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Double Ice Bock - Southampton Publick House

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Double Ice BockDouble Ice Bock

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 113
Gots: 13 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  18.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Southampton Double Ice Bock is based off of a traditional German-style Bock beer. This German lager beer is rich and malty and brewed to an alcohol strength of 6-7%. “Ice Bock” is produced when a Bock beer is partially frozen in order to increase it’s alcohol content. In this process, some of the water content turns to ice, effectively strengthening the flavor and alcohol of the beer. We take this process one step further. After the initial freezing, the beer is decanted off the ice and frozen a second time. The resulting beer is a deceptively smooth and amazingly strong lager.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-22-2003)
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Photo of Mbrown44
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Mbrown44, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of baybum
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

baybum, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

yourefragile, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Thorpe429, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

maximum12, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

AgentZero, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

womencantsail, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#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.

SpeedwayJim, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of phattysbox
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

phattysbox, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of rdooley
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

rdooley, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MasterSki, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

assurbanipaul, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Huhzubendah, May 29, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jwale73, Mar 07, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

whartontallboy, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

drabmuh, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

bleedsblu, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Crosling
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Crosling, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of tpd975
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

tpd975, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


woosterbill, Feb 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

VonZipper, Mar 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

djrn2, May 03, 2014
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Double Ice Bock from Southampton Publick House
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.