Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewery
Style: Eisbock
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 92   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle at Woodshop quad, from irishboy. Pours brown with a tan ring. Nose is sweet, taste is sweet and rich and pretty light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2009
actually very nice....sweet and complex malt flavors and lighter than many other of the style.....wonder why this is so lowly rated?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3853) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
2007 12 oz bottle from CapFlu. Nose of slightly sweet caramel with some cocoa. Clear dark brown with a small, light beige head. Flavor was light sweetness, chocolate, and a hint of toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
thanks to irishboy for sharing this at the woodshop quad tasting surprisingly lighter body than what I’d expected and a slightly sweet flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7970) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2008
Yellow-brown head, alive for 30 secs, over deeper-intensity-of-cola beer. Dark, bitter chocolate almighty in a nose with some serious aromatic hop & alcohol-backing. Later fuselalcohols come streaming from the glass, sweet and powerful. Impressive nose, but warming up, it gets a slightly lesser molasses streak. Sweet, alcohol, fusels, dark chocolate with a rather outspoken liquorice finish. Some vanilla-wood. Definitely some brandy- or rumlike characteristics, but it just isn’t viscous enough for being called brandy-like. Absolutely surprisingly "light" MF for such a beer, in the sense that it is neither oily, viscous or syrupy, but still carbonated-beery. If the idea was making an easy-drinking Eisbock (isn’t that a contradictio-in-terminis?), this deserves 19/20 at least. If not, it’s difficultly assessable, but it’s certainly remarkable. Thanks, joss, again I don’t know how you managed this one, but all the better!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Thanks to Todd for the bottle Lovely initial pour of deep brown with a finger or so of beige head.. fizzed out rather quickly. The aroma was also quite nice with an initial hit of dark molasses and drawn caramel.. cereal and toasted nutty notes follow.. light herbal highlights. The flavor had drier chocolates and molasses primarily with minor woody notes and herbal/coffee bitterness.. dry finish.. the darker malts employed here just didn’t come together as I’d like. Dry and heavier-bodied on the palate with too much carbonation going on.. left me with a warm impression, but alcohol never stuck out. Aiight.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (8919) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2008
Bottle (by kind permission of Jonas H. !): Very deep, deep amber coloured, rather quickly vanishing brownish off-white head; dark malt, dry roasted malt and molasses in the nose; solid sweet-bitter flavour, full bodied; chocolatey notes in the mainly sweet, a bit chocolatey finish. A beer like a Banyuls.........

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8562) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 21, 2008
(341ml bottle, with greetings to Jonas) Dark brown colour with a small creamy beige layer. Sweet and strong dark malty aroma, slightly ethereal and molassy with impression liquid liquorice and notes of caramel. Sweet and molassy flavour, full bodied with a smooth carbonation. Strong toast-malty taste with molasses and liquorice; sweet and lasting toasty finish with distinctive notes of chocolate and liquorice. Pleasant and deceptive (21.05.08).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2008
Pours a deep, dark brown with a brief tan head. Wonderful aroma, sweet molasses and light diacetyl. Tastes lovely - rich and malty, buttered toast, strong alcohol and faint hops in the finish, liquor-like and mellow. Light cola aftertaste. Good carbonation, thick body, shame about the head as cream would really help. This beer packs a real punch, and I look forward to next year’s batch!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13662) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2008
Bottle, 9.5%. Vinous aroma, sweet dark malts. Very dark brown colour. Good vinous flavour, sherryish and nice. Fades away in the finish, a bit boring there.

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