Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewery
Style: Eisbock
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - 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.

   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 (11177) - 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 (2045) - 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 (3380) - 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 (4103) - 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.

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