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 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 couldn’t 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 I’ll try again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - 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 (36) - 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 I’m 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 (3191) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
silentsam33 (4) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2003 does not count
Very good bock, but does have a heavy alchohl taste. A must have at Christmas time, I buy a few each time I visit Victoria.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2003
Only complaint is that you do notice the high alcohol as it burns going downt he throat. Still a great flavourful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2003
Back again for another year, this all new 2002 Ice Bock is brewed to commemorate their 15th Anniversary, and as such, was limited to a run of merely 10,000 bottles. Its more than worth the search as it hits the Ice Bock concept straight on the head. This sweet and full bodied beer is highlighted by exceptional blend of malts and carbination resulting in a true warming beer that has an interesting punch. Pours very clean and perky with a decent sized head full of large bubbles which give way to a strong collar and minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma wise the sweet malty smells come through as does a certain amount of bitterness, but the sweetness is what really sets this one apart. A great drinking beer, that would definitely fall into a warming ale more so than Young’s Winter Warmer, (but that’s another story). This one is sold exclusively in 650ml bottles with a foil based labels which have a tendency to peel back while still on store shelves. It’s a great little beer that won’t last long. Get it while you can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
r0b99 (7) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2002 does not count
I am fortunate to work across the street from the brewery. This is my personal favorite bock. If you ever get a chance you MUST try this world class beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2006 This suffers from the same fate as a large majority of Canadian winter beers....the alcohol overpowers everything else Re -Rate Nov 28/06 Brown with no head. Unappetizing nose of tobacco and aluminum foil. Good malt profile with lots of brown sugar. Alcohol bite is masked considerably better than it used to be, a big improvement.

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