Fin (8260) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at the Borefts Beer Festival, De Molen Brewery, Bodegraven, Netherlands 30-10-09 Quite flat in appearance, looks a bit like gravy, there is no head. Simcoe hops are on the nose. Taste is hoppy and alcohol is very well hidden, you would never think that you were drinking such a potent beer. Its strong, sweet and malty but sadly despite some positives its not totally my thing. A7 A2 F6 P4 Ov14 3.3
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ 1ste Borefts. A brown colored beer, with a small beige head. The aroma of malts with bitterhops and caramel. There are also fruits. The taste of hop bitter is explicit. There are also fruits with notes of alcohol. The aftertaste is bitter with alcohol and hints of sweet.
thewolf (11434) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2009
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap @ 1st BBF, De Molen.
Pours muddy brown with no head. How dry-hopping something can make a beer’s visuals go from 5 to 1, I don’t know... Hoppy, vinious aroma. Pine forest, oak and raisins. Medium carbonation, rather sharp and fat mouthfeel. Flavour is alcoholic, caramel sweetness and lots of dry hoppiness. Far too unbalanced. Far below the regular version.
joergen (23360) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at 1st Borefts Beer Festival at De Molen.
Hazy red brown coloured with a small beige head.
Fruity and hoppy aroma of caramel, pine needles, grass and dried fruits.
Fruity and hoppy flavour of pine needles, caramel, liquorice, dried fruits and alcohol.
Dry hoppy finish.
Very unbalanced hoppyness.
caesar (5765) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ BBF. The simcoe gives a very nice fruity bite to the IJsbock. Taste is a bit more dry, bitter and fruity. Very nice, but unlike others I thought the combination of the cognac with the IJsbock suited the beer better. Not that this is a bad combi ofcourse :-)
skortila (4820) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ 1st BBF, De Molen. The aroma is very fruity due to the Simcoe. It has grapefruits, peach, mango. Together with the sweet caramel and dried fruity malts this makes a lovely combination. Hazy, brown coloured beer with a lasting, off-white head. The taste is sweet and bitter. It also has the lovely combination presented in the aroma. Fantastic. The alcohol is well hidden. I realise it is a big trouble and effort making this kind of beer, but it would definately be awesome if this could be made again. I surely hope so. One of the best experimental brews (if not the best) I had this year. Best eisbock ever.
Savad (58) - Den Bosch, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ 1st BBF in Bodegraven. Tantalizing hop aromas. Oiled sweet wood pulp, mashed weeds, bamboo. Lots of fruit pulp, ripe mango and a whole cocktail of other fruits and berries. The flavor complies with the aroma, a bit less intense though. Also drier, cured leaves come in the flavor. The body is sticky and oily – very pleasant. Drying finish. Glowing brown color. No head, rather fizzy bubbles instead.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap@1stBBF. Lovely powerful stuff but not over the edge. Very complex yet well balanced. Alcohol present but as could be expected from 16.4% ABV. Amazing.
jerohen (2062) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at 1st Borefts Beer festival, Bodegraven. Overwhelming hoppy nose, complex and fruity and actually one of the best i’ve ever smelled. Somewhat sweet malty flavour, some herbal notes, fruit. Very long-lasting finish. The aroma alone is enough for a high rating, but also all other features are very good. I concur with bierkoning that this is the best of the IJsbock series.
bierkoning (11044) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ 1st BBF Bodegraven. Amber color. Red berries and mango in the aroma. Sweet liquorish flavor with loads of oily hops, grass, red berries and mango. Very long oily hopbitter finish. My favorite of the Molen Ijsbock series.