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Vancouver Island Hermannator Ice Bock

Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewery
Style: Eisbock
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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This rare and complex beer is slow fermented then krausened and later frozen for 45 days. Between 5 and 7 % of the volume remains behind as ice, leaving a deep ruby color, a remarkably smooth and slightly sweet warmth with a brandy like finish.
Using a signature blend of chocolate and caramel malts, this German Eisbock is slowly cold aged in their cellar for over 3 months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (5193) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2016
Sucre brun, mélasse, pruneaux, chocolat, notes boisées, peut-être une touche de tabac. Un éventail intéressant de parfums. Un goût fruité liquoreux, riche en malts caramélisés avec un alcool presque camouflé et une poignée de noix. Un corps moyen-fort avec un pétillement présent et une texture un peu collante. Une finale sur des notes de réglisse justement amères. Petite bouteille facilement buvable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1856) - California, USA - APR 28, 2016
12oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a bit of head. Mildly sweet chocolatey goodness. Nice amount of hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 16 Dec 2014 -- 12oz bottle poured into stemware, Very nice! Not a big body, dangerously easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tnkw01 (1728) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle. Dark color with a small head. Aroma is dried fruit, raisins and hints of coffee. Taste is fruit cake, raisins and hints of coffee. TNT.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AncreSteam (16) - - DEC 7, 2014
A nice dark pour. Thin on nose but still pleasant. Definitely sweetish on the palate and finishes with a slight warmth. Definitely enjoyable but be careful; the 9.5% ABV can sneak up on you as it is not evident in the taste or smell!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dslam (103) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
Poured from earth 355 ml bottle dark brown beer with minimal head, off white colour. It doesn’t smell that great. Great taste on the first sip and goes down really smooth. Surprisingly good for a light beer that doesnt have enough weight to try and suppress the 9.5% alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (1140) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle. Opaque dark brown pour, beige head. Aromas of dark fruits, raisins and chocolate. Flavour is fairly sweet with chocolate and some subtle dark fruits, fairly full-bodied with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazy_cat_lady (397) - - AUG 7, 2014
July 20, 2014. Bottle from Kevin’s cellar (thanks Kevin!). Hints of roasted coffee, chocolate. Lovely foamy tan head. Opaque black. Smooth and chocolatey coffee flavour, hints of cherry. Lacking a bit in depth, but still quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn (2021) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle courtesy of toffsbury. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of raisin, coffee, chocolate. Burnt raisin caramel and chocolate flavour. Sticky body. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (3392) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a thin offwhite or maybe beige even head that settles into a small rim that leaves some lacing. Nose is of chocolate and caramel but also some light fruitiness and also alcohol. Taste is sweet but not too sweet, alcoholic. Flavors are of caramel and some general fruitiness again. Body is medium, carbonation pretty high for an eisbock. Some strong alcohol notes appear in the finish but I’ve seen worst. Pretty good for an eisbock, not too hot too!

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