hockeybeerguy (212) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It poured about an inch of white foamy head that died within a minute. The body was extremely dark which caused no carbonation to be seen rising. The lacing was lightly speckled, but intricately stayed together for a good two minutes before it spider-webbed, very impressive. The lacing eventually died, but it took a good five minutes before it all died. The smell had mainly raisins, plums and cherries - mainly balanced between the three. Some sweet malts enter in at the end. The taste was extremely rich with some molasses and the raisins, plums and cherries come back but just enough to remind you they exist in this beer. The flavor was extremely well balanced. The palate was about a medium with a good fullness to it. It could be the ABV, not sure? Overall, this is a very nice eisbock that I would come back to.
jjgmd (737) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark mahogany brown with a shallow head. Nose is sweet fruit, mostly raisins and figs. Taste is sweet and fruity with some hints of vanilla. Finishes in the same fruity notes , moderate lingering, with the alcohol well hidden. quaff score 8 /10
zgaier (695) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a red brown with a tan head and aroma of dried fruits and raisans. Taste is sweet, of dried fruits, raisans, caramel, roasted malt, and chocolate notes with a warming finish. First Eisbock I’ve ever had, very good
OKplus (379) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Pours a dark ruby brown with an active 1.5 finger beige head that sinks quickly
S - Roasted sugary malt, prunes, raisins, molasses, peppery alcohol, toasted grain.
T - Intense malt infused with dried cherries, prunes, raisins, apples, berries, with layers of rich caramel and toffee and toasted brown bread. Aftertaste is of nutty bread.
M - Light side of full bodied due to the moderate carbonation. Just right.
This is the good stuff. Rich intense but smooth malt profile. All the flavors melded into a well-rounded brew.
Serving type: bottle
Wombata (331) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAY 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: bready, rich roasted caramel, sweet malt,
Flavor: sweet rich malt and caramel at first; finishes with burnt sugar and light molasses.
Comment: full bodied, good carbonation. Best when chilled to cut the sweetness. Carbonation also helps with the mouthfeel.
williamherbert (1124) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet grains in the nose, lots of caramel and berry flavors. A little sour.
The appearance is dark ruby red. Good head level; thick and hazy.
The flavor is sweet maltiness; does have a completely sweet finish. Borderline cloying. Leaves an aftertaste that is drier than, say, Spaten.
The palate is thick and slick. The alcohol is not hidden at all.
Itzjerm (584) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like a cough syrup but kinda thin on tongue but it smacks a wallop had at bier museum in Germany. Okay but nothing special. Carmel coffee syrup
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Lilja (955) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smak och doft av malt, humle, kaffe och choklad. En aning för söt och alkholen slår igenom.
teddybeer (1484) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Dark brown colour with a beige head that quickly diminishes. Aroma is toasty and spicy. Flavor os sweet, alcoholic, malty toasty, hints of chocolate and caramel. The final has a pleasant sweetess.
phaleslu (4459) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle from Neons. Pours a deep, rich nutty amber color with a minimal off-white head. Aroma of caramel and brown sugar, sweet sugary toasted notes, like marzipan, and toffee candy. Flavor of caramel and darker toasty malts, brown sugar, sweet roasted nuts, and a bit of an old earthy, woody note. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a sweet, smooth mouthfeel. About what I expected. Seemed a little old, too, but the bartender poured it and pitched the bottle before I could see.
Chad9976 (888) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a snifter. There was no decipherable freshness date.
Appearance: Pours out a dark brown shade, but appears to be opaque black in the glass with ruby red highlights. Forms a relatively large, eggshell, foamy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Strong alcohol presence, but distinct fruit as well. Similar to a flavored liqueur.
Taste: The eisbock is a style that’s hard to come by, but if you’re lucky enough to find one you’re usually in for a treat. Kulmbacher Eisbock definitely was for me as it’s comparable to a traditional barleywine as far as flavor goes, but with a thinner, slightly crisp body because it’s a lager. Dark fruits like red apple, cherry, fig and plum as well as toffee are all quite prominent. The alcohol is as well, but it’s not distracting and makes the beer drink like the true sipper it should be.
It’s a well balanced palette all around, too. Though definitely on the sweeter, maltier side, Kulmbacher Eisbock is not a sticky, syrupy mess. There is some residual flavor on the tongue, but it is not cloying or drying, but rather just "there." The taste is quite delicious, though not what I would consider among the best of the best. Still, you’re in for a treat if you drink this beer.
Drinkability: For a strong beer, Kulmbacher Eisbock is no challenge to drink at all. Though the 9.2% ABV potency is noticeable in the nose and in the taste, there’s no raw heat or burn in the drinking process. The mouthfeel is on the thicker side for sure, but soft and slightly crisp. Probably best enjoyed as a dessert or special occasion beverage, though.