Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewery
Style: Eisbock
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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 15/20
vadie (1107) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2012
Marron foncé avec un nez de malt et caramel. Un goût de malt, un peu de sucre comme des fruits sechées.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sulawang (774) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2012
pours dark cola brown, minimal head, thin creamy retention. Strong caramel malts on the nose. Drinks with a silky creamy mouthfeel, notes of chocolate, malts, coffee, 8/10-sweetness, tingliness in the mids, slight nuttiness and brandy sweetness in the finish. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good carry, good depth, good drinkability. Solid and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LarryBeast (611) - - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle-coloured with a dusting of beige bubbly head. Port aroma of dark fruits with caramel, maple and a slight smokiness along with strong boozy background. Rich medium sweetness plays up a complex and flavourful body. Medium-bodied but sticky, like syrup. Mild carbonation and a long, rewarding, tasty finish. A perennial favourite -- it’s even possible I ranked this lower than it deserves because my expectations were through the roof.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RasmusOtt (1763) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2012
Bottle thanks to Lortsker (I think) . Pours darker brown with a beige head.Aroma of milk chocolate, hazelnut, pretty mellow with vanilla and darker sweet fruits. Taste is kinda milk chocolate, sweeter malts, darker sweet fruits and some liquorce. A bit sweet but pretty nice anyhow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle, pours deep amber, aroma: sweet toffee, caramel, hazelnuts, Malty sweet, milk chocolate, sweet liquorice, heavy malty, dried fruits, some red berries, taste follows through, dusty, slight roasted bitterness, like a sweet stout in taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle with tomthompson, toffee colored pour, rich malty aroma, toffee notes, light dried dark fruits. Raisins . Somewhat boozy. Decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
2012-12-31, draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 6-4-8-4-14=36
Dark color, almost black, with creamy head. Mild aroma of dark caramel. Good body strength, and smooth mouthfeel; strong flavor of dark caramel, with a Lager yeast profile; moderate residual sweetness; there is then some roasted nuts flavor too; it has a quite strong bitterness.
A good beer, although Eisbock may be more malty, less dark, and less bitter.

2012-01-16, bottle at Alibi Room, Vancouver, probably vintage 2010, 7-4-7-3-15=36
Dark brown color, with small head. It has a powerful aroma, of malt syrup, caramel, a bit oxidized, and medicine. Strong body, round mouthfeel; the caramel flavor shows signs of oxidization, but also a light apple touch; the moderate sweetness is a plus; balanced final, with very light warmth given by the alcohol. Not too exciting, but solid and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (2788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
Thanks to Derek for this. Pours a dark brown with a small dark brown lacing. Aroma of chocolate, raisin and roasted malts. Taste is velvety smooth, roasted malts and chocolate. Extremely rich and the booze is very apparent. Great sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2012
In short: A nutty sweet beer with many little flavor elements. Decent brew.
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed when almost one year of age. Bottle from mcberko, thanks Matt
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is a cross between a raisin pie and a walnut pie with some fresh tobacco. The aroma was far from explosive, rather discreet actually, but what it offers is actually pleasant. From the aroma I was expecting something nice but the taste is a bit on the boring side. Sweet creamy nutty malts, earthy notes, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce (really!), soft liquorice candy, pastry, dark caramel, raisins, subtle chocolate. A lot of nice individual flavour elements but somehow the whole thing was less than the sum of its parts. Still, this was a nice beer and it sure was easy to drink for a near 10% brew. I don’t have a clue what Hermannator means, if it means anything at all, but I don’t have the energy nor the time to look it up, or maybe I have the energy and I don’t have the time, or maybe I have the time and not the energy, whatever, I’m not looking it up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2012
Very dark with slight head. Nice aroma of molasses and caramel. Ist sip is malty molasses with slight caramel notes and black licorice. Slight fruity hop finish with a lingering malty sweetness.

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