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Brewed by Kulmbacher Brauerei (Schörghuber)
Style: Eisbock
Kulmbach, Germany

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RATINGS: 1229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The ice bock, also known as "Bayrisch Gefrorns", owes its discovery to a coincidence. According to the chronicles of the Kulmbacher brewery, some time around 1900 an apprentice forgot on a cold winter day to carry two barrels of bock beer into the brewery cellar. The barrels stayed outside, were covered by ice and snow and weren’t discovered until the following spring. The barrels had burst and the apprentice was reprimanded. But the carelessness was a stroke of luck because under the thick ice coat, a bock beer extract remained, strong tasting and high in alcoholic content.
Even if the dark, tasty speciality is not produced in this spectacular way anymore, the chance that gave birth to this beer became a tradition. Today this beer rarity is brewed in a modern brewing and freezing process, but the incomparable taste is still the same and can always be enjoyed in winter months.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (2573) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, raisins, caramel and molasses. Flavor was sweet, malty and nicely rounded with dark fruit, caramel, raisins, brown sugar, molasses and light toffee. Medium-full body, low carbonation, sweet warming finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pringao_Toribi (220) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 4, 2014
In short: strong caramel beer Pours dark brown with almost not foam, malty aroma and caramel taste, very drinkable for its alcoholic content.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jflopsu (494) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Pours black with carbonation. Has a strong prune and dark fruit aroma. Taste is very strong with dark fruits (mostly prune), raisins, caramel, malts, and some spices. A very complex and strong taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjohnny (359) - - JUN 14, 2014
Sweet grainy malty aroma with a good deal of dark fruit. Pours very dark mahogany with an off white head that fades fairly quickly leaving faint residue on the glass. Sticky sweet. Malty. Fig, prune. Nicely boozy. Clean with a fairly thick mouthfeel. This is a really nice beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MayumiH (42) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Oily rich. Spicy and fruity. Warming. Very Christmasy. I quite like Eisbook actually. I like the fact the alcohol isn’t hidden. I should drink more of this style.. in December.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Temptation (220) - - MAY 28, 2014
Great eisbock, exactly as it should be: dark, strong, full-bodied without being heavy, rich, even complex. Notes to plums, raisins, marzipan, cake and liquor. Excellent with a dessert or a cigar; extraordinary by itself.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (4893) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2014
Tap @ Biermuseum Koln, large sample. Clear dark brown color with a reddish glow, short head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel malt, hint of alcohol. Bit sweet, bit bitter. Nicely balanced and good complexity. Lovely classic german eisbock indeed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (3415) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAY 4, 2014
Black bodied and small head. Thick brown sugar, bit if roast perhaps but mostly a concentrated liquorice sweetness. Taste is as expected from there on. Very sticky ending. For the abv it isn?t even too much, but generally speaking it?s sticky, sweet, alcohol and rich. It?s the style, but I?m not a real fan. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OOKPIKABLE (50) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2014
My first eisbock! Pours dark with a thin large-bubbled lingering head. Appearance is oily like a red wine. Aroma: booze, along with licorice with some banana and vanilla. Taste: is that chinotto? Quinine? Booziness like a rum and coke. Vanilla and cherries. No hops noticeable. Oily mouthfeel with lingering boozy aftertaste that’s almost chewy. Slightly boozier than I prefer, but intriguing and quite tasty. Recommended.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
titvs (71) - PORTUGAL - APR 9, 2014
Review according to BJCP 2008 guidelines (style 5D). AROMA: strong malt aroma with some notes of dried plum and alcohol. APPEARANCE: dark brown with average retention due to high alcohol content. ivory colored head. TASTE: very rich sweet malt flavour with notes of dried grapes. smooth alcohol presence with a finish of malt and alcohol. PALATE: full smooth body with a bit of alcohol warmth. medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: a very strong, full and enjoyable Eisbock. Recommended.


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