Hermannator Ice Bock – Vancouver Island Brewery (BC Beer Bloggers Local Winter Favourites Part 2, #2)


BC Beer Bloggers Local Winter Favourites – This special review is part of a multi-blog collaboration between five BC Beer Bloggers (including a guest from over the mountains in Alberta) where we each chose our top three local winter releases and are blogging about them. Please take a look at the bottom of this review for the other links to see all the beers we chose in no particular order and bookmark these sites so you can check them often.
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I do not usually run out to buy 6 packs of beer.  I usually want to be trying as many different beer as possible but this is one beer that breaks the mold.  “Hermannator Ice Bock” from Victoria’s Vancouver Island Brewery is just that good!  This ice bock is cold aged in a cellar for over 3 months to help build the flavour.  The beer pours a deep chestnut brown colour with a small brown head.  The aroma consists of brown sugar up front with toasty malts, dark fruits, chocolate and an overall sweetness.  The flavour is of brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits like raisins, milk chocolate, roasted malts, nuts, mild bitterness and a pretty prominent alcohol warming at the end.  Much like many winter ales this is a great one to age for a year or three to lessen the alcohol warmth while building the malts.  This beer is a huge 9.5% alcohol but you would not guess it when you drink it!  This is one dangerously easy drinking beer and must be taken seriously!

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.

Having a six pack if you don’t want to age a few bottles maybe you want to cook with it!

Hermannator Cookies
Hermannator’s Famous Chili

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This is an old photo of mine as I seem to have lost the photo that I took a few days ago.

Participating Bloggers: be sure to check them daily, I’ll add in their links as they go up!

West Coast Beer Geek – A beer geeks perspective on craft beer, beer events, beer pairings and more.

Mike’s Craft Beer – Not for the weak of taste buds. Lots of great beer reviews, brewery reviews and events on this site.

Dennis the Foodie – Weaving a personal story of food and beer in Vancouver, BC. Very thorough food reviews, great photos and beer pairings.

Western Suds – An Alberta craft beer blog written by a craft beer enthusiast and ambassador for the growing Alberta craft beer scene.

Beer Rater – A beer guide without all the fluff, just some straight forward drinking advice.

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Hermannator Cookies (Hermannator Ice Bock – Vancouver Island Brewery)


Hermannator Cookies

I would like to thank Vancouver Island Brewery for the recipe for these awesome cookies!  I have altered the recipe slightly to taste removing white chocolate and replacing it with dark chocolate.

The ingredients you will require
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2 Bottles Hermannator Ice Bock (or equivalent imperial ice bock)
1 cup brown sugar (two portions of 1/2 cup)
2 & 3/4 cups of flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp espresso powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp backing soda
1/2 cup butter softened to room temperature
1/2 cup shortening (I used vegetable shortening)
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups milk chocolate chips
1.5 cups dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F
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Put beer and 1/2 cup brown sugar into a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Reduce mixture until syrupy and measures 1/3 cup.  In a medium saucepan this takes around 30-45 min (in a small one it is hours oops).  Watch it carefully because you do not want to scorch it.  Remove syrup from heat.  Set aside to cool slightly.
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Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.
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Cream or beat with mixer butter, shortening, white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, in a large bowl until fluffy.
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Add beer syrup, eggs and vanilla into creamed mixture and mix to combine.
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Stir flour-cocoa mixture into creamed mixture until flour is incorporated.  Do not beat or over mix as you could end up with tough cookies
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Add chocolate chips to mixture.  Fold the chocolate into mixture to achieve a consistent mix.
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Drop portions of the batter by the teaspoon onto cookie sheets (spray with pam to ensure non stick).  The batter may appear dry but don’t worry they will bake into beautiful tasty cookies._MNG2468  _MNG2469

Bake for about 12 minutes.  Let stand and cool before eating the entire batch in one sitting!
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Obviously my portions were too big.  These are amazing moist chocolate chip cookies that taste amazing.  Run out and pick up a 6 pack so you can make cookies and Chili!