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

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RATINGS: 1343   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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4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6563) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (3247) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2693) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2005
330 ml bottle. Deep dark brown, almost black hue. Opaque with a good amount of tan head. Nose is very alcoholic, with a sweetness. Aromas of raisins, apricots, prunes, resin, toffee, slight coffee, chocolate, port, and burnt sugar. Rich, full and chocolately in the mouth. Sugary and sweet, with the alcohol burn as a finisher. Plums and port, chocolate and pine. Fantastic lingering mouthfeel of sweet burnt sugar, breadiness, licorice, and a cloying syrupy flavor. And to boot, a nice piney, hop bitter finish. I still remember the first one I ever had. Still just as delicious. Right on!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2803) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2005
An absolutely magnificent beer, it should be in the top 50! Attractjve dark garnet color, very dark, hold it to the light. Smallish head. Big warming pleasing toffeeish dark malty nose. It takes all thats good about the bock style and magnifies it without distorting it like some big beers do to their base styles. So smooth, big rounded sweet full mouthfeel. Drinks easily, as easily as any strong beer I’ve had. Almost gulpable, but the potency and fullness catch up quickly enough to slow you down. Perfectly balanced in the finish. A truly excellent beer for all occasions.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4938) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2005
330 ml bottle, from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (August 05). Largish, rich, bubbly tan head, slowly decaying, sitting atop a translucent garnet body, nearly black...huge, decadent, port wine-infused caramel in the nose, dark chocolate cake and raisins, hints of nuttiness....body is plummy, moderately sweet with some coffeeish burnt raspy character showing up immediately, and a big alcohol burn late...somewhat oily, slick palate, surprising in the bitterness though I’m not complaining, better than alternative syrupy character...a slow, slow sipper with just a bit too much boozy harshness, I suspect I’d like this more after a year or two. There is a light metallic edge and some sharp herbal character, like frisee or arugula almost or wild bitter flowers, that certainly makes for more complexity but not necessarily more pleasure or drinkability. More interesting than great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2005
Dark brown, thin tan head. Spicy, woody slight vinous nose. Sweet, sugary flavour with hints of cinnamon and liqourice. Slight peppery finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2005
11.2 oz. Aroma dark malts almost burnt,light anise and toffee. Pour is really nice dark brown almost black with a nice creamy tan head. Flavor is good sweet and salty with a tinge of burnt toffee and some dark fruit. Palate is good not too thin and not really heavy either. Overall this is a nice starter to the day.


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