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Hofstettner Granitbock Ice

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Brewed by Brauerei Hofstetten - Krammer
Style: Eisbock
St. Martin, Austria

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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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A real (freezing process) Icebock, made from the Granitbock. Full bodied, strong, and keeps the flavour of the ancestor’s (Granitbock) caramel taste. 26°


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minutemat (2252) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
330ml bottle @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, Jan 15, brought by me. Pours dark brown with a copper hue and tan head. Quite a powerful one this. Lots of currants, fruitcake and dark treacle. Bloody gorgeous.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (5112) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
(Bottle, 0.33 l - BB 18.09.19, at One Pint Pub, 20150516) The beer poured dark brown and clear. Its head was small and white. Aroma had malts, caramel, molasses and solvent. Palate was medium bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, sweetness, molasses, caramel, grass and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, sweet and bitter. A very sweet brew that hid the alcohol pretty well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (12067) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle in the hotel lobby, RBWG ’15, night 2 - 20/02/15 thanks to whomever shared this number. Chestnut brown with a moderate beige covering. Nose is rich fruit rinds, dark malt, spice, toffee, booze fumes. Taste comprises light smoke, dark malts, toffee, spice. Full bodied, fine carbonation, booze rinse at the curtain call. Ok eisbock, hold together, doesn’t get too hot for me.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ragnampiza (664) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - APR 30, 2015
330 ml bottle from Les Vignerons. Dark copper/brown, difficult to see through, with an average, creamy and persistent light beige head. Looks really inviting. Complex, powerful and mesmerizing nose, almost like a RIS with some different nuances: tons of coffee beans and bitter dark chocolate, quite a bit of dark fruit presence (figs especially), some grapey/vinous qualities and just a hint of booze. Rich and velvety, huge mouthfeel as expected, but overall it feels balanced and harmonious. Definitely more sweet than bitter, again quite winey, with a strong malty (caramel, toffee) and chocolaty taste. The warming sensation is there, but not over the top. Very soft carbonation, almost full body, oily texture. Bought it mainly for the style tick, as I knew I wouldn’t really enjoy it that much, but still a fun experience to try an eisbock.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11380) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 25, 2015
Bottle, bought @YNWA, Kolding. Pours deep opaque brown with a small, beige film head. Aroma has roasted caramel, licorice, dark chestnut. Medium carbonation, fine oily and quite dry mouthfeel. Flavour has good roasted malts, vinious, chocolate, stones. Fine.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bill Becker (511) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 19, 2015
It pours a very dark brown, murky brown, with an inch of tannish foam. Superb lacing. Lots of brown sugar, caramel malt, and some grain in the nose. Oh, I do believe that I am sensing some Port like aromas. Hell, yes I do. Yikes, the taste almost reaches the heights of the super good and style specific smells. Caramel malt and brown sugar sweet notes dominate but fall far below the "this is too sweet" category. There are definitely some chocolate, perhaps of the semi sweet kind going on that add just a touch of bitterness. The Port I mentioned in the smell is there but a bit muted. Close to full bodied without being cloying. It might just be me but I find this Eisbock a rare and wonderful treat. Try it if you see it. PROST!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (9771) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2015
Bottle [from Euro Swap 2015/1 thanks to Sebilinz] @ home. Dark brown color with a nice red glare coming through, average to beige head. Aroma is malts, sweet, caramel, sweet dark fruits. Taste malts, sweet, a nice sweetness which I can’t really describe, caramel, dark fruits. Hard to describe but pretty damn nice! Good body and carbonation as well. Very good, total surprise to me but really nice!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (814) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 3, 2015
330 ml bottle from Biertempel Online Shop.
Dark copper body, with an average, creamy, beige head.
Lovely, full, sweet aroma of marzipan, sweet berries, dried fruits, caramel.
Taste is boozy, with dried fruits, lots of spices like pepper, berries, toffee, dark chocolate.
Full, creamy mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes alcoholic, astringent, very spicy, peppery, a bit sour-fruity, slightly bitter.

Very nice! The taste is too boozy for my liking, like in almost all Eisbock beers, and also quite sharp, but still has a lot of interesting notes. The nose is really lovely though, quite unique. Not my favourite Eisbock, which is the Aventinus Eisbock and I also like the standard Granitbock a bit more, but a very good beer for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (3051) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2015
(Hofstettner Granitbock Ice) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a snifter. Thanks to Sebilinz! ABV 11.5% Dark brown colour on the body, turning to a deep ruby red when hold against the light. Small and thin beige head, with average retention, leaving light lacing behind. Aroma has light caramel, molasses, prunes, dates, light alcohol, stewed red fruits. Sweet and boozy taste, red fruits, molasses, heavy on the prunes, notable alcohol. Medium body, good carbonation. Sticky palate, warming feeling on the body. Great, and much better than the normal version.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (5307) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle during the RBWG lobby share. Pours a clear brown with no head. The aroma is raisin malt and booze. Thin mouth, strong booze, prune juice, caramel.


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