Eis Maker
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Style:
German Eisbock
ABV:
13%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 6.82%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
39
From:
Jack's Abby Brewing
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  3
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Eis MakerEis Maker
Notes: Eis is the German word for Ice. A former distillation process in making Eis Beer would be to freeze it, remove the ice, and collect what remained.

While today’s beer, like Eis Maker, is no longer produced this way, it is used as a connotation that the beer is very strong.

You will find this Eis Bock to be sweet, malty and boozy with notes of raisin, dark fruit and similar profile of a barley wine.
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy, copper in color with minimal head. Taste is big caramel, barrel, vanilla, butterscotch. Heavy bodied, very sweet, low carbonation. Layers and layers of caramel malt goodness. Right up there with Firestone Walker with the best barrel aged barleywines that I have had. I need to find this again.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark amber pour with dense creamy off-white lacing and a steady stream of carbonation cascading up through the middle of the beer, slightly hazy.

S - Sticky toffee and bourbon aroma with some sugar sweetness.

T - Sweet caramel malt, oak, bourbon, light vanilla, and finishes on the sweet boozy side. For 13% warming is minimal on the way down.

M - Thick, viscous, silky soft, and sticky on the lips.

O - This is pretty fantastic.

Mar 15, 2020
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a Spiegelau tulip. Pours a level caramel hue with a loose, off-white head that disperses into a tight band around the edges. Clarity is slightly hazy. Nose expresses bready notes, hints of figs and toffee. Taste is lovely and much bolder than suggested by the nose. Toffee really pops and there's a hint of alcohol astringency at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slight oiliness and a carbonation just shy of assertive. Overall, decadent and drinkable.

Mar 13, 2020
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falloutsnow from Oregon

2.99/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the brewery. Rating: C/C-, C, C/C+, C, C-/D+
This beer is less for having been aged in bourbon barrels. Like so many others in the style, the bourbon eradicates the original base beer almost completely, and also accentuates an already elevated alcohol presence. In this sense, the beer is nothing more than average for a "bourbon beer," and this is not an eisbock at all. At $13 for 22oz of beer, it's an overall poor value. I would not get this again.
Pours an off-white to light beige foam that fades in below average time to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is minimal, a few dots cling to some sides of the glass. Body is a golden orange color, with light bringing out orange-yellow hues. Transparent.
Aroma of bourbon (components being primarily vanilla, butterscotch, mild oak) and background sweetness (no doubt from the original eisbock's malts), with background hints of medium-colored caramel and brown sugar.
Flavor primarily of bourbon (components being butterscotch, vanilla, coconut, mild oak) largely obscuring the original flavors of the eisbock, which seem to be heavy, caramel-like maltiness. Front: bourbon (components of butterscotch, coconut, vanilla, mild oak), alcohol, some hints of medium-colored caramel and brown sugar. Mid: bourbon (components of butterscotch, coconut, vanilla, mild oak), alcohol, lesser notes of medium-colored caramel and brown sugar. After: lingering bourbon (butterscotch, coconut, mild oak, vanilla), alcohol, and slight underlying medium-colored caramel-like sweetness.
Beer is heavy-bodied, with carbonation of low intensity, resulting in a mostly smooth mouthfeel (~2.1 vol CO2) that works for the style. Closes quite dry, with heavy stickiness on the palate and lips. Ethanol easily felt in the nostrils and on the palate and moderate heat/burning, and this lingers throughout each sip; a bit disappointing.

Oct 30, 2019
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Bluecrow from New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This clear deep mahogany bottle pour hosts the merest wisp of fine effervescence. The aroma is boozy with oak notes. The flavor is sweet and rich with toffee, vanilla and bourbon. This finish is a bit clinging, but it persists pleasantly. This is a superb brew.

Jun 23, 2019
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oberon from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours into my Aventinus glass a rich bronze color with a sticky full two finger head,wow what an epic pour,just beautiful.Sweet and leathery notes stand out most upfront in the nose,somewhat cakey and very sweet.The raisin notes are large and in charge along with peppery notes intermingled with vanilla and butterscotch brown sugar-like sweetness.It's a full on thick masterpiece in a glass,the peppery spice was not expected...at all.Obviously it's a sipper to savor but the complexity is real,still trying to get a handle of everything going on here.

May 09, 2019
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy but clear with an off white head rising roughly half a fingers length off the body. Settles quick with zero lacing ln the body.

Smell: whiskey and caramel aroma.

Taste: Complex taste consisting of toffee and and whiskey with light wood feel and hint of barley. Lightly sweet malts

Mouth: Sticky full bodied beer. Medium carbonation with a super full body.

Overall: this beer is one of the most full-bodied beers I have had in a long time and it is extremely hard to put down. My advice to you if you see it on a shelf grab it it's very similar to a barleywine and could be a cousin of it maybe it's the recipe that the used. Salud.

Apr 22, 2019
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy reddish brown. Lightly carbonated so there is no head.

All malt with a taste of cherries and raisins . The 13% alcohol level is evident.

An awesome sipping beer!

Apr 01, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.
The appearance had a deep amber to brown color with some ruddy dark copper to orange rustiness in hues closer to the bottom edges. Soft little white foamy head swiftly died off to leave some touches of concave lace.
The aroma had a big raisin/figgy sweetness up front playing with some big caramel biscuity malts. Sweet oaky bark rolled in for some balance.
The flavor was about a medium sort of sweetness intertwining between the oaky bark to the raisin/figgy tones. Woody barrel spice makes a good effort to balance but stays a bit further back for the most part. Sticky raisin sweet aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation seemed to be slipping a bit to me, thus a slight stickiness came in, slightly syrupy but smooth. ABV seemed appropriate. Quick raisin sweet boozy sort of finish.
Overall, spectacular idea to barrel age an Eisbock! This did well for a fine late winter snowy night.

Mar 14, 2019
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LeRose from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a muddy red brown color with a fast-falling khaki head. Not overly bubbly, but what little foam remains clings and the beer itself sheets gracefully over the glass. Not beautiful to the eye, but does gain clarity as it warms.

The smell is super malty, sweet, dark fruitiness, vanilla, smoky bourbon. A little leathery, maybe a little tobacco. Caramel, toffee, and cooked sugars. The dark fruits like sweet dates strengthen with warmth, and the bourbon notes counterbalance nicely. Bready, rich malts.

The taste is rich and decadent, following the nose exactly. It is sweet and malty, caramelized sugars, dark fruity goodness of Medjool dates not the crappy dehydrated ones. Biscuity and bready, but more towards a brown bread yet not quite there. Everybody plays nice in the sandbox here. Nicely layered, well-executed beer.

It's medium to heavy in the body with a pleasing warmth.

This is a one and done in the Maker series, unfortunately, but if I see any hanging around I will be buying it. A pleasantly surprising, delicious, luxuriant beer. Sometimes bigger is just better. It kind of reminds me of two of my favorite beers...Allagash Curieux for the bourbon barrel treatment and Pretty Things Grampus for the ridiculously extravagant malt profile.

Feb 18, 2019
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to nothing

S: Sweet malt and bourbon up front. Some brown bread, oak, caramel, and vanilla underneath. On the sweeter side overall

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a wave of malt goodness, with some caramel and brown bread notes leading into the bourbon. Vanilla and oak come in with the alcohol notes. Finishes with lingering malt and some lighter bourbon

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation

O: A very nice eisbock that packs a punch, despite showing hardly any of the 13%. Nice and malty, which no doubt hides the alcohol well. Bourbon barrels add a nice layer. Definitely worth checking out

Feb 15, 2019
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justme from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Malty and boozy with notes dark fruit. I found it very close to a barley wine. Comes in too large a bottle to not share with someone, but then that's a great way to go.

Feb 08, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 pint.9 oz. Bottle "Lager Wine".

A root beer-brown color with slight amber hues. The center or "eye" of the head is gyserish, and very active which seems to create a thin layer of foam over and over throughout the session.

The aroma is an odd combination of old leather (much like a partially oxidized and very old RIS) and sweet malt. Sweet dates and Port wine comes to mind with a mild hint of herbs and spices. A bit of alcohol heat and seriously dense malt rounds out the nose.

Oh man, this thing means business!! It's a brut. Massively sweet and chunky malt complexity is meant to be sipped...slowly. It's a combo of Port Wine, whiskey and Barley wine beer. Sweet and boozy malt, with dates, maple syrup and the old leathery thing I mentioned previously. A "Lager Wine" is the perfect style description. The Bourbon Barrel aging effect is dramatic, with many barrel-aged style flavor's popping out, like the woody, cedar, leathery effects along with a laid-back vanilla and maple thing. The aftertaste isca bit of a funky, herbal tastebfrom the hops and lager yeast combo.

I'm a big fan of the classic German lager known as Eisbock. Big alcohol, deep malt and hefty mouthfeel. The lager yeast user here is clearly powerful stuff, as it stays bubbly and active, but still has a full bodied texture. It transforms all that sweet malty charecter and big sugars into 13% abv. I would concider this lager to be about as interesting and unique as most of the German brewed Eisbock's I've ever had.

This is a beer meant for beer lovers, beer geeks and coniseur's. Otherwise....it's "WTF is this??!!" For me, I'm seriously enjoying sipping and pondering this wild concoction. Try it if you dare!. ** one other note: this seems to be the perfect candidate to lay down and cellar for a few years and revisit in the future.

Jan 23, 2019
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can't find a bottling date.

A: Pours a nice deep dark brown. Maybe some red in there? Hard to tell. Good sized very fizzy tan head that dissipates quickly. Very little in the way of retention or lacing.

S: Boozy and sharp but what a wonderful maltiness. Tons of dark fruits. Heavy heavy bread crusts. Yum.

T: More of the same. Very malty. Sweet up front with caramel and dark fruits. Booze hits and helps balance it out, turning into a crusty bread on the back end.

M: Thick and glassy, nearly syrupy. Nice alcohol sting helps.

O: One hell of an eisbock. It's exactly what you'd expect, hugely malty and boozy.

Jan 19, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours tea brown with a hazy film capping the liquid for a moment and then fading away; somewhat leggy but no lacing

Smell: Caramel, raisin, maple, bread and Bourbon, with hints of vanilla and pecan

Taste: Caramel, bread and maple tones forward, with the Bourbon and raisin tones building; hints of vanilla and pecan emerge, through the middle; somewhat boozy, after the swallow, with considerable complexity in the malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: We don't often get to explore the complexities on the malty side of things but this one provides a good opportunity to do so

Thanks, PhineasMcClintock, for the opportunity

Jan 15, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a collar of medium sized bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles covering the rest of the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts and bourbon are preset in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is very much dominated by flavors from the bourbon barrel aging with notes of oak and vanilla. There are light bits of associated sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong, but it does a very good job at masking most of the alcohol form the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 13, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Modest head, some spots for lace. Muddy light brown color. Hard to tell, but I believe it's cloudy as well.

Rich smell of malt sugars and strong alcohol

Lots of sugar, to the point of it seeming that raw brown sugar was added after fermentation. Lots of warming alcohol as well. There's just enough hop to prevent an overwhelming amount of cloy. Very thick mouthfeel. Very low carbonation. The overall effect is a slow slipping, by the-fire, nightcap beer.

Jan 12, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mild gusher. Purchased at the brewery two days ago, so that’s a little concerning. But no worse for the wear yet, anyhow.

Pours a clear rusty, amber color with a half-finger of soupy, light-tan head that’s quick to settle into a messy crown.

Caramel, raisin, toffee, fig, vanilla, bread and wood in the nose.

Sweet up front with more fig and raisin. Vanilla from the restrained bourbon. Stale, earthy hop bitterness and alcohol burn in the finish prevent it from being overly sweet.

Fairly light bodied and sticky in the feel with moderate fizzy carbonation.

Very enjoyable winter beer, not unlike a barleywine.

Dec 29, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light fizzy head that fades pretty quickly, a bit of legs, mostly hazy burnt-orange slight iced-tea brown color

Nose super malty much more than I expected, toasted biscuity German malts and caramel wheat, toasted sweet caramelized sugar, caramelized sugars and nice Maillard reaction due to long boil, biscuity toffee candy, rock candy, etc, some dark fruits, candied raisin mostly, just a touch of alcohol notes not fusel but a bit perfumey, a mild barrel notes with a little vanilla and some sweet bourbon, tons of sweet toffee, super intense

Taste starts about the same, lots of sweet characters, caramelized sugars, big toffee and a little biscuity dark wheat, more Maillard reaction sweet caramel flavors, toffee, a little butterscotch, a bit nutty too, this time mild fruity esters kicking in, touch of apple pear like and big time dark raisiny fruit, little brandy and boozy raisin, a bit of perfumey tingly alcohol but not really fusel and not solventy, not too syrupy either despite the heavy sugary malt, a bit of a soft lagering note as well, mild vanilla barrel, a bit of caramelized apple cider and cinnamon spice from the barrel, a little sweet wheaty bourbon but not a lot, drier finish surprisingly, a little alcohol, but sticky as well

Mouth is med to fuller bod, soft lager at the same time somehow, a bit light on the carbonation but typical for style, mild warming alcohol

Overall this was really nice, really wish the bourbon came through a bit more but I'm guessing these were not the second fill for these barrels, but great base lager wine, super heavy sugars and Maillard characters very intense and complex but still soft lager and fairly easy drinking, surprised me a lot. I'm glad I tried it now while I can still buy more bottles as I def plan to age a few of these.

Dec 29, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Chestnut solid brown with a touch of red to the body color. Ran fleeting head, but a good crowned collar.

Interesting aroma. Large amounts of bourbon caramel character, touching a little bit of heat. Good qualities of fruit of thick plum and raisins.

Real nice palate. Thick flavors but with a light body. Rich caramel and fruit berry touches. Light almost a soft tannic nut quality with flavor of grape plum and raisin. Accents of soft wood and clean finish.

Good take on a big bock, lager wine indeed.

Dec 23, 2018
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent syrupy, cloying MF. A very distinct character of the beer.

Deep oak aroma, fruit.

Bitterness is just right.

Greatly enjoyable. The notes on the brewer’s site state that this is closer to a Barleywine. I would agree.

Dec 17, 2018
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micada from New York

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wife scored a couple 2018 pint bottles on a Massachusetts trip. The bottle calls it a lager wine, though I see the pic here says eisbock. Poured cool, moderately hard to a tulip glass. Pours a dark amber, lots of bubbles, though no head to speak of. Thick lacing. Nose is bourbon, caramel, vanilla, toffee. First sips follow the nose with a bready, malty back end. I can taste why it might fit into a bock genre. Mouthfeel is heavy, thick like other ice beers I’ve had. Pretty enjoyable. I didn’t let it warm much, as I was pairing it with another tasty Massachusetts treat, a double Wahlburger. Alcohol is a little present, probably due to the lager base being a bit more subjective to the bourbon. Went back for the second half of the bottle only to find wife accidentally washed the rest of it down the drain...travesty! Oh well. At least another bottle is here to cellar for a bit.

Dec 15, 2018
Eis Maker from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 39 ratings