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

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RATINGS: 1348   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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3.8
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
Incredibly dark red with a large but soon-disappearing head. Some cookie, loads of dark fruit and molasses, and some fusel alcohol in the nose. Smooth, somewhat oily mouthfeel, but not as sticky as some claim. Taste-wise, the alcohol is utterly, completely masked; less noticeable than in a typical pint of ale, for instance. Lots of sweet malt and just a hint of dryness. Prunes, licorice, burnt cookies. Not hugely complex, but well done. Also, the label is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen.

3.7
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Although I have had a few Eisbocks over the past couple of years, I believe this is the first one I have reviewed. Per the Reinheitsgebot there appears to be much consistency within the parameters of the style. She pours a deep ruby red color with a tawny head that dissipates quickly. There is a surprising amount of carbonation, although hard to see, considering this is such a high gravity brew. The aroma is not necessarily complex; however, beyond the overwhelming presence of malt, there is a good representation of a fresh hoppy smells as well as some stewed fruits. The palate is defined by a somewhat syrupy start and the signature eisbock astringent finish. The flavor is sweet and intense (similar to some American barley wines) with a defined crisp, yet delayed, hop finish. A good, well balanced beer, but not one that bowled me over.

4
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2005
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Poured Dark w/ ruby highlights throughout, off-white fast dissapating head. Aroma complex. Hints of malts, fruit (cherries, I think) bread, and slight alcohol aroma. Big malty flavor, big bready flavor, slight fruity (cherry, and maybe raisins, molasses?) flavor in the middle and slight alcohol warming in the aftertaste. Didn’t even realize it was a 9.2% abv beer. Carbonation good, mouthfeel medium. This is my first Eisbock and I enjoyed it very much. Too bad this is hard to find in my area.

4
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Poured a nice dark reddish-brown...small brownish head. Nose is rich with sweet toasty malt. Flavor is more sweet malts, caramels, sugary-choco maltiness, molasses and a nice alcohol edge. Full-bodied and yummy. Great beer.

4.4
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Pours a deep dark black brown color with a small amount of bubbly white fizz on top. Aroma is cokey caramel, sweet alcohol, figs, and brown sugar. Flavor is smooth and light, yet powerful and potent. Flavor is figs and raisins, sweet molases with a slight dry bitter hoppiness. Overall, i found this beer to be exceptionally good. Perfect winter warmer.

4.4
cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2005
This is highly comparable to the Celebrator, with the exception that it doesn’t hide the alcohol as well. Aroma gives it off, and it’s strong in the mouthfeel. Otherwise, as a Doppelbock, it presents about as well as any of them. (Okay, it’s officially classified as an eisbock. It’s a lot like a doppel. A lot.)

3.9
HogTownHarry (6925) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle (330ml). Poured deep clear mahogany with a large foamy-creamy light brown head. Initially a little sour, but the roast caramel malt and moss come out, lots of spice, brown sugar and a hint of evergreen hops and sour cream. Taste of burnt caramel malt, with mossy winter forest notes. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy - I really like this style, this isn’t the best I’ve had, but very solid.

4.1
pineypower (3327) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Excited to try this one....pours out a deep dark brown with a small fading head. Aroma is of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is very smooth for a high gravity beer. Wonderful taste of chocolate, figs and roasted malts, maybe with a bit of prunes and brown sugar. Slight hop finish, but a wonderful mouthfeel with a very nice taste that warms you up on a cold winter’s night

4.1
ABUSEDGOAT (2760) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Pours a clear brown body with a nice tan head. Aroma is sweet with lotsa malt. Caramel, mollasses, and chocolate come through. Flavor is the same. Also a hint of coffee, roast, dark fruits and bread. Really rich sweet taste. Don’t be fooled by the stupid label, this is quality.

3.6
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2005
Thanks to my secret santa for this one! Chocolate, Dark fruit, Abit of bitter coffee flavor, alcohol seems well hidden, great beer!


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