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

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common

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RATINGS: 1221   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Bottomless and nocturnal. Gooey head for a lager that quickly dies and dissipates. Dusty aroma. Pronounced salty malt. Pounds upon pounds of thick german malts combine to cover not only the alcohol but my nose as well. Anise, iron (not oxidized), Very smooth aroma, complex yet overpoweringly sticky. Not subtle. Flavors reflect this. Distinct saltiness coupled with hints of plastic and rust. If this weren’t a doppel I’d swear it was oxidized beyone belief. However that just must be the gallons of lager yeast and dark malts that lurk in this beauty.Warming alcohol but not too much. Huge and sticky. It is alright but I’ll take the Aventinus eis anyother day thank you very much. G-rat

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Smells awesome. Beautiful pour. My first Eisbock. Interesting roasted flavor. Not sure if I like this style of beer, it taste like there’s something missing. After drinking more of it, I decided I do like it...quite a bit!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2004
Bottle. Hugely sticky. Full on soy sauce and salty caramel, definitely some mollasses. I like the slightly woody/earthy sherry like quality at the end, nice saltyness. Its just too sticky,and there is some raw alcohol evident.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (933) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Rust colored and slightly hazy pour had low carbonation and miniscule head. The aroma was wine like – sweet, raisiny, and with no indication of hops. The taste was vinous, dry, and sweet, with notes of grapes, brown sugar, and molasses, and just a hint of smoke. The alcohol content was very well hidden with no burn whatsoever, and the mouthfeel was satiny soft. Very drinkable for such a bold brew concentrated by freezing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Dark Brown. Interesting, somewhat subdued aroma of madiera, rubber, ports, deep rich malts and figs. Malt accented flavor profile that I really enjoyed. Stunning notes of caramel overtake the palate while other notes of brown sugar, dark ripe fruits, figs and prunes. Full-bodied. I’ve had some better eisbocks but this one is very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2004
This is a truly great beer, a runs a close second to my favorite eisbock which is the Schneider, but this is wonderful. Great sweet caramel bread flavors, a nice tingly sweetness, with some spiciness thrown in for bite. I could sip on this all night.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2004
Beautiful deep garnet red when held up to the light. Minimal tan head as expected. The sweet caramel malt aroma was good but needed some intensity. The flavor was the same as the aroma. Overall a little more complexity and body were needed to bring this up into the class of the best Eisbocks.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2004
Funky sweet aroma. Color is a dark mahogany. No head as expected. Very malty mouthfeel. Pronounced alcohol kick, nice. Developed malt taste, quite sweet but also hearty and certainly not bland- can’t quite put my finger on it. An interesting strong beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Pours a very dark brown with a foamy tan head. Light to sweet malty aroma. Very pleasant rich full bodied mouthfeel. Smooth mellow malty flavor. Has a pleasant Aftertaste that warms the soul.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2004
Pours a dark brown with a very thin head. Aroma is typical bok, caramel malt, molasses and a touch of hops. Full body and a very rich creamy mouthfeel. Taste is sweet caramel malt with a noticable but not overpowering taste of alcohol. Some bitterness in the finish and a nice lingering aftertaste.


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