Double Ice Bock - Southampton Publick House
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3.66/5 rDev -9.6%
#70/110. Shared by schen9303. 8oz. bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware.
Pours thick with little to no head. Beer is a clear orange copper with no lace but huge, thick, oily legs that really cling to the glass. Solid.
Nose is rice, metal, pear and a slightly sweet lychee fruit. Moderately aromatic.
Opens corn, moderate hop and yeast bitterness. Some sweet cane sugar and a fruity malt body come through in the middle finished by accented yeast and booze. Sweet, syrupy aftertaste. There's a ton of complexity here but not all the flavors that come through are great.
Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick and viscous in the mouth and a little bit bubbly and oily going down. Really coats the palate. Messy finish with a long, lingering aftertaste. Pretty nice.
As an Eisbock, this is a very good interpretation of the style. However, as an enjoyable beer, this doesn't quite cut it. Certainly worth trying since there are so few pure eisbocks around. Expect an experience... just not necessarily a great one.
02-26-2014 00:45:47 | More by SpeedwayJim
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Thanks for the opportunity to try both vintages side by side Brad, a wonderful experience.
Beer is brown and clear with no head, no carbonation, no lacing, no retention.
Aroma is malty, the older one was a little papery.
Beer is thick, like syrup, dry on the finish, very dry, malty and slightly oxidized, a little plums and stone fruits with some raisins and figs. Interesting, very nice beers but the older one is probably over the hill at this point.
06-19-2012 01:42:14 | More by drabmuh
District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
Shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks a lot, Brad!
Vintages 2006 & 2009, served side by side.
2006 bottle 23/100
2009 bottle 8/75
The 2006 vintage appears remarkably darker than the 2009, which appears orange colored. Neither beer displays any head or leaves any trace of lacing on the glass.
The aroma offers apples, grapes, English malts, toffee.
The flavor is sweet, but not nearly as much as I was expecting, certainly not cloying. Although the beers drastically differ in appearance, they smell and taste nearly identical. The beer drinks almost like an apple / grape liqueur, or an after dinner cordial. The bready, biscuity, English malt character is present in the flavor, but plays only a subtle role.
The feel is thin and light, with virtually no carbonation. Like sipping a strong white wine or alcoholic white grape juice.
Overall, this was quite a treat, and especially cool to try not one, but two vintages of this rare delicacy.
05-29-2012 21:34:45 | More by Huhzubendah
3.6/5 rDev -11.1%
Thanks to Torgo for bringing this rare, cute little bottle to a tasting & busting it open. 7 oz. nip bottle, 54/75, 2009 vintage.
Small pour looks like amber that a pre-historic bug might be trapped in. Nose is fruit-infused malt liquor with an alcoholic sting in the nose hair.
Double Ice Bock hides the alcohol avalanche well, but it still leans into the back of the throat with a solid shoulder. Loads of honey dominate the palate, along with pears, other light fruits. Spare carbonation leads to a heaviness, both in the mouth & in the stomach. Tasty, but a few ounces is plenty, seven would be fine, but understood why a full twelve ounces of glass would be too much.
This is a good brew that I'm delighted to have had - once. Everything about this beer screams extreme, from the nose to the heavy taste.
12-24-2011 06:17:33 | More by maximum12
3.63/5 rDev -10.4%
A big thanks to Jeff for sharing bottle 10/75.
A: The pour is golden orange in color with a mild chill haze. Really no head or carbonation to it at all. Not that this should come as a surprise.
S: Smells slightly oxidized with a bit of a stale brown sugar note up front. Certainly sweet and malty as I had anticipated, but very minimal booze presence. Some fruits such as golden plums and raisins, and a floral honey character is also there.
T: Quite the fruity flavor here. Light peaches to go along with the golden plum and raisin thing. Caramel, brown sugar, and mild alcohol which actually is a good thing (I think) in this beer. Mild honey characteristics on the palate as well.
M: Not quite as full in body as I had anticipated. And while there is essentially no carbonation, it's not syrupy, which is a plus.
O: I was expecting this to just be disgustingly boozy, but it was actually nicely hidden (especially for 18%). A nice beer to try, but not amazing.
04-27-2011 22:53:21 | More by womencantsail
3.63/5 rDev -10.4%
Nothing like getting hammered on Southampton beers and then finishing up with something at 18%.
A - Dark yellow colored beer, slight bit of head on it.
S - Honey, little bit of grain, some malts. The smell on this is surpisingly absent, just a bit of sweetness and honey.
T - Wow, talk about well hidden ABV. There is not a ton of flvor on this, but there is not really any alcohol I can taste either. Honey, sweet malts, and a touch of alcohol.
M - Medium bodied, not a ton of carbonation.
O - Well, for something this high in alcohol, it is pretty easy to drink, although there is not tons of flavor on it. A nice sipper that you can relax with. I used to drink a lot of scotch, I could have this at night instead.
04-21-2011 05:14:14 | More by AgentZero
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
The final beer of our Southampton showdown. Thanks to nyrangerfan for this one. Bottle #53/75, 2009 vintage.
A - I was surprised that this was actually carbonated. A finger of tan foam settles to a thick collar and some wispy bubbles, but no lace. Mostly transparent caramel body. Impressive for the ABV, no doubt.
S - Grains, malted barley, sweet caramel, honey - largely traditional "bock" flavors. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden.
T - The taste has a bit more overt fusel alcohol, but it's still well-hidden for 18%. The main flavor is sweet malt, although the estery alcohol adds some bitterness to keep things from becoming cloying.
M - Lower carbonation, some obvious alcohol heat, and a lightly sticky texture that never seems overly heavy or viscous even though it's fairly full in body.
D - The alcohol is impressively disguised, and 7oz is actually a fairly appropriate serving size - I think I'd be done if I tried to tackle a 12oz (or larger) on my own. Drinks more like a spirit than beer, but quite enjoyable as a nightcap. I'd really like to try this again with more age on it, as I can imagine it being quite special at the 4-5 year mark.
04-15-2011 04:49:59 | More by MasterSki
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
Southampton Mega Tasting!
A - Pours an orange/red, some bubbles here and there, slight head on an aggressive pour. No lacing or cap after the initial pour.
S - Huge sugary sweetness, honey-like, reminds me of a mead. Some citrus in there as well, but mostly, lots of rich sweetness.
T - Taste is more of the same from the nose. Huge sweetness, brown sugars, honey, nice smooth alcohol. Lots of sweetness but balanced (if you can call it that) with booze.
M - Light to medium, syrupy, rich and decadent.
O - I liked this one. Similar to a mead, which I love. The sweetness and booze make this a sipper, not to mention it would put you on the floor at 18%. Recommend!
04-10-2011 15:23:05 | More by Sean9689
4.2/5 rDev +3.7%
Bottle 39/75 of the 2009 vintage. Huge thanks to Tony for sharing this tiny rarity. Very cool.
A: Clear orange body with a slight film on top that can't even be called a head. Nice legs, though. Looks like syrup.
S: Big, sweet, nutty, and bready. Fruity, slightly spicy alcohol, but amazingly little burn for the strength. Decidedly German maltiness, actually resembling a maibock. Surprisingly simple.
T: Sweeter than the nose, with toffee and sherry notes joining the dryer hints of bread and nuts that were adumbrated by the nose. Warmth and spice on the finish, but quite smooth for the astronomical ABV. Delicious and amazingly well balanced for what it is.
M: Slick, smooth, and almost still. A few fine bubbles creep in on the tail end. Nice.
D: My share of the bottle (which was carefully split 5 ways) was plenty to review, but nowhere near enough to satisfy me. 3 or even, dare I say, 4 ounces probably would have done that.
Notes: I definitely never expected to get to try this beer, and it was really a treat. I was shocked at how simple and straightforward the aroma in particular was, as it wasn't going for anything really extreme. The more I sipped it, though, the more I appreciated the smoothness and balance that were somehow maintained after such a radical alcohol boost. Very, very good beer.
02-21-2011 23:38:36 | More by woosterbill
3.53/5 rDev -12.8%
Thanks to Azurelimits for opening this 187mL bottle at a recent tasting. Served in a snifter.
Pours an orange-honey color with a thin, bubbly white head. Much better looking than I would have expected given the alcohol volume on this. Seems to be pretty carbonated. White bubbly head does subside quite quickly, however, and only leaves behind a few legs on the side of the glass. The nose is quite striking with a very strong, sweet honey-like presence to start out along with quite a bit of alcohol. There is also some slight peach and melon characteristics.
The taste isn't quite as fruity and is more toward sugar overkill. It's balanced out by a good dose of booze, but I'm not sure these are really the two things I'd like to have balancing one another out. Medium body with low levels of carbonation. Sugar and alcohol just end up making up too much of this beer and I wasn't terribly impressed, though I did quite enjoy the nose.
01-16-2011 14:28:01 | More by Thorpe429
4.3/5 rDev +6.2%
Bottle # 45 of 75 from the 2009 release. What a cold release that one was!
Appearance: Pours a transparent "Grade A Dark Amber Maple Syrup" color with some active carbonation bubbles showing. Absolutely no crown, retention, or lace.
Smell: Dates, raisins, sherry, and a hint of toffee.
Taste: Same as the nose but with a bit of alcohol, black pepper, dark fruit, a bit of ripe fruit, and a tiny caramel note.
Mouthfeel: Fuller side of medium bodied with subtle but enjoyable carbonation.
Drinkability: Pretty high despite the abv. Recommended.
11-25-2010 18:31:53 | More by koopa
Double Ice Bock from Southampton Publick House
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