Vancouver Island Brewing Barrel Aged Hermannator – Eisbock at 9.5% ABV | 25 IBU

Vancouver Island Brewing Barrel Aged Hermannator Eisbock at 9.5% ABV | 25 IBU (C$11.49 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 650 ml, packaged on 6-Oct-2017, acquired 18-Nov-2017, reviewed 4-Feb-2018)

Appearance: clear amber-brown with one finger of loose beige head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, minimal patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: chocolate, red wine, oak, stone fruit, toffee, nuts. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter, light tart. (8/10) Palate: medium slightly slick body, moderate-low carbonation, off-dry warming lightly tart finish. (4/5)

I haven’t had many Eisbocks, but this reminds me of G. Schneider’s Aventinus, which is another stonking good lager. Which leads me to my next point: ever notice how, without fail, when somebody compliments a lager, it’s always qualified by “for a lager”? (Or maybe, “, almost as well as an ale!”) I further invite you to observe that I didn’t do that. It’s that good. (For a lager.) (Oops.) (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze

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