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Trapped Under Eisbock - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 78
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 51
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 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 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 brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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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 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 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 Rifugium
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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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 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 stakem
3.51/5  rDev -10%
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.

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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 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 JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev -11%
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!!


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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 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 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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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
3.7/5  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.

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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 Phelps
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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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 MbpBugeye
2.51/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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 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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3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Trapped Under Eisbock from Voodoo Brewing Company
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