Friday, March 4, 2016

Kulmbacher Eisbock (8/10)

The German Eisbock style was reportedly invented by accident when a brewer left a barrel of bock beer outside overnight.  When poured from this frozen barrel, much of the water had crystallized, effectively concentrating the flavor and alcohol content of the resulting beer.  Today, we're still making and drinking it.

Kulmbacher Eisbock pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a finger-thick beige head that doesn't last long - thanks to the generous alcohol content.

The aroma is sweet and malty, with some earthy, herbal like notes from the noble hops.

The flavor is a malt-lover's dream, and probably a hop head's nightmare.  Lots of sweet, intense malty goodness and minimal bitterness.  I get hints of caramel, raisin, and a definite warming note.

RateBeer gives it a 98 out of 100.  Beer Advocate gives it a 94 or "outstanding" rating.  I can't argue with them.  It's a great beer.  I give it an 8 out of 10.

I had this particular bottle at The Winking Lizard, but I've seen the beer on the shelves at several local stores, including The Anderson's General Store on Sawmill and, I believe, Kenny Road Market.

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