Gorbalev (2966) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
jercraigs (8106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
stephen louis (162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear dark Chocolate colour. no head. pungent vinegary alcohol nose. strong chocolate malt fore taste with balsamic vinegar after. Too much Alcohol??
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
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 Iím not a huge ice bock fan, but this was obviously lovingly constructed but still not a fave of mine.
TimE (3466) - 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.