Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewery
Style: Eisbock
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle @ OMH-tasting
Very nice dry malty aroma. Nice and clean taste and appearance. Plenty of malts and instant coffe/chocolate in taste. Some caramell too. A pretty beer, and alcohol cannot be detected at all. Very well made...

   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2009
Bloody wonderful is this stuff! If only we could get the price down a bit (thanks, tax-man). Only downside is the short season for this, i.e., available only around Christmas but well worth the wait. Buy a few extras and keep them in the fridge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LarryBeast (611) - - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle-coloured with a dusting of beige bubbly head. Port aroma of dark fruits with caramel, maple and a slight smokiness along with strong boozy background. Rich medium sweetness plays up a complex and flavourful body. Medium-bodied but sticky, like syrup. Mild carbonation and a long, rewarding, tasty finish. A perennial favourite -- it’s even possible I ranked this lower than it deserves because my expectations were through the roof.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (3156) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
341 ml bottle. Pours a very dark garnet/brown with huge head of big bubbles that dissipate quickly. Aromas of coffee, nuts, dark caramel, and heavily roasted malt. Flavors of walnuts and almonds, dried roasted malts, and light vanilla. Most excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (3161) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2012
Thanks to Derek for this. Pours a dark brown with a small dark brown lacing. Aroma of chocolate, raisin and roasted malts. Taste is velvety smooth, roasted malts and chocolate. Extremely rich and the booze is very apparent. Great sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1848) - California, USA - APR 28, 2016
12oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a bit of head. Mildly sweet chocolatey goodness. Nice amount of hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2008
Pours a deep, dark brown with a brief tan head. Wonderful aroma, sweet molasses and light diacetyl. Tastes lovely - rich and malty, buttered toast, strong alcohol and faint hops in the finish, liquor-like and mellow. Light cola aftertaste. Good carbonation, thick body, shame about the head as cream would really help. This beer packs a real punch, and I look forward to next year’s batch!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
Had the rare pleasure of doing a vertical of this, years 2010,09,08,07. Thanks Gerry. First off, this is a beer that can and does age well. Second, there is a noticeable variance in the taste profile from year to year. To be fair I have based my rating on the best of the years I sampled which was the 09 (followed closely by the 07, the 08 and 10 were inferior). Pours a dark brown with minor head. Aroma has a hint of molasses, raisins, pluminess. Alcohol is well worked in. Rich, with a thick syrupy character. There’s a subtle hint of chocolate. Good balance. Overall the beer is hit and miss. In some years (like the 2010) the beer is forgettable. But some years are certainly exceptional.

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