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

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RATINGS: 1330   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13910) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small diminishing brown head. Aromas of raisins,plums, carmel and some roastiness. Palate was heavy bodied and slick. Flavors of dark fruit,roasted malt, carmel, and a hint of spice with a sweet mildly warming finish. Hides it’s alcohol well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - OCT 31, 2005
Kulmbacher Eisbock has a pleasent caramel malt aroma with undertones of the alcohol coming through. The color is black with hints of ruby red. The head is tan. The flavor starts off with a caramel sweetness and roastedness. The finish has a slight hint of dark fruit. On the palate there is a slight build up as the flavor lingers and slowly vanishes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Oh hells yeah, you mean you can get a 12 oz bottle of 10% eisbock for two dollars? oh wait, and it is good? sign me up. This just arrived at our local bottle shop so we picked on up. Pours dark mahogany with a off-white head. Sweet with a nice roastiness up front with a caramel sweetness and a fruity finish. As this warmed it had a bit more chocolate notes and some breadiness to it and hints of cherry in the fruit finish. The alcohol didn’t show at all and the smoothness really came through.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3618) - Sabro, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2005
Almost black colour with a creamy off white head. Clear body. Taste of fruit and sugar. long lasting taste

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13563) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2005
Bottle Fynske øldage. No head, black colour. Ok aroma and fine licorice flavour. Not as good as expected.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Dark brown with a little red in the shallow areas; weak head. Very inviting nose with dark fruits and sweet-smelling alcohol. Chewy texture. Notes of maple syrup, brown sugar, and buttered toast. Also, sweet raisins, currants, dried apricots, fruit cake, toffee, and a little creamed coffee. Rather warming, but alcohol isn’t biting. Healthy amount of hops (with a decent bitterness) round things out; although, sweetness does weigh in heavy in the beer. Overall, pretty decent stuff; curiously reminiscent of many other beers.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Pours dark brown (redish tent) with a small tan head that quickly dissipates and doesn’t leave much of a trace and after a few minutes no lacing. Very potent, almost syrupy aroma with smells of pumpernickel bread, raisins, toffee, and molasses. Taste is much of the same, very sweet and intense flavors of plum, raisin, apricot, and spices with a great malt complexity balanced with a slight hops bitterness. Creamy thick texture with a nice warming alcohol finish. Only negative is that the carbonation was flat - it’s hard to tell that there is any carbonation at all actually.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malty (12) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2005
First eisbock i’ve tried nothing to compare it to..best yet..pours dark slightly heady.. first smell caramel or brown sugar,molasses perhaps taste same as smell but stronger... drinkability...B... one at a time is good for me...malty out...

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2005
Appears a dark brownish black with a small off white head that fizzles out into a tiny collar. Not a whole lot of lacing going on. Smell is bready, roasted nuts, raisins, figs, molasses, brown sugar, and black grapes. Taste is of the same sweet like aromas but it’s not cloying and the abv of 9.2% isn’t that noticable. Mouthfeel has a mild alcohol presence with a brown sugar like gummy sweetness with black grapes running along the palate leaving a nice finish. Drinkability is superb for an eisbock. One of the better ones of the style that I’ve had.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Tap at Andy’s. Oh boy oh boy an Eisbock. I love ’em. Very syrupy/dried fruit flavored and sweet and alcohol-y. Friend of mine didn’t enjoy it too much, but I love the style and loved this.


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