Barrel Aged Hermannator – Vancouver Island Brewing


From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Barrel Aged Hermannator”.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with a red tinged head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, red wine, oak, anise, toffee, caramel, bready malts and sweetness.   The flavour is of red wine, dark fruits, cherry, caramel, chocolate, toffee, earth, citrus rind and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.5% with an IBU of 25.  This was a very interesting beer but it had little left of what Hermannator was sadly.  I hope in future versions of Barrel Aged Hermannator they let the original beer shine thought a little more.

Commercial Description:  Our original Brewmaster Hermann Hoerterer designed Hermannator as a seasonal gift to friends & family in 1987. It soon became our flagship brew, the most anticipated beer of the year. 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Hermannator. To celebrate we’ve aged Hermannator in red wine barrels, leaving it with beautiful notes of red wine, sherry, and plum that will only get better with time.  Hermannator Ice Bock is a well loved and established beer. By aging it in red wine barrels the plum and sherry notes are added upon to create a wholly different experience. Fruitier, brighter, and dangerously easy to drink. The additional 2 months of barrel aging leaves an aggressive red wine note that is sure to age beautifully for those that can resist drinking it all right away.

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Burton Ale – Vancouver Island Brewing (Gladstone Brewing)


From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria in collaboration with Gladstone Brewing out of Courtenay comes their “Burton Ale”.  The beer pours a deep red / amber colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of caramel, molasses, mild roast and dark fruit.  The flavour is of caramel, molasses, orange zest, herbal, resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.5% with an IBU of 75.  This is an interesting ale.  I don’t know much about the Burton Ale style so I can not say if it is to style though.

Commercial Description:  Originating from Burton-On-Trent, England, the Burton Ale inspired the IPA beer style we know today. Almost 200 years later, Gladstone and Vancouver Island Brewing have come together to recreate this strong amber ale that inspired the IPA beer style. English born, Island proud.

Juniper Lime Ale – Vancouver Island Brewing


From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Juniper Lime Ale”.  The beer pours a cloudy dark orange with a white head.  The aroma consists of juniper, lime with honey notes.  The flavour is of juniper, herbal, honey, lime, caramel malts, mild tartness with some very minor bitterness in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 13.  This beer was fashioned after the gin cocktail Gimlet.  I don’t know the cocktail but I did really like this beer.

Commercial Description:  Cheerful nights on warm patios. This Juniper Lime Ale has been brewed to imitate the refreshing zest of a Gimlet cocktail, an iconic gin-based summer sipper.

 

48 Lager – Vancouver Island Brewing


From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “48 Lager”.  The beer pours a golden colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of citrus, grain and floral hops.  The flavour is of citrus, grain, biscuit and a very mild bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 22.  This is not going to wow you as a craft beer fan but it is a clean crisp lager and well made.

Juan De Fuca Cerveza – Vancouver Island Brewing


From Vancouver Island Brewing in Victoria comes their “Juan De Fuca Cerveza”.  The beer pours a straw yellow colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of  corn, biscuit malts and sweetness.  The flavour is of biscuit, corn, sweetness and a mild grassy hops note.  The alcohol content comes in at 4.8% with an IBU of 19.  While I would assert that this is a well executed Mexican style lager I don’t personally understand the craft adjunct lager.

Commercial Description:  A craft take on a Mexican classic. This light and crisp artisanal cerveza was designed to explore new territories.