of bubbles, though even so the head dissipates quickly and there's not much lacing at all.

Smell: Sweet malt with a healthy does of alcohol. Some ripe fruit, along with some plum and dates, and some pretty bitter hops, which I wasn't expected.

Taste: Lots of dark fruit at first, cherries especially, with much malt sweetness also. What happens by the finish, however, is a lingering ripe fruit combination, cherries and strawberries, before the attack of bitter hops. Quite and odd and satisfying finish by the end.

Mouthfeel: Not syrupy, but you can feel the thickness from the heavy malt and sugar. Still there are spread out carbonation levels to make this an easier go in a way; otherwise I imagine it'd be pretty heavy on the palate.

Drinkability: A style that's fairly new to me, and something of course that's pretty thick, huge, and needs to be sipped. Could this be another brew, like a scotch ale, that may go nicely with a cigar and a fireplace? Either way, I'm curious about trying others, even though I haven't seen many of them.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Appearance is a brown color with rather poor head.

Smell is strong of alcohol, with some sweetness and fig notes.

Taste is malty, sweet, fruity and with noticeable alcohol. Perhaps this would be better with some time spent in the cellar.

Mouthfeel was nice with good body and carbonation and a clean smoothness.

Drinkability suffers from the noticeable alcohol strength, but otherwise a pretty good beer. I would like to try it again after some again and see how it improves (if any).

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Photo of Jredner
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Higly malty aroma with some brown sugar notes and a hint of spiciness. The body is a orange tinted brown and the head starts out a full thumb thick and somewhat tan, but the thickness of the head diminishes quickly. Syrupy feel in the fore along with a super sweet malty base and a sharp jab of hot alcohol. More brown sugar notes...mild chocolate and a hint of caramel/toffee. Some very mild spiciness, but hard to tell where that starts and the alcohol ends. Some very mild nutty notes effect a little dryness, but there is some sweeter hazlenut flavor as well. Very hot for the alcohol, but then 4 years ago this still would have been considered a beast alcohol wise.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured my best, but I only got a small white head that was gone by the time the last drop left the bottle. Deep cola colored beer with an amber glow around the edges. Aroma is oozing with caramel malt sweetness with an elusive sharp piney hop. Sweet maltyness carries over into the flavor, but isn't as thick and syrupy as I expected. There is a slight metallic flavor that mellows as the beer warms, and that's about it. Sweet sweet malt. Not much carbonation in the mouthfeel, but it's also not chewy so I can't complain. It's fine, a pretty good Eisbock, but not a beer I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

their regular eisbock which is airline fuel alcohol but still drinkable, blended successfully with a malty tasty dunkel. It was still interesting drinkable. Chocolate brown appearance with a bit of white head and some chocolate in taste.Boozy, but less opffensive than their other eisbock.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown amber color with a fairly weak head and very few lacings but does keep a nice brown film on top.

Aroma is malty, with very dark, sweet roasty aroma and a bit of oak,

Flavor is very malty and hides the alchohol very well. Caramel and buscuit malts really stand out but there is a very smoky earthy wood flavor to this beer. A bit of port flavor. Mouthfeel is medium body and is fairly slick, chewy malt aftertaste.

Seemed like a pretty nice beer, amazingly strong without the alchohol warming or bite.

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Photo of phisig137
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark mahogany color, with little head and no lacing

Smell is amazing. Dark caramel, sweet malt, and fruitcakes.

Taste is malty sweet, with good complexity, and caramel overtones. Sweet, but not cloying. Mouthfeel is full, chewy, and very satisfying.

Drinkability is high. This beer is so smooth and enjoyable that is goes down very easily. Each sip BEGS for another. Alcohol is present, and makes itself known after about half a glass.

This is now one of my new favorite dopplebocks. Fantastic beer all around. It's hard to find a bad Eggenberg, aside from the pilsner...

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml (11.2 ounce) bottle recommended to me as a malt lover by Nick at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO.

Mahogany body with a fading head (despite a vigorous two-stage pour) that leaves a tight ring and sticky lacing (no, "sheeting" is a better description) that completely coats the glass. Smell of figs, burned caramel, cherries, dark chocolate, and loads of malts. Just a hint of pine hops in the background. The dark chocolate dominates the taste, but there's a rich vinous alcohol there too: tannic red wine with a cocoa roastiness, and rum-soaked raisins. There's a roasted malt bitterness that pleasantly lasts and lasts. A lot going on here. Rich mouthfeel, not as thick as I would have thought from the lacing, but plenty round, nonetheless. For an eisbock, pretty drinkable.

Overall, pretty darn impressive.

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Photo of russpowell
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours caramel to ruby red with a 1" off white head that drops to a filmy head pretty fast. Hazy strata from the alcohol & slight bubble are another noticable feature. No head retention or lacing, biggest detractor

Smell: Fruitty and licorice notes, with some alcohol notes

Taste: Fruitiness with some licorice notes. Mellow oakiness and brandy-like notes. Alcohol and dryness in the finish

MF: Rich & well balanced, more carbonation please!

Pretty damn drinklable for the style. I usually find most eisbocks too top heavy with alcohol tastes, smell, you name it.. Yummy

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Photo of Iguana
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I'll start out by saying this is only my second of this style, the first I enjoyed so decided to go seek out another and came up with this tasty brew. I thought the first was good, this one was great. From pour till finish was pure enjoyment. It started with a dark brown/ruby color with a centimeter head. Nose is sweet, smell is very close to that of a dessert wine. Simple smells great, no other way I can put it. Taste is just like the smell, extremely rich, tastes of malt and dark fruit. A real sipping beer. Very rich and smooth, taste doesnt linger around too long but every second of it is enjoyment. Drinkability of it is good, due to its high alcohol content I wouldnt go too many of these in a night, but after dinner, on a cold night this is the trick to warm you up. I would recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Did a hard pour, but could only produce a film of foam that went away to nothing. A hint of amber to an overall watery choloate color.

Smell- A noticeable alcohol smell, hinting at a powerful dark fruit flavor with some roasty malts.

Taste- Starts with a spicy dark fruit flavor and a little licorice. Then leads into an alcohol flavor mixed with grains that reminded me of a blended scotch.

Mouthfeel- Very thick, chewy palate.

Drinkability- this beer lends itself to be enjoyed. Some beers have a light palate and you mmight drink a beer to fast to pick up all the flavors their. This beer grabs your attention and makes you pull out as many flavors as possible.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear orange-caramel with a quiescent interior. A vigorous pour has generated a two finger cap of sandstone colored foam that doesn't appear to be dense or sticky. It falls without fanfare and without leaving any lace. A passable look, no more.

While the pour brought a strong aroma of darkly fruity alcohol to my nose, that impressive power was nowhere to be found by the time I got around to assessing the beer's nose in earnest. It's still a tad dark fruity and is mildly nutty, but it sure isn't a malt bomb. I'm starting the bottle out at cellar temperature, so waiting for it to open up with warming isn't an option. So far I'm underwhelmed, at least relative to my expectations.

Urbock Dunkel Eisbock tastes exactly like a doppelbock. Of course the only eisbock that I've had prior to this one was Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock, so what do I know? The beer is mega-malty, although not in a heavily roasted black or chocolate malt sort of way. It tastes fruity and alcoholic, like raisins and dates (okay, cocoa powder-dusted raisins and dates) swimming in tawny port.

Although it isn't as rich or as multi-faceted as I'd like, this is still good beer. The incompletely masked alcohol is an integral part of the flavor profile and isn't bothersome in the least. It also results in a lovely warming in the belly that is beginning to spread from the tips of my toes to the top of my scalp.

The mouthfeel is medium-full and slightly sticky on the finish. A barely noticed carbonation is fine by me since this is such a big beer. As usual, I'd rather feel too few bubbles than too many.

What the hell is an urbock dunkel eisbock? I prefer to think of this Brewery Castle Eggenberg offering as a doppelbock since it looks, smells, tastes and feels like one. Although I was far from gobsmacked, UDE grew on me as I got deeper into the bottle. Bottom line: good it is, special it ain't.

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Photo of Suds
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours as a dark, reddish-brown liquid and is capped with a thin, but attractively creamy off-white head. The aroma is satisfying in itself…strong malt, bread, sweet dough, caramel, honey, and (of course) alcohol. The alcohol is neatly folded into the other smells, and nicely completes the package. The taste is malty and warming. It’s not at all harsh, and has a toasted, slightly roasty undertone. Low bitterness, just enough to keep it from being sticky. The brew is full, a little slick, and very satisfying. I wish I had another.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow-gold colour, with a strong head that has a tight bottom and a looser top.

The smell contains notes of banana,and a hint of mango, spice, and a bit of hops.

The flavour is a strong dark maltiness, followed by spice and hops with a woody finish that carries the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is fizzy up front, thick and syrupy after, with a tight fizziness at the end.

The strong alcohol here might make this too intense for a sessioner for most folks. It really warms you up.

Be well
-UF

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very clear deep reddish brown color with a good half inch of solid bubbles at first pour. This retained for a few minutes with only a few bubbles rising

Aroma: I get an Oaky aroma with this beer. It has some alcohol noticeable among the dark fruits. I can even pick out a bit of citrus in here that seems like a product of the alcohol instead of plain hops. Some assertive peppery notes come to the forefront as it warms a bit.

Taste: It has a really rich flavor that gives you lots of toasty flavors mixed with a fruit basket. It doesn't really taste much different than a piece of toast with mixed berry jam when you really get down to basics...but this is a beer! There is a lot of caramel and melanoidins in here to complicate the issue also. The mouthfeel makes it come across like it is a bit heavy...imagine that

Opinion: This is an incredible beer! It is about as complex of a malt oriented beer as you can get.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with no head, and the only traces of carbonation are faint bubbles cascading to the top. Sweet, fruity malt aroma. Like the nose, the flavors start off sweet and malty initially. Chocolate covered cherries and raisins linger on the tongue with a bit of leafy hops, though all the while the sweet malt makes its presence known. Warming alcohol presence, but well hidden in the flavor, though not in the warmth. Slick in the mouth with a mild carbonation twang. I'm a big fan of the style, and while this isn't nearly the best I've sampled, it's still a good effort.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps not too surprisingly, Eggenberg's Dunkel Eisbock is not much different than the Urbock 23º with the exception of its much darker color.

It pours a clear mahogany body beneath an average-sized head of creamy ivory foam that holds well at first, but can't seem to manage against it's 9.8% abv.

The nose is bready and caramelish with an undisguised whiff of alcohol in there as well.

In the mouth it's tingly and smooth with a dextrinous, medium body that becomes a bit creamy as it warms.

The flavor is fairly straight-forward malt and alchol. It's bready, carmelish, a bit honeyish, and somewhat raisin-like with a delicate touch of herbal/floral hops underneath. The bitterness is solid, and it's thoroughly attenuated so there's not the push and pull between bitter and sweet that sometimes occurs. The alcohol is clear, but unlike the enhancement that it lends to the Urbock 23º, it's a bit obtrusive here.

It's interesting, but not really complex, and the alcohol tends to hinder its drinkability quite a bit. Unless you seek the 'pepper' and burn of the alcohol, I think it'd be safe to say that the Urbock 23º or a doppelbock might be a better choice.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good beer, but you have to like very strong dopplebocks. This Eisbock Looks decently carbonated and leaves little in the way of head retention. Lightly brown and golden in color. Smells boldly sweet, caramelly, honey like, fruity, and alcoholic. Sweet tastes of prunes, dates, and figs. Honey like flavors round out sweetness. A little toastyness, caramelly, and chocolatey note complex taste. Firm, yet surprisingly mellow body. Would be thicker, but sliced by alcohol flavor. Alcohol is pronounced, but smooth. Leaves an oily film, and finishes smooth, lingering sweet and hot.

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Photo of palliko
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with minimum foam and lacing. There are raisins, prunes and toasted malt present in the aroma. Reminds me somewhat of Salvator, but a little sweeter. The initial taste is sweet grapes, a hint of molasses and maple syrup. Then the alcohol kicks in, but never really surfaces as to overwhelm. The mouthfeel is nice and yeasty, chewy, and full-bodied. The finish leaves you satisfied and full.
Not sure I would order this by the pitcher, but a great final beer for the evening.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz bottle.

Pours a murky brown with a decent, but small off white head. Lacing and retention are nonexistant.
Smell is rum, raisin, a bit of caramel. Some roasted malt seems to be in there as well. Definite prune aroma. Slight hint of alcohol.
Taste is similar to smell, very rummy a bit of raisin and prune, definitely some hop bitterness as well as roasted malt character. Alcohol is also punched up in the after taste.
A little slick actually. Not really any carbonation to this one. Coats the tongue and while not terrible, makes for an odd feeling.
Overall, while I don't really claim to be familiar with the style so much, this one seems to me to be a bit sweet and just a little acrid. Not terrible, but I'm not going to be having it again anytime soon either.

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Castle Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel Eisbock from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 106 ratings