Eis Maker | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by StoutElk_92 on 12-09-2018

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Dope
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of BAsbill
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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

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Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Mikexw
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebeers
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of brureview
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of micada
4.41/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Sulty
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rich sweet notes of maple, pecan, walnut, some dried fruits

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Eis Maker from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 16 ratings