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Vancouver Island Hermannator Ice Bock

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Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewery
Style: Eisbock
Victoria, Canada

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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
Small bottle from a six pack, 2013 edition. The alcohol flavours have dissipated even after a mere three months so I guess it’s ratable now. Clear dark brown, dissipating off-white head. Nose is spice, heavy malt, some dark fruit. Flavour is mainly malt, lots of toffee, dark fruit in the background, nice levels of booziness. Oily for a lager, which makes sense. Yep it’s won me over.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7107) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle. Thanks to Ferris and vertbaconstrips. Pours copper brown with off white head. Nose and taste of chocolate, caramel, toasted bread, nuts, coffee and roast. Medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (1491) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
341 ml bottle. Pours a very dark garnet/brown with huge head of big bubbles that dissipate quickly. Aromas of coffee, nuts, dark caramel, and heavily roasted malt. Flavors of walnuts and almonds, dried roasted malts, and light vanilla. Most excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brleo (64) - - NOV 3, 2013
Something I look forward to every year. Apparently this is simply Hermann’s Dark Lager aged longer, etc. What a difference this makes. I love Hermann’s, it’s a smooth and delicious black ale style of beer, but this tops the cake. Aroma sucks - let’s be honest. It’s alcoholic brown sugar. But the taste is incredible, mind-blowing. Hint of chocolate, some caramel, with lots of sweet brown sugar and malt absolutely bombard the tastebuds. Smooth, not overly-carbonated. Packs a massive punch - be careful, it’s 9.5%. A delicious dark beer, like a porter without the licorice flavor and more brown sugar. A beautiful drink, goes down far too easy. Warming, welcoming, damn fine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (2006) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle - Vintage 2006 - Intense raisin, dark sugars and booze. Jet mahogany with a minimal white head ring. Molasses, raisin and booze with a chocolate and dark fruit finish. Surprising that the booze although present doesn’t burn at all. This is a great beer. Vintage 2008 - Much sweeter than 2006, more candied sugar and an almost cherry like nose. Same look with a brown fuller head that dissipates but does retain much longer. Starts almost sour cherry and the booze follows. This bottle has either gone bad or this batch couldn’t stand up to the age.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Small bottle, courtesy of blomster. Thanks, Christer! Pours a dense, dark-cherry color; light-tan head that lasts as a thin perimeter of bubbles. Sweet candy and caramelized sugars in the nose; ripe dark-red fruits and even a bit of chocolate. Medium-full to full mouthfeel; lots of layers here: caramel and toffee, a meaty candied sweetness, and bits of chocolate and coffee toward the finish. Tasty, generally smooth eisbock.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrFecesious (799) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle with Rick. He's my secret pocket person. He's fun. I like him. Like I like the dark brown colour of this nutty and chocolate vanilla cherry goodness beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rwgould (329) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2013
Gift from Bruce! Cheers! Served in a chalice. Pours an opaque brown with a faint beige head that disappeared very quickly. Aroma: grape, chocolate, caramel, roasted nuts. Palate: Thick bodied, filmy, long finish. Taste: Sweet. Strong caramel/raisins, strong burnt nuts in the finish. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
Bouteille 341ml, courtoisie d’un contact de Victoria, BC. De couleur brune-rouge et claire. Nez fruité (prune, léger de raisins et de cerises noires), malté de caramel toffee aux notes rôties avec des effluves d’alcool, de chocolat et de réglisse noire. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement léger ainsi qu’une texture aux notes sirupeuses. Goût fruité (raisins, notes de prunes) avec des notes de réglisse noire lors de l’entrée en bouche suivi d’un goût de caramel toffee sucré, légèrement rôti et aux notes brûlées avec des traces de mélasse terreuses puis en finale l’on retrouve une chaleur d’alcool qui dégage des notes vineuses avec de faibles traces de chocolat noir. Post-goût moyen-long, légèrement amer de rôti très doux et d’alcool avec des notes fruitées(prunes et raisins).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RumRunner101 (675) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013
Deep brown pour. Aroma is fruity with caramel, brown sugar. Full bodied, lots of flavour. Syrupy, almost. Some nuts, dark fruits, and caramel in the body. Flavour is quite sweet, but a nice clash between the booze and the sweetness makes for a good finish.


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