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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1314   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.


joekinty's rating

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2009
In my opinion this is the best eisbock that I have tasted full of good complex flavors and very warming


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (3894) - 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 (371) - 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 (1788) - 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 (41) - 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 (333) - 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 (191) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1130) - DENMARK - MAR 13, 2016
Meget stćrk og god! har den gode bock smag, der synes bare at vćre mere at det hele i den.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1208) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 5, 2016
People tend to think of Kulmbacher as the quintessential German Eisbock. It’s hard to argue with them. It’s boozy, malty, rich, fruity, syrupy, and will warm you right the hell up. The body has a beautiful balance between carbonation and full-bodied malt.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerInHeaven (356) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2016
pours dark cola brown with a thick tan head. aroma is rich caramel malt. The taste is rich and malty sweet. leaves a malty bittersweet on the palate through the finish. A really enjoyable brew!


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