Eggenberg Doppelbock Dunkel

Reviewed by on March 31, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

  • Origin: Vorchdorf, Austria

  • Rated On: March 31, 2015

  • Best Before: October 2015

  • ABV: 8.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Doppelbock

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

A brewing operation in the Austrian Alps, Castle Eggenberg produces this dark doppelbock, festooned with an elegant paper-wrapped cap, and stern black and white label presentation.

This 330ml bottle 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 – near sweet, actually – but adequately balanced by a rising alcohol warmth and 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 until once again Spring has a hard time wresting away the focus from a smugly lingering winter – so, next year, then.

Brady White

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