Travlr (14150) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at RBJG courtesy of Martin, merci bien! Clear amber color. Aroma of vanilla and Jack Daniels. Taste is sweet whiskey.
Theis (13976) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RBJG#2 - Grand Tasting Tim’s Place. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Cococnut, roasted, vanilla, licorice, high perfumed, lots of wood, oakey cococnut, barley, sweetness, emokey notes, soapy. Ok - a bit heavy on the wood/barrel.
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle) Pours a cloudy mahogany body with a small cream head. Aroma of wood, caramel, raisins, dates, and vanilla. Flavor of caramel, wood, maple, raisins, brown sugar, figs, chocolate, herbs, and vanilla with a dry finish. Tasty!
brokensail (11998) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a pronounced turbidity and a small and short lived khaki head.
S: Big time bourbon and oak aromas. Sweet vanilla, caramel, and toffee all the way through with a little bit of brown sugar and maple syrup. Bread and sweet dark fruits round the bouquet out.
T: Tons of sweet maple syrup flavor along with caramel and toffee. Sweet vanilla and bourbon flavor with only a mild oak flavor. Some of the dark fruits are there as well.
M: Medium in body with a smooth, medium body.
O: I thought the regular version of this was decent, but not great. This however, was outstanding.
rlgk (11818) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Mumsig Miniprovning, Göteborg. Amber/copper beer with ŕ small offwhite head. Oaky aroma, coconut, vanilla, figs, dades, biscuits, toffee, raisins, brown sugar, caramel and syrup. Malty flavor, oak, coconut, vanilla, figs, raisins, some alcohol, dry woody, some hops, dades, butter, some plums. Fruity finish with figs and some hop notes. Great beer.
argo0 (11814) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Minimal tan head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, some vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, some vinous, light alcohol.
Tmoney99 (11349) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toasted malt, vanilla alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, vanilla sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Name: Solstice d’hiver Grand Reserve
Date: March 13, 2010
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy grey head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, light earthyness, touch of oak
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, lots of earthyness, fruityness, touch of bitterness, hot caramel
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
Lubiere (10603) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A reddish dark copper ale with a thin lacing moka head. A superb vinous malt aroma with wooden vanilla notes, bourbon, complex dark fruits, wow. In mouth, a superb smooth dark fruits, treacle, alcohol, just wonderful and well blanded. On tap at DDC 12th Anniversary, Sept. 11 2010.
hopscotch (9816) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… RBWG ‘10… Hazy, singed-caramel ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The estery, fruity bouquet is a pleasing marriage of crusted port, caramel and medium sherry. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Big, boozy, caramel and liqueur sweetness is balanced very decently by alcohol and hop bitterness. Lengthy, bittersweet (more bitter than sweet) finish.