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


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RATINGS: 1323   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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.

hfmejias' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (1273) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2013
11.2 Bottle. Poured dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is strong of malts and booze mostly but you can also get notes of fruits and raisins... Sweet taste, quite rich you can feel the alcohol, but is nicely balanced with malts and fruits. Nice finish too. Eisbocks are not my favorite style of beer but I would have to admit that this is quite an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TH28 (384) - - SEP 3, 2016
330ml bottle. No deciperable code date. Appearance: Deep dark brown, with dark ruby hints under light. Clear, with a moderate khaki colored head. Aroma: Very malty, with some caramel and dark fruit, mostly cherry. Taste: Rich, deep malt sweetness with a well balanced blend of caramel, toast, and bread crust. Lighter dark fruit character than in the aroma, that turns to a bit of spicy cherry from the alcohol. Bitterness just enough to prevent the malt sweetness from being cloying. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth is present, but not abrasive Finish: Toasted bread strong on the finish, with a touch of dark fruit. Overall: Extremely well balanced beer given it’s strength. Drinks like a strong Doppelbock, with strong bready, toasty, and dark fruit character, all while balance against the high ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
b0071d (14) - Iowa, USA - AUG 17, 2016
On tap beer. Nice dark color. Raisin and prune notes, but not strong flavors. This sample was different than ones I’ve had in bottles which had strong flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mice (814) - FINLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Tumma, punertavanruskea olut kohtalaisella, mutta hyvin nopeasti kokonaan häviävällä vaahdolla. Tuoksu varsin mieto, makean maltainen ja limppuinen sekä luumuinen. Maku makean maltainen, luumuinen ja aavistuksen paahteinen sekä metallinen. Lopussa alkoholi tuntuu hieman. Suutuntuma varsin laimea prosentteihin nähden. Ei kovinkaan erikoinen kokonaisuus.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ignorant (102) - madrid, SPAIN - JUL 27, 2016
Ruby close to dark black. visible carbonation. White foam that quickly is reduced to a thin layer which lasts until practically drink the cup leaving some lace. Aromatic and complex. On the nose aromas of malt, candy, bread and some alcohol, with fruity notes of dark fruits like plums, figs, raisins and berries such as blackberries and raspberries. certain nuances are also appreciated wood, even very subtly smoked a trace. Just hop intuits. malty character on the palate, dominated by toasted, caramel and fruit, mainly dark fruits with vanilla nuances. The flavors are well blended, not resulting in water or excess alcohol, although alcohol appears suddenly and is present but without bothering with a moderate burning at the end Swallow, helping to provide a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable despite its intense flavor, alcoholic volume and body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kustie (904) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 18, 2016
Bottle. Dark ruby almost black color with small head. Aroma has lots of malt, caramel, toffee, raisins and dark bread. Taste is malty with long sweet aftertaste. Flavors of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, ripe fruits, raisins and a hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drmet (822) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - JUL 11, 2016
L: -pours a dark ruby with a medium,quickly dissipating,foamy,offwhite head -low carbonation visible S: -syrup,black bread,raisins,caramel,spicy,figs,dates,cinnamon,to the nose plus banana,slight coffee -finishes dry F: -low to medium carbonation -medium body -slight alcohol noticeable O: Fantastic, if you like em sweet & complex

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beachmaster (460) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 10, 2016
On draught. Pours mahogany, with a moderate beige head that fades. Nose is caramel and malt. Taste follows. On the sweet side. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (4094) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2016
Pours dark brown with low light tan head. Aroma of hazelnut, caramel, butterscotch. Taste is sweet, slightly burnt, roasty finish. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbbeer (745) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2016
Dark red-brown, small tan head. Brown sugary malty aroma. Medium full body, a little alcohol. oily texture. Rich sweet malty flavor with caramel, toffee, a little red fruit. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4326) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2016
345 ml bottle served in a lager glass. This is a good looking beer with a deep, dark, reddish brown body topped by a tan head than quickly reduces to a thin top coat and ring. Spotty lacing. Sweet malts dominate the aroma. The flavor brings in some boozy elements, as expected, but no higher than usual for style or 9.2% ABV. Lots of toffee and some dark dried fruit notes. Light-moderate sweetness seems just right for style.

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