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


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RATINGS: 1268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 7, 2005
Dark mahogany off white head that diminishes to a slight lace of foam.Aroma was corn , chocolate and alcohol.Taste is sweet dark malt very caramelly some faint roastiness.Very smooth for the alcohol.A very rich decadent brew that is best enjoyed one per session!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 6, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Styles. Deep brown in color. Lazy tan head barely forms and then recedes like my IRA into a ring. Rich malt and molasses aroma. Smootn and coating mouthfeel. Decent carbonation. Nice mild molasses flavor with alcohol bite. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2005
Dark, murky black/brown in color. Nice semi-bubbly grey head. For aroma, there’s a metallic twang (probably from the high ABV), which seems to cover up hints of roasted and caramel malts, and a tad of cedar that comes through. Taste is very rich, characterized by chocolate malts and a small backend of earthiness, walnuts and protruding prunes. Caramel malts play a dominant role in sweetening and balancing the beer. Very full-bodied. Quite possibly the richest beer in the bock genre that I’ve had the blessing of tasting. As it warms, the beer gets only better, smoother and more balanced. You can’t taste the heavy alcohol presence until you get a small hint of it near the end of the beer. That being said, you can feel the alcohol’s effect after sip number two. Fantastic beer. God bless Eisbocks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Thanks Beerslayer! This is coca cola looking with very small white lace. Sweet smell. Caramel, figs,slight alcholoh. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Bottle thanks to Beerslayer. Dark brown color with a thin tan head. Very sweet malt aroma with lots of caramel and dark fruits. Flavor is also very sweet, with tons of caramel, malt and prunes. Very good, and I would probably say excellent if just a tad less sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Deep brown color, not quite opaque. Small off white head. Aroma of raisins, caramel, and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, but a sour character emerges in the finish. Flavor is of prunes and figs. I think the alcohol content is well balanced by the other flavors, and actually adds to this brew’s character. It doesn’t seem to have a lot of the complex character of a good dopplebock, maybe as a result of the freeze distilling. A good brew nonetheless! Note: My bottle was a bit metallic at first (cellar temp), but this character subsided as it warmed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Pours brown with very slight reddish hues. Very small head. Aroma of toasted caramel. Taste is very malty, little hop character. Hides the alcohol well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Deep brown color. Rich and sweet malty aroma. Full bodied thick rich malty flavor with a touch of alcohol. Not not a huge fan of the style because i generally enjoy more hoppy beers than overly sweet beers, but this is very good and I can certainly see how well it represents the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2322) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Pored nearly still. No head to speak of. First sip has a lot of viscosity and is candy sweet. Lots of prune and other dark fruits. Very warming, and the alcohol is getting to my melon quickly- spinning, spinning- oh, I feel good!! lallallallallallallallallalla Yeah!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5438) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Bottle: Aroma has lots of buttery caramel. Pours a dark brown with orange hilights when held to the light. Tan head fades quickly. Real sweet. Lots of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and brown sugar. Light alcohol is barely noticeable in the finish but has a little warming affect. Definitely sweet but not nearly sweet as the other eisbocks I’ve had. The more I drink this the more I like it. Very good.

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