Saturday, November 13, 2010

Saturday Beer Review: Harpoon Eisbock 28

This is a "limited release" beer from Harpoon, one of my favorite local breweries. They call it an "ice processed" beer, which sounds suspiciously like the "ice beer" trend of a few years ago. However, although the technique is somewhat similar (in that the beer is frozen and then the frozen water removed to concentrate flavor and alcohol content), it bears no resemblance in style and flavor to the typical Canadian or American ice beer, "eisbock" being a German-style beer.

It comes in a beautiful frosted bottle, carrying through the ice theme. (In fact, when I saw it on the shelf, I thought it was covered in condensation and assumed someone had just removed it from the refrigerator!) It comes in at a whopping 11.0% alcohol by volume.

Tasting Notes:

  • Very malty as advertised, with a highly concentrated sweetness that's almost too much (but grew on me as I had more sips) (I've been into maltier, as opposed to hoppier, beers lately so this is a good thing!)
  • Very complex finish with relatively little evidence of bitterness
  • Conclusion: Definitely worth a try, but save it for a cold night! It's too heavy in alcohol and intense to enjoy in warmer weather! I'd recommend drinking it from something like a brandy snifter or similar type of glass.
  • 8/10

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