hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008. consumed alone on 10/04/09.
really dark auburn color with a 2.5 inch orange tinted khaki head with enormous amounts of clingy foam.
initial aroma of nutmeg and spices... followed by orange, sweet grain, nearly burned caramel, floral and herbal hops, some chocolate, vanilla, dark cherries, raisins and dates. it’s quite deep and rich smelling.
the palate is a bit sweet but it is very well balanced by dryness from green hop oils and dirty leaves... flavors of brown sugar/caramel/butterscotch, slight spice, herbal grassiness, dried fruits, bready grains and some porter-like qualities.
it is borderline full bodied... at least for something at 7.5%. soft luscious carbonation makes it really rich. it is sweet but not sticky or cloyingly so. since i am drinking this beast alone, it does get a bit boring by the end.
Petrucci914 (891) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to my girlfriend for surprising me with this! What a huge bottle, way too much beer for my brother and I to take down. Poured a dirty mahogany color with a medium off-white head. Aroma and taste was slightly sugary, dark fruits, and caramel malts. Decent.
alexsdad06 (4354) - Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 liter bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a sizable beige head. The aroma is sweet caramel/toffee malts with some background herbal and floral hops. The flavor is more big chewy caramel/toffee malts with some slight herbal and floral hops. Hints of tea come through at times as do some citrus notes. There are signs of oxidation, but this is still tasty. It would have been nice to have tried this when it was fresh.
Juelze (1131) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks for sharing bro! Pours a cloudy dark brown color with thick foamy light brown head. Aroma is of light chocolate, caramel, fruits and light hops. Taste is very similar with a bit of a lactic sourness in the finish. Pretty deent.
Sammy (8027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2009 Kuhnhenn Solstice BA/RB party. WIcked beer, taste like wild yeast. Sourish. Average mouthfeel. No head.
daknole (8331) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown pour with a nice tan head. Really good caramel, bread and dark fruity aromas. Flavor has golden raisins, caramel, bread and a light hint of hops.
cstuartj (908) - Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark hazy brown. Big thick cream colored head. Nose is malty and sweet. Taste of malts, roast and sweet Carmel.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(1l bottle) deep brown/black with very little head. Roast malt aroma. Flavor is roast malt, dark fruits. Not really an ESB.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Giant wax-covered flip-top (stop doing that!).. dated 9/26/08. Poured medium garnet with a fluffy, sticky cap of dark tan head.. looked great! The aroma picked up redder fruits, biscuits, and brown sugar, accented by spicy earth and more residual brown sugars.. sweet overall and well-balanced. The flavor had raisins, other dark fruits, and bread at the core.. fruity vinegar tartness was laced throughout.. brown sugar and toffee were scattered around the edges.. finished warm and a bit sour, too heavy to be refreshing. Medium-bodied with only OK balance on the palate (not sure if the tartness was supposed to be there).. lots of residual graininess and warmth on the finish.. this was most certainly solid, but it showed age and was likely better a year ago.
travita (3652) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to mar. The smell is fruits, plum, prunes, and alcohol. The look is amber in color with a beige colored head. The taste is sweet, fruits, plum, and alcohol.