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

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RATINGS: 1221   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.


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3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
snownirvana (70) - - MAR 21, 2012
Snifter from bottle. A: sweet malt, chocolate, cinnamon, slight alcohol, and brown sugar. App: very nice dark brown, small light head that disperses quickly. T: alcohol up front, some sweetness from the malt in the middle, and slight alcoholly burn on the back. P: sensational, super bubbly, and an ever-lasting aftertaste.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OOKPIKABLE (15) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2014
My first eisbock! Pours dark with a thin large-bubbled lingering head. Appearance is oily like a red wine. Aroma: booze, along with licorice with some banana and vanilla. Taste: is that chinotto? Quinine? Booziness like a rum and coke. Vanilla and cherries. No hops noticeable. Oily mouthfeel with lingering boozy aftertaste that’s almost chewy. Slightly boozier than I prefer, but intriguing and quite tasty. Recommended.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
titvs (20) - PORTUGAL - APR 9, 2014
Review according to BJCP 2008 guidelines (style 5D). AROMA: strong malt aroma with some notes of dried plum and alcohol. APPEARANCE: dark brown with average retention due to high alcohol content. ivory colored head. TASTE: very rich sweet malt flavour with notes of dried grapes. smooth alcohol presence with a finish of malt and alcohol. PALATE: full smooth body with a bit of alcohol warmth. medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: a very strong, full and enjoyable Eisbock. Recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyW68 (814) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 6, 2014
Very nice. Tarnished copper pour with minimal head. Aroma is sweet malt and fruit. Very clean. Taste is sweet malt and very little bitter. I like.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (484) - SCOTLAND - APR 3, 2014
Deep murky brown. Banana, prune and metallic taste. Some fizz. Short end with some sap. Not bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
liinis (1496) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 30, 2014
Quite nice a warmer with a high alcohol content but not that noticeable. Ok maltiness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bamsen78 (2425) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours murky copper brown with airy light beige head. Clear aroma of malt, fruit, and booze. Sweet, malty and fruity flavour, with a distinct alcohol presence. Shot-lived aftertaste but still OK for a decent Eisbock.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
perezs25 (38) - - MAR 25, 2014
1" off white frothy head that dissipates quickly, low lacing. Clear deep dark ruby liquid. Aroma of malt, alcohol at first sniffs and after good swirl. Strongly sweet malt taste and low bitter, a small metallic taste detected on first gulp. Silky moderate thick body and warmth. Carbonation had some bite on tongue. Moderate dry astringency and sticky finish. Great strong beer example of the style but a bit much on the sweet side for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jinroh (269) - ESTONIA - MAR 12, 2014
330 ml bottle onboard of Tallink Superstar, on Baltic Sea. This beer was only 2.90 EUR, the cheapest option available. Poured dark brown with a small head, looking solid. Aroma feels like smelling brown sugar candy - it has a strong malt base and a lot of sweetness. It has pretty high alcohol but it doesn’t come out in the aroma. Taste is actually quite smooth, dark fruits, that same caramelized brown sugar candy. Aftertaste has some plums, molasses and no rough edges. Nice and warming winter beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Toomio (123) - Joensuu, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2014
On hyvä tumma lager. Teemukista ihan mainiota tämäystä. Hiilihapokas, sopivasti. Aika paljon myös viinaa.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (552) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Pours a deep brown/amber with a short tan head and lacing. It has an aroma of dark fruit (plum, some apple) and malt with a similar flavor profile that is malt and plum up front with a semisweet, syrupy finish over a medium-heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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