Trapped Under Eisbock | Voodoo Brewing Company

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Trapped Under EisbockTrapped Under Eisbock

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A classic lager of flavor and heritage. This dopplebock is aged for 3 months frozen, then transferred onto Michigan Sour Cherries for 3 more months. We then bottle condition it at the brewery cellar for over a year. This is named after one of my favorite songs from a band that like lager, started out being intense and mellowed over time. Cheers and Ride the Lightning!

Added by bbeane on 06-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle at the compound with sourbatchkid and onix1agr.

A- a firm pour yields a big finger of light tan head that settles quickly and leaves a solid ring and an island floating on top. Brown in color with some amber orange highlights.

S- sweet lightly roasty malts with caramel and brown sugar. Lots of apple skin and cider. Mild spice character and some breadiness.

T- opens up nice and roasty with a musty apple skin. Sweet caramel and brown bread. The fruit is very subtle and adds an interesting nuance to the brew.

M- about medium in body with a nice creamy carb that works wonders.

O- I can't believe this is as high in abv as it is. So amazingly drinkable. One of the best eisbocks I've come across.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle for my 300th review, thanks to awesome BA Soonami. This one was allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Trapped Under Eisbock pours somewhere between a deep brown and maroon. A few cherry highlights manage to poke through when the beer is properly lit. My various pours yielded 2-3 fingers of light tan foam. Head retention is pretty solid, but lacing is spotty at best (not that I expect a ton of it from this beer). The nose is heavy on the bock base beer, light on the cherry. There are pronounced notes of bready malts and caramel, with a solid dark fruit supplementary aroma. The flavor folds a creamy milk chocolate note into the mix. The result is a very tasty beer, but I still find myself wishing the cherry came through a little bit more. The body is full, without becoming as overbearingly rich as a 14% malty beer could. That said, the carbonation isn't quite up to the task, barely showing any signs of life and leaving the beer feeling overly chewy. Trapped Under Eisbock is a pretty good beer, and one I had to try (if only for the name). It's also absurdly smooth/drinkable for a 14% beer. I think it may be suffering from (in my mind, inevitable) comparisons to another fruited eisbock, Kuhnhenn's Raspberry Eisbock, and that's a tall order for any brew.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, reddish brown with a fairly booming head. May have been a bit too warm. Leaving clumpy lacing down the side of the glass. Head is just a bit off-white.

S: Had this once before and can't get over how minimal the aroma is for a 14% eisbock. Smells much more like a plain doppelbock with some cherries added. There is some more sweetness, some sort of honey/maple syrup smell. Smells of familiar, bready lager yeast.

T: Again, had it before and still am skeptical of the 14% label. Nearly no hint of alcohol here. Tart cherries would be nice to cut the sweetness here, but the cherries come through in a more bitter and tannic nature. A bit bready as well. Was worth a revisit, but probably not another.

M: Similar feel of a doppelbock. Caramely and bready/yeasty...(somehow!?) Just feels underwhelming. Would expect my mouth to be burning with alcohol and a very thick body. Another rare beer that doesn't live up to its hype.

O: Underwhelming. I love Voodoo for the most part, just not sure where they were going with this one.

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Photo of weeare138
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a Dark mahogany with streams of co2 slowly rising to the top of the glass. The cap settles into a gentle collar. Spotty bits of lacing quickly droop down into the glass.
Smell is of toffee, yeast, melted milk chocolate, dark malted bread, and mild spice.
Taste is of the aromas with a blast of sugar, intense dessert caramel, creme brûlée, & raisins.
Mouthfeel is sweet, chewy, sugary, with caramel and raisins lingering. A tad bit of warmness eventually catches up like a port. Yum!

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.51/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Axic10 for this beer. I was pretty interested in it right from the get-go. Another metal reference in beers, awe yeah. Poured into a Jackie O's snifter with Metallica (pre-haircut, duh) playing in the background.

The beer is a deep, muddy mahogany red. The pour looked like it didn't want to form much of a head, so I proceeded without care. The yield was short, but surprisingly the retention is long. It seems to want to hold a wispy, cloudy covering of gray foam. Some creeping lace (not to be confused with Creeping Death) is thrown up the sides.

The aroma is very grainy and not a big departure from a mediocre doppelbock. It has a bit of black cherry skin and Fig Newton. Everything here is surprisingly weak, it just smells gray.

The taste is just as bland as the aroma. I'm really perplexed as how this is possible. A doppelbock, iced up to 14% should be loaded with aroma and flavor. It should look, smell, taste and feel like its concentrated malt awesomeness. This is really none of that. Cherry, plum and fig sweetness acts as a minor spike to grainy malts. There's not alcohol flavor and not hops, just a very slight chemical/metalic (not to be confused with Metallica) note on the finish.

Not as thick as I was expecting, really not even as thick as many of my favorite standard doppels. Carbonation tickles the tongue and alcohol numbs it. The alcohol is EXTREMELY well hidden though, so much so that I'm skeptical of the 14% abv. The finish is gritty and dry.

This beer is like The God That Failed. Its Sad But True, they need to Hit the Lights and ReLoad after brewing this No Leaf Clover.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to pitrooney for this awesome extra!!

brought this to an awesome tasting with a few local BA's. thanks again tom! 22oz unlabeled bottle.

pours out a deep looking ruby red brown color with a small head with minimal lace and retention.

lots of rich caramel, toffee, raisony dark fruity malts and bits of rum soaked cherries.

the taste follows suit with the aroma, lots of complex flavors mingling with one another. rich toffee, caramel, dark fruits with some rum soaked cherries. you can taste the alcohol, but it was definatly more subdued than i expected.

big heavy, full bodied, chewy and lots of richness. carbonation is just a bit on the low side.

overall: definatly an interesting beer, lots of subtle complexities. i havent had much expierience with eisbocks, but voodoo seems to have nailed this one.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored a bottle from Abe's a few weeks ago and just got around to trying it tonight. The pour was a nice dark brown with a pretty good head till it settled. Not much lacing really. The smell of the beer was very similar to most other Doppelbocks, really wasn't sure how it differed on the nose. I was expecting more of the cherries they mentioned on the label. The taste was pretty damn nice. The flavors of some hearty malts and booze warms the mouth. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth and enjoyable. Overall it's a very nice beer from Voodoo. I still think that Black Magic was there but but this one is damn good too.

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Photo of sliverX
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Andy poured a nice rich brown minimal head but that's cool
Smell is sweet maltyness and just amazing
Tastes is wow malt cherry amazing anise toffee just love it
Mouthfeel as to be expected is medium to full and nice
Drinkability ill put it this way I'm looking for more

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks To a curt for sharing this one at Jackie os!
Pours a very pretty ruby brown. Mahogany hues around the edges. Am touch of head that dissipates almost immediately. Vry thick and viscous.smells of tart cherry and booze. Definitely can tell it's a strong one. Tastes a bit harsh but what do you expect at 14.5 percent! The cherries are very Nice. Harsh booze and a sweet caramel backbone. Overall i like the thickness and the cherries, the booziness is a bit much but for an eisbock.... Vry nice

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into my snifter glass.
A: About a finger of head. Cloudy dark brown in color. Became increasingly clear as it sat in the glass.

S: Lots of sweet caramel with hints of sour cherries. Alcohol is apparent but not overpowering.

T: Caramel sweetness broken up by an astringent taste and very faint sour cherry.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth drinking.

Overall an interesting and enjoyable beer. Took my time with this one and it got much better as it warmed.

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Photo of stimulus
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a CL snifter glass. ABV unlisted but posted in the thread around 14%.

A: Pours a hazy brown with a two finger beige head.
S: Sweet caramel and toffee, tart cherries on the finish.
T: Molasses and more caramel to begin, slightly sour cherries on the finish with a medium alcohol bite.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, well carbonated, and refreshing, though slightly chewy, as to be expected for the style.
O: Great for the style. The cherries do their thing, but they take a backseat to the doppelbock qualities of the base beer before it was frozen.

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Photo of bbeane
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a PALM snifter... starts with a decent off white head that lingers for a decent time before disappearing, leaving some traces clinging to the walls of the glass. Beer is a murky copper color with light activity

S- Not too much going on. After some swirls of the glass, I get some faint hints of malty sweetness that only lingers for a moment before disappearing

A- Pretty bland tasting. Some notes of sweet malts and booze. I don't get any of the sour cherry coming through

M- Medium bodied with light/medium carbonation

O- The only other Voodoo beer I've had was the Big Black Voodoo Daddy, and I thought it was excellent... this one however was nowhere near as good. It was weak in nose and flavor IMO... Purchase at your own risk


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