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


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RATINGS: 1234   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Temptation (225) - - MAY 28, 2014
Great eisbock, exactly as it should be: dark, strong, full-bodied without being heavy, rich, even complex. Notes to plums, raisins, marzipan, cake and liquor. Excellent with a dessert or a cigar; extraordinary by itself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (5131) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2014
Tap @ Biermuseum Koln, large sample. Clear dark brown color with a reddish glow, short head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel malt, hint of alcohol. Bit sweet, bit bitter. Nicely balanced and good complexity. Lovely classic german eisbock indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (3549) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAY 4, 2014
Black bodied and small head. Thick brown sugar, bit if roast perhaps but mostly a concentrated liquorice sweetness. Taste is as expected from there on. Very sticky ending. For the abv it isn?t even too much, but generally speaking it?s sticky, sweet, alcohol and rich. It?s the style, but I?m not a real fan. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bière)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OOKPIKABLE (86) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2014
My first eisbock! Pours dark with a thin large-bubbled lingering head. Appearance is oily like a red wine. Aroma: booze, along with licorice with some banana and vanilla. Taste: is that chinotto? Quinine? Booziness like a rum and coke. Vanilla and cherries. No hops noticeable. Oily mouthfeel with lingering boozy aftertaste that’s almost chewy. Slightly boozier than I prefer, but intriguing and quite tasty. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
camoes (115) - PORTUGAL - APR 9, 2014
Review according to BJCP 2008 guidelines (style 5D). AROMA: strong malt aroma with some notes of dried plum and alcohol. APPEARANCE: dark brown with average retention due to high alcohol content. ivory colored head. TASTE: very rich sweet malt flavour with notes of dried grapes. smooth alcohol presence with a finish of malt and alcohol. PALATE: full smooth body with a bit of alcohol warmth. medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: a very strong, full and enjoyable Eisbock. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyW68 (1086) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 6, 2014
Very nice. Tarnished copper pour with minimal head. Aroma is sweet malt and fruit. Very clean. Taste is sweet malt and very little bitter. I like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (560) - SCOTLAND - APR 3, 2014
Deep murky brown. Banana, prune and metallic taste. Some fizz. Short end with some sap. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
liinis (1566) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 30, 2014
Quite nice a warmer with a high alcohol content but not that noticeable. Ok maltiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bamsen78 (3142) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours murky copper brown with airy light beige head. Clear aroma of malt, fruit, and booze. Sweet, malty and fruity flavour, with a distinct alcohol presence. Shot-lived aftertaste but still OK for a decent Eisbock.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
perezs25 (39) - - MAR 25, 2014
1" off white frothy head that dissipates quickly, low lacing. Clear deep dark ruby liquid. Aroma of malt, alcohol at first sniffs and after good swirl. Strongly sweet malt taste and low bitter, a small metallic taste detected on first gulp. Silky moderate thick body and warmth. Carbonation had some bite on tongue. Moderate dry astringency and sticky finish. Great strong beer example of the style but a bit much on the sweet side for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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