BlackHaddock (2365) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Last beer in a random tasting evening on 2 Apr 2013: 33cl bottle, best before 26 Aug 2013, poured into a Palm Special tulip at home.
I love dark, rich, sweet brews and this fits the bill nicely.
The smell is all malty molasses: with a dark alcohol laden fruit cake dropped into the brew. The taste is also sweet malty fruit cake: raisins and Victoria plums soaked in a bitter-sweet balsamic mix with some caramel and burnt butterscotch all add to make this beer more than just a uber strong Bock.
All in all, a very nice beer, strong but balanced, if a little malty and sweet.
mnmike (609) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle pour - first of this style for me. This is a really strong version of the bock that we all love.
maekchu (1093) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks to Wombata. Chocolate, yeast, and a touch of smoke in the nose. Dark brown. Mild prune and chocolate / alc. warmth, candied fruit, chocolate-covered raisins / smooth, warming finish. Medium body. Tastes like doppelbock, with less body and sweetness. Pleasant, good mild flavors. Some alc. but not a lot of punch.
kimjongill (180) - - MAR 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap. Dark brown pour with a hint of red visible around the edges. Aroma of malts and molasses. Taste is the same with added chocolate, fruit, and a hop bite. Good mouthfeel.
S_Side_Smitty (207) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cola brown with a beautiful thick tan head. Aroma is rich molasses blended with clove and a faint wif of alcohol. Taste is awesome syrupy malts up front with a bite from the alcohol fading to a rich, earthy, malt finish. The flavors are well balanced and nothing is overpowering - not even the sweetness. The aftertaste is almost milk chocolate. Wow.
ronaldtheriot (785) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Kulmbacher Eisbock has a very thick, beige head, thick lacing rings, and a clear, dark, ruby-brown appearance, with lots of rapid bubble streams. The aroma is of rich, dark-roasted barley malt, chocolate powder, cream, and a faint odor of coffee grounds. Taste is of very rich, sweet chocolate, chocolate powder, dark-roasted malt, dark fruit, brown bread crust, and there is a slight hop bitterness. The alcohol really shows itself here, especially as it warms down the throat. Mouthfeel is mostly medium and smooth, and Kulmbacher Eisbock finishes dry, sweet, and boozy. Overall, this is just fantastic, and I rate it world class! RJT
LookMomNoHands (1060) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl. bottle poured in to a snifter. Dark brown colour with a reddish hue, a thin, lightly tanned head. Sweet aroma with dark, dried fruits, rich caramel malts, marzipan, toffee, light hints of nuts. Taste is medium sweet. Full body, thick, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Long lasting sweet finish with lots of dark fruits. Excellent bock.
Caytinator (577) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Walnut-black color, clear-ish, no head, no lacing. Slight aroma, alcoholic, pleasant. Strong taste, lots of dark fruits, caramelized sugars, not too sugary though. Not as heavy as I thought it might be. Really enjoyable beer.
zenkis (259) - Ogre, LATVIA - MAR 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown, small top, not lacing. Aroma of caramel, candy, dark berries. A bit syrupy. Taste is sweetish, mid hopping. Aro.a complex. Flavour the same. Mouthfeel very astringent, dry. Nice brew but was sampling in rush so must repeat.
justabeergeek (192) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed on: 3-5-13
Appearance: Dark dark brown, near black. Opaque. 1-1.5 fingers of soapy khaki-colored head. Looks nice in the glass.
Aroma: Lots of malt notes (milk chocolate, biscuit, slight roast) mixed with dark fruits (raisins, figs). Slight banana, almost Belgian smell. A touch of booze.
Taste: Milk/bittersweet chocolate, brown bread, biscuit, very slight roast. Figs, dates, raisins, and dark berries through the middle and into the finish. There’s some caramel and toffee present into the finish that works well with the rest of the flavors. Some spiciness (cinnamon) as it warms.
Mouthfeel: Syrupy, thick. The alcohol isn’t hidden at all. Definitely a noticeable warming in the throat.
Overall: This is a delicious beer. Because this was my first eisbock, I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect, so I can only compare it to other styles. It reminded me of a dubbel with touches of Belgian-ish flavors mixing well with the rest of the palate.