Sammy (8760) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black and thick looking with a bubbly head. Above average mouthfeel. Bourbon aroma. Boozy.
A sipper. Thanks Josh.
jtclockwork (8627) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Dany. Pours dark brown with off white head. Nose/taste of dark fruits, soft raisins, toffee, oak, grape skin, caramel and vanilla. Hints of oaky alcohol in finish. Medium body.
GT2 (8526) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
341mL or whatever courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours a hazy brune with a medium tan head. Aroma of vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon. Taste is sweet, brown sugar abounding, some marshmallow, caramel, spicy alcohol, toffee, prunes, raisins. Excellent creamy, rich palate.
JoeMcPhee (8511) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at BarHop. Deep brown pour - thin fast-fading head. The aroma is great. Loads of soft bourbon and a lovely cooked fruit character. A touch of caramel and some toasted vanilla as well. Berry and plum with a nice sweetness (but not cloying). Really tasty brew. Loads of soft malt character and a faint touch of vineous character on the back as well. A kiss of blackberry. Insanely good.
JorisPPattyn (7983) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small yellowish, fine-bubbled head over hazy reddish dark-brown beer. Faraminous nose of wood-lagered spirit, Bourbon and vanilla aromas. Alcohol, and a touch of curry spice. Sweet, liqueurish, liqueurcake with raisins, plums, dried bananas an dried cherries. Again loots of vanilla, crème Anglaise. Too much liquorice, warmin up, however. Quite spritzy, remarkably lively for an oak-lagered beer. Well-bodied, very slick, even alcoholic-viscous, warming. Sweet, strong and rather satisfying. However, if this has a " a subtle touch of vanilla ", then I wonder about the full punch. Sucking vanilla pods? Merci, Fred!
MartinT (7974) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 My Bottom Line:
This luxurious Barrel-Aged Barley Wine lathers licorice, dates and black cherries atop caramelized cereals and vanilla, leading to a warm and classy alcohol finish.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam floats atop the purple-tinged deep burgundy.
-The lively effervescence and generous residual sugars are perfectly balanced to create a rich but never heavy mouthfeel.
-The alcohol heat is important in the finish, emboldened by the barrel presence, tagging along resinous hops and their aftertaste.
-The barrel character and grain bill flavors are in unison. Tastes like this brew was meant to be aged in these barrels exactly.
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014-08-23. Dark brown body with a nice tan head. 4+ Aroma is pleasantly malty, lots of vanilla up front over a sweet malt core has lovely sugar and caramel accents. 7++ Flavour is similarly sweet malty core and has lovely sweet sugar, caramel and toasty malt notes. Bourbon/vanilla goes from dominant at first to a perfect partner to the rich malt base as the glass goes. Smooth medium bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3++ Lovely and rich. It’s a bit over the top for today but is lovely nonetheless. On tap as Bourbon Barrel Aged Solstice D’Hiver 2013 at DDC Tap Takeover Event, Volo, Toronto
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle "Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’Hiver Reserve Speciale, 2009 Vielle en fut de chene" (2009) shared by someone at Oakquinox. Pours with a hazed amber body and an off-white head. Aromas of raisins, dark fruits, esters, oak, caramel and bourbon. Flavors are sweet, raisins, cereal, brown sugar, maple, oak tannins, and brandy. Creamy and warming. Very good!
Ibrew2or3 (6998) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of after4ever. Thanks Tom. Pours amber with some haze and thin off white head. The aroma is smooth oak, vanilla, sweet dark fruitiness and mild bourbon boozy heat. The taste is nice and sweet with rich dark fruitiness quickly moving seamlessly into vanilla, oak, bourbon and chocolate. Tasty stuff.
DuffMan (6901) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The gold sticker on my bottle actually says 2013 en fût de bourbon, but I see others have rated it here too, so here goes... Dark brown with golden highlights and a surprisingly lively sponge-toffee head. Very strong bourbon on the nose, oaky vanilla, maple, brown sugar. The base beer can handle the big bourbon influence here, and the marriage is a happy one! Very warming finish. Very nicely done.