Travlr (26267) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Bottle at pre-ZBF 2010. Black, large-bubble head, no lacing. Aroma of prunes, taste is acidic, oily, chocolate, slight licorice finish. Very nice. kkearn (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Sampled at pre-ZBF March 4 2010. Poured pitch black, topped with a thin ring of tan bubbles. Aroma was more subtle than expected, with notes of dark fruit (especially prune), anise and licorice. Flavor begins with raisin, anise, and spice, which are nicely backed up with dark chocolate. Alcohol becomes more evident with subsequent sips. Finishes with notes of whiskey and dark fruit. Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2010
Bottle at Pre-ZBF 2010 - (Thanks Yespr). Clear red/brown - brown head. Roasted, syrup, caramel, high sweetness, alcoholic, sharpness, light hoppy, riped fruits. A bit simple - but very nice. madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2010
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Small light brown head. Ripe fruitness, sweetness, alcohol in the aroma. Flavour of dense fruits, sweetness, spice and alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Fruity and alcoholdense end. yespr (48108) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2010
18 cL bottle, courtesy of Menno. Pours clear and golden orange to brown. No head. Dark malty aroma with a dense caramelish note. Sweet, fruity and dense dark caramelish. Subdued bitterness to counter balance this. Heavy yet elegant.
JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2010
Draught Small yellow rim, ruby-shot black beer. Alcohol, fusels (??), dark fruit on alcohol, and a hint of liquorice. Rich warming sweet taste with liquorice in the finish. Again sweet fruit, and fusels. Very slick, viscous, alcoholwarming. Not very Bock-like, but very much... OMG, I’m going to use the most idiotic term in British beerdescriptions... more-ish. omhper (25830) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2010
Bottled (as Borefts IJsbock) at Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm. Cloudy brownish ruby, brief beige head. Doughy, raisiny nose with strawberry esters behind. Sweet and fruity, caramelly with waming peppery alcohol. Raisiny madeira, dried out by grassy hops and some licorice. Salty prune finish where bitterness comes along late. Good without being extraordinary. BoBoChamp (5878) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 4, 2010
18cl, as Borefts IJsbock, new exclusive Dutch brew Anno 2009, from De Bierkoning Amsterdam, complex Eisbock, yet too heavy, not balanced, clear, nearly no head, very good Winter brew, yet very expensive!, WOW! oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2010
[email protected]ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2010
post Chriso Gaylord Tasting. Rubyish ambery brown colour with not too much head. Aroma is caramel, alcohol, some mild sugary and plummy notes as well. Flavour is plummy, alcoholic and also has some rather bitter notes. Quite fullbodied. Nice Eisbock.
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2010 Bottle.
Dark reddish brown, clear liquid, with a minimal lid of off-white bubbles.
The aromas is powerful and heavy. Lots of bready malts, vinous ripe fruit notes, wood and surprisingly prominent notes of spicy saaz-like hops. Hints of brown sugar and fudge. Some alcohol fumes. Not a totally integrated smell, but still kind of fun.
The flavor is obviously very sweet, and at first actually not as complex as the smell would have you to think. However, it really opens up after a while in the glass. Of course, it’s malty with prominent notes of dark bread, ripe plums and peaches, and caramel. Hints of dried fruits, powdered chocolate and leather. Light spicy and leafy hop notes. A fairly noticeable bitterness develops already in the mouth. The alcohol is present early on and develops strongly towards the finish where it to some extent takes on a not so pleasant chemical/solvent-like flavor. I actually think the alcohol burns the tongue every now and then. A very mild tart note as well, and lingering notes of wood and malts.
Big body, minimal carbonation (but it is carbonated) which lightens up the character. Smooth texture.
A big and eventful taste experience and an impressive beer. But it’s a bit roughed and I don’t think it manages to handle the high ABV. It doesn’t have enough of that "fine spirits character" to do that. Would have loved to see what some time in a barrel (cognac, port or something like that) would do to it.