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


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RATINGS: 1329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
darbeer75 (703) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Aroma: sweet with caramel maltiness; Appearance: dark, red amber with off white head; Taste: malty with caramel but not very pleasant; Palate: strange aftertaste; Overall: definitely not my favorite; would not buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (3703) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 10, 2016
Dark amber color with tan head. Aroma is sweet raisins, toffee, some spices. Taste is not even as sweet as one expects. Rather low carbonation, good chewiness. Low carbonation. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rand (1490) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 9, 2016
Bouteille 0,33 l from Abou. Dark reddish dress with a fleeting head. Aromas malted and caramel, roasted-chocolate dry fruits. The taste is syrupy, locor-like, with candied cereals and residual sugar. Fruity esters and notes of dry fruits, dates, molasses and earthy hops. Rich and warm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinfull (1522) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Dark, chestnut color. Medium-sized head. Roasted malt , nuts , dark fruits and cookies in aroma. Sweet , malty taste with gentle bitterness at the end . Well hidden alcohol. Smooth and warming finish . Great, winter sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rjplumer (1022) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Has a roasted caramel nut aroma. Rich dark cinnamon body with a two finger faint tanned head to start. Rich roasted caramel taste with a thick wet feel. Warming to the palate. This one is meant to be enjoyed slowly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (1038) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle, big almond colored head faded to a skiff, deep almost black beer. Aroma sweet raisin, malt. Taste is raisin, malt, faint clove and cinnamon, coffee and toasted barley at the finish. Palate is rich, carbonation subdued. Nice and warm!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
migwell (283) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2016 A really ’old’ favorite. In the 1960’s, I got drafted and was fortunate enough to spend a year and a half stationed in Bamberg, Franconia, Bavaria, Deutschland. And to learn what real beer was like and enjoy the numerous small Franconian breweries while my friends and brothers were being killed in yet another senseless imperialist war. But anywho, toward the end of the month and the next payday, we GI’s were always broke and in need of some mind numbing forgetfulness for pocket change, and I hit on a few bottles of this Eisbock, at one mark a bottle (at that time 25 cents) plus a couple of shots of cognac (similarly priced) as a quick trip to la-la land. Good non-memories of several wasted years serving Uncle Sam. Anyway, my local astonishingly good pub, The Foundry, invited me to a free holiday event this evening, featuring several brewed for the occasion small casks, and when those ran out, a selection of their bottled stuff, resulting in the appearance of several sixers of the aforementioned Eisbock. What can I say. Same old shitkicker! Here I copy a BA review, as most reviewers of this brew appear to be as inebriated as myself... "Aroma of sweet, rich malt, dark dried fruit, hints of brown bread. Flavor follows aroma, with rich sweet malt, dark dried fruit, hints of molasses and brown bread. Classic bock flavors, but a little more intense. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice, classic eisbock, providing great bock flavors intensified by the ice process, well balanced between fruit and malt flavors. Alcohol is well covered and this can be a sneaky beer since is it slightly sweet and full of flavor, it is hard to sip slowly. Nicely done." Yeah, down the hatch. Lots of lovelies at the drinkathon free event...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (1630) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Pours a copper color with a malt aroma. Taste is dark malt mixed with a European hops flavor. Minor sweetness of caramel and a slight bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (4814) - BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2015
The follow-up to Reichelbräu Eisbock and in that sense the ’prototype’ of the Eisbock style in more than one way. I’ve been pondering about this German classic for years and finally found a bottle to rate it. Thick, dense, creamy, pale beige head over a very dark purple brown beer, still translucent though. Very purely malty aroma of dry cookies, caramel candy, damp cloth, brownies, hint of tea, toasted brown bread, dried banana, chestnuts, butterscotch, leather, quite a lot of iron but coming across as quite natural still. Condensed sweet onset, candied dates, dried banana and hints of candied cherry, ’deep’ and subtle sourishness balancing this sweetness, soft carbo, very caramelly middle with nutty and chocolatey accents, smooth and lightly oily, fairly thick mouthfeel, fruit sweetness carrying on over this thick caramel sweetness, light bittering in the end, a little bit toasted with soft, ’structural’ herbal and earthy hop touch; somewhat liqueurish and gin-like alcohol warmth is there from the middle and heats the throat a bit without becoming astringent - or even without decreasing the surprisingly high ’drinkability’ of this beer seen its ABV. Not very complicated but very well crafted, an old European classic which inspired many others and a must for maltheads. I did like Schneider’s take on this style a bit more for being richer, but this one sure demands respect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1483) - New York, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Tap at Station House, Forest Hills, Queens. Pours dark amber, almost black. thin off-white head. Aroma is cherry, dark fruit, malt, fig, plum. Flavor is plums, cherries, dark fruits. Not too boozy for how big it is. Solid. Good beer on a chilly day.

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