Double Ice Bock - Southampton Publick House
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4.88/5 rDev +20.5%
a 7oz nip bottle purchased at the SPH. This brew is a dark rusty nail colour with floaties and particulates abounding. Their is no real head to speak of although their is a slight fizzing of this brew which unleashes a ghastly crackling sound out of my brandy snifter, sampling glass. The aromas encompass many different things and this brew can only be compared to something like a eku28, samiclaus, or aventinus eisbock. I pick up dark fruits, booze, caramel, various german malts, flowery, leafy green hops, caramelized sugar, and more. The taste follows suit with a level of complexity that is hard for one to comprehend. Caramel, sugar, dark fruits, subtle german malts and hops, flowers, and more! The mouthfeel is thick, and *truly* coating and the drinkability can only be docked .5 points for this brews massive $18%+ abv! Truly a masterpeice of US artisianal craft brewing.
A big apology for my first review that referenced a joke (as I saw it), that was, in fact a very bad judgement call on my part. I'm sorry everyone, and very thankful for my chance to try this magnificent brew! Phil is brewing wonderful beers and I am very impressed each time I make it out to the village of Southampton.
01-18-2005 01:37:24 | More by francisweizen
4.58/5 rDev +13.1%
Poured a dark golden color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel and toffee malts, light dried fruits, and alcohol. Taste of caramel malts, wood, nuts, sweet caramel and honey. Alcohol was present, but balanced well, a really nice eisbock, thanks EDA!
08-08-2005 15:39:28 | More by egajdzis
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
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
4.43/5 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
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
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
at my favorite brewery (Kuhnhenns) with wohlfs. flemdawg, hoppybunny, and eyedrink ale. thankyou eyedrinkale for bringing this in. bottle #35. poured copper, with no head. aroma 1st smell got a sour aroma than the alcohol, fruity, like apricots, maybe pears, honey, vanilla, and malts. flavor, peaches, honey, caramel, hints of malts and the alcohol came out just right and for being 18% was not to strong at all and a nice dryness.
02-21-2005 04:05:06 | More by walleye
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
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
4.3/5 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
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
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
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Light amber color, with a small ring of lacing. I would have liked it to be a darker more amber/ruby like color.
Fairly rich and nice nose (though not overly interesting and complex,) with fresh biscuit-like malt, apple, plum, peach and fairly refined alcohol.
Initially a bit sparse and husky and fairly underwhelming until the mid-palate. After that, creamy, buttery, caramel and fruit filled malt roam about, combined with a rich and luscious, huge and succulant body, especially after the mid-palate. Overall, it could be a bit more concentrated and richer up front, the finish could be longer and it could be a little sweeter as well. Overall, this is not as good as other extreme Eisbocks I have had, particularly Broken Keg Eisbock, from the old PP Carlsbad brewer.
04-05-2006 03:30:47 | More by Crosling
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
4/5 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
Double Ice Bock from Southampton Publick House
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