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

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RATINGS: 1335   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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2005
When opened has aromas of grape juice?Poured deep dark brown with no head.Dark fruits and toffee.The alcohol doesnt come out till the end.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Pours black with a huge tan head. No lacing. The bottle looks like a disco ball--it almost made me pass this one up. Standard doppelbock aroma (dark fruits, chocolate, toffee, coffee) with a slight alcohol burn. Tastes exactly like an Ayinger Celebrator--no hint of the greater alcohol content. Very good. Belies the stupid, cheap-looking bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Nice label. I like shiny things. Pretty beer, deep reddish brown, almost black, nice head faded away slowly. Huge malt aroma, with some plum notes, quite inviting. A bit thinner than I was expecting, it got better as it warmed. Smoky molasses malts, caramel, and faint dark fruit. Not bad, particularly since this isn’t my favorite style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Very deep amber/light brown and clear with a thin lasting head. Aroma is malty and very sweet. Lots of Dark munich malts, wtih some chocolate as well. Some alcohol is noticed too. Flavor is deep munich malt, caramel, candied apple, and molasses. Very similar to schneider except this one doesnt have the phenolic cloviness or hints of banana. Not as complex but very well done. Very smooth finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (26835) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
Bottled. Brown coloured with a beige head. Sweet aroma with lots of dried fruits especially prunes. Sweet flavour with lots of dried fruits and notes of alcohol.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2005
Bottled. Brown coloured. Malty and caramel in the aroma. Very sweet and malty flavour.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2005
07.25.05 Bottle dated 12.31.03, I assume that’s a bottling date. Dark brown pour with minimal head of tight tan foam that lingers with a smattering of lace. Sweet aroma of candied plums, brown sugar, molasses, and some concentrated peppery alcohol. Dense palate, molasses, roasted nuts, caramelized pineapple, shortbread. Sweet and sticky. Pretty yummy. The alcohol that’s so present on the nose doesn’t offend the palate. A pleasant surprise of a beer I’d never heard of before picking it up just for the sake of trying another eisbock.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2005
From the bottle, dark and thick when poured into a glass. Smells like brewing beer. Very malty and thick, chocolate is the dominant taste, with some alcohol at the finish. Not bad at all.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Bottle: Brown body with a small tan head, that is a deep, clear ruby when held to the light. The aroma is very fruity and sweet. I get apples, prunes, plums, sweet dark malts, caramel, toffee, banana, and a subtle hint of hops towards the finish. Taste is sticky sweet caramel malts, syrupy toffee candy, banana, clove-like alcohol, sweet chocolate, molasses, and maple syrup. Finishes with hints of clove, toffee, grains, and chocolate. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, slick and oily mouthfeel.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
drpimento (3316) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2005
My Gawd! What heaven is this! Upon pouring you first notice the body as it flows thickly into the glass with a nice luxuriant creamy tan head. The aroma of caramel and fragrant perfumy hops scent the air around. The flavor is intensely the same. Nice dusky reddish brown or brownish red. Whatever. Who cares, since this beer is so loaded with sensual qualities. Mine was a little too cold right out of the fridge. I know much more will come out of this as I let it warm. The carbonation is just right and balances the extra malty body of the beer. A long finish with no untoward aftertastes. This one came from a beer of the month, but they have it at the Bodega downtown La Crosse, too.


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