Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewery
Style: Eisbock
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 96   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2014 Rich and dark, strong and friendly. Good for warming you in the winter. Hey, the Hermannator is like a good man! And I havenít had either in a while...Re-rated Nov 2007. Thank god, it had been a while. It turns out the Hermannator doesnít give good head. Points off. It still feels solid in my mouth though. Good smell and taste for a local alcoholic...beer. Because the Hermannator isnít much in the looks department, it performs better when hidden behind a ceramic stein. Jan 2014. Whatever appearance was wrong last time I rated this, itís all good now. The head isnít creamy and there is no lacing, but itís an attractive enough beer. Still as boozy and malty as itís ever been and good to still have this in the BC lineup.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 05/03/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta

clear dark brown, headless, sweet chocolate and dark caramel aroma, thick and sweet body, lots of sweet dark caramel and chocolate flavor,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pootzboy (1615) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2007
Bottle: Pours a deep chestnut brown beer in thre glass with a 1 finger cap that vanishes instantly. Nose is primarily demerara sugar/molasses..some fig and raisin notes..wisps of fusil alcohol. Decent mouth feel.big malts, bulky body, smokey sugars, .toasty-molasses character. Front side is dominated by molasses/fig/toasted bread tastes, some light smoke and nutty undertones...mid palate it is still a fairly 3 dimensional lager where some light herbal Hersbrucker hops show up ( finally) with all the main tastes remaining relatively distinct...finish is long and wet with big bread and dried fruit in the after taste. One of Canadaís better eisbocks...do something the heading on this brew ( like pump up the unmalted protiens and youíll be there VBC.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
Pours a deep dark brown with no head. Aroma is malty, with a hint of roastiness. Flavor is malty, roasty, and spicy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10616) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2007
341 mL bottle received via trade with CapFlu. Pours dark mahagony with spare to non-existent head, no lacing, totally diminishing head. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, cookie, molasses), light hops (grass), average yeast (dough) with notes of prune, date and cola. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation and a creamy finish. Moderate sweetness and acidity, light bitterness; roasted caramel malt flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6462) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2007
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & biegaman -- my bottle courtesy of CapFlu. Pours an almost clear dark ruby with little to no head. Very mild aroma of sweet malt, sweet fruit, alcohol and yeast. Flavour of sweet malt, dark fruit (esp. raisins), chocolate, toffee and alcohol. Light to medium bodied. Tastes pretty good and itís better then I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6200) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2007
Bottle (341ml). Shared with blankboy and biegaman, blankboyís bottle via trade with CapFlu. Pours clear slightly pale ruby, small head. Pretty mild sweet grainy malt and light booze aroma, some dry yeast and light sweet spice (6+). Mild fruity taste - raisin, bit of cherry, chocolate toffee malt, alcohol and some hop bitterness. Thin, slick body, flat, alcoholic and mildly astringent. Pretty thin for an eisbock, but okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1992) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Bottle: Pours a dark ruby with little head. Aroma just smells dark and mysterious to me. Toasty, deeper sharper smell. (I see tobacco mentioned in earlier ratings. I can identify with that.) Mouthfeel is slightly effervescent at first, cloying alc. sweetness that finishes slightly sour. As it warms fruitier tones come out and the alc. gets stickier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4733) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2006
(Bottle) Purchased at the BC Liquor Store at Fort Street. Very exciting... the chance to try Vancouver Islandís seasonal. I have really been looking forward to this. Pours a thin, dissipating tan head with a deep ruby body. Nose of strong malt, bourbon, burnt brown sugar, wet tobacco, prunes and iodine. The tongue is tingly with mild carbonation, roasted caramel, oily texture and a good cover of the high ABV. I really appreciate this beer...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2006
found this on a shelf in a local store in victoria. surprised because its a seasonal.. must be hangn from last winter. drank from the bottle a big dark fruit tobacco laden sweet and toffeesque beer. 9.5% was pretty surprising. hidden well. probably one of the better beers in the region with an apropriate classificaiton for once.

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