Hermannator Ice Bock - Vancouver Island Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 3 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-04-2003)
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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.

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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.

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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.

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4.19/5  rDev +5%
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** 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.

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

Vancouver Is - "Hermannator" Ice Bock @ 9.5% , celebrating it's 25th year in 2012 , served from a 6pack of 341 ml bottle's purchased for $13.50 & growler in 2014 for $15

A-pour is a dark ruby brown to a near black in the glass 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 BC/Canadian Gold Medal's as an Eisbock , good beer , seek it while's it's available

prost LampertLand

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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.

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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

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Hermannator Ice Bock from Vancouver Island Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.