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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 30, 2005
Dark reddish colour with a beige head. Sweet malty aroma, caramel hints and notes of alcohol. Strong alcohol flavor but balanced with a nice malty sweetness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2005
This is a very quality beverage. What difference between a German ice and an American ice. This is dark, bold and strong. Definitely worth a try!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2005
Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma and flavor has strong alcohol presence. Lots of residuel sugar. Finishes very sweet with a long aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2005
Bought at New World Distributors up in Manhattan 04.

This is a big black smoky grizzly bear of a Eisbock.. must have rolled in molasses dates and raisins… also must have found and stuck his head in the 30 year bourbon barrel… this beer is F-ing Rad!
Sticky, sweet, fruity and smoky... ahhh!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2005
11.2 oz bottle, Mindestens altbar bis 22 10 04: I take this to mean best before 10/22/04. Room Temp. Hogwash!!!!!! Pours a deep mohagany w/ fantastic ruby highlights and a lasting cream colored, thick, head. Deeply malty! Toasted and bready malts, some slight smokiness(probably due to age), and a raisiny dark fruit character that have melded together wonderfully! Some hints of alcohol in the nose. Well balanced and port like in the flavor, but lightly so. Clean, lightly oxidized, but it adds to complexity of palate. Some dark raisiny fruity flavors, heavily malty with toasted malts and hints of deep caramel character that adds to the raisiny flavor. Hints of alcohol, but clean otherwise. Finish is malty and caramelized raisins, aftertaste has hints of roast. Full bodied, medium carbonation, and smooth. Alcohol is barely, and I mean barely evident. Wow!! If this stuff is over theh hill, sign me up for old age!!!!! Very nicely complex brew. 10.99/Six, I’m going to get the other 6 tomorrow!!!!

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - APR 19, 2005
Pours a rich chocolate-mahoganey color right out of the bottle. Instantly a nose of dark raisins and butter-rummed bananas leap out. The brown sugar and dark fruit collid with a spicy clean hop (Hallertau?). All of these elements are balanced by the well hidden 9.2 %abv. On the finish a crisp smooth roast takes over, begging the drinker to have another sip. Obviously this is a favorite. It has served me well and since I just had a bottle last night I decided to rate it. Try this as a digestif after dinner of a dessert wine, it goes wonderfully with stilton and walnuts. Damn those talented Germans. It’s almost a shame what North American brewers have done to give Ice Beer the reputation that it has.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2005
bottle from Rich via our latest rade. a very dark brown-amber with a tan head that fades to a thin layer of creamy foam then subsides to a ring of lace as it chases its way down the glass. mildly sweet with a medium body. a well balanced brew with caramel, nuts, some chocolate and bread dough. a bit warming from the alcohol, but the alcohol is well hidden for the most part. a well crafted brew, thanks Rich for sending this one my way!

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2005
Pours very dark brown almost black. Aroma is chocolatey with a hint of the alcohol in the nose. The head is white but doesn’t stick around long. Taste is a little roasty dark chocolate. Maybe a hint of caramel. This is extremely rich and strong in flavor. On the palate it is smooth but not very thick. It starts off very sweet and finishes with that 9% alcohol smack. It gets better as it warms and more flavor begins to appear. I was looking for a spring bock. This isn’t quite it but a very good beer indeed!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2005
This beer kind of misfired for me. It was freshly delivered from Boston, thank you Clarkvv. A nice brown colour, but kind of sourish, some malts and toffee and stuff to sweeten some toastedness, lacking complexity to go with dinner. The Niagara Eisbock versions are sure a whole lot better.

3.5
   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!


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