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


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RATINGS: 1244   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.

FrankGKarioris' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FrankGKarioris (12) - - JAN 6, 2013
Strong strong alcohol taste - overpowers the other flavors. The deep dark color, with a full head is a beautiful sight, and there are certainly complex flavors in this beer, most of them are unfortunately drowned out by the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (3232) - 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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1745) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2014 Draft at Monks and then again in a bottle at Bierstube. Clear dark brown pour. Not much head but held a slim lasting ring. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3219) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nellycale (190) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saeglopur (434) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erasmus_ro (1477) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1554) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - 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."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salmoniform (1001) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gschrade (777) - 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

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