Trapped Under Eisbock - Voodoo Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.28/5 rDev +8.9%
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..
08-24-2011 06:13:26 | More by nhindian
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4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
06-26-2011 17:57:14 | More by dogfishandi
3.85/5 rDev -2%
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.
11-25-2012 15:03:15 | More by Sammy
3.93/5 rDev 0%
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.
11-25-2011 20:10:58 | More by hippityhops85
3.48/5 rDev -11.5%
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!!
12-27-2011 04:59:03 | More by JohnGalt1
3.44/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
02-03-2013 15:28:25 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
3.93/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-23-2011 03:36:43 | More by IdrinkGas
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
10-05-2011 12:54:07 | More by ShanePB
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
01-16-2012 00:53:51 | More by oline73
4.47/5 rDev +13.7%
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!
07-02-2011 21:33:25 | More by weeare138
3.48/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
12-31-2011 22:27:14 | More by DavoleBomb
3.65/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
03-24-2013 14:43:05 | More by Rifugium
3.78/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
08-19-2011 23:58:51 | More by womencantsail
Trapped Under Eisbock from Voodoo Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.