Kulmbacher Brauerei - Eisbock
Serving Temperature:52-60° F
Kulmbacher Eisbock is the original Bavarian Eisbock, and it's as celebrated today as it was when it first rose to popularity. How celebrated you ask? Well, there is actually an Eisbock festival in Kulmbach every March that celebrates the style. On the last Saturday of the month, at about 7 o'clock in the evening, the festivity commences with the ceremonial hacking open of an ice-encrusted wooden cask (sound familiar?). The 10% ABV beer that pours forth is deeply complex, with a dark, reddish-brown color, sweet, malty aroma and a smooth palate. The Kulmbacher Eisbock, which used to carry the subtitle "Bayrisch G'frorns" (meaning "Bavarian Frozen"—it's still on the label if you look closely), is made from five different malt varieties. For all intents and purposes, it's a bottled version of this festival brew. Expect sweet caramel malts, notes of fresh biscuits, figs, and rum-soaked apricots on the nose, and look for a creamy, oaken edge, with some distinct vanilla notes in the background. This full-bodied brew is slightly roasty, with notes of maple syrup, raisins, distinct cookie-dough like flavors, and an undercurrent of chocolate, caramel and plum. The finish presents faint notes of coffee, roastiness, and late breaking walnut-like dryness. A great beer to enjoy with a book at bedtime, or with chocolate covered figs (or both!). This is a brew that'll age gracefully, so feel free to let a couple bottles age for another winter—just don't leave them out in the snow; try the cellar instead.
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