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Kulmbacher Eisbock by Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
9.20 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 02/16/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 15 5 8 1996
330ml Bottle

Vintage 7/11/96

Received as an extra in a past trade with brewandbbq, thanks Jeff! Reichelbrau Eisbock pours the darkest of reds unless backlit when mahogany highlights glow without a problem. The head rose to a fingers worth of creaminess and faded down to a skimming with a solid ring. That little ring leaves nice thin drink lines after each drink.

Whew, this bad boy has some sweetness to it. Huge amounts of caramel. This beer is all at once hugely bready, toasty, and sweet. Enough of an alcohol presence to feel the fumes in your eyes but surprisingly it's not over the top. There's a yeastiness in there that reminds me of rehydrating yeast. There's also a good amount of dark fruits. Bing Cherries come to mind, faintly, along with figs and raisins. This is a deep rich smelling brew.

While the sweetness is here in the flavor it never becomes overbearing in the least. Big caramel maltiness dominates throughout. Fig, prune, and raisin all come through over the top of the caramel to create extra layers of flavor. Rum cake comes through mid-palate through the swallow. The alcohol comes through to add spiciness as opposed to heat.

The mouthfeel reminds me of Belgian style beer. Big abv and flavor packed into a much lighter then expected body with an airy carbonation. The mouthfeel fits things very well.

While this is a sipper it's a pleasure to drink. The flavor is big but easy going down. It will warm you up without a doubt.

When I first cracked this beer open I was almost sure I wouldn't like it. I was hit with a huge sweetness as soon as the cap popped. It ended up being a really nice surprise. An eisbock that held up this well for almost 12 years is a treat to drink. Thanks Jeff!

Reviewed: 5/9/08

Served In: Pilsner Glass

Review by mar on 12/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2009
Black pour with a cream colored head. Nose is fruits, dark malts, licorice and chocolate. Very smooth and creamy on the palate with a nice flavor of chocolate and malts with a heavy licorice finish.

Served In: Snifter

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