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


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RATINGS: 1233   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nik925 (751) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Harsh syrup. Though, if I was to homebrew then freeze off the water, I would expect something along these lines. Pretty much what you would expect from a concentrated bock. Solid bock, though not great, and I’m all for alcohol, but it doesn’t make this taste any better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (1071) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2014
Aroma: dark ripe fruits, caramel malts, intense sweetness. Appearance: very dark brown/black, small white head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: ripe plum, raisins, sweets continue heavily, complex flavour, medium carbonation. Overall: very nice Eisbock, not as refined as the Aventinus though, but still very good. Bottle from Kris Wines, London.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
SperkeleForce (541) - FINLAND - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle 33 cl. Black brown color with brown whitish fast vanishing head. Notes of some chocolate, earthy, raisins, bread, alcohol, malty, red fruits. Alcohol abit too much present. Not too bad. The alcohol and taste gets smoother after a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (2155) - New York, USA - JAN 30, 2014
The quest for 5 continues. Draft at gingerman. Pours deep reddish brown with nice head. Nose of dark fruits and sugar. Tastes quite boozy and of raisins, caramel, cherries, molasses, and red licorice. Bitter finish. Slightly odd aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deaconmike (381) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2014
On tap at Ginger Man on NYC. My first eisbock and I am a fan. Malt and raisin are prominent in the nose. Sweet dark ripe fruit dominant the taste. Body is medium and carbo is soft. Nice beer of you are into these flavors.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mataipeter (28) - - JAN 27, 2014
It is defenately too sweet for me however the colour looks nice and i like the vanilla smell

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jrwhitney6 (308) - - JAN 26, 2014
Pours into snifter looking a lot like a Coke, including carbonation and quickly receding head. Nose is mostly malt with a touch of brown sugar. Tate is sweet - definitely get raisins and brown sugar, followed by the alcohol which I didn't find to be as well hidden as others. Only my second eisbock, and I liked the other more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kalervo (698) - FINLAND - JAN 25, 2014
Very malty, very nutty, very strong taste. High alcohol-% well hidden! Very tasteful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagobears (419) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Pours a deep ruby color into snifter. Faints smells of raisins and a complex malt profile. The robust flavor shines more with raisins, plums, licorice, and intense toffee. Very sweet and malty. No doubt a hint of smoke in the finish. Oily and slightly dry in the finish as well. Exceptional Winter warmer. Not as complex in the nose which is where I deducted some points.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4005) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Very nice. Aroma of raisin, dark plum and a twinge of smokiness. Low carbonation, normal for style. Pours dark brown without much head or lacing. Finishes with light sweetness and a light touch of bitterness from booze. Bottle.

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