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Redhook Eisbock 28 - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drabmuh on 10-01-2010

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
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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 98
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2010 bottle aged in fridge since purchased (at release). Served in a chalice.

Beautiful dark amber tone with a small lace head (reminiscent of a thin paisley doily) that lasted throughout consumption.

Beautifully aromatic notes of sherry, dried fruit, and Munich malt. Almost like sticking your head in a sack of freshly milled munich malt.

It tasted well aged. Slight booze on the back of you nose when swallowed. The bitterness ratio was slightly on the sweet side, but not syrupy. notes of caramel candy (the cube shaped kind wrapped in clear cellophane) and dried fruit played off each other. No hop flavor or aroma. Malty sweet.

Mouthfeel was thick and low carbonation but somehow seemed dry once swallowed.

Over all a great beer. I bought two bottles when this hit the shelf at my grocer. Drank the first right away and it was incredibly boozy and 2 dimensional. The timing popping this one open was perfect. It aged very well (tip my hat to Redhook). too bad its gone forever....

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4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber date stamped Aug 30th 2010

Purchased from the "Cellared / Aged" refrigerator at my local craft beer store two months ago and stored in my basement cellar until recently. Therefore, I was not in control of the environment in which this the one was stored for most of its cellaring duration, I only know for certain that it was under refrigeration at the point in time when I bought it, and the store manager who would have known more details about it was not on duty at the time...

It is colored light transparent mahogany, sort of like a lighter maple syrup in terms of color hue. A brief moment of fizz climbing up the sides of the snifter gives up the ghost in twenty seconds and from then on the brew is completely dead flat. I can't fault it too harshly for that, however, given the age of the bottle.

Heavy amounts of raisin toffee and toasted nuts are present in the nose, along with a medium level of booziness. I agree very much with all the other BA reviews that mention a strong aroma of pie crust. There is a mild aroma of age-degraded earthy-floral hopping once the glass warms up for a bit.

Flavor is overall like a sweeter-balanced barleywine, or a Samiclaus with less spicing to it. Sweet molasses, caramel, dark fruit flambe and nutty toffee dominate over another wisp of faded earthen hopping and perhaps even a hint of yeast spice. This is definitely a dessert beer meant for sipping slowly.

Mouthfeel is a bit too much like maple syrup in terms of viscosity and the coating viscous nature of its texture, which would have been a non-issue were there actually any carbonation left in the bottle. The heavy chewy body is just fine, but the 'clingy-ness' of it is, let us say, somewhat less appreciated.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 21 Oct 2010. Courtesy of ratatat & S, thanks! Served in the 0.4 L Radeberger mug.

Huge light brown head. Well carbonated. Clear reddish brown in color. Aroma is sweet, caramel, ethanol and molasses. Quite syrupy and boozy. Lots of dried fruit. Syrupy. Ethanol comes on strong in the finish and aftertaste. Did I mention syrupy? Sweetness fades to just a lightly bitter aftertaste.

A says this is like a high class 40, but she's only had Hurricane, so it's possible she doesn't really know what she's talking about.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well balanced barleywine with a nutty, fruit aroma. Taste follows the nose very closely. However, the booze provides a nice warmth at the back along with some mild bitterness. Its a heavy hitter in terms of abv but its not heavy if you are just sippping it. I had modest expectations for semi craft beer, but this was a winner.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bronze colored beer with a short tan colored head that doesn't last.

Smell is sweet and strongly nutty and syrupy. Essentially this smells like bottled Baklava. Little bit of toasted grain in the smell, smells like baked pie crust.

Starts out sweet with a strong nuts and barley malt flavor. Tastes like Shoe-fly pie, mostly of toasted pie crust, sugar and caramel and not much of anything else. It is OK.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK beer but not anything really special. Just not a must have beer.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing i notice is that this beer has virtually no head. the color is very caramel brown with some ambery red hues, no real lacing to speak of.

smells very caramel and toffee scented with some distinct resin and pine hops. slight heat, just a load of sweetness.

The taste is the same but with some really slight spice flavor, and a bit of bran as well.

mouthfeel is a touch syrupy with some effervescent carbonation that does not last on my tongue before it disapears. as well it is moderately bodied but the syrupy nature makes it a bit difficult to handle.

bought this for 3.99, am pleasantly suprised. bought a bottle of the widmer brothers galaxy hopped barley wine for 9.99 will probably rate it higher but will still be happy. Life is good.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Redhook Eisbock 28 from Redhook Ale Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.