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Granitbock Ice | Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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3.91/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
Austria
hofstetten.at

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Daniellobo on 11-15-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,913
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
52
pDev:
13.3%
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of shelby415
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a bottle brewed in 2013 that seems to have been properly handled. Aroma was dark malts, roast, toffee, bit of licorice. Flavor’s similar to nose, not too sweet, but does have a bit of medicine in the finish.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very dark brown, murky brown, with an inch of tannish foam. Superb lacing.

Lots of brown sugar, caramel malt, and some grain in the nose. Oh, I do believe that I am sensing some Port like aromas. Hell, yes I do.

Yikes, the taste almost reaches the heights of the super good and style specific smells.

Caramel malt and brown sugar sweet notes dominate but fall far below the "this is too sweet" category. There are definitely some chocolate, perhaps of the semi sweet kind going on that add just a touch of bitterness. The Port I mentioned in the smell is there but a bit muted.

Close to full bodied without being cloying.

It might just be me but I find this Eisbock a rare and wonderful treat. Try it if you see it. PROST!

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Photo of bwood06
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Very dark and some red with a small but creamy khaki head. 4.5/5

S - Dark stone fruit. Grapes. Sweet dark dessert wine. 4/5

T - Dates, plums, molasses, roasted malt, earthy hops. A bit of tobacco. Soy is very prevalent and seems to dominate flavor profile. 4/5

M - Heavy body with very little carbonation. 3.75/5

O - Nice complex beer. Not boozy at all for the abv. Too dominated by a soy umami for me to rate this beer higher. Very good though. 4/5

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a murky, cloudy medium-dark brown, almost like hot 65%-75% chocolate that has been partially frozen so that it's still mostly liquid, but slushy. Forms little to no head, and leaves no lacing on the glass at all. A very mud-puddle sort of aesthetic.

Smell: Sweetness leaps out of the glass, gloves on, mouthguard in, ready to open with a faked leg sweep into a haymaker. Dark stone fruit notes hang in the malty haze like ripe plums suspended in a fruitcake.

Taste: Woo! When served cold, this is like sipping on pure malt syrup, all sweetness, toffee, and a bit of booze! As it warms up, more flavors emerge, revealing notes of cooked raisin, black currant, baked ginger - this beer becomes a liquid fruitcake, soaked in rum. The finish leaves a lingering tone of toffee and an almost rum-based liquor.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, this beer sticks to every mouth surface and does not give way easily.

Overall: Not my favorite eisbock, as the Aventinus eisbock is a tough act to follow. However, it is pretty darned tasty, loaded with a depth that cool temperatures can mask. I'd repeat this beer, were I to stumble upon it on tap anywhere, or find it on a shelf in a place where the Aventinus were not available.

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Photo of pat61
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofstetten Granitbock Ice pours clean, brilliant chestnut with a thin film for a head that dissipates to nothing. Raisins, alcohol and rich sweet malts dominate the nose. It has rich dark bread malt flavors and traces of fruit but it tastes a little metallic – like when you are doing carpentry and are holding nails in your mouth, there is a dash of salt in the finish and the alcohol is a touch too hot. It has a full body and the carbonation is below average.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma of dark fruit, licorice, roasted malts, brown sugar, faint rum ABV. Taste sweet caramel, malt, molasses, plums, faint soy & booze.

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Photo of tykechandler
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackieAnton
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL bottle into a straight-sided glass.

Appearance: dark brown with a slightly murky appearance. Head poured a finger of dense tan foam. It's kind of intimidating.

Smell: richly malty with a lot of sweetness and dark fruit aromas. There's tobacco, raisin, date and cherry in here. Eisbocks and kvasses have very common themes in their aromas, despite the fact that this beer has ten times the alcohol of a kvass. It's quite good.

Taste: sweet and strong, with lots of bready maltiness. The alcohol is also quite strong toward the end. The rich fruity element from the aroma is much more subdued in the flavor, however; I would like to have tasted more of it.

Mouthfeel: tons of body with a relatively low carbonation, this is still a very smooth and velvety beer. Great.

Overall: aroma is great but I wish the flavor tracked more with the smell. Not quaffable in any conventional sense but a soothing sipper, good on a cold November night.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DIM
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Dark, murky brown with lots of floating chunks; short lived medium sized head.

s: Nice nose. Sweet, ripe stewed figs and raisins with some molasses. Faint booze as well

t: More booze than in the nose, perfumed and sharp. The fruit comes across as less sweet and rich and more overripe and kind of vegetal.

m: Big and chewy, short lived carbonation.

o: I wish it tasted as good as it smells.

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Photo of procha1970
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tbone64
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of KornWallace
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date: 5/1/14
Location: Half Time Mamaroneck
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Pours an opaque brown. Lucid at the edge. Good cascading as you drink the beer.
Aroma: Prunes and figs are the fruit here. Slight bananas. Nice malts.
Taste: Nicely sweetened, the fruits really come through. Grape comes through in the taste and I didn't get a sense of it in the smell. Some caramel breaks through the fruit. The alcohol is present and it tastes a little hot going down my throat.
Mouthfeel: Sweetened and smooth borders on a halls medicine or a liquid candied.

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Photo of 1mrbeer
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of superdoopersauce
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: Vintage 2011
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

A malt-lover's dream, Hofstetten's eisbock manages to concentrate many of the flavors found in a darkly sweet and slightly cocoa-influenced bock, resulting in an easily drinkable, though definitely only-for-sipping over the course of an evening, heavy bock beer. Though the price is a bit high at $7 for 11.2oz, this could (and maybe should) be considered an entire evening's worth of drinking, thus resulting in a fairly fair price overall. A great evening and nightcap that I would return to again.

Pours a thin film of burnt tan-colored foam that quickly fades to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is minimal, just a few dots cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing out little change except for slight dark brown hues around the edges of the main body. Carbonation not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma of heavy caramel-like sweetness, dried dates and brown figs, raisins and prunes in a heavy sugar syrup, slight toasted nut and toasted hearty bread. There's no ethanol here, though with potentially three years of age, that aspect should have mellowed considerably by now.

Overall flavors of heavy caramel-like sweetness, toasted brown bread, dried dates, figs, and grapes, and toasted nuts. Front of palate tastes heavy caramel-like sweetness, toasted hearty bread, dried dates and figs, slight toasted almonds. Mid-palate of heavy caramel-like sweetness, dried dates, figs and raisins in heavy syrup, hints of toasted almonds and hazelnuts, slight prune, a bit of cocoa, and of course ethanol (though mild). Back of palate experiences continued dark caramel sweetness from Maillard-reactions, with a bit more noticeable ethanol, then continued dry dates and figs with a bit of cocoa. Aftertaste is of dark caramel sweetness, toasted brown bread, dried dates and brown figs, raisins and prunes in heavy brown sugar syrup, and light lingering ethanol.

Beer is heavy-bodied, with carbonation of low intensity, resulting in a smooth (9/10) and just slightly foamy (1/10) mouthfeel that's perfect for a heavy, high-ethanol beer of such intense sweetness. Ethanol felt lightly as warmth in the nostrils and a light burn on the throat and tongue: ethanol generally well-hidden. Good for the style Closes dry, with heavy stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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Granitbock Ice from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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