Brewed by Vancouver Island Brewing
Style: Eisbock
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 98   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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HogTownHarry (7064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2007
Bottle (341ml). Shared with blankboy and biegaman, blankboy’s bottle via trade with CapFlu. Pours clear slightly pale ruby, small head. Pretty mild sweet grainy malt and light booze aroma, some dry yeast and light sweet spice (6+). Mild fruity taste - raisin, bit of cherry, chocolate toffee malt, alcohol and some hop bitterness. Thin, slick body, flat, alcoholic and mildly astringent. Pretty thin for an eisbock, but okay.

Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Bottle: Pours a dark ruby with little head. Aroma just smells dark and mysterious to me. Toasty, deeper sharper smell. (I see tobacco mentioned in earlier ratings. I can identify with that.) Mouthfeel is slightly effervescent at first, cloying alc. sweetness that finishes slightly sour. As it warms fruitier tones come out and the alc. gets stickier.

CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2006
(Bottle) Purchased at the BC Liquor Store at Fort Street. Very exciting... the chance to try Vancouver Island’s seasonal. I have really been looking forward to this. Pours a thin, dissipating tan head with a deep ruby body. Nose of strong malt, bourbon, burnt brown sugar, wet tobacco, prunes and iodine. The tongue is tingly with mild carbonation, roasted caramel, oily texture and a good cover of the high ABV. I really appreciate this beer...

bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2006
found this on a shelf in a local store in victoria. surprised because its a seasonal.. must be hangn from last winter. drank from the bottle a big dark fruit tobacco laden sweet and toffeesque beer. 9.5% was pretty surprising. hidden well. probably one of the better beers in the region with an apropriate classificaiton for once.

CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2006
Pours a clear copper with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark earthy malt with some dark fruits and toasty caramel. Body starts sweet and earthy with some dark caramel flavor and bocky lager character. A nice eisbock.

tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2006
Marzipan, sweet, nutty malt character with some berry like fruitiness and alcohol apparent. Clear, dark brown body with a shy white head that diminishes completely with no lacing. Very sweet and nutty flavour with plenty of alcohol and some dark pit fruits. Medium dry body with low carbonation and a somewhat slick texture. Bottle sampled with MartinT, Rastacouere and Siroy.

Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2006
A fully diminishing thin fizzy off-white ring tops up a hazy medium red/brown/mauve body. Moderate lacing. No particles. Few small bubbles. Aroma presents malt being moderate nutty while hops are light grass ... Yeast character is moderate dough. Also, there are evocations raisin and plum prune. Initial flavor is moderate sweet and develops slowly. Finish is medium Light to medium body... oily texture... Soft carbonation...
[ Bottled ; chilled ; dates are unknown ]

BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Bottle from Josh Oakes and served in my Great Lakes snifter:
Pours a nice ruby and rusty hue with an initial fizzy head that quickly fades, oily cling. The nose has notes of molasses, plum, prune, clove, black pepper, a hint of smoke and caramel, along with a moderate vinous quality.
The flavor profile is heavy sweet malt, rich dark fruits, and a dash of alcoholic snap. I really dug this much more than it appeared my fellow ratebeerians. Sure it rather straight forward but is lush and the most hidden alcohol character seems to allow the flavors to be slowly enjoyed. A wonderful sipping brew.
Every once in a while, I seem to go against the norm, this would be one of those beers. If you like a rich malty beer, then I say try this one on for size. (oh, my Dad liked the sample I gave him, that is rare...his middle name is Herman...hum?)

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
Clear dulled brown, fading off-white cover. Dried nuts and oily toffee pair along with molasses to create a lightly sweet, earthy, syrupy malt profile. Feeling quite contentrated in mouth, but with a bit too much grain flavour for my liking. Nutty sweet and not evolving much. Has that brown ale roastiness that tries to balance the sweetness, but it’s nothing too natural. Interesting dark fruit suggestions. Light-medium body, mild syrupiness, low carbonation. Very honest.

MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2008 Any first impressions?
-A darkened mauve lifts a weary ring of foam.
-Prune alcohol, and spicy, clove-y black grapiness form a simple, sweet perfume.
-Detached roastiness watches on as caramel malts and candied fruitiness build a distinct bock personality.
-The low carbonation doesn’t serve the relative thinness of the body.

What if you dig deeper?
-It finishes quickly with a filet of residual sweetness.
-The puréed dates are quite pleasant.
-The mouthfeel gets complacent after a few sips.
-All in all, this is a little too simple for its own good; a decent attempt but a little flaccid for the long run.

Bottle; no date.

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