ddenomme (36) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
TimE (2943) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
silentsam33 (4) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2003 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Only complaint is that you do notice the high alcohol as it burns going downt he throat. Still a great flavourful beer.
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
r0b99 (7) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Crit (3218) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
MarshallMac (143) - West Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2002
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not too crazy, but it’ll do
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2000
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 Very dark brown. Not much head in my ceramic Hacker mug but there never is with this beer. Aroma is light molasses with an earth accent and a hint of alcohol. Rich, with a thick syrupy toffee/earth character, a hint of chocolate and a boozy, woody finish. Nice balance. The biggest difference this year is the significant decrease in carbonation...that was a major peeve in recent years and they’ve worked it out. Now the malts show through much better and quite frankly it really comes across as the most eisbocky Hermannator I can remember. Past editions hovered around the 3.5 range.