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Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewery
Style: Eisbock
Victoria, Canada

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RATINGS: 95   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stantheman (675) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2011
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1958) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2010
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2010
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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2009
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!


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2009
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
341mL bottle, no date from Irishboy. Clear orange brown with a 1/4 finger brown head, low retention. Lots of syrupy sweet caramel and toffee up front with some light vanilla and toast behind. Flavor adds a very light salty soy note in addition to some burnt roasted malts, as well as some alcohol warmth and dark chocolate. Bitterness peaked at a 2-3 in the finish. After that, the aftertaste had a distinct nuttiness. Medium syrupy body with light to moderate prickly carbonation. Not too bad, but not my favorite eisbock.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2009
Bloody wonderful is this stuff! If only we could get the price down a bit (thanks, tax-man). Only downside is the short season for this, i.e., available only around Christmas but well worth the wait. Buy a few extras and keep them in the fridge.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8911) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2009
I think this bottle was aged as much as two years and that was a good thing. Poured black with little head to speak of. That meant understated carbonation. There was a tad of lace. Delicious rich malty, and that was in the aroma. Cocoa, and a touch of roast.More imperial porter, with above average mouthfeel, than the hoppy versions from a brewer in Niagara Falls of the same style.


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