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Trapped Under Eisbock - Voodoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
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:
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!

(Beer added by: bbeane on 06-15-2011)
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of stimulus
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of Soonami
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of jaidenjb
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of sliverX
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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

Photo of weeare138
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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 Centennial
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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

Photo of russwbeck
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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 oglmcdgl
4.38/5  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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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 nhindian
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  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.

Photo of axeman9182
4.18/5  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.

Photo of ShanePB
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Trapped Under Eisbock from Voodoo Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.