cfrancis (3474) - 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. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2012
In short: A nutty sweet beer with many little flavor elements. Decent brew.v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2012
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed when almost one year of age. Bottle from mcberko, thanks Matt
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is a cross between a raisin pie and a walnut pie with some fresh tobacco. The aroma was far from explosive, rather discreet actually, but what it offers is actually pleasant. From the aroma I was expecting something nice but the taste is a bit on the boring side. Sweet creamy nutty malts, earthy notes, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce (really!), soft liquorice candy, pastry, dark caramel, raisins, subtle chocolate. A lot of nice individual flavour elements but somehow the whole thing was less than the sum of its parts. Still, this was a nice beer and it sure was easy to drink for a near 10% brew. I don’t have a clue what Hermannator means, if it means anything at all, but I don’t have the energy nor the time to look it up, or maybe I have the energy and I don’t have the time, or maybe I have the time and not the energy, whatever, I’m not looking it up.
Very dark with slight head. Nice aroma of molasses and caramel. Ist sip is malty molasses with slight caramel notes and black licorice. Slight fruity hop finish with a lingering malty sweetness. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
Dark brown. No head. Really nice chocolate flavour with light balanced alcohol. Really tasty. JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
Pours a nice brown colour with a thin tan coloured head. Aroma is a molasses and raisin fruitiness . Flavour is surprising light on the alc. Bit of dried fruit and chocolate / caramel notes and a nice warmth. Found that this easy didn’t version was as great as i remember having previous years but still overall and enjoyable winter beer.
stantheman (1074) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2011 A very dark brown in color, with a frothy beige head that disappears quickly. Aroma is quite sweet, suggestive of fruit and raisins. Flavor is very malty, suggestive of chocolate and raisins, with no evidence of hops. The alcohol is well hidden. TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
341 mL bottle. Lovely chestnut brown, and it begins with a perfect light brown head. Unfortunately, the perfection is fleeting, and the head is a mere film within seconds. There are nuts, chocolate and booze in the aroma, which is surprisingly mild. The flavour is bigger, and it is here that I find the expected dried fruit; raisins, prunes, and such. It is sweet, but not disturbingly so. There’s actually a little bitterness in the finish. I get the sense that this would be a very nice doppelbock even without the eisbocking. 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. Ratman197 (14958) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2010
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. mcberko (18067) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2010
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