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


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RATINGS: 1314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Palidor19 (3136) - Brandon, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2006 Hmm Boy, now this is a Beer, Sweet and malty with an strong alcohol presence. The taste of caramel and toffee makes this a great nightcap drink

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4363) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Aroma is alcohol and sweet malt. Even though you can smell the alchohal its not an overly strong beer. The appearance is dark brown and the head is small. The flavor is sweet roasted malt and some hops. Light palate and aftertaste that is fruity. Prett good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hjf (3) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2005 does not count
Malty and sweetish aroma with a smooth finish. Well balanced alcohol content, a decent icebock

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2005
I inadvertently let this age a year in my fridge. I’m sure its perfectly fine, but would be nice to have younger to compare. Poured a nice-looking creamy tan head. Dark peanut skin color. Aroma is full, yet lacking. Some sweet cherries, caramel, oak. Its there, just could be a little more, and what is there is hard to figure out. Flavor is great. A bright concoction of oaked cherry and some seemingly burnt allspice and menthol tobacco. It’s a great beer, but one that can get annoying after a while. Maybe a bit sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Alcoholic. No, not me, this beer. More wheaty than I’d expected. And what’s that.. cocoa at the finish? Plums? Jesus, I’d give it a 6 for being complex and pretty different, but it’s just a smidge weird too. Quality nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Bottle: Deep brown, coppery tone, fairly translucent, moderate foamy light beige head, nice lacing.   Heavy dark fruit aroma, slight raisin and fig notes.   Heavy raisiny flavor, dark fruits, very figgy, yummy!   Big body with a fairly moderate mouthfeel.   I thought it would have been a bit thicker.   Finishes a bit heavier at least, lots of dark bready character, figs, dates, and very pruny.   Alcohol is well hidden.   Very enjoyable, but could be a bit sweeter and viscous in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mockba (78) - DENMARK - AUG 10, 2005
First impresion is the beautiful bottle. Then my nose is surprised with this nice beer. Then my taste is totaly surprised by this magnifisant beer. More of this kind of beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Thanks to JPDIPSO! Dark, clear brown with off-white head. Light aroma of dusty malt and wheat. Flavor is rich, blossoming and wheaty. Full of nice roasted nutty tones. Alcohol is glowing and warm, but not overpowering. Fairly one dimensional, but delicious and somewhat intricate. Some notes of port, and a touch of bourbon. A light touch of pear and banana on the back end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with hints of a ruby color. Very little head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a slight nuttiness with some caramel. Mouthfeel is thick, but appropriate for the style. Taste is pit fruit and a toffee-like flavor. And wow is the alcohol hidden well. The packaging is garish and dumb, but there is a decent beer in the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2005
When opened has aromas of grape juice?Poured deep dark brown with no head.Dark fruits and toffee.The alcohol doesnt come out till the end.

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