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


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RATINGS: 1262   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 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 (2312) - 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 (5374) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2005
The problem with this beer was the drinkability. I start with that because there were a lot of nice aspects to this beer. The pour was like rootbeer with a creamy head. The smell consisted of very sweet malts with caramel, coffee and wine. The taste was impossible for me. The alcohol was so strong that I could not drink it. For those who like that aspect of a beer enjoy this because it is high quality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2005
deep brown pour with a small layer of white head, smells of malt are mingled with some sweetness that i cant nail down the source of. very malty flavor, but does it without becoming very heavy, as the body is somewhere in between medium and full. caramel is a major part of the flavor. the mouthfeel is very solid, with a bit of tingling going on, almost making my mouth pucker as i swallow. an excellent beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
erod61 (31) - Bangor WI, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2005
I guess part of my disappointment in this is I based my expectations on New Glarus’ Unplugged eisbock. I found this one to be hard to discern individual flavor elements becuse they were screened by the high abv. I wasn’t totally put off, but it wasn’t one of my favorites

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (4833) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Dark brown. Malt aroma, sweet. Flavor is very sweet. No alcohol in the flavor. Carmel, malt, sugar, campfire. Not as good as Celebrator, but an excellent bock.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
french578 (4) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2005 does not count
Black/reddish color to it, with a very sweet aroma. At first taste it is very sweet, but soon it warms the mouth and becomes very drinkable! If you like sweet/malty beer’s this one is for you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2005
Almost black colour with a small brownish head. Aroma and flavour is richly malty and sweet (brown sugar, caramel). Lovely thick and warming mouthfeel. Considering the dark malty characteristics and the high ABV this beer was actually surprisingly drinkable.

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