Totem's contribution to the "10K madness" set up by Dylan Verduyn, kraddel on this site and among Belgium's most active young beer people, for his 10,000th beer review here. The intention seems to be to refer back to the original Eisbock tradition, as the basic beer which has been put to the freezing treatment in this case is already a Doppelbock, as in 20th-century (and today's) German beer tradition - yet at the same time, ABV has been amped to a formidable 18%, making it a liquor version of a beer in line with other modern 'craft beer Eisbocks' - many of which were never Bockbiere in the first place. Strangely, the basic beer ('Ymir') is nowhere on this or other rating sites and being relatively familiar with Totem's output, it surprises me that I haven't encountered it anywhere either so far - should check this with the brewer… Anyway: from a 10 cl glass, tapped by kraddel himself at Beerlovers Bar in Antwerp. Thin and loose, pale yellowish beige, open and eventually completely disappearing head over a very dark chocolate brown beer with a hazy burgundy hue. Aroma of Kirsch, candied cherries drenched in bourbon, wet leather, sweet sherry, glue, rum, caramel syrup, walnut liqueur, nut shells, touch gravy. Concentrated candied sweetness in the onset, fig and cherry hints with a lightly 'beefy' umami edge, soft carbonation, evidently very full, oily, heavily vinous mouthfeel, thick and deep caramelly and hazelnutty malt sweet core with bitter chocolatey accent without descending into actual roasty bitterness; far before the middle, alcohol becomes the supreme ruler of this beer, but in an elegant, refined, sherry- and bourbon-like way, as if sufficiently 'absorbed' by the thick, full, viscous maltiness, which in the end makes this beer feel a bit less strong than it actually is. This isn't Totem's first Eisbock experiment and it shows: even if I don't generally like these hyper-alcoholic (and usually hyper-expensive) 'new' Eisbocks and tend to prefer the basic beers they're made of - again, in this case unknown to me - there is no denying that for what it intends to be, this is very well made, intense as one can expect but still elegant and highly drinkable. One small tasting glass was more than enough for me, though...
Thanks! Sampled draft @ Kraddel's 10K Madness. Dark brown, little in the way of head. Nose is strange medicinal ointment with dark fruit, berried, dried fruit & some plastic. Taste is caramel, soy sauce, medicinal ointment, alcohol unsurprisingly, sugar, candy, not that thick weird plastic / oak body. Strange profile for me, not super bock-like at this point.
Draught Muddy brown beer with a small tan rim, fast gone. Chocolate, chocolate cake, alcohol, brandy. Sourish first impression, then sweet with a mouthfull of alcohol, esters,and quite a bit vinous. Finish has both vanilla and cocoa. Fiery alcoholheat, full bodied, low on carbonation. Another punch-in-the-face, yet it is subtle enough to be enjoyed. I think the sample was to freshly shaken to be enjoyed in full.
Imported from my RateBeer account as Totem - Blow Your Trumpets Ymir (by Totem):
Aroma: 9/10, Appearance: 4/5, Taste: 8/10, Palate: 4/5, Overall: 16/20, MyTotalScore: 4.1/5
28/VII/18 - on tap @ Kraddel's 10K event, Beerlovers Bar (Antwerpen) - BB: n/a (2018-912) Thanks to 77ships for sharing the beer!
Little hazy purple brown beer, practically no head. Aroma: lots and lots of chocolate, cocoa powder, alcohol, touch of coffee, sweetish impression, hint of cinnamon, lots of dark chocolate. MF: no carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very boozy start, dark chocolate, alcohol, sweetish, caramel, bit spicy. Aftertaste: more alcohol, lots of chocolate, soft bitterness, sugary, some vanilla, more chocolate.
Tap at Kraddel's 10K Madness, congrats Dylan! Pun on Behemoth - Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel. Murky brown color with small beige-ish head. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, toffee, booze. Taste is chocolate, toffee, fudge, brandy-ish flavors, a touch apple phenols, light booze burn in the back. Thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Good Eisbock!
This beer was made for the event surrounding my 10.000th review. This was one of the 10 beers made for the event. The idea was to make an eisbock of a doppelbock. The beer is named after the song ' blow your trumpets Gabriel' by Behemoth. The beer pours dark brown, no real head. Smell is rich, booze, dark malts. Rich dark and dried fruits. Taste is extremely full, thick, booze, dark and dried fruits. Extremely rich. Nice! Thnx to Totem for joining forces on this one!