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


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RATINGS: 1284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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.

dmschefke's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Pours a dark amber brown with medium off-white head. Aroma strong of roasted malt, alcohol, and dried fruit. Flavor matches, but alcohol overwhelms the senses in this one. Bitterness shines through eventually and the aftertaste is more pleasant than the initial taste. Drinkable, but nothing I need very often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (1492) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Bottle from Wine Warehouse. My first eisbock! Let’s see how this goes. Pours brown with a frothy tan head. Aromas of caramel, plum and other dark fruit, possibly rum or something that reminds me of a most Christmas rum fruitcake. Taste is a bittersweet combination of plum, caramel, fruitcake, nuts, metal, sugar. Finishes more sweet than bitter. Very interesting. Nice first impression.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TorbenJensen (1225) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2015
Good fruity aromas of ripe plums. Sparse foam, but it is also a strong Eisbock with its 9.2% as high foam. The taste is malty and sweet, mellow and warming. Only slightly hop bitterness at the end keeps the whole in place for a long time. It is a really nice and really tasty bock.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlainG (1610) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2015
Des reflets rougeâtres se distinguent à contre jour au travers un liquide très foncé. Un mince voile inerte le recouvre. Un nez d’alcool, de raisins secs et de pruneaux séchés. Une amertume et un aspect acidulé, mêlés à des saveurs de fruits secs dans une texture des plus soyeuses qui offre de belles caresses au palais. (Date 21.10.15 ) (1533-010815)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (1834) - ALSACE, FRANCE - AUG 20, 2015
Courtesy of Jaghana Couleur brune sombre, aucune mousse. Nez fruits noir, orge, caramel, note quetsches un peu vertes. Gout caramel sucré, note fruits noirs, alcool, chocolat. Corps assez moyen pour une eisbock. Fin caramel cuit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (4819) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - AUG 18, 2015
Bottle 33cl, a brown beer with huge head. Nose is on toasted barley and toasted caramel. Aroma is on blond caramel, toffee, plum, metallic hints, vinous, chocolate hints, alcohol and cooked barley, toasted caramel. Good body, not bad but less pleasant than expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerme31 (570) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle. Aroma of biscuit caramel malts and dark fruit. Pours dark brown. Very sweet taste, metallic. Heavy body, high carbonation, alcohol very present in finish that is somewhat sticky. Pretty good eisbock.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
M_Stenson (1) - - AUG 7, 2015 does not count
Bread, dough, raisin, raisin, roasty, cereal, caramel, dried fruits, leaves, earthy, woody

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SkillsFactory (218) - ITALY - JUL 26, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2015 Rossa molto scura, praticamente nera, con riflessi color rubino, schiuma beige poco persistente. Aroma tostato abbastanza volatile (crosta di pane), successivamente molto presenti esteri fruttati di frutti scuri (prevalentemente prugna e uva passa) e caramello. Al palato dà il meglio di sé: parte fruttata (sempre prugna) e vinosa, successivamente si presentano note di cacao che virano verso caffè tostato e zucchero caramellato, coda amaricante erbacea molto elegante. L'alcol accompagna tutta la bevuta ma non è mai troppo "presente". Retrolfatto fruttato. Corpo pieno, mediamente carbonata ma risulta comunque armoniosa. Decisamente buona, da provare.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SWZA (5) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2015 does not count
My first eisbock. This was not bad at all. Reminded me a little of a lesser St. Bernardus 12 with a grape gum and slight metallic flavor. It got better as it warmed up losing the metallic tinge. This was easy enough to drink but nothing blew my mind. I would not bother buying this when I can get an Aventius Dopplebock instead.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shot (289) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a white head that dissipates to a thin ring. Aromas of sweet malt, raisin and bread. Flavors are raisin, brown sugar, dark fruit and bready notes. Surprisingly light on the palate. Substantial alcohol warmth with an herbal hop finish. This is really a very nice beer. Hats off to Germany.

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