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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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This noble brown winter beer with fiery reflections offers a complex aroma of fruit, alcohol and hops. Once tasted, it is slightly sweet with a hint of burnt caramel. Aged in American oak barrels, the bitterness has eased and it has wooden notes topped with a subtle touch of vanilla. A maderisation occurred after maturation in the barrel (aged one year), and the textures and flavors blend, becoming sweeter.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (2343) - Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Alex. Muddy, opaque dark brown body with a bubbly khaki layer of foam on top. Aroma of sweet caramel, dark prune, figs, butterscotch, light toffee, slightly tart currant, & a hint of underlying maple syrup. Maybe some faint tannins? Barrel wasn’t heavy on the nose but WOW, certainly jumps out in the flavor! Huge charred & spicy oak kick up front, strong barrel-induced vanillin, faint coconut, maple syrup, caramel, toffee, a touch of cocoa powder, anise, & a lighter dark fruit essence. Pretty warm & boozy up front, but mellows towards the back-end thanks to the sweet malt finish. Loving the flavor, here. Robust without being too boisterous. Wow, really nice stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (6820) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
[6697-20140823] Tap. Bourbon wood and toasted grainy booze aroma. Murky, dark brown body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Sweet toasted caramel grains flavour. Medium-full body. Interesting bourbon infusion but it quite takes over. (7/3/8/4/16) 3.8
(Tap Takeover Event @ Volo, Toronto, ON; Called Bourbon Barrel Aged Solstice D’Hiver 2013)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourilevesque (37) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Bouteille issue de la réserve spéciale 2013 (brassin distribué en 2014). Arômes chauds de vanille, alcool, bourbon, bois, sucre et fruits confits. Sans être une bière épicée ou de type ’’brassin des Fêtes’’, elle possède toutes les caractéristiques d’un alcool chaud servi en plein après-midi glacial de carnaval à -30 degrés Celsius. D’une rondeur à nulle autre pareille, cette grande bière de dégustation allie dates, bourbon, céréales grillées, pain d’épices (une touche), et chien Saint Bernard devant un feu de foyer d’une manière si complexe que toutes les déclinaisons de cette infinie palette de saveurs sont aussi difficiles à nommer que chacune des teintes qu’offre le crépuscule au mois d’août. Ah Dieu du Ciel!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franckg (71) - - DEC 21, 2014
Version 2014. Arômes de canne à sucre, dattes, fruits rouges confits et d’alcool. En bouche, on goûte immédiatement les arômes sucrés. Belle présence du fûts de bourbon qui se marie à merveille avec les flaveurs sucrées typique au barleywine anglais. On peut percevoir en finale une pointe de chocolat noir qui vient compléter les arômes sucrées. La texture est ronde, moelleuse et d"une belle complexité. L’équilibre et la transition des saveurs est presque parfaite.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
remice2 (137) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
Très Gros barley wine. Merci à Max Langlois pour l’opportunité.C’est d’un privilège que je constate le balancement exceptionnel de ce produit . Présence de bois,de bourbon lové de vanille qui s’ajuste à merveille à la recette de base , final chaude et suave. Débile

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7032) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TaktikMTL (6031) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
En fût. Verre de dégustation chez EtOH (Montréal, QC) au coût de 2,50$. Arôme: Odeur de vanille avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est brune-noirâtre. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de vanille et d’alcool avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Aucune effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en a arrière goût. (Rating #5761)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (562) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2014
(On tap at the DDC tap takeover @ barVolo, Aug 23 2014 as Bourbon Barrel-Aged Solstice d’Hiver 2013) Pours murky medium brown with a tan ring of head, no lace. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla (oak), brown sugar, stewed plums, bitter hops. On the palate, toffee and glazed brown sugar, stewed dark fruit, bourbon, pine bittering hops, booze on the finish. Full body, soft carb. Lovely aged barley wine with barrel highlights, rich and smooth. Would love to have it on its own in the winter, rather than at the tail end of a long day of summer beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8071) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
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

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (1848) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
Has anything bad ever come out of a bourbon barrel? Thanks Dominic for this beauty. Pours a rich and full prune color. Aromas of bourbon and vanilla, brown sugar and caramel. Awesome. Sweet vanilla and caramel flavors at first then some dried fruit and a warm boozy finish as it goes down. World class.


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