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Granitbock Ice - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

Granitbock IceGranitbock Ice

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BA SCORE
87
very good

34 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 15.64%


Brewed by:
Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Daniellobo on 11-15-2011)
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Reviews by alex_hart:
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Dark, muddy brown with no head upon a relatively timid pour. No lacing.

Smell: Not a fan of the way this one smells at all. Just straight up molasses with bourbon on top.

Taste: much better than the nose but still follows the same idea. Molasses with bourbon and some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Goes perfectly with the style. Heavy bodied with a pleasant alcohol twinge on the back of the tongue. A bit syrupy.

Overall: I have a few differnt eisbocks I have been waiting to try ever since I had the Aventinus Eisbock which is absolutely world class and one of my favorite beers ever. This didnt quite live up to that high bar, but it is still a good brew that is worth trying inside the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 23:18:26 | More by alex_hart
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: Vintage 2011
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

A malt-lover's dream, Hofstetten's eisbock manages to concentrate many of the flavors found in a darkly sweet and slightly cocoa-influenced bock, resulting in an easily drinkable, though definitely only-for-sipping over the course of an evening, heavy bock beer. Though the price is a bit high at $7 for 11.2oz, this could (and maybe should) be considered an entire evening's worth of drinking, thus resulting in a fairly fair price overall. A great evening and nightcap that I would return to again.

Pours a thin film of burnt tan-colored foam that quickly fades to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is minimal, just a few dots cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing out little change except for slight dark brown hues around the edges of the main body. Carbonation not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma of heavy caramel-like sweetness, dried dates and brown figs, raisins and prunes in a heavy sugar syrup, slight toasted nut and toasted hearty bread. There's no ethanol here, though with potentially three years of age, that aspect should have mellowed considerably by now.

Overall flavors of heavy caramel-like sweetness, toasted brown bread, dried dates, figs, and grapes, and toasted nuts. Front of palate tastes heavy caramel-like sweetness, toasted hearty bread, dried dates and figs, slight toasted almonds. Mid-palate of heavy caramel-like sweetness, dried dates, figs and raisins in heavy syrup, hints of toasted almonds and hazelnuts, slight prune, a bit of cocoa, and of course ethanol (though mild). Back of palate experiences continued dark caramel sweetness from Maillard-reactions, with a bit more noticeable ethanol, then continued dry dates and figs with a bit of cocoa. Aftertaste is of dark caramel sweetness, toasted brown bread, dried dates and brown figs, raisins and prunes in heavy brown sugar syrup, and light lingering ethanol.

Beer is heavy-bodied, with carbonation of low intensity, resulting in a smooth (9/10) and just slightly foamy (1/10) mouthfeel that's perfect for a heavy, high-ethanol beer of such intense sweetness. Ethanol felt lightly as warmth in the nostrils and a light burn on the throat and tongue: ethanol generally well-hidden. Good for the style Closes dry, with heavy stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish body with one finger offwhite head and some lace on top of an aroma that was strong, almost like a sticky sweet smell if that makes sense, barley malt aplenty, yeast pokes out and some dark/sweet fruit. The brew is creamy, smooth, the yeast makes it fluffy on the tongue and easy to pass, with a balance of caramel and toffee sweetness and good malts that border on roasted and some fruit flavors that border sweet fruit and dark fruit but I can't really pinpoint them. There are not really any citric type fruits like orange that sometimes poke out with a good amount of yeast in a beer, but the finish is a little crisp and these bitter citric hops poke out on the finish, overpowering the sweet malts and dryer malts. A very good beer that has a great balance of hearty maltiness and sweetness.

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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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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of light tan foam on top of a very dark brown body. The head fades quickly and leaves only traces of lace on the glass.

S - Lots of boozy sugar with notes of plum, raisins, toffee, molasses, and caramel.

T - Dark, tart fruit up front with plum, sour cherries, and raisins. Some dark sugar in the middle, caramel, and toffee that becomes more roasty in the finish with dark cherry, molasses, and a bit of licorice.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Well, it smells amazing, but the flavor is not at all what I expected. The tartness isn't unpleasant, but it is odd and I'm not sure if it was intentional or not. Overall, it is a good brew, but a more traditional version with more sweetness in the finish would have been better.

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Granitbock Ice from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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