omhper (22883) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
fiulijn (18390) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
MiP (15143) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Oakes (14884) - 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: JAN 4, 2016 Fresh, in 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.
2005 Vintage, aged 10 years. Pours dark brown, flat, with some sediment. Aroma of soy sauce, and some sweeter darker malts. Some richer soy sauce notes, but quickly these fade into not much...it is just sort of thin. Basically the impression I get is a thinner, hollowed-out version of fresh Hermannator. Definitely not worth aging, at least not this long. 2 6 5 2 9
jtclockwork (13483) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
mcberko (12863) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
Ratman197 (12806) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Lubiere (12543) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
BeerandBlues2 (11825) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Ferris (11034) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Vintage 2006 - Intense raisin, dark sugars and booze. Jet mahogany with a minimal white head ring. Molasses, raisin and booze with a chocolate and dark fruit finish. Surprising that the booze although present doesn’t burn at all. This is a great beer.
Vintage 2008 - Much sweeter than 2006, more candied sugar and an almost cherry like nose. Same look with a brown fuller head that dissipates but does retain much longer. Starts almost sour cherry and the booze follows. This bottle has either gone bad or this batch couldn’t stand up to the age.