Smoke and Ice
Freigeist Bierkultur

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Freigeist Bierkultur
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2.58 | pDev: 17.83%
May 21, 2023
Apr 10, 2021
The style of beer illegal to make (in the U.S.), but legal to sell. In order to make it, we went to Germany in June 2018 to brew this in collaboration with Sebastian Sauer, aka the German gypsy brewery Freigeist. It's a malty, fruity, and slightly smoky beer, but what makes it really special is it was lagered for a year and a half before it was freeze distilled, making it an authentic ice bock, or Eisbock in German. Limited quantities, you'll probably never see one from us again!
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

2.62/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Really excited to try this off previous reviews (in all seriousness!). Pours light, fairly translucent mahogany, light ring of head with minimal retention and lacing. Nose has a strong punch of raisin and dark fruit at the start that's pretty consistent with the style. However, the wood and smoke do give it a bit of an off character, though one easy to place once I knew what went into the beer. Taste, however, is a bit more...challenging. There's a strong dark fruit (maraschino cherries, plums, prunes, dates) up front, but the wood and smoke really takes over from there. There's a strong metallic quality to it, almost like water from dirty or rusted pipes. That's not good! Placing the smoke/wood character is pretty tough, but after some thought (and a side by side taste test) I find it most similar to Malort and its bitterness and mild spice. Mouthfeel is moderate with light, attenuated carbonation. I don't genuinely believe that this is a "likeable" beer, but it was an interesting one, and at least for me, not a drain pour.
May 21, 2023
Rated: 3.49 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Nov 06, 2022
Rated: 2.69 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Feb 20, 2022
Rated: 2 by xdtfx from Illinois

Jul 08, 2021
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

2.27/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
This one pours a brilliant Burgundy tinged brown color. Cloudy, dirty, but not opaque. A very thin, weak, tan foamy head forms on the beer then disappears very quickly. Absolutely no residual head remains.

Aroma is unlike anything I have had before ... there are notes of dark rotting cherries, some berry like notes with a subtle smokiness to it ... but what really threw me for a loop was this sharp, chemical or medicinal aroma. I'm having a hard time describing it, but its like this harsh plastic or chemical aroma. Put it this way, my brain is responding to the aroma by saying that is not something you should be drinking.

But, in the name of science we must ignore the brain and drink it ... and, well ... its not as bad as I expected? I guess? In all seriousness, its not as bad as I expected. The flavors are kind of muddled together, but I get some smoke up front along with some malty, dark bread notes. There is an earthy nuttiness to the malts. There is a certain spiciness to the flavor profile - pepper, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon - all swirling across the palate. There are some medicinal cherry notes in there. Eventually this gives way to an oaky, woody, earthy character on the finish with a pronounced and somewhat surprising bitterness. Its a bit "hot" for a beer thats 10%, although that is more Its not as bad as I thought it was going to be based on the nose, but I also wouldn't go as far as saying its an enjoyable beer to drink.

The feel on this one is pretty thin but slick and oily. Lightly carbonated. The alcohol on this one produces a strong warming sensation as the beer is consumed.

Overall this is honestly a major disappointment. That unpleasant aroma was really hard to get past, and the flavor was not nearly good enough to make up for it. I've had some really good eisbocks before ... this is just not one of them.
Apr 26, 2021
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Reviewed by TongoRad from New Jersey

2.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25
The aroma is mellow overall, although what's there is of a potent nature: pretty whisky-like, with phenols that are as plastic/iodine as they are smoky, some husky malt underneath along with some nut butter.

Very much those same qualities on the palate, except a lot more explosive. Takes a while to acclimate. The malt quality smooths out after a few sips, getting nuttier and breadier. Sweet spice like nutmeg seems to be creeping around at the edges. The palate is rich and almost oily, alcohol is fairly well hidden, and it finishes with a good snap of bitterness and lingering toasted wood.

But through it all those phenols dominate, so you'd better like them. :wink: I'm wishing that the smoke was more dominant instead of this iodine/petroleum quality. In the end it's more challenging and interesting than truly enjoyable.
Apr 25, 2021
Smoke and Ice from Freigeist Bierkultur
Beer rating: 2.58 out of 5 with 6 ratings