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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Barley Wine
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 127   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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2349) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Another great beer courtesy of Tommy. I always tell myself that i dont care for barleywines until i have a great one. This one is toasty rich and loaded with dark fruits and spicy oak and vanilla. Finishes dry enough to make me want more.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jennawood79 (366) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 17, 2014
Appearance is dark woody hazelnut amber brown with a nice foamy beige head. Aroma is very big with caramel, big toasted malts, dried shriveled fruits- raisin, dates, etc, moderate oak and wood tones, toast, light bourbon caramel, toasted wood, light sherry oxidation with fruity esters, - barrel aging is noticed but not over-done.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6858) - 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 (5836) - 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 (449) - 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 (7921) - 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 (1801) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljthiessen (406) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle, aged 18 months. Dark brown pour, beige head. Oaky aroma, dried fruits, vanilla, light citrus. Some boozy heat in the taste, dried fruits and bourbon notes, a touch of citrus. Full bodied with a dry finish. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1168) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
2013 vintage. 341 mL bottle courtesy of Raphael, served in a stem glass next to the base. Pours deep chestnut with a moderate tan head that fades to a thin cover and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. The nose has notes of oak, bourbon, chocolate, molasses and caramel. The flavour is moderately sweet with molasses, chocolate and oak, along with bourbon notes and vanilla. The finish is long, toasted and malty. On the palate it is full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, an excellent bourbon barrel-aged barley wine. Beautiful toasted malts pair nicely with vanilla and oak from the barrel. 2014-03-20

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ataraxia (377) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Dark ruby brown with a moderate pale khaki head. Nutty aroma of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, bourbon, and dried figs. Thin sweetness mixed with alcohol bitterness and herbal undertones. A little bit of stickiness, full-bodied, and moderately carbed. Some booziness in the bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium size head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of caramelized barley malty with some vanilla and bourbon notes with light acrid finish which is not the most pleasant. Taste is also dominated with big caramelized malt notes with quite a big of residual sugars with some notes of bourbon and vanilla with an acrid finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol notes. Very nice night cap but I could do without some of the acrid notes detected here.


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