Trapped Under Eisbock - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 78
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 6.94%
Wants: 50
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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 MbpBugeye
2.51/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Axic10 for this beer. I was pretty interested in it right from the get-go. Another metal reference in beers, awe yeah. Poured into a Jackie O's snifter with Metallica (pre-haircut, duh) playing in the background.

Appearance
The beer is a deep, muddy mahogany red. The pour looked like it didn't want to form much of a head, so I proceeded without care. The yield was short, but surprisingly the retention is long. It seems to want to hold a wispy, cloudy covering of gray foam. Some creeping lace (not to be confused with Creeping Death) is thrown up the sides.

Aroma
The aroma is very grainy and not a big departure from a mediocre doppelbock. It has a bit of black cherry skin and Fig Newton. Everything here is surprisingly weak, it just smells gray.

Taste
The taste is just as bland as the aroma. I'm really perplexed as how this is possible. A doppelbock, iced up to 14% should be loaded with aroma and flavor. It should look, smell, taste and feel like its concentrated malt awesomeness. This is really none of that. Cherry, plum and fig sweetness acts as a minor spike to grainy malts. There's not alcohol flavor and not hops, just a very slight chemical/metalic (not to be confused with Metallica) note on the finish.

Mouthfeel
Not as thick as I was expecting, really not even as thick as many of my favorite standard doppels. Carbonation tickles the tongue and alcohol numbs it. The alcohol is EXTREMELY well hidden though, so much so that I'm skeptical of the 14% abv. The finish is gritty and dry.

Overall
This beer is like The God That Failed. Its Sad But True, they need to Hit the Lights and ReLoad after brewing this No Leaf Clover. (1,666 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (1,158 characters)

Photo of bbeane
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a PALM snifter... starts with a decent off white head that lingers for a decent time before disappearing, leaving some traces clinging to the walls of the glass. Beer is a murky copper color with light activity

S- Not too much going on. After some swirls of the glass, I get some faint hints of malty sweetness that only lingers for a moment before disappearing

A- Pretty bland tasting. Some notes of sweet malts and booze. I don't get any of the sour cherry coming through

M- Medium bodied with light/medium carbonation

O- The only other Voodoo beer I've had was the Big Black Voodoo Daddy, and I thought it was excellent... this one however was nowhere near as good. It was weak in nose and flavor IMO... Purchase at your own risk

CHEERS (759 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
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 (659 characters)

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, reddish brown with a fairly booming head. May have been a bit too warm. Leaving clumpy lacing down the side of the glass. Head is just a bit off-white.

S: Had this once before and can't get over how minimal the aroma is for a 14% eisbock. Smells much more like a plain doppelbock with some cherries added. There is some more sweetness, some sort of honey/maple syrup smell. Smells of familiar, bready lager yeast.

T: Again, had it before and still am skeptical of the 14% label. Nearly no hint of alcohol here. Tart cherries would be nice to cut the sweetness here, but the cherries come through in a more bitter and tannic nature. A bit bready as well. Was worth a revisit, but probably not another.

M: Similar feel of a doppelbock. Caramely and bready/yeasty...(somehow!?) Just feels underwhelming. Would expect my mouth to be burning with alcohol and a very thick body. Another rare beer that doesn't live up to its hype.

O: Underwhelming. I love Voodoo for the most part, just not sure where they were going with this one. (1,040 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (1,213 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.54/5  rDev -9%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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 (576 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sammy's bottle

Brown-ruby red body, ring of tan head, some lace here as well. Smell is full of cherry and fruit, lots of big malts, red liquorice, a bit of cocoa as well, but lots of fruits in the nose. Taste is big and malty, fruity and even some light lingering hop flavours, cherry and dark malty bread, medium sweetness. Light-medium carbonation, medium feel dsolid body. Solid but not really typical of Eisbock, still pretty good, doesn't seem like 14% alc. either. (471 characters)

Photo of KAP1356
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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! (1,405 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Cheers! (1,056 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of joefuzz
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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 (498 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of younger35
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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! (1,753 characters)

Photo of hippityhops85
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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... (1,396 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (937 characters)

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Trapped Under Eisbock from Voodoo Brewing Company
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