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Double Ice Bock | Southampton Publick House

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States | website

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Southampton Double Ice Bock is based off of a traditional German-style Bock beer. This German lager beer is rich and malty and brewed to an alcohol strength of 6-7%. “Ice Bock” is produced when a Bock beer is partially frozen in order to increase it’s alcohol content. In this process, some of the water content turns to ice, effectively strengthening the flavor and alcohol of the beer. We take this process one step further. After the initial freezing, the beer is decanted off the ice and frozen a second time. The resulting beer is a deceptively smooth and amazingly strong lager.

Added by Todd on 06-22-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
44
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
14
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 44
Reviews by Deuane:
Photo of Deuane
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to slander for providing this one. Bottle 11 of 100 vintage 2006.

A-Golden kissed copper hue with a wisp of light tan foam that vanished quickly and no lace at all. No real surprise considering the ABV.

S-Rich, sweet caramel, brown sugar, caramel and ummm, caramel and a touch of alcohol burn. Overall though this comes off subtle for such a big beer.

T-A boat load of sweet, luscious caramel malt, a touch of dark fruit and vanilla sweetness. The alcohol is amazingly barely perceptible.

M-Full bodied and as smooth as smooth can be!

D-Only not a 5 due to the 18%....this one WILL kick you in the ass for sure if one does not respect it. Absolutely unreal smoothness! This one is all caramel and alcohol....a liquefied, adult version of a Werther's Original!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#70/110. Shared by schen9303. 8oz. bottle into Hill Farmstead stemware.

Pours thick with little to no head. Beer is a clear orange copper with no lace but huge, thick, oily legs that really cling to the glass. Solid.

Nose is rice, metal, pear and a slightly sweet lychee fruit. Moderately aromatic.

Opens corn, moderate hop and yeast bitterness. Some sweet cane sugar and a fruity malt body come through in the middle finished by accented yeast and booze. Sweet, syrupy aftertaste. There's a ton of complexity here but not all the flavors that come through are great.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick and viscous in the mouth and a little bit bubbly and oily going down. Really coats the palate. Messy finish with a long, lingering aftertaste. Pretty nice.

As an Eisbock, this is a very good interpretation of the style. However, as an enjoyable beer, this doesn't quite cut it. Certainly worth trying since there are so few pure eisbocks around. Expect an experience... just not necessarily a great one.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Trevdawg
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to egajdzis for sharing this bottle.
Bottle # 27/100, 2004 vintage, 187 clear mL.
Appears a hazy light amber with a small white head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of peat, toffee, vanilla, molasses, caramel, and dark fruit.
Taste is of sweet vanilla cake flanked with caramel, molasses, and ripe fruit.
Mouthfeel is sugary sweet, syrupy, with brown sugar running along the palate.
Drinkability - ABV is present but not the 18% as advertised.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Azurelimits for opening this 187mL bottle at a recent tasting. Served in a snifter.

Pours an orange-honey color with a thin, bubbly white head. Much better looking than I would have expected given the alcohol volume on this. Seems to be pretty carbonated. White bubbly head does subside quite quickly, however, and only leaves behind a few legs on the side of the glass. The nose is quite striking with a very strong, sweet honey-like presence to start out along with quite a bit of alcohol. There is also some slight peach and melon characteristics.

The taste isn't quite as fruity and is more toward sugar overkill. It's balanced out by a good dose of booze, but I'm not sure these are really the two things I'd like to have balancing one another out. Medium body with low levels of carbonation. Sugar and alcohol just end up making up too much of this beer and I wasn't terribly impressed, though I did quite enjoy the nose.

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Photo of hopdog
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to EDA for providing me this bottle (thrown in as an extra in a trade to boot!).
2004 vintage, bottle 58 of 100.

Poured a darker and slightly hazy amber color with a very small sized head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, alcohol, and somewhat musty. Tastes of green apples, caramel, brown sugar, and alcohol. Sweet with a green apple sourness to balance it out. Definite alcohol presence but not 18%. A definite sipping beer that I wish I had move of!

Notes from and tasted on 7/28/05

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Photo of AgentZero
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing like getting hammered on Southampton beers and then finishing up with something at 18%.

A - Dark yellow colored beer, slight bit of head on it.

S - Honey, little bit of grain, some malts. The smell on this is surpisingly absent, just a bit of sweetness and honey.

T - Wow, talk about well hidden ABV. There is not a ton of flvor on this, but there is not really any alcohol I can taste either. Honey, sweet malts, and a touch of alcohol.

M - Medium bodied, not a ton of carbonation.

O - Well, for something this high in alcohol, it is pretty easy to drink, although there is not tons of flavor on it. A nice sipper that you can relax with. I used to drink a lot of scotch, I could have this at night instead.

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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to Jeff for sharing bottle 10/75.

A: The pour is golden orange in color with a mild chill haze. Really no head or carbonation to it at all. Not that this should come as a surprise.

S: Smells slightly oxidized with a bit of a stale brown sugar note up front. Certainly sweet and malty as I had anticipated, but very minimal booze presence. Some fruits such as golden plums and raisins, and a floral honey character is also there.

T: Quite the fruity flavor here. Light peaches to go along with the golden plum and raisin thing. Caramel, brown sugar, and mild alcohol which actually is a good thing (I think) in this beer. Mild honey characteristics on the palate as well.

M: Not quite as full in body as I had anticipated. And while there is essentially no carbonation, it's not syrupy, which is a plus.

O: I was expecting this to just be disgustingly boozy, but it was actually nicely hidden (especially for 18%). A nice beer to try, but not amazing.

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of BDeibs
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orangesol
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with Eyedrinkale. Thanks for the opportunity, Mike. 2006 vintage 7oz. bottle # 48/100 consumed on 12/12/2009 and poured into a snifter at 55 degrees. The cap opens with a hiss. The beer is transparent dark orange with a tinge of rust and a modest half inch beige head. I expected this to be flat so a small head is a welcome head.

The aroma is of booze macerated dates. The dates are dominant, but notes of dried raisins are also present. There's a little sherry oxidation character that is rather graceful. The nose is dry, overall, but there is a touch of brown sugar and honey sweetness beneath the dried fruits and alcohol. Speaking of the alcohol, it's distinct in the nose, but I'd say it's rather well hidden for being near 20%. A vigorous swirl of the glass enlivens caramel and a dash of toffee. I notice leather sauntering away in the distance. The aroma opens up nicely with warming.

The flavor is sweet and rich dates with tame alcohol. There's more sweetness in the flavor than in the aroma. The sherry oxidation carries through to the taste and it does the beer no discredit. The dates are less prominent in the flavor, though they are present, and the influence of caramel is more apparent. I don't taste the alcohol so much as I feel it. The capacious ABV makes its presence known between midpalate and finish in the form of a centered warming on the back of my tongue that eventually arrives at my throat and in my chest. The finish is not unlike brandy, and it's surprisingly dry. My lips are sticky and my mouth is left desiccated. I desperately need a drink of water.

This was a rare treat. It drinks somewhere between a spirit and a beer. It doesn't hide its alcohol, but I found it complex and very enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of VonZipper
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks very much to Thirstybird for sharing this - I know he had to wait in the cold for a while to score this. Bottle #65/70 served in a tulip. Poured a translucent copper - no head, just some bubbles. Nose is very subtle - malty, some caramel and a hops character reminiscent of a German pils. Taste consistent with nose. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly viscous with a little heat up-front, that gradually dissipates at the back. I am pretty shocked that this is an 18% beer. Good thing it comes in small bottles because it is deceivingly light and easy to quaff.

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Photo of blisscent
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sean9689
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southampton Mega Tasting!

A - Pours an orange/red, some bubbles here and there, slight head on an aggressive pour. No lacing or cap after the initial pour.

S - Huge sugary sweetness, honey-like, reminds me of a mead. Some citrus in there as well, but mostly, lots of rich sweetness.

T - Taste is more of the same from the nose. Huge sweetness, brown sugars, honey, nice smooth alcohol. Lots of sweetness but balanced (if you can call it that) with booze.

M - Light to medium, syrupy, rich and decadent.

O - I liked this one. Similar to a mead, which I love. The sweetness and booze make this a sipper, not to mention it would put you on the floor at 18%. Recommend!

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge Thanks to Diego for providing this one. Bottle 44.

A: Pours a nice golden amber hue with no real head at all. No lace noted.

S: Aromas of rich sweet caramel, brown sugar, and mild dark fruits. Rather subtle though to be honest for such a big beer.

T: Sweet candy malts. Loads of caramel, dark fruit, and sweet dark cherries. Simple but loaded with goodness. Not a hint of the ABV that this one packs.

M: On the fuller side of body, still carbonation, sweet, drinkable, deadly.

D: Good, I loved this one. Nice brew, one I am honored to get the chance at drinking.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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