Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 883   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
Strong lager; lagered for 9 months then filtered and force-carbonated.
"Full-bodied with a creamy flavour and noble hop flavours.
Urbock 23° has on occasion been called the 'Cognac of beers'."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 Nice golden body with a soapy white head. Strong German malt character with sweet notes of exotic honey and melon. Sweet, strong lager with some detectable oxidation in the flavor. A decent, interesting sipper. Like a super-maibock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2005
Pale brownorange with firm white head. Almondy aroma with notes of cookie dough, malt and nuts. Bitter and a bit roasted. Fruity flavor with notes of vanilla, violets, wood and coconut. Dry with some sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (24491) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2005
Bottled. Yellow coloured with a small white head. Malty aroma with notes of fruits and alcohol. Malty flavour with notes of dried fruit and cardemomme.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Poursa nice and dark with that sweet high alcohol taste. No noticable hop bite just enough to balnce the malt, creamy and a very sippable brew on a cold night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1562) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2005 Pours a deep golden with a thick, frothy white head. Grainy, floral hop aroma. Flavor is very full-bodied, pleasantly sweet and malty. Notes of grain, grass, alcohol, honey, some lemon/citrus fruityness, a little caramel and bit of a bitter hop presence at the end. Definitely not a session beer. Very full bodied and smooth on the palate with lively carbonation. Nice lacing, good head retention. I really enjoyed this. Underatted IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Poured a clear gold with a minimal head. Aroma and flavors were sweet and sugary with a good amount of caramel. Bitter finish with some alcohol pepper flavors as well. Full bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Recently best known for having taking over production of world classic "Samiclaus" - but in general known for it’s strong bocks. Extremely high gravity with 23 degrees plato makes this a difficult one to drink. Comes close to requiring cutlery. Not much darker than an ordinary pils, no head whatsoever. Extremely full-bodied and sweet. Hard to drink, I recommend chewing. 040302

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 14, 2005
12 oz bottle. Luminous slightly hazy gold with a faint head diminishing quickly into a small ring...alcohol, almonds and brown sugar waft into the nose, caramel and vanilla increasingly noticeable with warmth...brown sugar, pine and neutral alcohol in the viscous, slightly syrupy body...booze is a bit too harsh at the finish. Somewhat disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2005
Aroma is malty but also extraordinarily smooth. Flavor is also malty of course, taffy candy and orange cognac elements showing through prominently. No head and minimal lacing, but from what I’ve seen that’s normal for this style. Medium amber color. Alcohol is quite evident in the flavor but that’s actually nice because it balances the sweetness of the malt and adds to the cognac element. Very rich mouthfeel, sort of like cold cocoa (albeit without said flavor element). Just a touch of hops on the finish, but this style seems to dictate underplaying hops even at this stage. I’d recommend Urbock 23 if not simply for a good example of the Doppelbock style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2005
Smells primarily malty and hints at the high ABV. Color is an unexpected bright blond, but the aroma is all dark doppelbock. Very lively in my .5 L boot glass. Head is fizzy and frothy, about an inch tall. Very flavorful and incredibly rich; creamy and smooth with some cedar and apple elements coming through. Perhaps a dash of pepper gives it a slightly spicy edge. Feels creamier, thicker and heavier in body than the viscosity suggests.

For the first 2/3rds of the beer, the alcohol is borderline too heavy, and as we get to the last 1/3rd, it drowns out the flavor. Noble hops help to balance the heap of malts for most of the tasting. Deep, warming finish, almost a fiery burn at the back of the through. Astringent feeling at the back of the tongue. Chafing like dryness on the middle/center part of the tongue. Aftertaste reminds me of how an Irish Whisky resonates in the palate. Long story short: good beer for the first 2/3rds but too acidic and astringent in the last 1/3rd.

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