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Hermannator Ice Bock - Vancouver Island Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 11
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Vancouver Island Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in limited batches each year, Hermannator Ice Bock was first introduced by Hermann, one of our original Brewmasters, during the holiday as a unique gift to his closest friends and customers. Crafted at 9.5% abv, using a signature blend of chocolate and caramel malts, this German Eisbock is slowly cold aged in our cellar for over 3 months.

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Reviews by pootz:
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle:

Pours a deep chestnut brown beer in the glass with a 1 finger cap that vanishes instantly.

Nose is primarily demerara sugar/molasses..some fig and raisin notes..wisps of fusel alcohol.

Decent mouth feel.big malts, bulky body, smoky sugars, .toasty-molasses character.

Front side is dominated by molasses/fig/toasted bread tastes, some light smoke and nutty undertones...mid palate it is still a fairly 3 dimensional lager where some light herbal Hersbrucker hops show up ( finally) with all the main tastes remaining relatively distinct...finish is long and wet with big bread and dried fruit in the after taste.

One of Canada’s better eisbocks but needs work...do something with the heading on this brew and you’ll be there VBC.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 00:32:12 | More by pootz
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Larz_73

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

07-06-2014 05:17:11 | More by Larz_73
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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Hoptoria

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-05-2014 04:20:11 | More by phys1028
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maclean25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

02-19-2014 03:07:56 | More by maclean25
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a dark chestnut brown colour. Notes of roasty malt, dark fruits, brown sugar on the nose. Taste is sweet, boozy and unapologetically malty, with notes of marzipan, molasses, nuts and grapes/raisins. Rich, deep and warming.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 22:57:26 | More by CookstLiquor
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

650 ml collector's edition bomber

A: Dark chestnut, almost black - slight amount of white head
S: Rich and malty, very strong acohol, very slight burnt sugar
T: Malty, slight bitter chocolate and hints of caramel, strong warming alcohol finish
M: Very smooth, medium to heavy body, rich malt palate that lingers
O: Exceptionally smooth and delicious beer, perfect for a cold winter night. This is actually my first Eisbock style beer and I really enjoyed it, I will most definitely be trying others.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 04:03:09 | More by ZachT
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FinnHawk

British Columbia (Canada)

2/5  rDev -49.9%

11-04-2013 06:18:08 | More by FinnHawk
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +19%

09-24-2013 23:41:25 | More by Erik-P
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6%

06-24-2013 21:36:54 | More by KStark
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Props to my bro for bringing this with him on his visit to Ontario.

A - Pours a really dark ruby red, finger of head with no retention or lacing.

S - Rich caramel, toffee, dark fruits, toasted grains, and leafy greens on the finish.

T - Much like the nose, dark fruits, toffee, hints of espresso and cherry and some boozy sweetness and heat on the finish.

M - Lighter bodied ale, fills the mouth with bubbles and finishes surprisingly wet.

O - A solid brew, loads of flavour as deceivingly smooth. ABV is very well hidden and the flavour profile is quite complementary. Definitely worth picking up and super glad I was able to take it for a spin.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 03:03:05 | More by andrenaline
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

03-05-2013 12:29:25 | More by t0rin0
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

** 25th Anniversary Collectors Edition - 650ml Bottle Conditioned with wax seal **

A: Pours a dark black-brown with about 2 fingers of sand coloured head which quickly dissipates into a thin rim with minimal lacing.

S: Initial scent of fresh coffee and cocoa powder together with sweet malts. Mild background of hops.

T: Upfront taste of strong coffee, cocoa and molasses with background notes of prunes and toasted bread. Finishes with a mild alcohol burn.

M: Very syrupy body that coats the mouth with low carbonation.

O: Everything is very concentrated and is unapologetically malt forward. I have never had the regular (341 ml) bottles but this special edition bomber is a great sipper that will be an excellent brew to cellar. Worth picking up a few if you can still find them.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 04:11:09 | More by FondueVoodoo
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pudoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-08-2013 06:03:40 | More by pudoo
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

11-29-2012 05:30:01 | More by KalanM
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vancouver Is - "Hermannator" Ice Bock @ 9.5% , celebrating it's 25th year , from a 341ml bottle 6pack ($13.49) ,
A-pour is a dark ruby brown with small tight tan head , which quickly dissapates leaving no lace along the snifter
S-plum , raisins & figs , sweet malts , hint of dark chocolate
T-sweet malty start , booze is well hidden , toasted chocolate finish , damn easy to drink
MF-medium/full bodied , light /medium carbonation , has slight warm feeling going down
Ov-worthy of it's multiple Gold Medal's (Canadian Brewing Awards , World Beer Championships , BC Brewing Awards) , get some while it's available , for a limited only

cheers LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 07:45:56 | More by LampertLand
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-02-2012 06:36:05 | More by schopenhauerale
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to chickenm for this one.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a light brown that is fairly dark in the glass with red tinges. Good sized head but fizzles rather quickly and no lacing. Kind of looks flat.

Smell: Strong nutty aroma, all malt mixed with powdery chocolate, toasted notes with coffee.

Taste: Nuts, faint figs, chunks of chocolate, some caramel and a tinge sweet but balanced. Flavors, while not full, are good. Ideally a 3.25 but nudging it a bit higher.

Mouthfeel: Starts out with a medium body at best and does fill the mouth but i'm left wanting.

Overall: An average offering. Some good components but doesn't quite add up.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 11:32:29 | More by papat444
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into tulip 21/3/12

A dark brown with cola highlights, short lives tan head leaves little in the way of lace as expected for the style

S nutty dark toffee is quite strong and rich, a little molasses and booze with a dose of rum raisin

T mimics the smell pretty well but with a little more, a little more dried fruit and plenty of malty goodness, brown sugar is both crystal and burnt, this stuff tastes great and with a little hazelnut on the finish I like it even more

M silky with just enough carbonation and just some faint heat from the booze but pretty well in check

O a nice malty brew that keeps its booze concealed, if 4.25 were an option I would have dropped it once or twice so a slightly inflated score here

a solid example of an obscure style from a brewery I didn't know existed until recently. I'm pretty stoked that I'm still unaware of gems like this from my own backyard, cheers chickenm for increasing my awareness

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 06:01:31 | More by wordemupg
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-21-2011 22:13:14 | More by fizzyted
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hermannator Ice Bock pours deep, inky red black, with a thin, brown head. The aroma is alcohol, chocolate and dark fruit, with hints of chocolate and caramel. Sweetness comes through first in the flavor, with a big rich maltiness backing it up. Tons more raisiny dark fruit, with some nice roastiness and a sweet, toffee finish. Dark fruit sticks around after the beer is gone. The alcohol is well hidden, this is a beer that could really sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 03:13:22 | More by ericj551
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papawu76

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-02-2011 21:48:52 | More by papawu76
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-01-2011 06:42:42 | More by EskimoDave
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Hermannator Ice Bock from Vancouver Island Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.