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Vancouver Island Hermannator Ice Bock

Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewery
Style: Eisbock
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (464) - 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 (142) - - AUG 7, 2014
July 20, 2014. Bottle from Kevinís 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 (1125) - 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 (1445) - Quťbec, 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 Iíve seen worst. Pretty good for an eisbock, not too hot too!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1305) - 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 itís 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 itís won me over.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8774) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (1940) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brleo (77) - - NOV 3, 2013
Something I look forward to every year. Apparently this is simply Hermannís Dark Lager aged longer, etc. What a difference this makes. I love Hermannís, itís a smooth and delicious black ale style of beer, but this tops the cake. Aroma sucks - letís be honest. Itís 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, itís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4737) - 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 doesnít 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 couldnít stand up to the age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - 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.

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