Friday, November 18, 2022

Beer Friday. Vancouver Island Brewing, Hermannator Ice Block


This has been a very bad start to the day shift days off activities index with zero activity happening with zero excuses. Well yesterday I did feel quite sore and tired so it was a warranted day of slothfulness that I did enjoy. Today was a different story and now the beer review is kind of sadly the best part of the day. 

The best part is after my grumpy rant last week about basement and garage winter riders is these people probably put hundreds of kilometres to may zero in the last couple weeks. 

So there… You win.

Me ranting about people riding trainers is equivalent to the internet helmet police. Those are the ones always found in the comments telling somebody their photo has a helmet-less rider and with an authoritative tone of writing that person should be wearing a helmet and they are a burden to the health care system. It doesn't make sense to me as I doin't think the hospitals are overburdened with people with head injuries like they are overrun with respiratory illnesses.
 
I do enjoy my helmet though and it has saved my noggin a few times from losing even more brain cells from branch strikes and an unforgettable bad crash backwards and head first on the corner of a concrete block. 

If someone doesn't wear a helmet it doesn't really bug me. Although if I see or hear of you riding a basement trainer…. 

Meh, there are bigger things in life to worry about but don't worry I will definitely find petty things to bitch about as this is the Lonebiker.com. 

We poured this beauty from Vancouver Island Brewing (I feel I don't have to tell you where this beer is from) into our testing glass and this high alcohol monster gave an immediate dark and dirty feel to the testing lab. It was like someone put on Apocalypse Now and an unshaven and unshowered Danny Devito walked in and sat down.

I don't even know if that made sense? 

9.5% alcohol content in this bad boy and it showed a small half fingered head for a minute and was gone. A small smattering of bubbles have clung together on top for some time now. It smells of rich malt and like all the other dark beers has notes of chocolate coffee but it was the rich malt that I picked up on the most. It was quite tasty and yes malts were the top dog with dark chocolate and a slight tinge of coffee and heavier notes of toffee. All the tastes blended together quite well making for an enjoyable dark beer.

For a high alcohol beer it was deceiving so if you have these be careful cause Hermannator will get you. I am limiting myself to one…. well maybe two. They come in four packs and are probably very hard to find. I highly recommend though.

This beer gets 4.5 suds out of 5. 





Happy Tuesday