Niagara Eisbock 2005
Niagara Brewing Company

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Bock - Eisbock
3.95 | pDev: 6.84%
Niagara Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Derek from Canada

4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased numerous bottles of various vintages whenever they were available. Odd that I haven't reviewed many... but this has cellared well.

You could just brew a bock to this strength, so I really wonder what's gained by Eising it... but they've done this well.

A: Amber-brown, plenty of light tan head, excellent retention & lacing. Truly exceptional.

S: Fruit bread, sherry, figgy pudding, sponge toffee, very bready, hints of grassy spice.

T: Fruit bread, fresh-baked bread, figs, maraschino cherries, golden raisins, sponge toffee, light caramel, slight residual sweetness balanced by the bitterness of the noble hops, slight alcohol warmth.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate-to-full body has a light residual sweetness. Carbonation has really held up with time.

D: One heck of a drinker.

Jun 11, 2010
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John_M from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Casey at Max's in Baltimore for the opportunity to reacquaint myself with this beer.

The beer pours an attractive tawny amber brown color with very good head retention, albeit minimal lacing. The nose on this beer is its most attractive feature in my opinion; I get an aroma of milk chocolate, milk duds, brown sugar and light coffee. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, although they're a bit lighter then I was expecting. Also, I get mostly chocolate and brown sugar flavors, with a slight drying, bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long, smooth finish. Alcohol is pretty well disguised, and drinkability is pretty good.

Very nice. Haven't had this beer since October 2001. I thought it pretty good then, and the 2005 version seems to be equally as good. What a shame this beer is apparently no longer made by this brewery (their other beers were nothing to get excited about as I recall).

Jun 24, 2009
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canucklehead from Canada

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very refined version of the style.(The cellar time definetly had something to do with that). Reddish brown with a huge tan head this looked great in a chalice. The taste was subtle sweetness with malt notes and fruit on the finish. There was almost a Belgium like taste as it warmed up.( kinda like a Double that has been in the cellar for some time. Very refined, balanced and drinkable eventhough it was not in your face like other eisbock's I have tried.

Mar 22, 2008
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a tight and dense white head. A slight chill haze in the body beneath the half-inch of head.
Aromatics are clean with light malt. Not much going on except some wet cardboard notes, and light roast.
Mouthfeel is medium and somewhat spritzy, fairly light and crisp.
The pallet is light on the malt for an Eisbock, and dry. Some mild toasted malt steps forward with wet brown paper. Alcohol is warming but this not significant in any way.
Bitterness is balancing and the beer is quite clean except for the obvious oxidation.
Finishes quick and crisp.
Dissapointing compared the 1994 vintage in the cellar.
Akin to an "Eisbock-light"

Jan 05, 2008
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crwills from Canada

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this 750 mL bottle randomly one day when I felt like I hadn't had a new beer in a while. I was pleasantly surprised - I don't usually like Eisbocks that much (too boozy) but this one seemed well done. Perhaps a couple years of aging did it some good.

Poured a dark brown with gold highlights. Lots of carbonation - almost champagne like to begin with, although it went down quickly. Strong, malty aroma, although not particularly sweet or cloying -- just full and bready. Some warming alcohol upfront in the flavour, and then lots of malt and dark fruits. The breadiness (pumpernickel? rye?) sticks around to the aftertaste, where the fruits become a little more tart. Reminds me a lot more of a doppelbock than some other eisbocks I've had.

Dec 02, 2007
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BrewSomerville from Canada

4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this Beer on Fri. Oct. 27, 2006.

The aroma was very malty. Reminded me of malt extract. Some fruit to the nose too.

The colour was between an amber, copper, and light brown. More copper-ish though. Some head, moderate head retention.

Tasted malty sweet with some good, hot alcohol punch to it. Flavours of coffee, sweet potatoe, burnt sugar, and tea.

Mouthfeel was nice, medium carbonation, not too agressive. Med. - full bodied.

Overall, I like it and I'll come back year after year. A good after dinner Beer.

May 07, 2007
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TerryW from Canada

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pulled from storage after about a year or so. Happy to say that the beer survived the experience.

Slightly fruity nose initially, but noticeably malty after warming up some. Appetizing.

Overall a smooth, gentle beer dominated by malts, complementary dose of hops in the background. Mild sweetness, toffee. And yes, I'd agree its a departure from previous vintages - for the better.

Apr 09, 2007
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biegaman from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 Edition. Nicer looking, silk screened bottle. Pours with much more carbonation and better head. A big boost to the mouthfeel, lively carbonation helps. Fairly similar aroma, but perhaps a tad stronger. Another improvement. I taste some amber malt(ish) in there which seems to help fill some of the weaker spots in last years. A little more spice which lends to better flavour. A good bite on the finish. I like the 2005 much better. Far improved in my opinion.

Oct 16, 2006
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sloejams from California

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only Eisbocks I've had previously were from Germany. I wanted to bring back some local beers from Ontario from my travels. This gold-capped 750 mL, 2005 Vintage Eisbock caught my eye at a Toronto LCBO, so I went for it.

I used a pilsener glass for this, which actually worked well. The lager was dark amber color with a generous head that retained quite well. Aroma was extremely malty, some toffee and brown sugar. The chewy malts backbone stands out with a slight wheat-bread kick. There is a warming alcohol feel with the medium somewhat slick body - which also shows itself in the taste. A quality beer that perhap could use some aging.

Aug 30, 2006
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really like Niagara Eisbocks, all vintages of this interesting and complex beer have wowed me. This one is good but probably the weakest link.

It pours a darkish whiskey color with a small short lived head and decent lace trails. The aroma is nutty with caramel and a pleasant grain huskiness. Hops are very light compared to earlier vintages. Sweetness is the most noticeable thing in the first sip. There's the characteristic malt complexity, and herbal hoppiness, but sweetness dominates. There are chocolate and coffee flavors and a promiment alcohol flavor. The finish is medium but mouthcoating with some alcohol burn.

This is a good beer, just not as good as it was in previous years. Its worth a try though, especially if you like malty lagers.

Note - this beer was under flourescent lights in the LCBO for who knows how long (they dont sell a lot of Eisbock). Even though, Im sure it wasnt skunked, just overly sweet.

Jul 09, 2006
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Popsinc from Canada

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice mohagany red/brown with a much richer head then i remember in previous years. A pleasant nose with figs, citrus, plenty of spice and malts. The taste is malty up front, followed fruity sweetness down the middle and finishes up with a lingering alcohol bite meshed with bitter orange peel. Having said that, it didn't offer an overly bold or complex palate. A slight numbing of the tongue on this one. The mouthfeel was somewhat creamy, medium bodied. From memory, i might say the 2005 Eisback was slightly better than the previous couple years. It was good...drinkable....but only a slightly better than average bock.

Apr 24, 2006
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Viggo from Canada

4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours into a Niagara pint+ glass at Volo, a clear reddish brown/orange, thick white head, lots of spider web lace and good retention. Smell is sweet, with some floral hops, caramel, very vinous. Taste is sweet up front, grass and caramel, iron, floral hops, flower, and a chocolate grainy finish, some alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very excellent eisbock.

Jan 20, 2006
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pootz from Canada

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage in the gold embossed champagne liter bottle. Pored a deep chestnut with ruby highlights. Small mocha head..modest lacing. Aroma is fairly straight forward..toffee sweetness over raisins and light must. Mouthfeel is slick. Medium bodied. The palate fills with toffee and cinnamon bread then some raisin decernment and a fairly thin finish where some light bittering remains..remisniscent of walnut skins.

This year's version was smooth and mellow as usual ( as all good eisbocks are noted for) but incredibly drinkable when fresh as it seems less complex from previous years and a tad thinner...don't know what aging will do to this....doesn't really need it...we shall see in a couple of years.

Dec 22, 2005
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Sammy from Canada

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. green champagne like bottle. I found the colour to be more lager-like than previous years, a big cremay head. The taste is slightly less hoppy, much more malty this year. There is a touch of yeast, but the finish is more malty than in previous years. While there is complexity in taste, it is not as rich and I wonder if it will age more than a year or so. This is a break from the early years of this Eisbock for sure.

Dec 11, 2005
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