Hermannator Ice Bock | Vancouver Island Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Vancouver Island Brewing
British Columbia, Canada
vibrewing.com

Style: German Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,256
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
77
pDev:
13.92%
 
 
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Photo of R_Kole
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of monk2021
1/5  rDev -74.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hreb
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

30th anniversary of Vancouver Island Brewing's Hermannator Ice Bock. Beer pours very dark brown to black, with nearly no head formation. Aroma is malty sweet and slightly phenolic. Flavor is similarly malty, with toffee sweetness, with a bold bock flavor, cut with sharp carbonation, which lightens up what could have otherwise been a very heavy brew. There's a complex malt profile going on here I'm struggling to explain. Licorice comes through most clearly.

An interesting and dangerously drinkable beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle - nice to finally see this famous (in Canada, anyways) offering make its way to Alberta, and the 30th anniversary brewing at that.

This beer pours a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with one rather skinny finger of weakly foamy, bubbly, and fizzy tan head, which leaves absolutely nothing in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser generic toffee sweetness, a hint of wafting smoke, some muddled dark orchard fruitiness, and very subtle earthy, musty, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, stewed apples and pears, besotted raisins, a touch of wet char, medium-dark chocolate wafers, iced coffee, and more plain earthy, leafy, and herbal green hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly low-key in its innocuous frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with nothing really causing any sort of trouble at this point in the game. It finishes off-dry, the malt and robust attendant fruity esters running the lingering show.

Overall - this is a pleasantly rendered version of the style, much darker than the norm, full of malt and fruit goodness, and with an expertly integrated 19-proof wowee sauce quotient. Pretty good stuff!

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Photo of HipCzech
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 341 ml bottle (“packaged on 25 Oct 17”) poured into a 20 mL stemmed tulip glass. 2017 vintage (“30th Anniversary”).

Appearance: Deep, dark chestnut brown with a fizzy head of tan bubbles.

Smell: Fully malty aroma; toasted grains, some dark, dried fruit, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Deep, malty body with toasted grains, cocoa and burnt caramel. Dark fruit emerge as it warms along with a bit of boozy heat - brandy soaked raisins. Faint smoke enters in the close along with bitter tea and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium, creamy smooth body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: While many other brewers now offer bigger, bolder malt bombs, Hermannator remains a classic. An eye opener 20+ years ago, it showed what a winter seasonal could be, and still evokes happy memories. Food friendly: paired well with both rum balls and Stilton.

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Photo of Eric_Standard
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BCborn
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bylerteck
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Coronaeus
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bumchilly25
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Niceroad77
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got on trade! 341ml bottle served at 5deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high light brown head that lasts for around 3-4mins before film out. Very dark brown colour and unfiltered

S- Nice malt and sweetness. Quite a bit of heat though.

T- Alcohol. Quite a bit of it. Has sweetness to it.

M- Creamy going down but dries right out afterward

O- Nice brew. Would not buy it if I saw it but it was nice to try that's for sure.

Food Pairing

This pretty good thick brew went well with...... Duro Wat. It's chicken stew from Ethiopia that has a nice spice blend. Hard boiled eggs go in as well.

Enjoy

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Over the top chocolate and coffee with plum and raisin following behind. Finishes with a hint of tobacco. Great mouth feel and quite warming. Love it.

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Photo of BCJoly
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jeremy7
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of N_E_Beer
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours weird, lots of carbonation and hard to discern a colour. Aroma, whatever. Taste is quite good for a high volume beer, not too boozy. Not overly encumbered with flavour, but tasty nevertheless. Deserving of a very good rating.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich black colour that has a reddish hue when held up to the light and covered by a moussey tan head. The nose brings forward roasted malts and coffee, caramel, dark dried fruit and toast. The flavour profile reveals a lot of the same notes along with a spicy alcohol burn. There is a very active carbonation that gives the mouthfeel a sharpness that distracts a bit. This would be a better beer if the carbonation was a bit more subdued.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9.5% abv, N/A ibu, 341ml bottle (2015).
A - dark brown (similar to porter but not yet stout) with a finger head, but faded out fast.
S - lager sweet,dried fruit, raisin, currant, toffee, cocoa, toast. massive attack as it warmed up a bit, spice, sweetness, floral and many other...clove, nutty.
T - welly carbonated. flavored r fantastic and intense! coffee, caramel, cherry, lingering bourbon (brandy?) barrel like taste. creamy smooth thick body.
O - first time try this style of beer, it's great! I like the palate more, especially the lasting, aromas r good as well. thick heavy smooth body, coffee bitterness,liquorice, molasses stick on the tongue, reminds me of barrel aged RIS. delicious brew, and also great value. r going to cellar two of them.

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Photo of kholdstare93
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent. This may be my favorite beer. It looks great(darkness with a slight red tinge), it smells great(scent of liquorice, cocoa, and slight caramel) and it has a wonderful, complex taste.(mostly the same as the scent, only with some cherry and plum added). This is the best beer that the underrated VIB has to offer. Too bad it is only available in Winter.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcCraft710
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kalil
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rakishii
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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Hermannator Ice Bock from Vancouver Island Brewing
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 77 ratings