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Redhook Eisbock 28 - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Eisbock 28 is an ice processed winter warmer. This rich lager is aged for months at temperatures well below freezing and is a deep gold color and has a smooth and malty flavor with bittersweet complexities. This highly unique beer is unlike any other and to our knowledge Redhook is the only American Brewer currently brewing it. This traditional winter beer is very drinkable, even with its high alcohol content and is perfect before or after dinner.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: drabmuh on 10-01-2010)
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Reviews by youradhere:
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1.3/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22 on xmas, this looked promising. Poured bright maroon with off white head. That is the end of the appeal right there. Smelled like candy in a gross way, Smarties (and I like those which is why I gave a 2), corn syrup, fruity pebbles, it was seriously overwhelming as there was nothing beer like in this nose. Taste: Sugary hot, like cherry cough syrup, booze vomit and PBR, this beer gave me a headache and made me nauseous after 15 minutes of trying to finish the 3 ounces of my 22 ounce glass. I wanted this to get better, but it only got worse in flavor as time progressed. The mouthfeel was both slippery and thin at the same time, this in conjunction with the flavors was most unappealing. A medicinal bitterness mixed with artificial sweetner clung to my palate and coated my tongue. I ended up dumping the rest down the drain as it was just not happening, maybe there was something in the beer that gave me an adverse reaction. I don't know what was wrong with this beer but I doubt I'll be back to re-review it, it was truly unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 17:09:04 | More by youradhere
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Rhode Island

3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on date is 8/30/2010.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains brown sugar, lager yeast, caramelized malts, dark fruit alcohol and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then a strong alcohol sting comes in along with some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit. The sweetness strengthens as you continue to drink the beer. The hops presence is very mild and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is boozy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, decent representation of style, not sure if this is a case where the beer wasn’t very good or it just didn’t age well. Either way there are better beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 01:30:29 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Eisbock is paler than I expect but still within the style as I understand it. It's more a dark orange, sort of coppery with a bit of haze. The head is large but too loose to hold together for any time. Left behind is a bubbly sort of foam that deposits some spotting as the beers falls.
As it should be, malts are heavy in the aroma. It's got the boozy sort of sweetness anticipated, lots of dark fruits and caramel. The alcohol is a little hot, but not terribly. A touch of grass is offered by the hops. Not masterfully done, but good.
It goes an interesting route in the flavor, as the sweetness clashes with an interestingly dry element. Dark fruits and something like molasses are strong. Wheat isn't quite cracker and offers a little tang. There's a little bit of spiciness and some white fruits flesh, but otherwise there's not as strong a Belgian yeast note as some. A little diacetyl seems present, as it mingles with the doughy taste for a sort of buttered biscuit note.
There's a bit of crispness on the tongue. While this beer maintains a medium body, it has a certain thickness that makes it seems like it ought to be fuller. It's smooth for the duration but has an interesting mineral quality on the palate. It's a little cloying in the thickness.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 21:15:48 | More by Brenden
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-27-2014 13:12:57 | More by MA08
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

02-02-2014 00:40:15 | More by Sammy
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3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a weizen.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles very quickly. No lacing.

S: Oak, caramel, and booze.

T: Tastes like it smells. Caramel and oak and booze.

M: Syrupy and thick on the palate. Boozy and sweet.

D: Sip due to heft.

Atmosphere is okay. Bubbly head, no real lacing. Nose is wood, caramel, and booze. Tastes like it smells. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 03:01:59 | More by bmwats
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-30-2013 03:12:42 | More by jaydoc
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

11-13-2013 23:15:58 | More by MithrilTuxedo
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

10-03-2013 00:35:05 | More by Beermaine
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-22-2013 07:45:51 | More by Kopfschuss
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-03-2013 16:52:47 | More by imperialking
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

08-13-2013 16:14:38 | More by JTomczak
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South Dakota

1.79/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Eisbock pours a dark copper color, with little head, nice carbonation bubbles. Aroma is fruity sweet, as well as sour. The taste is sourish and has a sharp alcohol flavor, had flower like flavors, not from hops, but from flowers. Hard to drink, flavors didn't mix well. Overall NOT enjoyable, actually it was rather disgusting.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 03:39:46 | More by vette2006c5r
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

06-19-2013 16:38:00 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

05-19-2013 01:50:47 | More by cosmonick
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-29-2013 06:52:55 | More by Kelp
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-28-2013 16:14:16 | More by kodt
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4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 30 Aug 10, Price $6.99

A: clear, nice light brown/amberish color, very nice frothy thick head that persisted
S: deep caramelized malt, dark fruit
T: deep caramelized malt, good hop balanced bitterness, a lot of heat from EtOH but well-made
M: chewy, dense, good eisbock, still very hot from EtOH after 20 months in the bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 13:28:58 | More by wisrarebeer
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-24-2013 19:13:58 | More by Lare453
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-24-2013 05:36:49 | More by BARFLYB
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what I call "cheese beer" meaning that it would go well with a cheese tray with say Havarti or Swiss and perhaps deli meats like ham, pastrami or turkey. I am a huge fan of ALL of Red Hook's products, and I have yet to find even one that I don't like. This has a very complex flavor which is hard to describe for me. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. There is a wonderful sort of aftertaste which reminds me of nuts. I would recommend drinking this chilled, but for cold weather drinking by a fire with a snack tray while watching TV or a movie. 4.5/5.0. I almost gave this one straight 5's, but it is not what I would drink normally, so I was conservative in my rating. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 00:22:35 | More by illuminutteh
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-17-2012 01:51:39 | More by t0rin0
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-07-2012 23:29:37 | More by Damian74Shensky
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

10-05-2012 23:00:23 | More by adkieffer
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

09-05-2012 01:27:13 | More by Duff27
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Redhook Eisbock 28 from Redhook Ale Brewery
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