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


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RATINGS: 1289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1540) - 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 (645) - Trois-Rivičres, 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 (447) - 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 (183) - 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 (1541) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
g_georgiou (411) - CYPRUS - APR 23, 2015
Clear cola brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma is dry fruits, caramel, sweet malt, prunes stand out more than anything. Taste is medium sweet and bitter. Quite balanced. Bitter finish, oily texture. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
didierlewallon (245) - ponferrada, SPAIN - APR 21, 2015
Cerveza de color marrón rojizo con una pequeńa cabeza de color marrón. Aroma a malta tostada, caramelo y alcohol. Sabor dulce a malta caramelo, con notas de ciruelas y alcohol, final seco. cerveza buena y agradable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (757) - Louisiana, USA - APR 14, 2015
Appearance: pours with a medium to large tan head that dissipates quickly, the beer is very dark maroon color that looks black when not held up to a bright light Aroma: maple syrup, light alcohol, faint dark roasted malt Taste: caramel, maple syrup, pretty sweet, small hop bitterness on the finish, alcohol warmth Palate: very thick mouthfeel, average carbonation, alcohol aftertaste Overall: a very malt forward beer with lots of alcohol, sweet and warm, like a Scottish beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HuskerTan (1160) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - APR 13, 2015
Bottle. A- Raisins, dark fruits, caramel, alcohol. A- Deep ruby color, clear dark liquid liquid, light brown head. T- Raisins, dark fruits, caramel, spices, boozy. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, strong finish. O- Wow, this was a lot stronger than I expected. My first Eisbock as well. Tons and tons of raisins on the nose and palate. Not sure I liked it extremely well, but it was a solid beer. Very concentrated taste too. I almost want to dilute this with water.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adster (549) - HUNGARY - APR 12, 2015
Karamellizált cukor színű eisbock a Kulmbachertől, mellyel érdemes úgy bánnunk, mint a kategória második legjobb főzetével, a Ratebeer adatai alapján. Vékonyka hab telepszik az italra a pohárba töltést követően, megforgatva olajos lenyomatot hagyva csúszik le az üveg falán. Édes, marcipános hangulatú maláta felhője öleli körbe az illatokat, melyek között a szárított sárgabarack, mazsola, aszalt szilva és datolya aromái rajzolódnak ki a legtisztábban, összességében egy szertelenül vibráló gyümölcslikőr jellegét öltve. Elegánsan tüzes, összeszedett kortyai komplex és természetes zamatait adják az aszalványok, mandulás csemegék gömbölyű karaktere, illetve az alkoholos és komlós keserűség visszafogott jegyei nyújtotta hangulatok vidám egyvelegének. Valódi egyéniség rejtőzik a palackban, mely szabadjára engedve sem vetkőzi le kifinomult jellemét.

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