Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kulmbacher Eisbock (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)


DOB: ? (2648301)

2015 BJCP Category: 9B Eisbock

AROMA: Strong dark fruit aroma (plum, grape, raisin, cherry). Malt presence is quite strong, but very little in the way of overt breadiness or Maillard products. Alcohol is noticeable and seems to create for a confectionery scent. Clean lager fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Clear, dark ruby red (17-27 SRM). Small tan foam slowly dissipates. 3/3

FLAVOR: Fairly intense fruit flavor (cherry, grape, raisin) with plenty of base malt at the core. Slight Maillard flavor of toast. Low bitterness and virtually no hop flavor. Alcohol creates for a drying sensation but also some confectionery flavors. Warmth is subtle and easily tolerable. Clean lager fermentation. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full bodied; low carbonation. Smooth texture. Aftertaste is initially sweet, then dries out quickly. Not an intimidating drink at 9.2% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: If this is really the only commercial example of the style, it's a darn good one. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

NOTE: Read my 2013 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2013/04/kulmbacher-eisbock.html