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


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RATINGS: 1233   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2004
33 cL bottle, snifter. Caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses malt (H); prune, port, brown sugar, soy sauce aromas. Mostly black body with hints of a deep brown holds a creamy but small and diminishing head. Heavily sweet, very lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish. Full body, creamy/oily texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: great malt flavors, huge nose, excellent mouthfeel. This, my friends, is a barnburner!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kosh (20) - Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2004 had to re-rate this one after having tried another: like the first one, the scent from the bottle was very musty and almost put me off but once poured into the glass the scent changed quite a bit. can almost make out a slight cinnamon roll scent! also something odd, perhaps a smokey aroma. poured a dark brown with small head. malt ’o plenty and i also agree with the vanilla/butterscotch mention. warm going down but this one hides the alcohol well. a very thick mouthfeel. this was a fresh 2004 bottle, have one more and plan to age it a bit more if i can stand the wait. a very unusual beer, at first sip, didn’t know what to think. probably because the off scent got in the way of taste. tasting better as it warms up a bit. well worth a try, easy to drink, perhaps hard to find though?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Very dark brown body with red highlights. Aroma has charcoal smoke, cherries, and that deep dark maltiness I never can quite put my finger on. Alcohol as well in the aroma. Sweet flavor that starts with dark cherry/grape malt and finishes with some fruitcake-ish spice. I don’t really enjoy the heavy sweetness of this beer, the spiciness is the only thing that makes it interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5538) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Dark ruby red edging into black pour with a thin, tight off-white head, decent lacing. Aroma reminds me of kid’s cereal - the sweet fruity kind - like Fruit Loops or Fruity Pebbles. Same fruitiness carries over to the flavor. Hints of cherries, yeast and alcohol. A bit of chocolate also makes its way in the back end as well. Mouthfeel is slightly harsh as the alcohol makes its presence known. Might make a good winter warmer.

   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 (4399) - 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

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