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


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RATINGS: 1267   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (2631) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2015
Clear dark ruby, thick lacing light brown foam head. Heavy caramel aroma with barley and nutty tones. Strong alcohol presence, light caramel taste, a good bock. (Houston 201501)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Chocolate and vanilla. Long taste, with a warming finish. Great beer, very special.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KamGoPro (139) - Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Dark brown pour. Aroma of strong sweet dates and chocolate. Rich malts with bubbles. Finished with candied taste that lingers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (3576) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2014
bottle. very deep brown with minimal head. very malty with dark fruit and molasses. moderate booze. interesting, but unexceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (1886) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2014 Draft at Monks and then again in a bottle at Bierstube. Clear dark brown pour. Minimal head. Refined Eisbock. Dark caramel malts. Complex aroma of marzipan and dark fruit. Taste brings in some chocolate liquorice flavors as well. Chestnuts. Bing cherries. Prunes and dates. The 9.2% ABV is well hidden. Delicate finish. Body ultimately feels a bit thin, but still quite extraordinary. UPDATE: December 2014. Trying the bottle and draft next to each other. Both are great. Most remarkable difference is that while the draft brings in more common rich fig, date and raisin flavors - the bottle clearly has more unique notes of dried blackberries and blueberries. Bottle is better. This has easily become my favorite Eisbock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3404) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma has notes of roasty malts, raisins, figs, and brown sugar. Flavor follows suit...sweet and fruity and adds some mild earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is sweet and malty and warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nellycale (211) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Draft from Hay Merchant in Houston. Pours a dark brown hue with a full tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, raisins, caramel and molasses. Taste of sweet, malty and nicely rounded with dark fruit, caramel, raisins, brown sugar, molasses and light toffee. Medium to full body with light carbonation, and a sweet heated finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saeglopur (746) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - NOV 4, 2014
330 ml bottle from saveur-biere.com
Dark brown body, with a small, creamy, dark beige head.
Aroma of dried fruits, cherries, marzipan, nuts, caramel, alcohol.
Taste follows this pretty much, but less intense and not very complex.
Mouthfeel is full, creamy, with a medium carbonation and it finishes with a long-lasting alcohol warmth, astringent, but only with slight, sweet aromas.

Slightly one-dimensional, but with pleasant, intense dark fruits and sweet malts, although I didn’t enjoy the taste and finish as much as the nose. Overall good, but I was expecting a bit more, not on par with the Schneider Weisse Eisbock in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erasmus_ro (1675) - Alabama, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle, 01/11/14. Pours black with an auburn tinge, medium beige head. Aroma is chocolatey, liquorice - a lot of it. Dark malts. Sweetish salty liquorice. Taste is liquorice, some roast, dark malty bread. Full with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1755) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Draft->snifter. Dark red-brown with moderate tan head. Sweet dark fruit, molasses, toffee. Dark and tasty. A real standout.

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