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


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RATINGS: 1282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ianwelby (762) - SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2015
Clear dark beer with beige head. Sweet, malty and hoppy. Couldn’t session it but it’s very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHangover (3300) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear, dark brown, reddish beer with a small off white head on top. Aroma is very, very malty, loads of sugary stuff, molasses, caramel, boozy characters and even some woody notes in there. Flavor is very sweet, loads of sugar and booze, as to be expected. A very syrupy mouthfeel, sligtly sticky, silky and almost no carbonation going on. The sweetness is mostly boozy, sugar and dark fruits, but all very well balanced and nice. The alcohol is there, but certainly not disturbing at all. Very nice stuff indeed!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kapusil (799) - HUNGARY - FEB 10, 2015
0.33l bottle. Black body, thin white head. Aroma of caramel, plums and toast. Taste of chocolate, caramel, plums and reisis. Medium body, warming alcohol. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1533) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 9, 2015
2/7/15 notes: bottle, age unknown. Initial pour is woodsy brown with a surprisingly thick and creamy head. Aroma is sherry, charred oak, nougat, and a bit of quality Stollen. Flavor is malty and caramelized, but not overly so. Lots of Medjool and dried dark cherry, and the subdued earthy dark malts to prevent heavy sweetness. All in all, a surprisingly well balanced brew that reminds me of Celebrator with its rounded maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (2567) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 30, 2015
Pretty ruby red color when held up to the light with a thin, whispy head. Sweet dark caramel nose. Lots of dark sweetness, like prunes, dried fruit, and rum raisens. Almost nutmeg spice to it. Alcohol is a stong undercurrent, but not the dominent sensation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (2881) - 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 (1979) - 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 (161) - 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 (4182) - 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 (2043) - 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.

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