Hermannator Ice Bock | Vancouver Island Brewery

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Brewed by:
Vancouver Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style: 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

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38
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64
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
14.39%
 
 
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 64
Photo of kholdstare93
5/5  rDev +26.3%
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 aforbes10
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a treat. This was brought to our beer tasting club by one of our resident Canadians. She'd been talking about it for ages so we finally got a chance to see if it lived up to its name (preview: it did). Poured super dark crimson and clear with a tan colored head. looks great. Smells plummy and ethyl alcohol-like and fairly inviting. Taste is sweet caramel with some chocolate flavor. alcohol really quite understated. smoe roastiness and dark fruity flavors like dates and prunes. A thick cough-syrup and water texture thats very easy to drink and enjoy. Probably the best Eisbock i've had.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
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 DaftCaskBC
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/4" light brown head over cola coloured thick liquid.

S: Dark chocolate malt and yeast.

T: Raisin, caramel, coffee and dark chocolate malt.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Very tasty and easy drinking eisbock. The best I have had of this style so far.

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Photo of ericj551
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of 49degrees
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back again for another year, this all new 2002 Ice Bock is brewed to commemorate their 15th Anniversary, and as such, was limited to a run of merely 10,000 bottles. Its more than worth the search as it hits the Ice Bock concept straight on the head.

This sweet and full bodied beer is highlighted by exceptional blend of malts and carbination resulting in a true warming beer that has an interesting punch. Pours very clean and perky with a decent sized head full of large bubbles which give way to a strong collar and minimal lacing on the glass.

Aroma wise the sweet malty smells come through as does a certain amount of bitterness, but the sweetness is what really sets this one apart.

A great drinking beer, that would definitely fall into a warming ale more so than Young's Winter Warmer, (but that's another story).

This one is sold exclusively in 650ml bottles with a foil based labels which have a tendency to peel back while still on store shelves. It's a great little beer that won't last long. Get it while you can.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of shivtim
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think our obtaining this beer may or may not have involved some slightly illegal/immoral antics. Oh well.
Pours a beautiful deep and ever-so-slightly translucent brown/black/red, with a slight head. Nose is slightly sweet malts. Taste is syrupy and sweet, with some chocolate and tasty roasted malts on the finish. Mouthfeel is full and good. Drinkability very high on this one. Nice brew! Best of the recent beer club.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to DaftCaskBC for this one.

a - popped the bottle and filled my E snifter. brew poured an amber brown that settled much darker in the glass. thin off white bubbly head. hung out a little bit. slippery lacing.

s - earthy malts with a touch of grape and nutmeg.

t - much like the smell, but more grapejuice. quite good. earthy malts are there, but the subtle grape juice leads the way.

m - medium to full bodied. alc is invisible.

o - overall, solid eisbock. nicely made and very drinkable. the fruitiness makes the malts very tolerable.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz as an extra from EskimoDave, cheers man! From last winter's release (2009) so nearing a year old.

Pours a dark mahogany, just a thin covering of head which recedes to a collar.

Interesting to see how this ages - light malty sweetness in the nose, hint of licorice. Opens up in the flavor, especially as it warms - cola, licorice, molasses, raisins, cocoa, sherry, loads of malty goodness. Really smoooths out, hides the ABV really well, not overly sweet. Ages real nice, says I.

Light/medium, spot-on carbonation, perhaps a little thin on the mouthfeel for the style. Not perhaps as bold or as layered as others in the category but with a little age this beer really shines as a smooth, drinkable eisbock. Thanks Dave!

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Photo of LampertLand
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vancouver Is. Brewery '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 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 stange
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 & cellar perhaps
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark dark brown. Looks like root beer on the pour. very thin head at first....disappears quite quickly.

Smell: It almost smells icy. That makes no sense but it smells like a beer snowball...That fresh, cold, pure smell. A little sugary smelling.

Taste: Very rich flavours. Like a very strong bock. Good bitterness and sweetness from the alcohol...There is a bit of smokiness and some dark tobacco flavours.

Mouthfeel: Good overall. Not too carbonated. The low carbonation lends itself well to the high alcohol, sweet character of this beer.

Drinkability: The alcohol is well hidden but it sneaks up quite quickly. 9.5% is really high, but given the style, I'd rate the drinkability as decent.

Overall: Unfortunately, in my College days, I drank this stuff to get smashed at Christmas parties. I enjoy it more now for its complexity and rich character. Great stuff. Definitely not a daily drinker but a great Christmas treat(odd I say this in june...)

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of Grunewald
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 341ml bottle into a pint glass. It pours dark brown (almost black). The head has a great cascading effect when poured but vanishes immediately.

S - rich dark fruit/fruit cake, banana bread, alcohol and spice

T - very sweet desert cake flavor up front, chocolate syrup and a light astringent coffee/chocolate finish

M - low carbonation, heavy body, quite viscous and a neutral finish

D - very sweet and thick

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Photo of andrenaline
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of wordemupg
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of kmpitz2
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as deep an amber color as I've ever seen. Its like an incredibly infused tea color. A 2 finger head falls to absolutely no head over top. The nose is rich toasted melanoidan munich malt with a thick caramel sweetness hanging over top of it. I think these two aromas are strong enough to keep any fruity fig notes from coming through. Flavor is strong, but not as bold as I was expecting. The initial sip brings a thick caramel that sits over a deep toastyness. This moves towards a very deep caramelized prune and fig. The finish is lightly bitter, fading quickly. Feel is thick with a light carbonation...very filling. Overall, this is a nice brew. The bottle says its 9.5%. I'd expect a touch more alcohol in an eisbock, but I'm feeling it a little in my cheeks. This is one to find if you happen to be in B.C on Vancouver Island. Nice.

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Photo of ZachT
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of BreWolf
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent winter time/X-mas beer. In the style of german bock.

The beer is dark, with a light brown head. Looks like a nice glass of root beer. The smell is malty. The taste is complex, the sweetness hits you immediately but there are other flavors at work here. Slight essence of burnt malts. It fades into a slightly bitter after taste. It does a good job of hiding it's high alcohol content.

At 9.5% this beer is not to be taken lightly. The effects are quite noticeable after one beer.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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 canucklehead
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the new 6 pack with smaller bottles as it makes easier to drink one without the alcohol ( 9.5 abv) taking effect. This is an improvement on last years beer as that sweetness has been decreased and the smoothness has been increased. Lots of nice cakey flavours and a malty finish that makes the alcohol hide its face. Very drinkable and very refined.

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Photo of N_E_Beer
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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 enki
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #10 -> It only took 4 years...

Pours out dark, almost Guinness dark. The head disappeared in the time it took to carry across to the table.

The smell is subtle and mild, but reminds me a bit of malt and raisin toast (strange, I know).

Thick mouthfeel, but not overbearingly alcoholic despite it's 9.5% rating. This beer tastes a lot more like a 7%, which I think is a good thing.

The taste reminds me of malt and fruit: raisins, figs, and maybe some brown sugar flavor. Just a little bit sweet, but reasonably well balanced.

Not a session beer! I could have a couple, but would not want to drink more than that.

Overall; a good winter beer, and a good strong dark beer. Would buy again (if available) AAA++++.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Seldom Seen. I think this bottle was aged as much as two years and that was a good thing. Poured black with little head to speak of. That meant understated carbonation. There was a tad of lace. Delicious rich malty, and that was in the aroma. Cocoa, and a touch of roast.More imperial porter, with above average mouthfeel, than the hoppy versions from a brewer in Niagara Falls of the same style.

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Photo of chickenm
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 2010 bottle. Pours dark ruby brown with a thin tan head that quicky fades away. Aroma is mild but sweet. The taste is very chocolately with sweet malts, molasses, and light fruitiness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Good drinkability even though it's a little bit too sweet. The alcohol in this is very well hidden.

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Hermannator Ice Bock from Vancouver Island Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.
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