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


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RATINGS: 1277   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.

gregwilsonstl's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregwilsonstl (1391) - Missouri, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Smells very sweet. Dark black. No head. Very drinkable, hard to believe it is nearly 10% alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SkillsFactory (176) - ITALY - JUL 26, 2015
Rossa molto scura, praticamente nera, con riflessi color rubino, schiuma beige poco persistente. Aroma tostato abbastanza volatile (crosta di pane), successivamente molto presenti esteri fruttati di frutti scuri (prevalentemente prugna e uva passa) e caramello. Al palato dà il meglio di sé: parte fruttata (sempre prugna) e vinosa, successivamente si presentano note di cacao che virano verso caffè tostato e zucchero caramellato. L'alcol accompagna tutta la bevuta ma non è mai troppo "presente". Retrolfatto fruttato. Corpo pieno, mediamente carbonata ma risulta comunque armoniosa. Decisamente buona, da provare.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SWZA (5) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2015 does not count
My first eisbock. This was not bad at all. Reminded me a little of a lesser St. Bernardus 12 with a grape gum and slight metallic flavor. It got better as it warmed up losing the metallic tinge. This was easy enough to drink but nothing blew my mind. I would not bother buying this when I can get an Aventius Dopplebock instead.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shot (256) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a white head that dissipates to a thin ring. Aromas of sweet malt, raisin and bread. Flavors are raisin, brown sugar, dark fruit and bready notes. Surprisingly light on the palate. Substantial alcohol warmth with an herbal hop finish. This is really a very nice beer. Hats off to Germany.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (3443) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2015
11.2 oz single bottle from Molly’s Spirits. Deep, dark brown appearance with a big light brown head. Aroma of dark malts, fruity esters, candy sugar, caramel, chocolate, toffee and alcohol. Similar flavor, malty, fruity and pretty sweet. Full body with soft carbonation and a syrupy feel. OK. Only my second ever Eisbock rating. Pairing: Phish - It’s Ice, from April 8, 1994

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZacM612 (312) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2015
Dark, almost black with an off-white head. A slightly boozy, sweet aroma. Sweet flavor, a little fruit, hint of chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
huineman (416) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 29, 2015
Pours darkest black and very dense. Almost no head. Aroma is intense: candy, liquorice, strawberry and violet. Taste is sweetish, silky and thick. Very powerful, good sourness and restrained bitterness. Long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1761) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2015
Bottle from the Malt Shoppe in Tosa. Pours a tannish brown with almost no head. Aroma has sweet malts, some peat, some fruits. Later in the glass, some grainy-ness and some lemon show through. Taste is of sweet caramel - overlayered - with tangy wheat and stone fruits, berries, and a touch of lemon. Medium bodied but complex. With alcohol. Finishes thickly sweet and tangy, with some length. Not the best bock had, and the complexity was not a plus. 13.6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zlotta (315) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAY 27, 2015
0,33l bottle from drinks-of-the-world.de, best before 21/10/2015. Clear, dark ruby with a thin, soapy, slowly collapsing, tan head. Pleasant, sweetish-malty aroma of prunes, raisins, treacle and cane sugar. Sweetish-malty taste of prunes, raisins, treacle and cane sugar, followed by notes of nuts and dark chocolate. Short, a little alcoholic and warming finish. Full body, oily mouthfeel, very soft carbonation. This one is a little disappointing considering its high score. Of course, it is relatively aromatic and tasty, but it is far off from Schneider’s Aventinus Eisbock. A bit like a concentrated doppelbock but that does not garantuee excitement.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1364) - 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 (466) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2015
Sugar cane and dark berries with hints of alcohol. Small traces of coffee beans. Excellent

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