Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewery
Style: Eisbock
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9524) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Very dark brown, thin off white head. Aroma is toffee, alcohol, caramel, light roastiness. Taste is a light roasty, with caramel, alcohol, light toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Thanks IrishBoy. Pours dark amber brown, dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, little nutty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Bottle shared by IrishBoy, pours prune brown with no head. Nose and flavor are sweet of molasses and some soy. Smooth on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, 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 (3956) - 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 (3004) - 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 (8428) - Ursel, 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!

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