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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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4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mpersinger (365) - , California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Poured from a twelve ounce bottle to a stemless red wine glass, this classic bears a dense two-finger (though quickly condensing) mocha head above deep brown beer with good clarity. The aroma is milk chocolate, dark fruit, with a touch of alcohol. Flavors are dark chocolate, caramel and dark fruit on the nose, with chocolate pervading, followed by a balancing dryness with (not hot) alcohol and hint of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a notch above medium; it is not heavy, thick or oily. Delicious sipper that is pronounced by somehow svelte, quite balanced. Deserves rep as classic example for historically significant style.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillemsUrenkel (1632) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JAN 20, 2017
0,33 l bottle from Bierland Hamburg for small 1,60 €. Not easy to get in north west Germany. Pours out in a darkest brown, one finger short living beige head. Fresh malt candy on the nose. Dark choco and malt nose, some licorice. Taste starts smooth, malty, little bit choco, cough drops, but not medical, low but present sweetness.Not really alcoholic. Dangerous and nice. One extra point for the low price.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (867) - - JAN 7, 2017
Shared bottle at Addy’s. First time trying this style- didn’t even know Eisbock was a thing until bartender suggested it. Tons of dark fruit and underlying maltiness but doesn’t drink overly sweet. ABV is well done and not overwhelming. Balanced. I’m intrigued.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
geologyguy (1436) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Dark fruit malt smell, taste is same with some caramelized flavor...strong boldness...wouldnt want stronger...At John’s for Clemson bowl game and new years

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Adamsville (260) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2016
Apparence : Brune bien foncée, limpide, rouge au travers de la lumière, léger col beige, rétention faible malgré une carbonatation moyenne. Annonce d’un corps mince?
Nez : Malt grillé, accents toastés, fruits rouges mûrs, notes boisées, crème.
Goût : Entrée assez timide de malts grillés et de fruits, léger côté sucrée. Moyennement sucrée. Finale plutôt sucrée accompagnée d’une légère amertume.
Sensation : Corps d’une légèreté prédite au nez, effervescence moyenne à faible, longueur moyenne et chaleur d’alcool notable en gorge.
Bref : Bière somme toute facile à boire dans laquelle le sucre résiduel ne devient jamais envahissant à travers les arômes grillées et fruitées de la bière. C’est bien, mais il manque de profondeur pour une bière de 9,2% qui se veut être un concentré. Comment dire, tous les éléments y sont (le malt, la levure fruitée et la légère amertume), quand même de façon équilibrée, mais sa légèreté et candeur d’approche laisse un peu sur notre appétit.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DeanF (2404) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2016
Beautiful dark body and little head aroma of beet and licorice just like your drunken Georgian uncle likes. Hey, I kid, its like a candy store run by that drunken uncle. Like Mom says you can’t go in there anymore because you’ll get drunk from the fumes off his back. Flavour is muddy candy, cloying with sugary barley. Not my kinda Bock. Or Bork. But that’s another story.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alex_leit (3060) - Minsk, BELARUS - OCT 26, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown. Aroma: malt, jam with caramel and malt, port wine. Taste: sweet, caramel, wine, syrup, a little fruit, candy.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AbbeyRoade (544) - Missouri, USA - OCT 24, 2016
Although not my favorite beer genre, this is an excellent Eisbock (ice bock) specimen. Definitely a "distilled", stronger brew that concentrates dark fruit, almost prune-like flavor but isn’t sweet either. Gives a good kick in the pants.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TH28 (409) - - SEP 3, 2016
330ml bottle. No deciperable code date. Appearance: Deep dark brown, with dark ruby hints under light. Clear, with a moderate khaki colored head. Aroma: Very malty, with some caramel and dark fruit, mostly cherry. Taste: Rich, deep malt sweetness with a well balanced blend of caramel, toast, and bread crust. Lighter dark fruit character than in the aroma, that turns to a bit of spicy cherry from the alcohol. Bitterness just enough to prevent the malt sweetness from being cloying. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth is present, but not abrasive Finish: Toasted bread strong on the finish, with a touch of dark fruit. Overall: Extremely well balanced beer given it’s strength. Drinks like a strong Doppelbock, with strong bready, toasty, and dark fruit character, all while balance against the high ABV.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
b0071d (14) - Iowa, USA - AUG 17, 2016
On tap beer. Nice dark color. Raisin and prune notes, but not strong flavors. This sample was different than ones I’ve had in bottles which had strong flavors.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mice (868) - FINLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Tumma, punertavanruskea olut kohtalaisella, mutta hyvin nopeasti kokonaan häviävällä vaahdolla. Tuoksu varsin mieto, makean maltainen ja limppuinen sekä luumuinen. Maku makean maltainen, luumuinen ja aavistuksen paahteinen sekä metallinen. Lopussa alkoholi tuntuu hieman. Suutuntuma varsin laimea prosentteihin nähden. Ei kovinkaan erikoinen kokonaisuus.


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