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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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3.7
kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Small bottle, courtesy of blomster. Thanks, Christer! Pours a dense, dark-cherry color; light-tan head that lasts as a thin perimeter of bubbles. Sweet candy and caramelized sugars in the nose; ripe dark-red fruits and even a bit of chocolate. Medium-full to full mouthfeel; lots of layers here: caramel and toffee, a meaty candied sweetness, and bits of chocolate and coffee toward the finish. Tasty, generally smooth eisbock.

3.4
XaenDovet (1281) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2013
Bottle with Rick. He's my secret pocket person. He's fun. I like him. Like I like the dark brown colour of this nutty and chocolate vanilla cherry goodness beer.

3.7
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2013
Gift from Bruce! Cheers! Served in a chalice. Pours an opaque brown with a faint beige head that disappeared very quickly. Aroma: grape, chocolate, caramel, roasted nuts. Palate: Thick bodied, filmy, long finish. Taste: Sweet. Strong caramel/raisins, strong burnt nuts in the finish. Pretty good.

3.4
Viper666 (3290) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
Bouteille 341ml, courtoisie d’un contact de Victoria, BC. De couleur brune-rouge et claire. Nez fruité (prune, léger de raisins et de cerises noires), malté de caramel toffee aux notes rôties avec des effluves d’alcool, de chocolat et de réglisse noire. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement léger ainsi qu’une texture aux notes sirupeuses. Goût fruité (raisins, notes de prunes) avec des notes de réglisse noire lors de l’entrée en bouche suivi d’un goût de caramel toffee sucré, légèrement rôti et aux notes brûlées avec des traces de mélasse terreuses puis en finale l’on retrouve une chaleur d’alcool qui dégage des notes vineuses avec de faibles traces de chocolat noir. Post-goût moyen-long, légèrement amer de rôti très doux et d’alcool avec des notes fruitées(prunes et raisins).

3.7
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013
Deep brown pour. Aroma is fruity with caramel, brown sugar. Full bodied, lots of flavour. Syrupy, almost. Some nuts, dark fruits, and caramel in the body. Flavour is quite sweet, but a nice clash between the booze and the sweetness makes for a good finish.

3.5
pictoman (1254) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2013
Poured from 341mL bottle. Deep rich brown colour with minimal beige head. Strong dark fruit nose (plum, raisins). Sweet dark fruit flavour with brown sugar and some alcohol kick to it.

3.8
thb (849) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2012
Dark brown/maroon pour with creamy head and bubbles. Principal aromas of treacle, raisin, brown sugar, chocolate. Sweet, but doesn’t get cloying. Medium-thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Alcohol is totally hidden.

3.6
vadie (1257) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2012
Marron foncé avec un nez de malt et caramel. Un goût de malt, un peu de sucre comme des fruits sechées.

3.2
sulawang (1210) - - NOV 9, 2012
pours dark cola brown, minimal head, thin creamy retention. Strong caramel malts on the nose. Drinks with a silky creamy mouthfeel, notes of chocolate, malts, coffee, 8/10-sweetness, tingliness in the mids, slight nuttiness and brandy sweetness in the finish. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good carry, good depth, good drinkability. Solid and smooth.

4.2
LarryBeast (616) - - 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.


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