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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1282   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
Pours a muddy brown color with a thin light brown head. Strong and rich aroma and flavor of malt and dark fruits. Medium body, liquorous texture, lively carbonation. Hmmmm me like ! I love the rich, heavy malt in this beer !

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2005
Tan head on a dark ruby body. Malty an fruity aroma. Very nice mouthfeel, with tones of liquorice, excellent as a winter beer. Very filling and gives an impression of completeness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown with small head. Pleasent chocolatey maltiness and warming alcohol throughout. Medium to full body. Quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - FEB 3, 2005
color is the darkest ruby, looks black but you can see red through light. head is dark tan and very creamy, quickly reduces to thin layer. aroma is salty, burnt malt, alcohol, prune, some blackstrap molasses, faint caramel. one whiff was like a damp wetsuit in winter. mouthfeel is oily, thick, and creamy, carbonation is strong and subtle at the same time. flavor is dry at first then bitter burnt malt and licorice. tobacco, peaty, and alcohol flavors too. slightly salty finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (9611) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Acquired via trade. This beer is dark brown/copper with a thin light tan head. Very little lacing. The aroma is very sweet with caramel, raisins and malt. Medium-bodied and chewy with a flavor that is very unique. It has some aspects of a Barley Wine, a Scotch Ale, and a Bock. Syrupy sweet with malt, molasses, raisins and brown sugar. There is a faint woody character at times too. The finish continues the sweetness but there is a bit of hops bitterness there. I am really unfamiliar with this style but I like it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2005
Bottle at Plan B CPH. DK. Dark brown color with a small white head. Sweet malty, dark fruits light alcoholic aroma and taste. Medium to full body and a sweet light alcoholic finish.

3.7
   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.

4
   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3273) - 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.

3.8
   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.


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