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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6131) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
Clear dulled brown, fading off-white cover. Dried nuts and oily toffee pair along with molasses to create a lightly sweet, earthy, syrupy malt profile. Feeling quite contentrated in mouth, but with a bit too much grain flavour for my liking. Nutty sweet and not evolving much. Has that brown ale roastiness that tries to balance the sweetness, but itís nothing too natural. Interesting dark fruit suggestions. Light-medium body, mild syrupiness, low carbonation. Very honest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2008 Any first impressions?
-A darkened mauve lifts a weary ring of foam.
-Prune alcohol, and spicy, clove-y black grapiness form a simple, sweet perfume.
-Detached roastiness watches on as caramel malts and candied fruitiness build a distinct bock personality.
-The low carbonation doesnít serve the relative thinness of the body.

What if you dig deeper?
-It finishes quickly with a filet of residual sweetness.
-The purťed dates are quite pleasant.
-The mouthfeel gets complacent after a few sips.
-All in all, this is a little too simple for its own good; a decent attempt but a little flaccid for the long run.

Bottle; no date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19461) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2006
Bottled. Clear dark brown, no head. Limp malt aroma. Medium sweet with clean mouthfeel. Crystalized sugar adds a dimension to an otherwise, by Eisbock-standards, underdeveloped malt profile. Notes of grassy hops and raisin. Some alcohol shining through in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle @ OMH-tasting
Very nice dry malty aroma. Nice and clean taste and appearance. Plenty of malts and instant coffe/chocolate in taste. Some caramell too. A pretty beer, and alcohol cannot be detected at all. Very well made...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Thnaks to Oakes for this one. Poured a clear dark brown with a ruby tint. Sweet aroma of grapes, fruit, toasty malt, plums and notes of raisins. Fruity flavor. Some dark fruits. Toasty with caramel. Medium to full body almost silky. Nice carbonation in the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
Very dark but not opaque with a ruby color to it.Aroma is a sweet caramel and you can tell itís been aged. Overly sweet sugary molasses toffee flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10094) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
Brown ale with a cherry red hue with a oka head. Sweet caramel aroma with light licorice. Sweet licorice malt and alcohol warmth. Oily mouthfeel with a rich body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gorbalev (2927) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2004
Bottle. Strong brown/rub red colour. No head at all. Almost port-like aroma - sour and wine like. Mouthfeel was pretty syrupy. Taste was boozy, and again, it had a wine sourness to it that really didnít mesh well. Pretty unbalanced really. Not something Iíd try again, but it was an effort. Thanks for sharing jercraigs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7894) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
Dark ruby tinged brown body with a small creamy beige head. Big malty aroma, with dark fruit, alcohol and burnt brown sugar. Vinuous quality to it, malty with a tangy not quite sour character undertone. Alcohol is very well hidden if its the 9.5% on the label. Iíll be bock. Thanks for the bottle JoeMcPhee!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stephen louis (162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
On opening:plums,and fermented prunes.pours a very nice dark malt colour,like a bright black.Very small head that is dark tan and does not stick around,no lacing. on taste:It is like a Abby,without the sweetness.Starts with a very mild molasses that turns to ripe plums and spice,the middle is warm,the finnish is dry,and mildly Carmel. This beer has more bite then carbonation,at the front,good and comforting mouth-feel. This is a one beer beer per night. why you should try this beer:well put together,has quite a kick to it.Seasonal so if you donít you wonít. Why you should not try this beer: well it is a little light on carbonation and a little high on price.

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