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

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RATINGS: 1338   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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3.6
GregMooreNH (109) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 7, 2017
Pours deep mahogany with a foamy head that lingers without lacing. Aroma is Munich hops and not much else. Taste is rich toffee with notes of dried fruit. Aftertaste is slight booze with a raisin component. A very drinkable eisbock that sets the baseline.

3.4
elbernays (1679) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 2, 2017
Bottle from Saveur beer. Pours strong tea brown. Toast, burnt bread, toasted nut, alcohol, wet leaf. Flavour is a hindered caramel with burnt butter alcohol finish. Fairly rounded for style.

3.9
orbit (224) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2017
Very good bockbeer, one of the better ones. I'm not a great bockfanatic and this won't change my opinion, but as far as the genre goes, this is certainly one of the more interesting ones! I prefer the Ayinger more, but I can understand the appreciation for this beer.

4.5
higgsbison (266) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2017
I loved this beer but was quite trashed by the time I had it. Need to get it again. Sorry, I had to upload these old ratings. They were for me, not for uploading. And also I need 75 characters, hence this sentence. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
CH-303 (2362) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - SEP 11, 2017
Appearance: Dark chestnut brown, clear. Nice colour. Slight off-white head.
Aroma: Dark fruit, prunes, sweetness.
Taste: Lots of dark fruits, prunes, sweet, warming. Nice!
Bought: Beers of Europe, 330 ml, £2.99
Info: 8/9-2017, BB: 20/9-2017

3.8
luttonm (6750) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. I’ve had this sitting around for Andrew’s Ice tasting that never came. Ring of solid foam, dark leathery brown body, some hints of light coming through. Huge rum raisin impression on the sip. Deep and leathery, nutty and rough flavors. Body itself is fairly thick with strong bitterness. Tons of raisin and prune. Rich, deep eisbock. Very nice.

3.6
ads135 (5031) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 23, 2017
Eisbock’s accentuate most of what I find distasteful about bock beers typically. They can be overly sweet, with an unbalanced maltiness that isn’t that appealing. This is an excpetion. A bock, I wouldn’t call balanced, but it was tasty. Tried for the first time in 2009.

5
corkyrory66 (2200) - BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2017
Eisbock de 9,2 % abv, à l’étiquette argentée, mais aux saveurs d’or pur … Mon exemplaire était à 1 mois avant date, mais pouvait faire le tour du monde et de l’horloge astronomique sans aucun problème … Couleur acajou sombre, à la clarté nette. Pétillement au versage, c’est amusant … Mousse de surface, seulement constituée par l’éclatement des bulles … (un champagne, diraient certains … si cela les amuse, on va laisser faire, en rigolant sous cape …). Nez qui est une sorte de rêve, concentré de malt/bois quasi pur. 1ère bouche souple, suave, à la fantastique entame malt/vin/bois. Arrière-bouche clos Vougeot, parcelles sud. 2ème de nectar pur, malt/fruit/fût. Arrière-bouche strictement extraordinaire. La longueur est géantissime … (donc, on part de 4,50 mètres et on monte encore un peu …). Jambes parfaitement lisses. Levure ad hoc, disait le capitaine … Alcool, ben mon vieux, ça fait une paire que je n’ai vu un aussi efficace … Finale culminante … chez Kulmbacher. CONCLUSION : une pure merveille ou une merveille pure .. je vous laisse choisir !! (Moi, j’ai choisi ..). Tiens, au fait, c’est ma 300ème étrangère en top rate ...

4.1
vinivini (3000) - Gomel, BELARUS - JUL 14, 2017
Bottle 33cl. Small head. Opaque chestnut to deep brown. Small head. Aroma: massive caramel, syrup, fruit jam. Full body. Complex taste. Rather sweet. Let it be. Caramel & toasted malts in their best shape. Additional nuts, dried fruit. No need for hops here. Perfect.

4.2
Bacchus66 (937) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours dark mahogany with a thin light brown head that disappears altogether. Very aromatic with raisins, molasses, sweet malt, gigs. Flavors are similar with dried fruits, syrup, molasses, brown sugar, Marsala. Rich texture. Sweet, though finishes somewhat dry. Love it.


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