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

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 1312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Malts and roastiness in the aroma. Pours a dark brown, but really quite a deep crimson amber when held to the light. Toffee and candy tones as brew approaches. Some fantastic maltiness with a sweet background that almost cloys, rides a fine line but manages to stay on the balanced side. Nice warming feeling down the back of the throat. A beautiful eisbock.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7503) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Poured a deep iced-tea like brown with a 1/4" head that slowly receded to form a thin ring around the top. Beer was lightly carbonated, and had an aroma consisting of raisins, dates, cocoa, and some alcohol. Roasted malts were very pleasant in the taste, and were well-blended with some dark fruit, vanilla, and alcohol. Smooth, non-cloying mouthfeel. Alcohol comes through as the beer warms. The beer is warm all the way down, with roasted malts in the aftertaste. This is a big and well-crafted beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Rich, thanks. This poured dark, with a foamy rich tan head. On the pour there seems a lot of carbination. The nose has caramel and roasted malts. The taste, Wow, Raisins and malts, good full mouth feel, Bitter end, this is a quality brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Bottle. Pours dark and thick with a nice, small head. Aroma is molasses and roasted malt, and the flavor duplicates the aroma. Palate is nice and thick, and it lingers on the tongue. Only drawback to this beer is a slight coppery finish on the back of the throat, but this unwanted visitor is soon ushered away, leaving a thick, malty flavor and coating. Alcohol is nicely hidden. I’d love another one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2005
Bottled. Dark brown. Sweetish, cellary nose. Extremely full bodied. Mouthcoating. Wood, almonds, nuts, sweet malts, menthol. Smoooth!

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!!!!


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