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


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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3553) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 4, 2004
Wow, this stuff is great. Dark in colour with a medium medium lasting tan head. The nose is sweet almost very sweet, the taste too is sweet and the aftertaste lingers with maltyness and sweetness that is creamy. Pretty good, check it out if you can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Bottled: Dark brown to black, immense tan head, aroma of rich burnt malt, bread, chocolate. Flavor of malt, rich burnt malt, subdued yet powerful, finish is sweet. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2568) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Rich, full, malty aroma, dark fruits abound along with notes of milk chocolate, faint cherry, vanilla, banana, walnut, toffee and an underlying tobacco earthiness. Unusually deep, dark mahogany color, filtered, with a fine, slight head and stippled lace. Flavor is predominantly sugary and fruity, with some dark breadiness up front, then drenched with toffeeish and caramel sweetness, while towards the long finish notes of licorice, raisin, butterscotch and plum emerge. Full bodied to be sure, palate is thin and smooth, the effervescence low. An excellent choice for a nightcap or dessert. Not quite as remarkable as I recall the original Kulmbacher Reichelbrau product being, but it has been several years, of course. Cheers, Jeff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 A world classic and one I try to keep around for those long winter months. +++ Sampled from a rather pretty 11.2 oz bottle this beer pours a dark mahogany color with a small tan head. The aroma is very strong and pleasant with strong notes of sour malts, molasses, maple syrup and banana. The palate is thick and chewy. The flavor is dominated by the chocolate, molasses, maple and banana that the aroma promised. The aroma and flavor increase dramatically as the beer gets warm -such to the point that I could never recommend drinking this one cold. For the love of god, please let it warm up! You will be richly rewarded.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Dark brown in color, plum, raisin, alcohol, strong tasting. Gets a little sweet at the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flemdawg (524) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2004
The aroma was that of raisins smothered in chocolate, dried plums and cherries and some alcohol. A deep mahogony color with a light tan head that left some fair lacing. A chocolatey start that gives way to dried fruits(rasins and plums) mixed with some bitterness. The alcohol wasnt hidden all that well and there was a chalky overtone to the whole thing. It was good, but I didn’t like it as much as others have.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2004
poured a deep mahogany big fluffy light tan head good lacing.aroma chocolate chips, raisins fruity (plum or cherries) malts. flavor chocolate, molasses, Plum, dry fruits and traverse city cherries, alcohol, bitter. finish was a little on the chalky side. as the beer warmed the chocolate flavor got stronger and more sweetness came thru.this is a beer that should be servered at room temp. the warmer it got the more I enjoyed it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2005 Decipherable roastiness in immeasurable sweet fruity malt...Majestuous dark chocolate running on impetuous ashes...An appreciable hoppy aftertaste then topples the announced heavy sweetness and dryness becomes the curtain call...A methodically tasty eisbock, periodically recalling great English barley wines, such as J.W. Lee’s Harvest...

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