Double Ice Bock - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by assurbanipaul:
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
Pours a nice light orange-caramel color, pretty but absolutely flat. Minimal carbonation when the glass is swirled, even violently. Heavy legs on the sides of the glass. Aroma is syrupy sweet, some light mandarin orange, a faint alcohol presence.
Taste is a light syrupy caramel malt with some light hops. Toasty, slick, sweet fighting with bitter. Nice oily hop flavors, fresh orange blossom honey, maybe a bit of apricot or some such fleshy fruit. Surprisingly, no alcohol flavors -- none at all -- but the alcohol is obviously there as you swallow. Leaves the mouth hot.
Mouthfeel is light for what it is, especially with the ABV, but you can certainly feel the alcohol burn. A nice job not letting the malts do all the talking as with some other eisbocks I've tried. As close to a distilled spirit as I've ever tasted in a beer, more schnapps or cognac than a brewed beverage. Could pass for a thin bourbon if I didn't see the bottle. Tiny sips; make it last.
I don't mean to rate this so low, it's really better than my score suggests. However, (1) it needs more (or any) carbonation; and (2) the alcohol really drags the drinkability score down. Obviously, it takes a very talented brewer to make something like this and not come out with paint thinner.
Bottle appears as pictured, non-commercial label. Vintage 2006, bottle #60 of 100.
09-05-2006 02:19:39 | More by assurbanipaul
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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
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
Much thanks to egajdzis for sharing this bottle.
Bottle # 27/100, 2004 vintage, 187 clear mL.
Appears a hazy light amber with a small white head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of peat, toffee, vanilla, molasses, caramel, and dark fruit.
Taste is of sweet vanilla cake flanked with caramel, molasses, and ripe fruit.
Mouthfeel is sugary sweet, syrupy, with brown sugar running along the palate.
Drinkability - ABV is present but not the 18% as advertised.
03-03-2006 13:23:29 | More by weeare138
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
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
Big thanks to EDA for providing me this bottle (thrown in as an extra in a trade to boot!).
2004 vintage, bottle 58 of 100.
Poured a darker and slightly hazy amber color with a very small sized head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, alcohol, and somewhat musty. Tastes of green apples, caramel, brown sugar, and alcohol. Sweet with a green apple sourness to balance it out. Definite alcohol presence but not 18%. A definite sipping beer that I wish I had move of!
Notes from and tasted on 7/28/05
11-04-2008 19:48:48 | More by hopdog
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
3.63/5 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
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
Huge thanks to slander for providing this one. Bottle 11 of 100 vintage 2006.
A-Golden kissed copper hue with a wisp of light tan foam that vanished quickly and no lace at all. No real surprise considering the ABV.
S-Rich, sweet caramel, brown sugar, caramel and ummm, caramel and a touch of alcohol burn. Overall though this comes off subtle for such a big beer.
T-A boat load of sweet, luscious caramel malt, a touch of dark fruit and vanilla sweetness. The alcohol is amazingly barely perceptible.
M-Full bodied and as smooth as smooth can be!
D-Only not a 5 due to the 18%....this one WILL kick you in the ass for sure if one does not respect it. Absolutely unreal smoothness! This one is all caramel and alcohol....a liquefied, adult version of a Werther's Original!
11-15-2010 13:27:57 | More by Deuane
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
Received in a trade with Eyedrinkale. Thanks for the opportunity, Mike. 2006 vintage 7oz. bottle # 48/100 consumed on 12/12/2009 and poured into a snifter at 55 degrees. The cap opens with a hiss. The beer is transparent dark orange with a tinge of rust and a modest half inch beige head. I expected this to be flat so a small head is a welcome head.
The aroma is of booze macerated dates. The dates are dominant, but notes of dried raisins are also present. There's a little sherry oxidation character that is rather graceful. The nose is dry, overall, but there is a touch of brown sugar and honey sweetness beneath the dried fruits and alcohol. Speaking of the alcohol, it's distinct in the nose, but I'd say it's rather well hidden for being near 20%. A vigorous swirl of the glass enlivens caramel and a dash of toffee. I notice leather sauntering away in the distance. The aroma opens up nicely with warming.
The flavor is sweet and rich dates with tame alcohol. There's more sweetness in the flavor than in the aroma. The sherry oxidation carries through to the taste and it does the beer no discredit. The dates are less prominent in the flavor, though they are present, and the influence of caramel is more apparent. I don't taste the alcohol so much as I feel it. The capacious ABV makes its presence known between midpalate and finish in the form of a centered warming on the back of my tongue that eventually arrives at my throat and in my chest. The finish is not unlike brandy, and it's surprisingly dry. My lips are sticky and my mouth is left desiccated. I desperately need a drink of water.
This was a rare treat. It drinks somewhere between a spirit and a beer. It doesn't hide its alcohol, but I found it complex and very enjoyable.
12-13-2009 01:08:54 | More by HopHead84
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Thanks very much to Thirstybird for sharing this - I know he had to wait in the cold for a while to score this. Bottle #65/70 served in a tulip. Poured a translucent copper - no head, just some bubbles. Nose is very subtle - malty, some caramel and a hops character reminiscent of a German pils. Taste consistent with nose. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly viscous with a little heat up-front, that gradually dissipates at the back. I am pretty shocked that this is an 18% beer. Good thing it comes in small bottles because it is deceivingly light and easy to quaff.
03-07-2010 00:32:42 | More by Jwale73
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
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
Huge Thanks to Diego for providing this one. Bottle 44.
A: Pours a nice golden amber hue with no real head at all. No lace noted.
S: Aromas of rich sweet caramel, brown sugar, and mild dark fruits. Rather subtle though to be honest for such a big beer.
T: Sweet candy malts. Loads of caramel, dark fruit, and sweet dark cherries. Simple but loaded with goodness. Not a hint of the ABV that this one packs.
M: On the fuller side of body, still carbonation, sweet, drinkable, deadly.
D: Good, I loved this one. Nice brew, one I am honored to get the chance at drinking.
04-19-2010 16:42:38 | More by tpd975
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
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
3.75/5 rDev -7.4%
Bottle #22 of 75 from 2010 year release. Waited for a long time out the cold to try this one.
Poured into a snifter glass. Pours an absolutely clear orange with some faint bubbles coming to the top - no head to mention of but I'm not surprised here as the ABV is quite high. The beer has a slight carbonation to it though.
Smell: A strange mix between grainy malts and clover honey. This is the least attractive thing for me in this brew. The graininess strikes the nose harshly and honey-like profile tries to make up for it but fails. What is fascinating about the nose - zero alcohol. No hotness detected what-so-ever... Pretty impressive for 18%.
Taste: Another surprise is the hops and is the first thing to grab the tongue. This is quickly followed by a mellow sweetness, similar to a very light honey and apricots. Again there is a graininess coming from the malts almost like tannins from the husk of grain. The mouthfeel is obviously full bodied and on the low end for carbonation. Drinks like its 2% ABV
Overall: Ummm... Hello??? Alcohol? Are you there? This drinks like a non-alcoholic beverage and thats what makes this beer crazy. Even half a pour and I'm buzzed so its definitely there, you just won't notice it until the end. Unfortunately for me the beer has some faults in the way of harsh bitterness and graininess that needs to be mellowed out more. For everyone holding onto those icebocks, they definitely be aged to get more complexity out of them.
02-15-2010 03:24:23 | More by phattysbox
4.55/5 rDev +12.3%
7 ounce bottle with gold foil acquired in a trade a few months ago with Eyedrinkale, 2006 vintage, bottle #77/100, thank you so much for sending me this Mike after I talked to you about it on your trip to Carlsbad, you truly are a generous man, review #1,250, currently drinking from Belle-Vue flute glass
A-Vibrant medium red color with some golden highlights, thin 1/2 inch bubbly off white head, stays around for a while, did not expect this to have any carbonation, surprisingly good retention, nice legs
S-Alcohol and it is pretty harsh smelling, toffee, maple syrup, fresh tomatoes, other raw veggies, honey, sweetness, black pepper, raisins, brown sugar, spicy accents, citrus, plums, and caramel
T-Starts off with dark fruits, sweet malts in the middle too, finish is hot on the tongue, some molasses in the finish, good amount of caramel too but the booze play a bigger role than usual in this brew, the finish gets more dry as time goes on, more brown sugar in the next few sips, now after forty minutes or so I am picking up a lot of dates and floral accents, this one changed a lot and I came to the conclusion that this should be drank at room temperature, more flavors come out that way and you taste things you would not otherwise, in my last few sips now and I am getting a big mix of caramel and toffee, then dark fruits, then dry and toasted in the finish to go along with the alcohol
M-Hot, sweet, syrupy, and tangy mouthfeel, medium bodied, carbonation is moderate to my surprise, lots of tiny bubbles rushing to the top still after a half hour in the glass, taste lingers a long time and a lot of that is thanks to large alcohol content
D-Alcohol is not hidden at all but it is not too aggressive, does not seem like eighteen percent, smooth with both sugary tones and balanced dryness, like a nice sipping liquor, perfect serving size for a brew like this, inviting and drinkable for its strength
This was in my top five beers to try list forever until Mike shared his wealth, have not had many beers of this strength but this one took me for quite a journey, like nothing I had before, wish this was not as rare and I could revisit and experiment with aging this for different periods of time, this is 187 milliliters of complexity, there is a reason why this won gold at GABF in 2000, feel honored to trying something that says not for distribution or sale on the side of the label, would love to drink again and especially an older vintage, highly recommended
04-03-2009 05:28:50 | More by Floydster
Double Ice Bock from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.