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


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RATINGS: 1246   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Malty aroma. twinkling appearance, maly blended with cherry/raisin taste, full taste but not heavy. Palate as smooth as can be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 This is the perfect drink for one of RateBeerian elders (i.e., an old guy) who just spent the last hour shoveling heavy snow during the height of the storm. - - - - - It begins with the bottle sparkling in my eyes... and no, I’m not snow blinded. They need a picture of this one here. It poured out a rich, deep mahogany with reddish highlights and a thin tan head. It’s got a light caramel aroma mixed with dark dried fruits. Not too sweet; just right. This is medium bodied and way too damned smooth. It’s full of rich malty, caramel tastes without getting as overbearing as some bocks do. It slides down very easily, leaving a sweet finish with a smattering of hop bitterness. You don’t really notice the 9.2% abv until it hits bottom and begins the warming process. I need WAY more of these.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3160) - Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2005
A very dark coppery brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is rich with prunes and chocolate (combined with the malt, it’s almost like a liquid prune brownie.) The flavor is sweet and rich with caramel added to that prune brownie. The body is thick and the brew is warming as it goes down. It’s odd how this beer’s 9.2% ABV warms on the way down while some beer’s 12% ABV are hardly noticed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Deep reddish brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet malt and alcohol. Flavor is huge sweet malt with fruit/raisins and alcohol. Cocoa like finish - dry and bitter. Very nice beer with warming qualities on a cold winter evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Pours a nice dark brown color with low carbonation. Sweet caramel aroma with dark fruit highlights. Flavor is sweet malty with an alcoholic kick representative of 9.2% which makes the aftertaste a bit dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2004
bottle. deep dark brown colour. aroma is very malty, and consists of dark fruits, berries, chocolate, and alcohol. all of the aroma carries through into the flavour. complex. alcohol is quite prominent. very sweet. A solid eisbock.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3341) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Pour is a deep red with almost no head. Aroma is malty and berry. Mouthfeel is thick and syurpy. Flavor is malts ,malts and more malts. Very heavy brew with a ton of malt. Also alcohol is there in a big way. Deffinatly good for sipping slow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 10, 2004
(2003 edit.) I llove bocks, I ador dobbelbocks and eisbocks amazes me; they are great beers. One impression witch goes throughout the beer, is chocolate. The color is deep, golden brown and a bit hazy, liquid chocolate. Also has a heavy chocolate sent, with a round rum-like aroma. Not that complex a taste; loads of powermalts and alcohol, no more. Finish has a tad of coffee, and the bottle contains no yeast. Big problem for me is the commercial descriptions notice of hop estract, is that cool in beer?.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (650) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2004
She’s clad in black cherry garments with fine lace. Her odor is mildy inviting, but draws you in as she warms. Her body is a little skinny, but not Paltrow-esque. She is peppered with sweetness, (maybe from all the alcohol in her veins ?) I will miss her when she blows a dry kiss goodbye - but others will take her place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2004
Bottled 11.2 oz. Dark cherry color. Minimal head. Fruity and alcohol in aroma. Full bodied. Too strong of an alcohol taste.

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