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


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RATINGS: 1284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (3748) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2015
11.2 oz single bottle from Molly’s Spirits. Deep, dark brown appearance with a big light brown head. Aroma of dark malts, fruity esters, candy sugar, caramel, chocolate, toffee and alcohol. Similar flavor, malty, fruity and pretty sweet. Full body with soft carbonation and a syrupy feel. OK. Only my second ever Eisbock rating. Pairing: Phish - It’s Ice, from April 8, 1994

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZacM612 (340) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2015
Dark, almost black with an off-white head. A slightly boozy, sweet aroma. Sweet flavor, a little fruit, hint of chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
huineman (430) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 29, 2015
Pours darkest black and very dense. Almost no head. Aroma is intense: candy, liquorice, strawberry and violet. Taste is sweetish, silky and thick. Very powerful, good sourness and restrained bitterness. Long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1881) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2015
Bottle from the Malt Shoppe in Tosa. Pours a tannish brown with almost no head. Aroma has sweet malts, some peat, some fruits. Later in the glass, some grainy-ness and some lemon show through. Taste is of sweet caramel - overlayered - with tangy wheat and stone fruits, berries, and a touch of lemon. Medium bodied but complex. With alcohol. Finishes thickly sweet and tangy, with some length. Not the best bock had, and the complexity was not a plus. 13.6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zlotta (445) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2015
0,33l bottle from drinks-of-the-world.de, best before 21/10/2015. Clear, dark ruby with a thin, soapy, slowly collapsing, tan head. Pleasant, sweetish-malty aroma of prunes, raisins, treacle and cane sugar. Sweetish-malty taste of prunes, raisins, treacle and cane sugar, followed by notes of nuts and dark chocolate. Short, a little alcoholic and warming finish. Full body, oily mouthfeel, very soft carbonation. This one is a little disappointing considering its high score. Of course, it is relatively aromatic and tasty, but it is far off from Schneider’s Aventinus Eisbock. A bit like a concentrated doppelbock but that does not garantuee excitement.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1480) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle. A: Near black, opaque body, light creme color head, lacing. N: Raisin, prune, toffee, some black licorice, biscuit, touch of honey, vanilla. Plenty of sweet fig, and some marshmallow. T: Very sweet but not cloying. M: Medium body, prickly carbonation, alcohol is hidden. O: Tasty Eisbock. Lots of dark fruit flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Franckg (577) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2015
Sugar cane and dark berries with hints of alcohol. Small traces of coffee beans. Excellent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EvanFriend (441) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2015
Bread, caramel, and a bit of that distinct German beer flavor that I don’t know how else to describe. Taste isn’t boozy, but the alcohol warming sensation comes after every sip. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UrbanCaveman (167) - Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2015
12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~45 degrees F. Appearance: Pours a deep hickory brown, shaded vaguely with red tones, and forms a thick very pale off-white head with good retention. Lacing is decent. Smell: Deliciously malty, dark yeasty bread and lightly roasted grains. Taste: Thick, warm, yeasty dark bread of several different types - rye, pumpernickel, pretzel, pandoro - fills the mouth, suffused with swirls in the loaf of a mixture of caramel and toffee. Towards the finish, a syrupy sweetness comes through beneath the bread, as if there were a toffee tree that could give forth toffee syrup. Mouthfeel: Full and creamy, though not quite as much as other eisbocks I have had. Overall: As with most eisbocks I try, this is a joy to partake in. It has less dark fruit aspects than some of the others, but more bready malt aspects. I’m a fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (1476) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2015
Always an interesting beer, which in its day was a powerful beer. Now it seems to fall in the middle of the pack. Strong malty and alcohol aroma. Dark brown molasses color. Medium body. Burnt sugar and alcohol flavor.

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