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.
West Coast Beer Geek

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.

How to stay tuned into what we are doing? Look for the hashtag #bcbeerbloggers as we will be using it a lot. Please engage us in conversations, enjoy our posts, try these beers and share our work if you like it.

Brune – Abbaye Des Rocs


O’hare’s Beer Club December 2013 Box

From the Abbaye Des Rocs out of Montignies-sur-Rocs, Belgium comes their “Brune” a Belgian Strong Ale.  This beer pours a dark ruby colour with an off white head with some sediment present.  The aroma consists of roasted malts, spices, dark fruits and some raisins.  The flavour is of sweet dark fruits, raisins, roasted malts, toffee, cherries, spice, bitterness and some warmth.  The alcohol content comes in at 9%.  This Brune is a very good beer an I will be hunting down a bottle or three more for future enjoyment!

Commercial Description:  Abbaye des Rocs (9% alcohol vol.) is a pure malt beer, with no added sugar. The entire range of tastes is directly linked to the double fermentation, the precise quantities of malts (7 types) as well as the mixtures of three kinds of hops (Belgian, German and Czech). Its colour is a striking deep and majestic red. Its taste is rich and full of subtlety. It is tasted like a red wine with which it shares the ruby colour without having the tannin. It develops a strong sweet smell. It confirms the initial impression in the first mouthful, with a sharp body that is balanced with a certain fruitiness. It frees itself on the palate and develops an impressive depth of taste. Some traces of burnt wood are detectable, but never scorched even if it contains this kind of malt. The foretaste is very prolonged because of its rich and unctuous development throughout the mouth. The bitter and sugar tendencies (even though there is no sugar in its composition) compete and come back together to the taster’s great satisfaction. It is a deep, mystic and extremely mature beer to be classed among the great products of our soil.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows:  Rochefort Cheese

Click here to check out the December 2013 Box

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Hermannator Ice Bock – Vancouver Island Brewery


Limited Fall Release

From Victoria’s Vancouver Island Brewery comes “Hermannator Ice Bock” a lager not to be messed with!  This beer is aged for 3 months in cold tanks.  This beer pours a deep chestnut-brown colour with a brown head.  The aroma consists of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel and nuts.  The beer has the flavour of chocolate, roasted and candied malts, plums, raisins and nuts.  This beer has a very warm alcohol finish but does not have a strong alcohol taste.  The alcohol content of this amazing brew is 9.5% and as such care should be taken when drinking this beer as it tastes so good.

Food Pairing as per Vancouver Island Brewing:  Hermannator Ice Bock pairs well with pork, sausages, red meats and desserts – think tiramisu. The sweet malts and slight roasted chocolate flavours balance rich foods and enhance sweets.

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