Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau EisbockKulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of scar
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a beer expert. That being said, this is the beer I judge all beers against because it is simply the best beer I have ever had.

I had it on tap in 2006 during the world cup in Sachenhausen Frankfurt at a pub that only served this beer. The tap sign had an snowman on it labeled 24%, which is the starting Plato.

Appearance in a half liter mug, tan head, really a thick lather that didn't dissipate. The color was a little darker than cola. Sticky lace.

The smell and taste of this beer can't be separated. Molasses, chocolate, booze, burnt dark fruits/burnt marshmallow, licorice, and an insane hammer of Munich malt maltiness. The heat is nice and not overpowering. Smooth and truly remarkable especially since this beer is only made with malt.

Mouthfeel, Sticky like a big porter, but not as thick as a barleywine. The malty sugar actually makes your lips sticky.

Germany has been going through a beer de-evolution, however not in this case. The Kulmbach brewers hit this ball out of the atmosphere in every way. This beer was the best thing I have ever drank and edged out a Robert Mondavi Cab worth over $300, and 30 year old Highland Park which are my second and third respectively. I often fantasize about taking a trip to Germany just for this beverage because for my taste buds this beer was rapturous and cathartic.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Kulmbacher Eisbock has a very thick, beige head, thick lacing rings, and a clear, dark, ruby-brown appearance, with lots of rapid bubble streams. The aroma is of rich, dark-roasted barley malt, chocolate powder, cream, and a faint odor of coffee grounds. Taste is of very rich, sweet chocolate, chocolate powder, dark-roasted malt, dark fruit, brown bread crust, and there is a slight hop bitterness. The alcohol really shows itself here, especially as it warms down the throat. Mouthfeel is mostly medium and smooth, and Kulmbacher Eisbock finishes dry, sweet, and boozy. Overall, this is just fantastic, and I rate it world class! RJT

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Photo of Citadel82
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! this is an awesome brew.

Pours a deep chocolate brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has a short-lived, two finger, tan head that left sparse lacing and faded to a thin collar. the only minus in my opinion is this lack of a head of any real dimenson.

Aroma is complex and rich. Bready, doughy, biscuity malts , sweet carmel,ripe figs and dates.

Taste is sweet malts, figs, plums, toffee, some alcohol and then dry hoppiness for a short-lived finish. Complexity grows as does the richness as this brew warms.

mouthfeel is slick coating the tongue and palate with a molasses like layer of sweetness that quickly dries out.

Very drinkable as a night-cap or a dessert.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was freaking amazing. Smell was old, malty, woody, smoky malt. Taste was unexpectedly dry. Very little sweetness for such a strong, dark beer. Woody, smoky flavour was still there. Just the right amount of bitterness was present, seemingly all from roasted malt. I didn't taste any hop flavour (thank god). Very thin and refreshing, yet the alcohol was still very well disguised. Not sure how with such moderate bitterness and low sweetness. This is simply an amazing beer. The only eisbock I've ever had, so not sure how it compares to others, but I am thoroughly impressed.

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Photo of DocCajun
4.91/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional beer. Not overly complex flavor but sometimes, that's a good thing. But the flavor is sharp and just REALLY good. Thanks to the Germans for this happy mistake of a beer

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Photo of tavernjef
4.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is a solid shiny tary black, a medium tannish head appears from a vigorous pour only to dissolve quickly away to a thin collar, globby lace in blotches that don't last. Hell...O... there, wow, what a smell! Yummy, thick, rich, lush dark fruit heaven of a nose! Load of malty sweetness, nice dark caramel and toffee with all sorts of little dark fruitened things in there with prune and dates mostly with some fig and raisin hints. Smokey molasses and banana too. What a fantastic nose!! Yum, yum, yum! Oh and the taste is good too, blah, blah , blah, I need some more...

Just kidding...This stuff rocks!! It takes over where the smell leaves off with the wanting of more! Huge amounts of malty richness, thick and chewy, not overbearingly so, but plentiful in its presense with great dark caramel mixing with toffee. The dark fruits are unimaginably yummy! Plum, prune, fig, and raisin, touches of banana tangyness; then there's some molasses spicyness with some nice little tid bits of smokened earth, brown sugar, chocolate, and black cherry. The sweetness is so rich and deeply dark its wonderful! The feel has one tiny flaw, I so wanted to give this the full 5 in mouthfeel but it has a thinnish start and a bit in the finish and is over a little to quick, but overall this sucker is full and thick with a incredibly creamyness and nice chewyness, some stickyness with great lingering malty chewy sweetness leaving notes of dark toffee and tangy dark fruits on the palate. Just a nudge of alcoholic warmth but barely noticeable. One awesome brew thats super yummy, creamy smooth and full of flavor! Strongly Recommended.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle, another one of those "I don't know where it came from" wonders that I am known for. If it was from someone, anyone, thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 3/4" light brown head over the beautiful clear dark burgundy brew. Dense head lasts very nicely, with slow fading lacing with lots of foamy bits. Aroma is dark malt sweetness, dark fruits, and easily apparent alcohol, all melded together into a creamy scent. Taste is smooth dark grains upfront, in the middle, and at the close, with a touch of alcohol warming all the way down. Mouthfeel and drinkability were incredible for a brew of this abv. Scary drinkable, will have to pick this up again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter
9.2% ABV

A - Piercing ruby highlights shine through the deep mahogany beer underneath the glacier of steady ivory foam. Dots of lace leave their mark on the glass as legs of alcohol cascade around them.

S - As classic as can be, Kulmbacher's Eisbock has the quintessential aroma of a well-lagered, malty German brew. It's infectious deep maltiness penetrates the soft, warming ethanol aroma to reveal an abundance of sticky raisin clumps and date with smooth caramel finishing out.

T - Velvety smooth maltiness washes over the tongue with sublime simplicity leaving morsels of underlying dark fruit and caramel sweetness complexity to ponder.

M - The beer's intense maltiness lends itself well to being full bodied but, soft and warming alcohol also adds a little dryness while thinning the balanced profile out for a fantastic finish. Lagered to perfection, this Eisbock is totally clean with just a trail of sweetness on the back end.

O - The originators of certain styles always seem to maintain their beer's status through the ages, especially when it comes to German breweries and Kulmbacher Eisbock, the original Eisbock, is no exception. This heavily malty beer pulls off a "big" beer with little awareness that it's a big beer. The alcohol level just over 9% slips by almost unnoticed as does the fullness of the beer, due to it's complex but relaxed profile of dark fruit, caramel sweetness, and bready malt. Kulmbacher is a beer that effortlessly warms the bones on a cold winter day.

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Photo of JimTeal
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My sample was the Kulmbacher Eisbock version, same ABV 9.2% so I assume this is a legitimate version of the Reichelbrau. My experience with eisbock must be in relation to doublebock since that is what I know. This beer is excellent, clean taste and really a bud tickler, not too much of anything (like carbonation, molasses flavor or hidden spice) and all within the beer itself, no overwhelming factors. That is such a tricky thing to pull off, so many of us are ready to pounce on "boring" but believe me, this beer is not boring, and well worth a good try, if of course you are favoribly disposed to doublebocks. They are definitively German after all, so not for the less than bold taste buds, but if you like a nice crisp bock, on the higher alcohol level, this is a solid yes recommendation, this beer is unique and delicious.

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Photo of shippos
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked it up at fingerlakes beverage center in Ithaca NY which was delivired to the distributor by mistake...a very very good mistake.

poured with an off-white head with a deep dark garnet color.
sweet sugary malty aroma with good wiff's of alcohol.
smooth syrupy thick taste that is nicely balanced.
sweet almost syrupy aftertaste with with a spicy alcohol finish.
couldn't detedt any noticable traces of hops ro any off-flavors.
this is very drinkable and much more relaxed and restrained than eku 28.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting to me that this is the original eisbock and yet it only has an 89. Theoretically it should have a 100, since it defined the style, right? But then, I'm not giving it a perfect score either....

A-Dark amber with slight lace that dissipates immediately. Perfectly clear.

S-Complex with sweet honey and hints of dried fruit. No hop aroma, but you can smell the alcohol.

T-Very sweet, complimented by faint hops. Notes of plum, raisin, and toasted almond.

M-Highly carbonated with very slight astringency, but predominantly slick and oily.

D-Quite pleasant. A very relaxing and warming eisbock.

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Photo of basica
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this Eisbock during a visit to Brauhaus with Paul and his father who was also very into
beers. I decided to try this after seeing all the acclamations for it on BA and HELL was it one
great beer I had! The beer pours out dark brown, almost black with a mild head and mild head
retention. It emmits a very strong and pronounced malty smell with significant fruity notes;
totally tempting me to taste it right away. I read that one of the processes in brewing Eisbocks
is the freezing of a portion of water and removing it. This is clearly illustrated by the rich,
strong and concentrated taste and thickness of the alcohol body. The taste sees a greater
pronunciation of the maltiness and dark fruitiness. Also present was a less pronounced breaded
taste. If I have to compare it to the Doppelbocks I would say this one is nothing short of a
super-charged Doppelbock! Every goodness in the Andechser Doppelbock is further exemplified into
a masterpiece of bock beers. The mouthfeel is yet another side of heaven; so full bodied and rich
slightly creamy and so very smooth. I don't think there was carbonation but that was not
important at all for this beer. The 9.2 ABV did not even feel like some alcoholic dose; it was
smooth and masked the alcholism within a highly drinkable goodness. The after taste is another
savouring pleasure that was focussed on malts and dark fruitiness. A wonderful German masterpiece
which really surprised me. This is probably the first German beer that would enter my top 10 beer
list, for now. The final catch is; this beer is past freshness date; I do not know what that
date is as the staff at Brauhaus has torn it off. But I believe that for complex tasting beers
like this one; time is crucial; the longer you leave it, the better it becomes!

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Photo of goochpunch
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a ruby-tinged leathery brown with some slow-moving, lazy bubbles making their way to the half-finger head. Surprisingly the head holds up extremely well. Leaves some isolated blotches of lace. Smell is intense with caramel maltiness but never goes so far as to smell worty, which I find a good number of extremely malty beers to suffer from. I also get lots of raisins, almonds, pistachios, honey, and rustic bread. Flavor profile is totally chewy with malt, caramel, nuts, bread, dried fruit, chocolate, and roasted malt. Very sweet but doesn't really ever get cloying. Ends on a rather bright and slightly acidic note. Some roastiness and mild bitterness help to dry things up in the finish. Minimal alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is just a bit sticky and is rather light in body when considering the flavor profile and level of alcohol. Lively carbonation also helps to lighten this up. So delicious and drinkable. This one has a lot of finesse.

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Photo of russpowell
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with 4 fingers of tan/caramel colored head.

S: Nice big breadyness, nice cinnamon, & brown sugar. Good head retention & lacing

T: Brown bread & pumpernickel, brown sugar & dryness up front, plus just a kiss of bubblegum (interesting!). Brown bread, leafy hops & a whisper of smokey booze as this warms. Finishes bready with a touch of rye

MF: Chewy with a touch of booze & perfect carbonation

Too drinkable for the style, beware!! One of the best eisbocks I've had!!!

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first beer of a number of beers I had on Christmas evening.

A very nice looking bottle, shiny label in a slim bottle. Much Deutsch written on the label. No freshness label but this is one baby that can age quite well... Here goes...

A - poured a dark garnet, very clear with a short lived fizzy head that left no lace in a chalice. Not to worry, this is expected of a high alcohol beer.

S - for such a brew the aroma was surprisingly light. Caramel malts, ripe fruit (raisins, prunes), and faintly port-like. Delightful!

T - Currants, candi sugar, and toffee all mixed together in the front. The sweetness lingers into molasses and caramel malts with a slight alcoholic spiciness. Finishes long and dry with a port-like aftertaste.

M - medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Very smooth and slightly chewy.

D - for such a big beer with prominent alcohol tones, it is surprisingly drinkable, hence why I gave it a 5.

Overall - This is a very sweet tasting eisbock with a huge alcoholic kick to it. Excellently portlike with rich flavors, this is a great after dinner digestif or a conversational drink with a cigar. A must try for everyone. I definitely recommend it. Looking forward to picking up a 6 pack to age.

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Photo of bigrzman
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of 12 oz bottle with freshness date. Poured out deep brown with a brownish head that goes to s wisp. Carbonation is minimal and appropriate.

Smells of alcoho, coffee, roasted malts, and winey esters very nice bouquet.

Tastes of red wine, barrel aging, coffee, grapes, and booze. So complex so beautiful truly superb.

Mouthfeel is cloying moderate in body and more drying like a fine wine. I can drink this all day long slowly.

All I have to say is wow. This is awesome all hail this beer!

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Photo of docfmf
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, I absolutely loved this beer. I first tried it in a bottle shop, then got a case. Great move.

The bottle lable is unique and have to see it in person. Same with Inserts.

Tatse is great when chilld for several days. I didn't have when warn. I little bite at first taste, but goes down smooth with the rest of mouthfull. After several more, still goes down smooth.

Smells great. Coloring good.

Price was a litle higher but well work it. Even made their factory a fanpage on my Facebook and a definate stop if ever going to Germany.

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Photo of ironarrow42
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a deep, clear garnet-auburn hue. Thick pale beige head drops to a collar. 

Aroma: Massive Munich malt aroma, with that distinctive rich, dark caramelly malt. Notes of fig, prune, dates.

Texture: Full bodied with a very fine carbonation tingle. Somewhat viscous texture. Substantial.  

Flavor: Rich, dark malt with a note of molasses and hints of baked prune, figs, & dates and a light roasty edge. Complex, expansive flavours. Balancing bitterness is seamlessly and smoothly integrated. The finish is lengthy and evolving, drying gradually with a faint hint of licorice in the background. 

Overall Impression: A German malt bomb! Wonderful!

Food Pairing Recommendations: Smoked cheese and sausage, Bavarian pretzels, maybe even beer-battered onioin rings.

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Photo of ZAP
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Dark brown..cola like wisp of tan head..

S-Rum soaked plums....sweet black cherries....purple grapes...rich maltiness...caramel...fantastic..

T-Booze spiked dark fruits...plums, black cherries and purple grapes...caramel notes are there on the taste too..somehwat port like..

M-Clean and smooth....a lot of rich flavors and a lot of alcohol at 9% but this is really easy drinking...not at all cloying or at all hot...just a load of concentrated malt goodness..

D-This is the real deal. This is so delicious and yet so clean and smooth...I love this style but more often than not the beers lean too hot on the alcohol....not this one...this is just loaded with character and flavor but no heat at all...great beer....

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Photo of acevenom
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Labeled the original German eisbock. They have an odd dating code on the back of the bottle (2160242).

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours dark caramel brown with a light tan head and plenty of tiny bubbles in the glass. The head dissipates moderately quickly. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are aromas of dark roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor follows the aroma very well. There are dark roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, and the alcohol comes through in the flavor as well. It has a nice sweet flavor along with some back end bitterness. The body is light medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is clean and smooth. The beer is a sipper with good alcohol warmness, but it is very easy to gulp this flavorful beer. This is an excellent beer that I recommend trying. I agree with a previous reviewer that this beer has the complexity of a solid Belgian quad with the qualities of a solid lager.

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Photo of sraimondi
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Updated review, 07/07/08

Ah, Kulmbacher Eisbock. This one has been in the beer fridge for about 18 months.

Poured into a fluted pint glass. Decent head with very good and lasting sheet lacing relative to the style and elevated ABV. Beautiful deep tawny/ruby coloring.

Smell is very complex with lotsa fruit (fig and plum mostly) and massive bread malt. Wow!

The taste is truly exceptional. I am a malt guy, so I'm obviously in heaven. Malt, malt, everywhere. The fig and plum aroma continue with the taste, but malt sweetness overtakes things in the finish which is surprisingly drying to me.

Mouthfeel is one of the fullest I have ever had; nicely syrupy.

While the higher ABV doesn't make multiple bottles a wise option, this is a damn fine beer, where the alcohol is not over the top like many dopples and eisbocks. In fact, I think this one has more of a dopplebock character. Anyway, I think this one is fantastic. I will be getting some more tomorrow. If you like malt, get some too.


Bottled version: Bottled on 10/24/2004. Used to have a German friend of mine "smuggle" this out of Germany in the 90s, before it was "legally" available in the USA. This is everything that I look for in a beer. Very deep brown, almost black color. Aroma is a mix of complex smells; dark fruit, malt/bread and yeasty. Taste is even more complex, with a proniunced malt character throughout. Hard to capture in words; suffice it to say that this would be my last beer on my way to see my Maker. Although very high in ABV, very drinkable. Definitely don't drive after a session with this one. Beer nirvana fer sure!

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Photo of LeoPanna
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at Spuyten Duyvil in BK...

this is one of my favorite..
tastes/smells like a doppelbock but more refined
raisins/malts/chocolate/dates/wood... smells and tastes great..
it's a sipper, not because of alcohol, but because of how classy it is... this is one of the classiest beers i've ever had... i let a cute girl try it who was looking for red wine and she loved it and ordered.

definitely worth seeking out, it's a great eisbock.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am drinking a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is one year from store purchase. The beer pours a very dark mahogany color and fizzy tan head of 1 cm foams up and fades very quickly to an edge layer. Aroma is heavy with dark fruit and chocolate, dark chocolate covered rum cherries, or raisins. Some molasses scents too.
Definitely hints at a larger beer.
First sip reveals a fairly thick body and sticky textured brew with minimal yet tingly carbonation. Flavor is all malt and fairly sweet. Lots of dark fruit and dark high cacao chocolate notes. Raisins and red grape mixing in too. No real alcohol burn or bite until just a little warmth on the very end of the swallow. I cant believe this is 9.2%!!!
I think I found a new beer to buy every time I see it, this is a good one to have on hand, especially for the winter! I likey very much.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a flute.

4.0 A: Clear dark brown, nearly black. Frothy head with decent retention for the ABV. Some lacing.

5.0 S: Caramel, raisins, prunes. Really really wonderful. There's a big sweetness to it to balance out the detectable alcohol.

4.5 T: This is just downright tasty. Lots of plum/prune flavor. Then some raisin and caramel. Complex set of dark malts. Delicious.

4.5 M: Medium heavy body. Chewy and creamy and oh so smooth for a 9.2% beer. Nearly perfect warming on finish.

5.0 D: Damn fine beer. Very drinkable. This could be a staple of anyone's beer diet.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber - reminiscent of scotch - with a thin head. A huge wave of raisin, fig and grapevine on the aroma. A little cider and some tannins floating in there as well. The dark fruit notes carry the taste profile, lots of raisin / fig / date flavor mixed with some sweet phenol / tannis and some grape must and appledraw. Just a faint peat smokiness & sandal leather at the end, enough to really support the sweetness and draw those flavors out by contrast. It is rich and delicate, has lots of flavor to offer with balance and elegance.

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