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Trapped Under Eisbock - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Trapped Under EisbockTrapped Under Eisbock

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37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 78
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 50
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 stimulus
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
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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Photo of weeare138
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
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!

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Photo of sliverX
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Andy poured a nice rich brown minimal head but that's cool
Smell is sweet maltyness and just amazing
Tastes is wow malt cherry amazing anise toffee just love it
Mouthfeel as to be expected is medium to full and nice
Drinkability ill put it this way I'm looking for more

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Photo of Centennial
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, shared with a friend. Poured into a flute glass

Appearance- Medium head that fades to minimum head prior to tasting. Has a lighter brown color with a pale red-violet hue when held up to light. A honey like viscous swirling is also noticeable.

Smell- sour cherry is apparent with hints of vanilla, caramel, and alcohol. This made my senses pucker.

Taste- Sweet caramel and vanilla with hints of sour cherries. Alcohol is present, but well hidden with barrel-like oak flavors doing a great job balancing it all out.

Mouthfeel- Rich, but smooth, silky and rich with moderate carbonation. Amazingly smooth drinking for 14%

Overall- This is an excellent eisbock that puts a new school take on a classic style. I would recommend this to anyone that already appreciates a higher gravity, cutting edge beer and looking for something that is bigger and more adventurous then your average eisbock.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of russwbeck
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle at the compound with sourbatchkid and onix1agr.

A- a firm pour yields a big finger of light tan head that settles quickly and leaves a solid ring and an island floating on top. Brown in color with some amber orange highlights.

S- sweet lightly roasty malts with caramel and brown sugar. Lots of apple skin and cider. Mild spice character and some breadiness.

T- opens up nice and roasty with a musty apple skin. Sweet caramel and brown bread. The fruit is very subtle and adds an interesting nuance to the brew.

M- about medium in body with a nice creamy carb that works wonders.

O- I can't believe this is as high in abv as it is. So amazingly drinkable. One of the best eisbocks I've come across.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of nhindian
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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..

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle for my 300th review, thanks to awesome BA Soonami. This one was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Trapped Under Eisbock pours somewhere between a deep brown and maroon. A few cherry highlights manage to poke through when the beer is properly lit. My various pours yielded 2-3 fingers of light tan foam. Head retention is pretty solid, but lacing is spotty at best (not that I expect a ton of it from this beer). The nose is heavy on the bock base beer, light on the cherry. There are pronounced notes of bready malts and caramel, with a solid dark fruit supplementary aroma. The flavor folds a creamy milk chocolate note into the mix. The result is a very tasty beer, but I still find myself wishing the cherry came through a little bit more. The body is full, without becoming as overbearingly rich as a 14% malty beer could. That said, the carbonation isn't quite up to the task, barely showing any signs of life and leaving the beer feeling overly chewy. Trapped Under Eisbock is a pretty good beer, and one I had to try (if only for the name). It's also absurdly smooth/drinkable for a 14% beer. I think it may be suffering from (in my mind, inevitable) comparisons to another fruited eisbock, Kuhnhenn's Raspberry Eisbock, and that's a tall order for any brew.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Ethan - a 22oz bottle of Eisbock was the perfect way to finish an evening, especially when I had to bike home 5 miles in the rain. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Surprisingly generous white foam settles to a thin cap and a few stray fingers of lace. Slightly hazy orange-brown body. Quite impressive for the style and ABV.

S - Big bock aromas - nuts, lighter fruits, toasted grains, Whopper-esque malts, and molasses. There's alcohol present, but it's understated and reasonable for 14%. Not getting any of the advertised cherries, but this is still quite pleasant.

T - Again, it's the standard bock/doppelbock flavor palate - dark fruits, bread, malt balls, caramel, and so forth. Alcohol is unsurprisingly present but kept at a tolerable level. Where are the cherries!?

M - Surprisingly active carbonation - guessing this is force-carbed? Smooth texture that is chewy and bready. Finish is pretty boozy and drying.

D - For a few ounces this is a really enjoyable eisbock - however the alcohol content and presence becomes fatiguing very quickly. Perhaps if they sold it in 6oz bottles like Kuhnhenn (and charged the same price) I would have enjoyed it more? True to style, and mostly delivers other than the marked absence of obvious cherry flavors. If you like eisbocks I'd recommend taking this one for a ride. Too bad it's named after one of my least favorite Metallica songs...

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Photo of hippityhops85
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of younger35
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received this brew from Gibby and have been excited to try it arrived. I love anything with fruit (especially cherries) and I’m expecting this brew to be pretty damned intense. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the Cowboys vs. Patriots.

Appearance- Pours a murky brownish copper with a fairly decent fizzy half finger light sandy head. A pretty decent cap and collar remains most of the beer. Not much lacing but not bad looking considering the booze in this beer.
Smell- Sort of bready with a fair amount of caramel and dark fruits. Sort of has an underlying sweetness to it that I hope isn’t present in the taste. Rum soaked raisins and prunes juice are really the majority of the nose once it warms slightly. I don’t get any tart cherries but there is a sort of dark black cherry like scent. No trace of the 14%.
Taste- Wow, not at ALL what I was expecting. The flavors are very mellow and well rounded. Sort of bready, almost whole wheat like as the maltiness really comes through from the start. The expected caramel notes are there but the beer really isn’t sweet in the least. Not really any of the dark fruit I got in the nose and absolutely no cherry! Very surprising. The finish is earthy and maybe a touch of lingering raison.
Mouthfeel- Pretty thin as you’d probably expect with a surprisingly dry finish and very little alcohol warming. The carbonation is fairly minimal as well which is surprising considering the head.
Drinkability- I was a little worried about this one and drinking it by myself this afternoon. I won’t have any problem, I assure you. The beer is dangerously drinkable for 14% and although not as intensely flavored as I was expecting (or hoped), it’s still very tasty. Thanks much Jeff!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored a bottle from Abe's a few weeks ago and just got around to trying it tonight. The pour was a nice dark brown with a pretty good head till it settled. Not much lacing really. The smell of the beer was very similar to most other Doppelbocks, really wasn't sure how it differed on the nose. I was expecting more of the cherries they mentioned on the label. The taste was pretty damn nice. The flavors of some hearty malts and booze warms the mouth. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth and enjoyable. Overall it's a very nice beer from Voodoo. I still think that Black Magic was there but but this one is damn good too.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of joefuzz
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Knifestyles for sharing this rare treat.

A: Deep, hazy magenta body with a solid cap of tan foam that settles into a ring. Spotty lace. Attractive, especially for the strength.

S: Rich, bready malt is the primary component, with some light fruitiness (although not necessarily cherry) ahead of significant boze. Powerful, but not terribly complex.

T: Nicer here, with the cherries showing up along with the straight bready malt. The alcohol is fairly restrained (considering), and the sweetness stays in the background. Tasty.

M: Tons of carbonation, surprisingly, filling out the medium body. Strange, but not unpleasant.

O: This one was ok, but quite the disappointment considering the story behind its creation. How could a 14% beer aged on cherries be so, well, bland? This was one of the last bottles I was around for at the tasting, and I was the deciding vote on opening it instead of Baller Stout (which was then opened after my departure). I'm regretting that decision right now.


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Trapped Under Eisbock from Voodoo Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.