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Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewing
Style: Eisbock
Victoria, Canada

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RATINGS: 102   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.

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3.1
dslam (104) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
Poured from earth 355 ml bottle dark brown beer with minimal head, off white colour. It doesn’t smell that great. Great taste on the first sip and goes down really smooth. Surprisingly good for a light beer that doesnt have enough weight to try and suppress the 9.5% alcohol.

3.5
ljthiessen (1507) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle. Opaque dark brown pour, beige head. Aromas of dark fruits, raisins and chocolate. Flavour is fairly sweet with chocolate and some subtle dark fruits, fairly full-bodied with a dry finish.

3.9
crazy_cat_lady (747) - - AUG 7, 2014
July 20, 2014. Bottle from Kevin’s cellar (thanks Kevin!). Hints of roasted coffee, chocolate. Lovely foamy tan head. Opaque black. Smooth and chocolatey coffee flavour, hints of cherry. Lacking a bit in depth, but still quite nice.

3.7
kevinsenn (2310) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle courtesy of toffsbury. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of raisin, coffee, chocolate. Burnt raisin caramel and chocolate flavour. Sticky body. Pretty good.

3.4
mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a thin offwhite or maybe beige even head that settles into a small rim that leaves some lacing. Nose is of chocolate and caramel but also some light fruitiness and also alcohol. Taste is sweet but not too sweet, alcoholic. Flavors are of caramel and some general fruitiness again. Body is medium, carbonation pretty high for an eisbock. Some strong alcohol notes appear in the finish but I’ve seen worst. Pretty good for an eisbock, not too hot too!

3.5
WheatKing (1351) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - FEB 28, 2014
Small bottle from a six pack, 2013 edition. The alcohol flavours have dissipated even after a mere three months so I guess it’s ratable now. Clear dark brown, dissipating off-white head. Nose is spice, heavy malt, some dark fruit. Flavour is mainly malt, lots of toffee, dark fruit in the background, nice levels of booziness. Oily for a lager, which makes sense. Yep it’s won me over.

3.7
jtclockwork (17634) - , 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.

4.2
Gerbeer (4149) - 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.

3.8
brleo (78) - - NOV 3, 2013
Something I look forward to every year. Apparently this is simply Hermann’s Dark Lager aged longer, etc. What a difference this makes. I love Hermann’s, it’s a smooth and delicious black ale style of beer, but this tops the cake. Aroma sucks - let’s be honest. It’s alcoholic brown sugar. But the taste is incredible, mind-blowing. Hint of chocolate, some caramel, with lots of sweet brown sugar and malt absolutely bombard the tastebuds. Smooth, not overly-carbonated. Packs a massive punch - be careful, it’s 9.5%. A delicious dark beer, like a porter without the licorice flavor and more brown sugar. A beautiful drink, goes down far too easy. Warming, welcoming, damn fine.

3.8
Ferris (17097) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2013
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.


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