stephen louis (164) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very fine beer...and you should try it.
On opening,sharp but malty(oxymoron I know)...pours a nice glowing chestnut gold black.Guinness style coloured head but without the density.
On taste:Sharp and hoppy yet with a nice blend of crystal and black malt,a real full flavour,mildly nutty and earthy in a dirty sort of way.Not Burnt like most examples.
The finish is sharp like a expensive cheddar and dry.
the body is outstanding for a lager.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hermann's has a nice flavour to it, a little watery but the best beer I've had from Vancouver Island Brewery.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown-black with a short tan-coloured head. Deliciously strong smell of toasted grain, chocolate, and bitter hops. Taste starts as delicious caramel, roasted malt, and hops, but quickly transitions into a long, unpleasant tinny finish. Not very well balanced, but would be fantastic without the metallic end on finish.
jonas (5996) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 19, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma hard to detect
Dark red-brown, lowish head.
Slight malt taste which lingers a bit, generally too bland however.
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
Quite a nice beer. Dark body with a good tan head. Very nice malts in the nose and flavour. Nice tasty finish.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An odd, indescribable smell wafts from the glass. Sits in the glass like a black elixir. This came as perhaps one of the most pleasant surprises of my beer sojourn to Vancouver. More than a lager with dark food coloring, this possessed complexity and malty character that made me contemplate its depths. Bravo!
Crit (3471) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown color. Lightly roasted malt nose.Malt palate throughout, with very soft hops.
r0b99 (7) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2002 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown, very malty. Not overpowering in the hops department. The best beer for a steak and ceasar salad!
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black color, medium head. Roasted malts, slightly sweet. Nicely hopped, good balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Smooth taste. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2002
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dark brown appearance. Nose is of slightly sweet malt, some caramel notes. I think that either this beer had infection issues or was subject to age as it had a very tart, sour tinge to the body. Some bitterness, a little fruit.