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

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RATINGS: 1317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2004
This is a wondeful brew! iIt is perfectly balanced and a great example of German beer craftsmanship at its finest. Also, it is by far the best beer that I have ever bought for $1.99 a bottle. My only complaint is that the label is not right, it looks like the label for a crappy, skunked pilsener. But once the bottle is opened, and the perfect aroma spills out, you know that you are in for a treat!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (3744) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VFB (10) - Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2016
My first eisbock and what a boozy doozy it is. This pours a heady, bready, warm dark brown. Big malty nose with a lot of booze—that is, I can definitely smell the alcohol. It runs hot, but not horribly so. A slow sipper. Let it warm. Picking up a lot of stone fruits with each subsequent taste. Dried stone fruits. Figs, plums and above all dates. Sweet and strong, like a dessert wine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bbbeer (702) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (3993) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EvgeniyKurilov (154) - - MAY 19, 2016
Tap at Biermuseum Cologne. Old notes. Brown. A lot of sweet dry friuts and caramel aroma. Medium sweetness. Thin. A little aclogol. Nice staff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LazyPyro (431) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2016
33cl bottle. Dark brown with a two finger thick creamy tan head which quickly dissipates. Aroma is malty, sweet dark fruits like plum, caramel, boozy. Rich flavour and quite sweet, malt, dark fruit, alcohol, sugary, toffee. A rich, warming and interesting beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackisle (1846) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2016
Bottle 33cl. Poured into a teku glass. Almost opaque dark brown, good two finger dense creamy tan head, mostly diminishing, light lacing; aroma sweet malty, cocoa, caramel, licorice, brown sugar; rich taste, heavy sweet, slightly bitter, malty, chocolate, dates, alcohol; toffee sticky sweet and sugary middle part, toffee, finish sweet and light roasty bitter, slighly boozy; full-bodied, oily to sticky texture, soft carbonation; quite nice, easy to drink and less heavy as expected.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steffan (43) - WALES - APR 26, 2016
Aroma of chocolate chip cookies. Appearance dark and stouty, half finger head that leaves quickly with no lacing. Alcohol hidden. Palate very sweet. Tastes not too dissimilar to a Russian Imperial Stout but maybe sweeter. Chocolatey. Easier to drink that Aventius Eisbock but completely different taste profile.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fules (485) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - APR 16, 2016
Fátyolszerű hab, sötétbarna szín. Malátás, aszaltgyümölcsös, picit konyakos illat. Karamella, kakaó, aszalt gyümölcsök kombinációja adja ízvilágát, enyhe édességel és közepes szénsavassággal kiegészülve. Rögtön érezni a magas alkoholtartalmat, de nincs likőrös hatás, szépen belesimul a többi ízkomponensbe. Utóíze rövid, kakaós, édes-alkoholos. Finom desszertsör.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (196) - Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2016
Aromas of plum dried fruits and malt. A dark brown beer. Heavy on the sweetness, along with a generalized bitterness. A fairly long finish with sweet plum and dried fruits and the generalized bitterness. High alcohol is apparent. Overall a good and interesting beer, comes across as a Belgian style stout. I like the plum and dried fruit flavors in particular.


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