v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown. No head. Really nice chocolate flavour with light balanced alcohol. Really tasty.
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice brown colour with a thin tan coloured head. Aroma is a molasses and raisin fruitiness . Flavour is surprising light on the alc. Bit of dried fruit and chocolate / caramel notes and a nice warmth. Found that this easy didn’t version was as great as i remember having previous years but still overall and enjoyable winter beer.
stantheman (864) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2011 A very dark brown in color, with a frothy beige head that disappears quickly. Aroma is quite sweet, suggestive of fruit and raisins. Flavor is very malty, suggestive of chocolate and raisins, with no evidence of hops. The alcohol is well hidden.
TheJester (2418) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 mL bottle. Lovely chestnut brown, and it begins with a perfect light brown head. Unfortunately, the perfection is fleeting, and the head is a mere film within seconds. There are nuts, chocolate and booze in the aroma, which is surprisingly mild. The flavour is bigger, and it is here that I find the expected dried fruit; raisins, prunes, and such. It is sweet, but not disturbingly so. There’s actually a little bitterness in the finish. I get the sense that this would be a very nice doppelbock even without the eisbocking.
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had the rare pleasure of doing a vertical of this, years 2010,09,08,07. Thanks Gerry. First off, this is a beer that can and does age well. Second, there is a noticeable variance in the taste profile from year to year. To be fair I have based my rating on the best of the years I sampled which was the 09 (followed closely by the 07, the 08 and 10 were inferior). Pours a dark brown with minor head. Aroma has a hint of molasses, raisins, pluminess. Alcohol is well worked in. Rich, with a thick syrupy character. There’s a subtle hint of chocolate. Good balance. Overall the beer is hit and miss. In some years (like the 2010) the beer is forgettable. But some years are certainly exceptional.
Ratman197 (12826) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 2006 vintage shared by (you guessed it) Irish Boy poured a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of molasses, raisin, carmel, toasted malt and soy sauce. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of molasses, soy sauce, dark fruit and carmel with a smooth lingering dark fruit finish.
mcberko (12998) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 2010 Bottle, pours very dark brown / black with a tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, plum, raisins, molasses and deep roasted character. Flavour is much the same, dense roasted malt, caramel, plum and rich chocolate - quite a thick palate. Must be Vancouver Island Brewing’s creme de la creme.
Second tasting: vertical tasting with 07, 08, 09, 10 and 11 bottles. Ranking from best to worst: 09, 10, 07, 11, 08
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Cola in color, fizzy beige head that dies immediately, zero lacing.   Rich bready nose, heavy dark pitted fruit, noticeable alcohol, some raw hide.   Tastes like a bigger Doppelbock.   Very bready, rich,
warming, with assertive dark pitted fruit.   Fairly sweet, but not so thick that it gets cloying.   Decent little beer, a bit better than I was expecting.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Not as thick or viscous as
you might think.   Finish somewhat falls flat, flavor doesn’t stick around for long.   Alcohol shows up a bit more in the finish.   Tiz okay, fairly simple, a little hot, but still enjoyable.   I wouldn’t call it an
Eisbock, but instead a meatier Doppelbock.   Thanks Todd for the beer!
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown like a porter. No head or lacing, just a ring. Moderate carbonation. Aroma of raisins and dried fruit. Very sweet with definite raisin taste as well. Medium body. Slight roasty taste is overwhelmed by the sweetness and high alcohol. It’s pretty cool to have a rare style like this brewed locally.