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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 1311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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.


3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
milewide (1958) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Blue rather than silver label. Sweet bock aroma and taste. Dark brown color. Alcohol rather than hops in after taste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wombat23 (329) - Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle. Pours dark amber with a rather light beige head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol and lots and lots of malt. Tastes of molasses, caramel, sweet malts, maybe a hint of prune, some alcohol. Not much bitterness to speak of. Warms the belly.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
darbeer75 (261) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Aroma: sweet with caramel maltiness; Appearance: dark, red amber with off white head; Taste: malty with caramel but not very pleasant; Palate: strange aftertaste; Overall: definitely not my favorite; would not buy again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (2080) - Garching, GERMANY - JAN 10, 2016
Dark amber color with tan head. Aroma is sweet raisins, toffee, some spices. Taste is not even as sweet as one expects. Rather low carbonation, good chewiness. Low carbonation. Very good!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rand (1460) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 9, 2016
Bouteille 0,33 l from Abou. Dark reddish dress with a fleeting head. Aromas malted and caramel, roasted-chocolate dry fruits. The taste is syrupy, locor-like, with candied cereals and residual sugar. Fruity esters and notes of dry fruits, dates, molasses and earthy hops. Rich and warm.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinfull (1313) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Dark, chestnut color. Medium-sized head. Roasted malt , nuts , dark fruits and cookies in aroma. Sweet , malty taste with gentle bitterness at the end . Well hidden alcohol. Smooth and warming finish . Great, winter sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rjplumer (911) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Has a roasted caramel nut aroma. Rich dark cinnamon body with a two finger faint tanned head to start. Rich roasted caramel taste with a thick wet feel. Warming to the palate. This one is meant to be enjoyed slowly.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (738) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle, big almond colored head faded to a skiff, deep almost black beer. Aroma sweet raisin, malt. Taste is raisin, malt, faint clove and cinnamon, coffee and toasted barley at the finish. Palate is rich, carbonation subdued. Nice and warm!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
migwell (271) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2016 A really ’old’ favorite. In the 1960’s, I got drafted and was fortunate enough to spend a year and a half stationed in Bamberg, Franconia, Bavaria, Deutschland. And to learn what real beer was like and enjoy the numerous small Franconian breweries while my friends and brothers were being killed in yet another senseless imperialist war. But anywho, toward the end of the month and the next payday, we GI’s were always broke and in need of some mind numbing forgetfulness for pocket change, and I hit on a few bottles of this Eisbock, at one mark a bottle (at that time 25 cents) plus a couple of shots of cognac (similarly priced) as a quick trip to la-la land. Good non-memories of several wasted years serving Uncle Sam. Anyway, my local astonishingly good pub, The Foundry, invited me to a free holiday event this evening, featuring several brewed for the occasion small casks, and when those ran out, a selection of their bottled stuff, resulting in the appearance of several sixers of the aforementioned Eisbock. What can I say. Same old shitkicker! Here I copy a BA review, as most reviewers of this brew appear to be as inebriated as myself... "Aroma of sweet, rich malt, dark dried fruit, hints of brown bread. Flavor follows aroma, with rich sweet malt, dark dried fruit, hints of molasses and brown bread. Classic bock flavors, but a little more intense. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice, classic eisbock, providing great bock flavors intensified by the ice process, well balanced between fruit and malt flavors. Alcohol is well covered and this can be a sneaky beer since is it slightly sweet and full of flavor, it is hard to sip slowly. Nicely done." Yeah, down the hatch. Lots of lovelies at the drinkathon free event...

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (1471) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Pours a copper color with a malt aroma. Taste is dark malt mixed with a European hops flavor. Minor sweetness of caramel and a slight bitter aftertaste.


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