kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Solstice díhiver
Date: April 10, 2009
Source: Five Points, Athens
Appearance: clear dark blood red, fine off white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma, lots of balancing earthyness, light fruityness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, nice fruity character, well balanced earthyness, touch of sharp spicyness, peppery alcohol, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Arayaga2 (2129) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Headless, apparently still brown, and mostly opaque. Aroma is sweet with citrus hop notes. Taste is much as it smells, with a high degree of resinous hop character mitigated by substantial residual sweetness. Pithy bitterness lingers on the palate. $4/11.2oz
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2010 Deep woodsy color, rich dark chestnut. Aroma is of old wet malt. Seems mild. Dark caramel up front, quickly replaced by increasing heat. I get a lot of pale malt, but not a lot of other subtleties. Thereís some dry oak surrounding everything. 112510 More of a sweet milk caramel and bubble gum aroma, inviting. Wow. This beer is released in mid december? If itís almost a year old Iím surprised. Lots of nail polish remover remains. Some herbal spruce character. Disappointing.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Liquid Solutions. Brew pours a Deep brown with a faint red hue. Nose of various fruits (apples, pears, maybe dried peaches?) Light booze and sweet malts as well. Flavor was also sweet malts and a tad boozy. Brew was definitely different, pretty good.
Blaketj80 (78) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown/translucent amber with thin lacing head. Smells of raisins and alcohol with some fruity esters. It has very smooth bottle fermented carb and is very smooth for style and abv. It is dry for a BW and has alcohol notes with hints of cinnamon. An interesting beverage, and I am going to say itís worth a try.
Drake (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.5 ounce bottle from State Line. Pours a clear medium ruby red with a large frothy tan head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is toffee, citrus hops, lots of fruit notes, predominantly pear but with some cherry and banana also. Taste is toffee, brown sugar, bitter citrus hops, boozy alcohol, cherries, berries and spice. Full bodied. Chewy texture. Quite nice.
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Popurs a dark copper brown color with just a purplish tint to it. A small beige head crowns the top and settles to just a few bubbles around the rim of the glass. The aroma shows hints of caramel, dark fruits, cherries, raisins, and some alcohol. The flavor follows suit with the dark fruit and malty characters from the brown and caramel. The alcohol makes itself known along with some hop bitterness and spices on the backend. Medium bodied and touch syrupy from all the malts. The sugar and hop bitterness linger on the finish with a warming sensation from the alcohol. Pretty nice barleywine, but could use some more time to age right now.
thornecb (5535) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Beige head with good retention leaves tiger lacing as it recedes to hug rim. Burnt molasses aromas. Thick and spicy. Oranges, kirsch, cloves, tobacco and bitter molasses. Lasting alcohol burn.
JPDIPSO (5667) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark cherry wood color with a moderate vanilla colored head. Aromas of old wood, spices, caramel, dates, and cocoa. A nice enough sniff, just does not seem like a lot of meat. Quite smooth and medium bodied. Starts with light sweet malt and moved to dark fruit and rich caramel. Finish gets a bit acidic and bitter. Some citric fruit rind and pith take over and disrupt things. Linger sooths thing back out with some dark fruit and a herbal component. Only a hint of warming. A strong ale, with a few rougher edges.
SmallOne (79) - SWEDEN - APR 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A warming nice winterbeer, Taste is nutty with lots of hops and a slight hint of alcohol. Smooth and warming with a really good pallate.