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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (21897) - Tyresö, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
2012-12-31, draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 6-4-8-4-14=36
Dark color, almost black, with creamy head. Mild aroma of dark caramel. Good body strength, and smooth mouthfeel; strong flavor of dark caramel, with a Lager yeast profile; moderate residual sweetness; there is then some roasted nuts flavor too; it has a quite strong bitterness.
A good beer, although Eisbock may be more malty, less dark, and less bitter.

2012-01-16, bottle at Alibi Room, Vancouver, probably vintage 2010, 7-4-7-3-15=36
Dark brown color, with small head. It has a powerful aroma, of malt syrup, caramel, a bit oxidized, and medicine. Strong body, round mouthfeel; the caramel flavor shows signs of oxidization, but also a light apple touch; the moderate sweetness is a plus; balanced final, with very light warmth given by the alcohol. Not too exciting, but solid and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (14563) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2008
Bottle, 9.5%. Vinous aroma, sweet dark malts. Very dark brown colour. Good vinous flavour, sherryish and nice. Fades away in the finish, a bit boring there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2000
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (11810) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle. Thanks to Ferris and vertbaconstrips. Pours copper brown with off white head. Nose and taste of chocolate, caramel, toasted bread, nuts, coffee and roast. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11790) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle 2006 vintage shared by (you guessed it) Irish Boy poured a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of molasses, raisin, carmel, toasted malt and soy sauce. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of molasses, soy sauce, dark fruit and carmel with a smooth lingering dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (11589) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11063) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2007
341 mL bottle received via trade with CapFlu. Pours dark mahagony with spare to non-existent head, no lacing, totally diminishing head. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, cookie, molasses), light hops (grass), average yeast (dough) with notes of prune, date and cola. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation and a creamy finish. Moderate sweetness and acidity, light bitterness; roasted caramel malt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 05/03/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta

clear dark brown, headless, sweet chocolate and dark caramel aroma, thick and sweet body, lots of sweet dark caramel and chocolate flavor,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (10582) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 2010 Bottle, pours very dark brown / black with a tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, plum, raisins, molasses and deep roasted character. Flavour is much the same, dense roasted malt, caramel, plum and rich chocolate - quite a thick palate. Must be Vancouver Island Brewing’s creme de la creme. Second tasting: vertical tasting with 07, 08, 09, 10 and 11 bottles. Ranking from best to worst: 09, 10, 07, 11, 08

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