Trapped Under Eisbock - Voodoo Brewing Company

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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 49
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bbeane on 06-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A classic lager of flavor and heritage. This dopplebock is aged for 3 months frozen, then transferred onto Michigan Sour Cherries for 3 more months. We then bottle condition it at the brewery cellar for over a year. This is named after one of my favorite songs from a band that like lager, started out being intense and mellowed over time. Cheers and Ride the Lightning!
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Photo of dogfishandi
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to pitrooney for this awesome extra!!

brought this to an awesome tasting with a few local BA's. thanks again tom! 22oz unlabeled bottle.

pours out a deep looking ruby red brown color with a small head with minimal lace and retention.

lots of rich caramel, toffee, raisony dark fruity malts and bits of rum soaked cherries.

the taste follows suit with the aroma, lots of complex flavors mingling with one another. rich toffee, caramel, dark fruits with some rum soaked cherries. you can taste the alcohol, but it was definatly more subdued than i expected.

big heavy, full bodied, chewy and lots of richness. carbonation is just a bit on the low side.

overall: definatly an interesting beer, lots of subtle complexities. i havent had much expierience with eisbocks, but voodoo seems to have nailed this one.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A different take on an Eisbock, not tasting like the style I have had in the past. A strong ale, with some characteristics of a cherry stout. Dark brown, a big head, big lace. Bready malty. A really good cherry taste, with a long cherry finish, backed by a malt liquor.

Photo of hippityhops85
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 'Sons of Westy' event at the Blue Dog in Chalfont, PA 11/14/11. Poured from an unlabeled bomber into a small sample glass. Batch 1 unreleased.

Poured a clear brown, ruby highlights with a slight head that dissipates quickly.

Nose has a slight malt note to it along with some muted sour cherries. Really interesting and unique. Overall the nose was pretty muted.

The taste was a nice balance of the intense maltiness along with some of the sour cherries to clean the palate. Enjoyable but I was expecting a little more. Lots of booze here too. Not masked at all.

Happy to have a small sample of this but that's about as much as I could handle. Definitely recommended for a tasting among friends.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Centennial hooked this one up a little while back... shared with the Boise crew at a recent tasting.

Pours hazed deep amber/little brown... short lasting head and no real lacing.

Nose is actually pretty mild... just malty... and that is it... the aroma is pretty subdued... light cherry with warmth.

Flavor is malty and what I can only describe as "dusty" .... maybe a bit of oxidation... good bready malt profile with a bit of vanilla... not much in the way of cherries... surprisingly dry finish.

Body is a little lighter than I was expecting... lighter side of medium with medium carbonation.

Thanks again Steve on a stellar trade!!

3/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber to snifter.
Sampled several times, reviewed 03FEB13

[A] A swift pour produces a finger plus of foamy light tan head that slowly fizzes out to a creamy collar. The color is a rich shade of auburn. On the darker side of the spectrum with a noticeable murkiness. No lacing.

[S] Aromas of dark fruits like prune, plum and red grape. No cherry though - not at this point - even though there was very little cherry presence in a fresher bottle either. Oxidized notes of wet construction paper come through from the beginning.

[T] The dark fruits mentioned above (again, no cherry). Toasted malts and rich caramel. There's a minimum level of tartness on the finish. Most impressive, however, is that there is almost no detectable alcohol on the palate.

[M] Full bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is low. Alcohol is not noticeable at all. Supple and more enjoyable as the carbonation continues to escape.

[O] There's nothing bad about this beer, there's just nothing that stands out either. My first impressions - even after opening a fresh bottle - were the same. The description on the label sounds amazing...and the beer falls short of expectations.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into my snifter glass.
A: About a finger of head. Cloudy dark brown in color. Became increasingly clear as it sat in the glass.

S: Lots of sweet caramel with hints of sour cherries. Alcohol is apparent but not overpowering.

T: Caramel sweetness broken up by an astringent taste and very faint sour cherry.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth drinking.

Overall an interesting and enjoyable beer. Took my time with this one and it got much better as it warmed.

Photo of ShanePB
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Nick, 22 ounce bottle poured into two tulip glasses. Neither of us are really fans of Eisbocks in general, but the fact this was aged for months on sour cherries should hopefully provide an additional layer of flavor.

A: Mahogany brown with some reddish tints to it in the light, topped with a tight bubbly off-white head. Once settled, a bit of a patchy cap was left behind with very minimal lacing on the glass. It wasn't too bad and for a beer of this size, I wasn't too disappointed.

S: Rich, roasted and caramel malts come through initially giving a well grounded base to the beer. Some alcohol is present, as well as a bit of a medicinal cherry flavor; not necessarily artificial in nature but it doesn't smell like fresh cherries. No sour qualities which I thought I would get, nor hop notes as expected.

T: Whoa - wonderfully balanced and flavorful. It's not overwhelming in it's flavor profile but there certainly is a focus on the sweet malts in the beer. The cherry flavor is here too, especially with notes of flesh and a bit of a tartness on the back end. Finishes quite nice, just some residual sweetness and maybe the smallest touch of heat. I'm extremely shocked the alcohol is so well hidden and virtually undetectable for the size.

M: Nice active carbonation but this has a substantial body on it, more towards the fuller end of a medium-bodied beer. It's a very nice feel and doesn't leave any dryness or off flavors in the linger.

It's quite a testament to the craftsmanship of the brewers at Voodoo for creating a beer in the style that, from my experience, generally has a brash alcohol component. I think the cherries helped mellow it out and provided quite a unique cut in the flavor. Really well done and very surprised how good and drinkable this was.

Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet. We opened this during a tasting this past weekend.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the goblet.

Smell: I'm picking up some banana and caramel with the sour cherries. There is a very strong malt presence to this one.

Taste: Malty and nutty. The cherry and banana notes are both here as well. Sweet malt with some alcohol heat in the finish. Fairly smooth considering the amount of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was excellent and extremely smooth. Big fan of the addition of the cherries. I'd definitely have another one.

Photo of weeare138
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a Dark mahogany with streams of co2 slowly rising to the top of the glass. The cap settles into a gentle collar. Spotty bits of lacing quickly droop down into the glass.
Smell is of toffee, yeast, melted milk chocolate, dark malted bread, and mild spice.
Taste is of the aromas with a blast of sugar, intense dessert caramel, creme brûlée, & raisins.
Mouthfeel is sweet, chewy, sugary, with caramel and raisins lingering. A tad bit of warmness eventually catches up like a port. Yum!

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Four ounces or so.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed orange amber color. Small beige head that didn't last too long and left no lacing.

4.5 S: Tons of honey. This smells like a braggot big time. Also picking up the cherries, which add a nice touch. Booze well in check. Toffee with a subtle toastiness.

3.0 T: Really doesn't taste anything like the nose. Not really any honey or cherry. I guess there is something that smells like honey that I don't know about. Lots of toastiness with an almost dusty graininess. Surpringly mediocre.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier, but nice here. Smooth with well hidden booze.

3.5 D: Not bad, but I wish it tasted like it smells.

Photo of Rifugium
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy copper-colored pour, with an off-white head that seemed a bit misplaced considering the style/ABV. Nose was pretty grainy, toasty, rum raisin, caramel malts; didn't really get any cherry. The taste was similar, toasted grains, grain alcohol, rum raisin and caramel malts, maybe a slight essence of potpourri spice and cherry, but I probably wouldn't have noticed the latter if I wasn't told me the beer was aged on cherries. Finished dry and a tad chalky. Body was about medium, and almost seemed overcarbonated for the style, but maybe it was just my imagination. Not bad overall, but by far not Voodoo's best.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Curt for the bottle.

A: The beer pours a slightly hazed dark brown color with a small off-white head.

S: Smells of sweet toffee and brown sugar with a little bit of toasted bread. There is a mild vanilla note as well as some sweet dark fruits, molasses, and candy/sugar.

T: Sweet caramel and brown sugar dominate the flavor, which is quite rich. There is a decent amount of vanilla. Just a mild cardboard/oxidation note to it. Still some dark fruits, toffee, and a mild toasted malt flavor.

M: The body is maybe on the fuller end of medium with low to medium carbonation.

O: Solid aroma, but the flavor wasn't quite up to snuff. Still, not bad for an American made eisbock.

Photo of nhindian
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter.

I'm digging the not-so-subtle Metallica reference. He should watch out for the impending lawsuit from Lars!

On a side note, I'm really happy that Voodoo is finally starting to break through and get some acclaim. Black Magick is definitely up there as a heavy-hitter in the bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout style, and he's had lots of other hits as well. This doesn't appear to be as wide-spread a release as his other stuff, but here's hoping it's as good as his other high gravity beers!

A - Pours a pretty unique color, almost a rusted red color with muddy brown spread throughout. Depending on the light it takes on a range from near-black to dark orange. Definitely cloudy despite the dark appearance. I got a surprising 2-fingers of head out of this beer with amazing retention given the alcohol in here. The lacing is interesting, in that it starts thick and sticky, but gradually slides back down to meet the beer, so there isn't much lasting lace.

S - At first the nose is full of the more typical doppelbock aromas in the sweet malts with rich caramel and chewy toffee. As it aerates, the more nuanced smells definitely pick up in the tart cherries, some vanilla, and just the slightest hint of alcohol. Overall pretty bready with the more traditional bock nose.

T - When I read that this was aged on 'sour' Michigan cherries, I wasn't completely sure what to expect. Would it be a beer with mouth-puckering sourness or would it be understated. What I get is something in between this spectrum. It by no means is anywhere near sour, and I'd risk saying it's not even very tart, but you really get the cherries in the finish, especially the cherry pits. I have to say I was kind of hoping the cherry tartness would come through stronger as a way to cut the sweetness from the malts, but the way the beer is currently presented is still enjoyable. The malts are still the showcase from start to finish, with lots and lots of caramel and toffee, while the vanilla makes an encore here. Some slight brown sugar and bread round out the profile. As it warms, the cherry in the finish becomes much more pronounced which is very welcomed. Again, almost no alcohol here. I don't know how Matt does it, but both here and in Black Magick he brewed two very alcoholic beers by volume and both hide their alcohol dangerously well. If I weren't told this were an Eisbock, I'd probably peg it at somewhere around 7 or 8% ABV.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. A bit on the thinner side, especially compared to doppelbocks I've had in the past. Honestly, this is my first Eisbock, so I'm not sure if that's common due to the freezing procedure or not so I suppose my ignorance is my downfall here. Exceptionally smooth with a clean finish.

D/O - Drinkability is high. I will be the first to admit that bocks in general are not one of my preferred styles at all. Of the 3 Doppelbocks I've reviewed, 2 of them scored C+ and C. However, this beer definitely piqued my interest with the addition of the cherries so I figured I'd try an Eisbock from a fairly local brewery. I am satisfied with what I got out of this bottle, and enjoyed drinking the whole bomber of it. The alcohol definitely sneaks up on you, though, so bear that in mind! If only Pittsburgh would've gotten more of these bottles..

Photo of KAP1356
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to have my brother buy me two of these from Capone's as a belated birthday gift. Hell of a find! Poured into a Russian River cervoise...

A - Really nice looking beer! Poured a lovely shade of rust red mixed with murky brown color. great shades of ruby and amber peek through when held to the light. Surprised to see such an inviting head on a big ABV beer. Nice eggshell white head forms about 1 fnger thick and recedes to a cap of the same color.

S - Huge aromas of a nice big bock right off the bat. Nice roasted malts, caramel, toasted grains, brown sugar, and toffee. Some hints of sweet fruits come through as does a molasses aroma. Not much cherry coming off the nose.

T - Nice bock/doppelbock flavors all over the palate. Dark fruits, bready, toasted grains, caramal and toffee. Hints of vanilla come through now too. Not getting much of any cherry presence. I struggle to find it really and feel like there might be some light infuences on the backend. Alcohol is present, but balances surprisingly well.

M - Medium bodied beer that wants to border on full bodied. Pretty nice carbonation for such a big beer, but still about medium carbonation.

O - Not too bad! I was a little disappointed that I didn't get much of the advertised cherry. But overall, this was a really nicely made American eisbock. Super limited so I am very glad I got a few bottles of this! Thanks Matt!

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to ThoreauLikeAGirl for this one a while ago. enjoyed from a darkness snifter.

a - brew poured a deep purple with crimson highlights along the edge of the glass when held to the light. there was a finger's worth of creamy head. looks like a quad or belgian strong dark. head hung out for a long time. lacing was stringy and sparse.

s - lots of plums and fig. nuttiness. some pot pouri smells. big malt presence. the sour cherries are in the background. smells pretty good.

t - hey now...that's pretty good. the sour cherries are more in the forefront in the flavor than the nose. under the cherries is a nutmeg dark fruit bouquet with some toastiness.

m - definitely leaves a tingle, but surprisingly the booziness is fairly well hidden in this beer. it is not thick or syrupy.

o - overall, i am pleasantly surprised. this is a good eisbock. the cherries add an interesting twist. this one beat my expectations. nicely done.

Photo of stakem
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to FeDUBBELFIST for hooking me up with a bottle of this. I owe you one buddy. The brew pours a clear mahogany with yellow/orange clarity around the edges. A tan cap apppears atop with a pattern of lace sticking to the glass.

The smell is sweet with hints of toffee-like makt quality. Quite toasty from the grain with a dark scent of fruity raisins more so than the listed cherry ingredient. A hint of minerals and sulfur blends into a faint weizen-like yeast ester towards the back.

The initial taste has a hint of citrus hops faintly. It blends into more of an herbal mixture with alcohol and strong toffee malt sweetness. Some not readily identifiable fruity accenting sweetness like raisin more than cherry is evident with some solvent alcohol. Very faint weizen yeasty spice notes come out a bit as the brew warms.

This is a full bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. Interesting and worth a try but doesn't quite live up to my expectations based on the description. If it wasn't for the preconceived notion of this being aged over cherry, it runs fairly close to the normal eisbock offering. The only exception being that this one is a little dirty around the edges with minerals and sulfur.

Photo of Phelps
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by ejyoung at the December 2011 Clusterfork and poured into a shaker pint. This brew’s aged three months, iced, transferred onto Michigan sour cherries for another three months, then bottle conditioned for a year.

Dark cola-brown in color, giving up amber at the edges. Dense yet rather short head of light tan.

Almost like a barleywine in the nose. Brown sugar, caramel, sun-aged oranges and hints of sweet cherry syrup.

Same deal in the flavor. It’s fairly malty, with toasted bread, caramel and brown sugar. Sweet at first, but the swallow wipes all the sugar out with a smack of alcohol and bread. Not much showing from the cherries.

Medium-light, somewhat thin body with moderate fizziness and gentle, massaging carbonation. Alcohol fumes linger in the mouth after the swallow.

Meh. If I want a barleywine, I’ll buy one. I just don't get enough from the cherries for this beer to be anything more than slightly above average.

Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, murky rustic brown with a small diminishing off-white head. Aroma is sweet and grainy along with toasted caramel malt, dark fruit and a hint of alcohol. Has a caramel, light cherry, Oak, and malt in the flavor and very smooth for 14%. I seem to have enjoyed this more at a Voodoo tasting before it even had a label. Maybe it needed more time? But still very good.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sourbatchkid for opening this up.

Trapped under looks pretty shaded brown when in the duvel tulip. Almost bark brown with red spots toward the light, Whisps of caramel colored foam on the surface, no stick. Smell is of a bunch off apple skins with some plum backdrop and cherry liquid. MAlty is a understatement, caramel, no problem. Quite a tame beast for being so large. This dopplebock, while going through mad cold temps, picked up quite a bit of alcohol, yet I cant taste it. The caramel malt and slight tart cherry(pie) meld off from the alc. A whole lot of caramel dipped apple skin. Pretty simple, yet not. Mouth is at above medium, with not to much heat, all things considering. Carbed up light. semi coating for a minute. I think this is a great stab at the style and maybe a few more batches will bring out the fruit more.

Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A slight bit of a gusher, the beer pours with a sturdy head atop the clear copper-colored liquid; a few dots of lace are left behind

Smell: Spice cake aroma, with figs, dates and cake spice elements

Taste: As in the aroma, the dark fruit and spice cake flavors jut to the forefront; surprisingly, the flavor thins out after the swallow; the cherries are nowhere to be found, sadly

Mouthfeel: Medium body but a bit too fizzy on the tongue

Overall: Despite the mouthfeel issues, the flavor is very nice but doesn't go beyond what I would expect from a Doppelbock

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at AndrewK’s tasting.

Pours a clear honey brown with a foamy orange-brown head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, cherries, honey, wood, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and somewhat dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is pretty boozy and the cherries only add a mild aroma and flavor to the beer.

Photo of joefuzz
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber sent from a great trading partner (G311) poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark earthy brown with a pretty looking tan ish head that sticks around with great lacing. Smell is cherry upfront with a slight sweet boozy tone. Taste is lacking a little it has a good sense of dark fruits and cherries but it seems a little dumbed down, I feel like they could have done much more with this. No alcohol presence at all. Mouthfeel is eisbock all the way light bodied and pretty carbonated. Overall pretty good beer I just think they could have put a little more into it.

Photo of russwbeck
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Zeno's Pub

A: Clear, but dark, mahogany pour with hints of red and a nicely sized white heads. Retention is great.

S: Very deep and rich smell. Perhaps raisins, a sweetness from the cherries, dark fruits. Very much like a bock, huge malt notes, but the aging and cherries really end up making a mark on this complex and balanced smell.

T: The taste is not as in your face as I was expecting. The cherries are not a strong part of the beer, and tartness is certainly not anywhere to be found. Deep, sweet, dark fruits, malts, and booze are the main flavors. I was hoping the cherries would lend more taste to this, but they weren't missed entirely as they curb the taste with a nice sweetness on the end. Mix all that in with hints of vanilla, while remaining relatively on the lighter side, and you have one delicious Eisbock.

MF: Light in body and a lower carbonation.

O: As many have said before, really can't tell this beast is 14%. It is dangerously drinkable, and even my non-beer drinking friends who I gave a taste to really enjoyed it. I didn't want to put it down until it was all gone.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks To a curt for sharing this one at Jackie os!
Pours a very pretty ruby brown. Mahogany hues around the edges. Am touch of head that dissipates almost immediately. Vry thick and viscous.smells of tart cherry and booze. Definitely can tell it's a strong one. Tastes a bit harsh but what do you expect at 14.5 percent! The cherries are very Nice. Harsh booze and a sweet caramel backbone. Overall i like the thickness and the cherries, the booziness is a bit much but for an eisbock.... Vry nice

Photo of stimulus
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a CL snifter glass. ABV unlisted but posted in the thread around 14%.

A: Pours a hazy brown with a two finger beige head.
S: Sweet caramel and toffee, tart cherries on the finish.
T: Molasses and more caramel to begin, slightly sour cherries on the finish with a medium alcohol bite.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, well carbonated, and refreshing, though slightly chewy, as to be expected for the style.
O: Great for the style. The cherries do their thing, but they take a backseat to the doppelbock qualities of the base beer before it was frozen.

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Trapped Under Eisbock from Voodoo Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.