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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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.


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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Lots of alcohol in the nose, soy. Darkbrown body, with little white head. Flavor of soy, alcohol and rotten meat. This beer is just plain gross...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2004
DArk ruby/brown color with quickly disappearing off-white head. Intensely maly aroma. Dark raisisn and alcohol. Rich taste, with warming alcohol and malt. Raisiny as well. The alcohol is hidden well. Not as sweet as I thought it would be either. Finishes malty and warming. Outstanding beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Dark rudy brew with a tan/creamy head. Nose is almost like filberts amd lotsa’ malts.Almost all matls and a nutty flavot,again I say filberts.I do not sense the ABV in this at all.Now I get a sweet syrupy malty blast on the tongue.Nice finish and body

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3743) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Big aroma, malty, caramel, rich, like crackling bread in the oven. Clear dark brown, nice nutty color, a bit of head but not much. Mild alcohol flavor, not at all stinging, warming, rich long finish, woody, raisins. A little bit flat on the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Totally, thoroughly, completely black in color, with a thick, creamy, cocoa-tan head, an utter delight for the eyes. Aroma: bitter, yet soft, a bit wooden, with few associations I normally pair with beers, utterly unique...sweet, yet...damn, I give up, this is a toughie to pigeonhole! Big ups to anyone who can do it with confidence, unlike myself! Taste: rich, sharp, full with flavor, toasty, chewy, boasting a magnificent mouthfeel, swimming happily amonst the senses, flooding, and utterly delighting the palate. 9.2% ABV, but it doesn’t show it at first, ...wait..yeah, I spoke too soon, here it comes...warm and pungent, at the least...Excellent texture, full-bodied, a rich elixir, ever-so-tasty, dark, delicious, powerful...in a word? One word? DAY-YUM!!! Hell of an eisbock!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Poured dark brown with reddish hues with a small off-white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The aroma is strong and vinuous, and seems to echo hints of grapes or raisins. The taste is very complex, with hints of raisin, brown sugar, and spices, with a syrupy sweet finish laced with a slight alcohol twinge. I’m not particularly fond of this style, but this is a fine drink nonetheless.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SED43 (23) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Chocolate, molasses malted with hazel nuts to the nose. Dark no transparency under strong household lighting. No head. no lacing. Sweet brown sugary chocolate essence in a bottle. Thick mouthy. Lasting sweetness of the tongue. Very good after dinner with a dessert.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2004
This is a wondeful brew! iIt is perfectly balanced and a great example of German beer craftsmanship at its finest. Also, it is by far the best beer that I have ever bought for $1.99 a bottle. My only complaint is that the label is not right, it looks like the label for a crappy, skunked pilsener. But once the bottle is opened, and the perfect aroma spills out, you know that you are in for a treat!

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Bottle. Nose is sweet. Taste is thick and syrupy with a sweet honey note. Other notes to come out are raisin, brown sugar, and some smoke. Very, very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2411) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2004
(Vintage 11-July-1996, bottle # 38,646) Wow, decent head for an 8 year old beer. Reduces quickly but has decent carbonation keep the head regenerating. I love to watch eisbocks. Fun to sit and watch the little eddies of carbonation on the surface. Rich aroma of licorice, soy sauce, alcohol and peat. Color is a deep red mahagony. Flavor is thick and malty. Bit more soy sauce. Huge smoke presence after the swallow. Was not prepared for that. SOmething strange in there. Almost like a dry sweet potato skin. Finish is slightly bitter and warming with a lingering burnt/smokey/salty soy sauce aftertaste. Not bad but different. I dig eisbocks!


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