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Hofstettner Granitbock Ice

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


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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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°

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (9546) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (676) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (2947) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (5022) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Leighton (13186) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle shared late night during RBWG 2015. Pours Clear russet with a creamy tan head. The aroma holds mild caramel, bread, butterscotch, dried fruits. Big sweet flavor, a bit metallic and tangy, with touches of cherry, salt, meat. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Tangy finish with grating metal, berries, understated caramel. Rough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (14663) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle. Hotel beer, RBWG 2014 Tampa. Clear amber color. Aroma of burnt caramel. Taste is creme brulee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
UrbanCaveman (136) - Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2015
12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 40 degrees F. Appearance: Pours a murky, cloudy medium-dark brown, almost like hot 65%-75% chocolate that has been partially frozen so that it’s still mostly liquid, but slushy. Forms little to no head, and leaves no lacing on the glass at all. A very mud-puddle sort of aesthetic. Smell: Sweetness leaps out of the glass, gloves on, mouthguard in, ready to open with a faked leg sweep into a haymaker. Dark stone fruit notes hang in the malty haze like ripe plums suspended in a fruitcake. Taste: Woo! When served cold, this is like sipping on pure malt syrup, all sweetness, toffee, and a bit of booze! As it warms up, more flavors emerge, revealing notes of cooked raisin, black currant, baked ginger - this beer becomes a liquid fruitcake, soaked in rum. The finish leaves a lingering tone of toffee and an almost rum-based liquor. Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, this beer sticks to every mouth surface and does not give way easily. Overall: Not my favorite eisbock, as the Aventinus eisbock is a tough act to follow. However, it is pretty darned tasty, loaded with a depth that cool temperatures can mask. I’d repeat this beer, were I to stumble upon it on tap anywhere, or find it on a shelf in a place where the Aventinus were not available.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tnkw01 (1270) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle. Dark ruby amber. Aroma is alcohol, raisins and malts. Taste is fruit cake, raisins, sweet with a bitter after taste. TNT.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4506) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2015
11.2 fl oz bottle: shared between five at the Shrewsbury Bottle Exchange Group meeting on 12th Jan 2015. Cheers Mat for this offering. Deep ruby pour with a beige head. The nose and taste were of rich fruit cake, treacle and maltiness. Reminded me of a Barley Wine, I have had very few ’Eisbock’ style beers, but I might try and find some more now! Sweet yet well balanced and a joy to drink.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMcDuff (6505) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2015
holy christ, this was bad .. . pours a deep purple, mild foam .. . Bracingly tart! like a million child’s jelly treats squeezed into a tart messy evil sherry like dick punch .. . was only a 2012 bottle, this fuckin was terrible, made all of us (stumac, baconboyherrin) almost seizure when taking sips .. . horrid .. . .
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