Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewery
Style: Eisbock
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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 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 (11586) - 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 (3000) - 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 (9041) - 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 (164) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
Clear dark Chocolate colour. no head. pungent vinegary alcohol nose. strong chocolate malt fore taste with balsamic vinegar after. Too much Alcohol??

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2004
Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Aromas of toffee, coffee, roasted malts and somthing I couldnít identify. The carbonation was vey understated. Flavours of toffee, malts, coffee basicly the same as the aroma as well as the mystery flavour,sweet with a well hidden 9.5% alcohol. O.k. but nothing Iíll try again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 2005 version. 9.5% ABV this time around. Dark brown beer with a thick light brown head. Sweet, but clean caramel aroma. A bit earthy, some molasses, light toast. Flavour is of sweet malt, a bit earthy and peppery with a touch of nuttiness toward the finish. Feels more like a cold-conditioned ale than a proper eisbock. Seems much lighter than 9.5% ABV. Not all that great. 2004 version. Dark mahogany coloured beer, off-white head fading to a thin lace. Aroma is quite subtle, dark malts and fruits, some molasses, soya sauce, butterscotch, toffee, and light roastiness. Flavour is similar, fruit, soya, some alcohol is noticable, but well restrained. Slightly syrupy body. Sweet finish. Not bad. 7/3/7/4/14

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ddenomme (37) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2004
OK beer, and mellows in the mouth, but hard to get past that furniture-polish initial impression. Discount my comments somewhat as Iím not a huge ice bock fan, but this was obviously lovingly constructed but still not a fave of mine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (4340) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 28, 2004
To me had characteristics more similar to Barley Wine and had chocolate-raspberry overtones with a balanced malt/hop finish, whatever it was it was nice

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