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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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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

Photo of crashoveride
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
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 JohnGalt1
3.48/5  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 DavoleBomb
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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 kiddynamite920
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of bbeane
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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

Photo of pperez38
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of mgbickel
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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 yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of AndrewK
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Rifugium
3.65/5  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 Phelps
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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 KAP1356
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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 peensteen
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Magery
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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