Niagara Eisbock 2006
Niagara Brewing Company

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3.97 | pDev: 6.05%
Niagara Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Mandrake from Canada

4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burnished copper, with a good two-finger head, quite a light tan, which leasts quite well, especially for the style, and leaves some lacing. Not a great deal of visible carbonation rising, but it sustains the layer of carbonation at the surface more than adequately. Smell is great, oak and deep fruitiness. Plum and figs, dates and raisins, and boozy rum overlying it all. Hops showing well, and some caramel as well. Very nice indeed. Taste bears up too, the woodiness coming through alongside lots of caramel and some alcohol present as well, though in an entirely pleasant way. Hops make an appearance, but the malts are definitely in charge here. Finish is rather dry, and holds just the barest metallic note. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, though still plenty of carbonation, and drinkability is good. Nice beer, a very solid example of the style and good cold-weather choice. I've got a few bottles laid down, and will update next year as well, just to see where this goes, as it's obviously a touch raw.

Feb 07, 2007
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pootz from Canada

3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This year there seems to be a bit more dried plumb and fig taste to the brew but the alcohol is evident...hard to tell what this vintage is capable of developing into untill it has a bit more age on it. This sample was very young and les developed that previous years.

Dec 10, 2006
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Sammy from Canada

3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Some decent Hops with cabonation that was a bit too much. Malt and a medium mouthfeel and some citrus. Dry dry aftertaste. Bar Volo. Like the last two years only not as rich and tasty and drinkable.They have gone into a formula mechanical mode as a diviosion rather than a labour of love.

Dec 12, 2006
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DrJay from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear, bright copper with a thick, dense, light tan head. Great retention and it produced solid, chunky lacing. Clean malt aroma with refined floral hops and a bit of lemon. Soft bitterness, quite malty, a little toasty, with notes of caramel and pear. Floral hops rounded out the delicate flavour. Full bodied with creamy carbonation, quite silky, with very light alcohol warmth. This stuff is really nice, a little hoppier than I remember from some previous years. Superb balance and the alcohol is well hidden. I'll grab more if I can.

Jan 27, 2007
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chunkylover53 from Canada

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scored a few bottle of this at the LCBO, and drank one while watching Jack of all Trades. Not that that has anything to do with the beer, but you know... it's Bruce Campbell, so it's worth a mention.

Anyway... this beer purs a nice mahogany colour with a big, foamy head that never quite dissipates. Leaves some serious lacing behind, too.

The alcohol is a bit more prevalent than I would have liked, but overall the earthy hopiness is fantastic. I'm really curious to see what a few years in my cellar will do to the remaining bottles.

Dec 25, 2006
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Derek from Canada

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as good as the 2005 I had a few weeks ago, but a nice brew. I miss this one.

A: Clear copper-amber with an huge off-white head, good retention, great lace.

S: Bready, sponge toffee, caramel, hints of dark fruit with a slight sulfury lager character and a nobel, peppery floral spicing. Great for its age (I expected it to be a little more muted).

T: Bready, dark fruit, sponge toffee, caramel, light peppery spicing, light sweetness, alcohol is well hidden. Slight hint of oxidation.

M: Well-attenuated, moderately full body is quite smooth.

D: A great drinker.

A solid brew. Lets hope Ontario never looses Creemore's Urbock or Amsterdam's Bock! (And my new local Tree Brewing keeps theirs going).

Jul 27, 2010
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allergictomacros from Canada

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber. Absolutely gigantic head with staying power.

S - Big sweet maltiness. Floral hops. A little funky and spicy.

T - Very malty, but quite bitter as well - noticeable through the malt. Not really heavy though - just a big ole flavour. Not overly sweet, and a muted fruit. Maybe some apple.

M - Smooth and creamy. Not over carbonated despite the big head.

D - pretty easy drinking for an 8% beer. Tasty w/o being heavy.

Jan 25, 2007
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biegaman from Canada

4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled many a pints off tap at Bar Volo to celebrate the beginning of winter holidays, December 2006.
While I've never been overly impressed with this release in previous years, I must say that this vintage was fantastic!
Presented in long stemed pilsner glass. A sexy, blurred mahagony colour with patches of head. Would leave small remnants of lacing. Aroma still a little meak, but notes of oak, strong caramel malt. Mouthfeel is clean, quenching, no alcohol present at any time. Finishes on a soft, buttery note - with no diacetyl. Flavours a blend of oak and mostly a bold, rich, toffee malt. Wonderful, couldn't bring myself to order anything else.
Now this is finally a world-class eisbock!

Dec 11, 2006
Niagara Eisbock 2006 from Niagara Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 8 ratings