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Granitbock Ice - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

Not Rated.
Granitbock IceGranitbock Ice

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

20 Reviews
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Reviews: 20
Hads: 50
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Eisbock |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Daniellobo on 11-15-2011

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Reviews by DIM:
Photo of DIM
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Dark, murky brown with lots of floating chunks; short lived medium sized head.

s: Nice nose. Sweet, ripe stewed figs and raisins with some molasses. Faint booze as well

t: More booze than in the nose, perfumed and sharp. The fruit comes across as less sweet and rich and more overripe and kind of vegetal.

m: Big and chewy, short lived carbonation.

o: I wish it tasted as good as it smells.

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in 2011 so a little age to this.Poured into a snifter a deep walnut brown no head to speak of.Aromas of roasted nuts,caramel, and a sour frutiness,almost like a fruitcake with a light sourness added.Flavors are nutty and cake-like with a tinge of rum,again a lingering light sourness is there.Mellow in the mouth...almost to mellow but it's a nice sipping nightcap.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of pat61
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofstetten Granitbock Ice pours clean, brilliant chestnut with a thin film for a head that dissipates to nothing. Raisins, alcohol and rich sweet malts dominate the nose. It has rich dark bread malt flavors and traces of fruit but it tastes a little metallic – like when you are doing carpentry and are holding nails in your mouth, there is a dash of salt in the finish and the alcohol is a touch too hot. It has a full body and the carbonation is below average.

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Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of snowmaggedon
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of bwood06
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Very dark and some red with a small but creamy khaki head. 4.5/5

S - Dark stone fruit. Grapes. Sweet dark dessert wine. 4/5

T - Dates, plums, molasses, roasted malt, earthy hops. A bit of tobacco. Soy is very prevalent and seems to dominate flavor profile. 4/5

M - Heavy body with very little carbonation. 3.75/5

O - Nice complex beer. Not boozy at all for the abv. Too dominated by a soy umami for me to rate this beer higher. Very good though. 4/5

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Birch.

A - Dark garnet color, pretty but not much head.

S - Some sour smells.

T - Very tart, cidery, warms you fast , very unique for an ice bock, but nice. Goes great with cheese.

M - Mouth is full, lots going on there.

O - This is a very different kind of eisbock, with the sour tastes, kind of interesting. It really grows on you as ypou drink it, so give it a chance.

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Photo of DrBier
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy dark brownish red in color and has a light amount of carbonation visible near the sides of the glass (it's too hazy to see through). It poured with just some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of dark fruits—plums, prunes and raisins stand out in particular—are present in the nose. These become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has added notes of caramel malts and brown sugar.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some warming from the alcohol. It's neither sticky nor syrupy.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink compared to other beers in the style because the alcohol is very well hidden from the taste and it's not very malty or full-bodied in nature.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of raythealeman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes, drank at Biergasthaus Schiffner, no individual scoring

L very dark brown

A sour and fruity

T follows nose, little malt

F medium heavy

O not your typical Eisbock, rather little malt sweetness and instead sourness, very well hidden alcohol for 11,5%

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of dark fruit, licorice, roasted malts, brown sugar, faint rum ABV. Taste sweet caramel, malt, molasses, plums, faint soy & booze.

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of jdhilt
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straight up pour gives a one finger light brown head that vanishes instantly, leaving no lace. Murky brown color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose, flavor is alcohol flavored molasses, some dark fruit with a dry finish. $8.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date: 5/1/14
Location: Half Time Mamaroneck
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Pours an opaque brown. Lucid at the edge. Good cascading as you drink the beer.
Aroma: Prunes and figs are the fruit here. Slight bananas. Nice malts.
Taste: Nicely sweetened, the fruits really come through. Grape comes through in the taste and I didn't get a sense of it in the smell. Some caramel breaks through the fruit. The alcohol is present and it tastes a little hot going down my throat.
Mouthfeel: Sweetened and smooth borders on a halls medicine or a liquid candied.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeah baby... on tap at Max's during their German beer fest.

The beer pours a fairly dark hazy brown color with light red highlights. Head retention is pretty good, though the lacing is light. The beer has something of a viscuous look to it, which I guess is no surprise. The nose is incredibly complex in this fine beer, as I pick up dark fruits, dry sherry, brown sugar, and even a hint of sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the light sour completely drying out the modest sweetness in this beer. The sherry, vanilla and a hint of nuttiness seem prominent in this well made, complex beer. Interestingly, while there's some sour in the finish, at the very end I get some sweetness as well. So much going on in this beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full, and while it's apparent the abv. is up there, there's no sense of heat in the finish, though the beer wears on you after a bit. It's just so rich and viscuous...

An amazing beer, and one that makes me understand why a brewery would make an eisbock. The concentration of flavor in this beer is flat out amazing.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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Granitbock Ice from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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