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

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RATINGS: 1273   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (1969) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3416) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nellycale (212) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saeglopur (961) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erasmus_ro (1826) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1798) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (6925) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
what it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in sweetness and alcohol content. not a particularly well balanced beer, but the style doesn’t call for that. glad i tried it a couple times, but i probably won’t be back for more."

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salmoniform (1222) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Reddish dark brown hue with tan head that dissipated to a ring. Aroma is plum, fig, caramel, ethanol. Mouthfeel is nice with medium body and zesty carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with an ethanol finish. Overall this is a decent brew.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gschrade (815) - Collinsville, USA - OCT 2, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours reddish brown with a tan head. Taste dark fruit, caramel, malty. I thought this was ok. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3327) - Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2014
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/23/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, brown bread, cherry, raisin, prune, fig, light chocolate, and toast/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and dark fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, cherry, plum, fig, light chocolate, and toast/yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, cherry, plum, fig, light chocolate, and toast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and dark fruit flavors; with a great malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent eisbock style. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.


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