kp (10886) - 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
vtafro (3254) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Glouglouburp, at post NotB tasting. Brown pour. Bourbon, oak, malty caramel, maple, dark fruit vanilla, and some light chocolate, also a bit of warming.
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to godofthunder for sharing. Rich licorice and molasses on the nose. Pours dark amber with a very thin white head. Very rich malty with licorice notes and dark molasses a little boozy with a smooth vanilla finish.
Tjoxen (167) - SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with offwihite head. Aroma of dark ripe fruit, wood barrel and a sting of alcohol. Taste is dark fruit, raisins, oak and brown sugar with a alcohol sting. Impressive carbonation for being aged. It has a dry bitter finish of dark fruits and warming alcohol.
Travlr (11121) - 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.
argo0 (11452) - 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.
emacgee (4009) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by turd. Showing some serious age/oxidation. Pours ruddy brown with no head. Candyish nose with a light bready character. Would have liked it much more fresher.
brystmar (1237) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bourbony with a strong hop presence. Clearly an American-style Barleywine. Strong booze presence, plenty of malt but the booze is paramount. 2011 was much better overall.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet and oaky nose with vanilla and toffee note with just a touch of dark fruits. The taste is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, with dark fruit, caramel, etc. Nothing special, typical barley wine.
Steasy66 (867) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown. Tiny tan head. Boozy aroma with dark fruit and honey. Really dry. Hoppy and acidic finish.