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


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RATINGS: 1229   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 16/20
tobias (202) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2004
my first eisbock and i must say that i am enjoying it. very dark garnet color with a tan head. aroma is of caramel chocolate and fruit. it is a very thick beer, but pleasant. taste very malty, lots of caramel, but its surprisingly not that fruity tasting. the alcohol is farily well masked and provides and nice warming effect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2004 2003 vintage. Dark, ruby body with light carbonation and thin, loose, soapy, gray head. Nice complex aroma of cherries, figs, molasses, prunes, roasted nuts, and chocolate. Huge malty-cola with dried fruit elements, but considerably less pruny than the Aventinus Eisbock. Appealing as a sipper. Palate is thick and sticky like warm syrup, but nice and appealing. Very solid and enjoyable all-around. I'd love to try one of these after extended cellaring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Very black color with a thin, tan head that disappears rapidly. Aroma is malty. Raisins. Smoked meats? Bacon popped to mind. The taste is very good. A deep malt lightly smoked. Slight caramel. The alcohol is disturbinly, and painfully, well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Dark Black Coloring. Good Head. Raisins. Mince Meat? Barley. Not my Favorite, but Certainly a Good Beer to Enjoy...Good Flavors...A Bar Under from Being a Fantastic Beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 17, 2004
2/7/04. Poured out of 33 cL bottle, bought at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA a long-ass time ago. 1996 Vintage. Holy shit, yo. Extremely dark brown-red color, capped with a very slight, tan head of large bubbles. The head can be forgiven, especially because the beer does something I’ve never seen before-- it leaves very little lacing at first (maybe because of the temperature?), then begins to leave the most elegant glitter and sparkle, like a thin, light tan metallic foil. Aroma is lovely-- some grape (like the fruit and also like the artificial fruit flavoring of grape candy), cola, and faint chocolate. Very delicious nose, sweet and luscious, a bit fruity. Flavor is just killer. Caramel malt and bright alcohol, worty. Syrupy with grape flavors, but not very vinous. Dried fruit-- prune and plum. Definite alcohol but not off-putting to me. Also some chocolate. Body is medium-full, velvety smooth beneath but pretty sharply biting and sort of humming with a carbonation feel that I somehow don’t see. I would guess it’s from the alcohol, but I actually prefer to think that it’s coming from the gentle pur of pixie dust sprinkled on this magic fruit. Finish is a lot of dried fruit and caramel malt, now resinous and always resonant, quite long and unique. Excellent stuff. Sticky on the lips. I can tell this bottle is a bit oxidized, but it could still age a bit I think. It’s certainly mellowed some over the years, but it’s still damn awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2004
Deep amber brown, almost opaque with little or no head. Sweet malty nose with lots of toffee. Viscous with some prickle in the mouth, showing flavors of tootsie roll, cream and chocolate. Sweet lingering finish, with alcohol showing at the end..also a faint note of cherries shows up throughout to give this beer a enticing mystery....wonderful brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 12, 2004
duvel tulip glass: deep dark brick red body with tiny ruby highlight. a big and tight tan head grows then diminishes into a slightly rocky head. before it quickly leaves itself as a thick ring around the glass there are too many sparkles. that’s neat, i didn’t take a drink and already there’s lace! what a great appearance! too bad the head doesn’t stay as the mountain it first was. anyway... flavor... aroma... palate... this is a dark, sugary, malty, and fruity brew. it tastes like roasted fruits. it needs more. perhaps some hops or a better malt backbone. what alcohol? that’s right, after a few drinks i don’t care anyway. it has a nice and dry liquor-like aftertaste. on the lips is where i want to keep the brew; this sweet and simple thing is tasty. (i think i like Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock better!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Dark reddish brown, small head. A very nice roasty, vinous aroma. Taste of raisins, dark sugars, dark fruits. Lots of malt. Very good eisbock, even though I’d like a touch more of hops here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3648) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2004
on tap
Roasted malts, molasses, raisins. Nice aroma. Dark brown amber clear with small off-white lacing head. Thick watery body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet, very malty. Raisins, molasses, roasted malts, sugary start. Sweet light bitter finish. Malty enjoyable eisbock.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Dark brown with an aroma of caramel and anise. Flavour is almost too sweet but avoids disaster with a dry alcohol finish.

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