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 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 (9529) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - 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 (10182) - 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 (9448) - Ottobrunn, 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 (1002) - 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 (15304) - Sřnderborg, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kappldav123 (5927) - GERMANY - APR 20, 2008
The bottle looks really good, the beer in the glass also. Malty and alcoholic aroma. Starts very malty, the alcohol is hidden perfect. The aftertaste shows the strengh of the beer. A little bit too malty, but nevertheless very drinkable. Good beer! Big thanks to joss for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5940) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle courtesy of mgermani: Poured a deep cloudy brown color bock with a small bubbly head with almost no carbonation. Aroma of dry fruits (figs and plums) with some toffee malt. Taste is a mix between some sweet toffee and caramel malt with great notes of dry fruits such as figs and raisins. Body is full with some light carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really appreciated that one except maybe for being a bit too sweet and rich.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2008
341 ml bottle courtesy Capflu. Opaque dark brown colour with a fully diminishing fizzy off-white head. Rich dark toffee, port, heavy alcohol, and molasses aroma. Toffee, raisin, and dark fruit flavours with a sweet brown sugar and alcohol finish. Full bodied, very warming and almost hot, but smooth mouthfeel. A nice sipper.

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