hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Pours cloudy and dark brown, but sits black with a tiny, creamy, tanned head. The aroma is roasty and charred with a moderate amount of bourbon. Medium to full-bodied with zippy carbonation. Mirroring the nose, the flavor is roasty and charred, but fairly smooth. Kind of thin. The 13.5% abv is not at all apparent. Not much bourbon flavor here. Not much going on in general. Quality brew though. Bottle courtesy of FlandersNed!
koleminer20 (2460) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Kuhnhenn for Winter Solstice 2015. The pour is jet black, with a nice dark khaki/light brown head that falls to a thick collar and leaves no lace. The aroma is really good. There is a nice roast and some great bittering hops. There is a good bit of dark chocolate in there as well. The flavor is good. The chocolate and heavy malts come through first, followed by a nice oakiness and a lingering light bourbon. The hops take some of the bourbon influence off of it, and I'm really impressed. The mouth feel is thick and viscous, but a little under carbonated. The aftertaste is lingeringly bitter and roasty. This is a great stout. Not a lot of barrel character to it, but it's solid!
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j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Jamesí for his 11k tasting. Pours a deep dark black with a thin tan head. Warm wood and roast with some warming alcohol and oxidized fruit. Big and full of roast and warm vanilla and bourbon. Long wood and bourbon, lingering alcohol and chewy roast.
jtclockwork (14964) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of bourbon, oak, chocolate icing, vanilla and licorice cookie - medium body.
vtafro (6680) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with tan head. Roasted, dark chocolate, licorice and spice aromas. Flavors are bourbon, oak, chocolate, fruit esters, roasted tones.
alliance100 (1113) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Logans Alley - pours pitch black with thin tan head . Huge bourbon aroma . Loads of rich chocolate and sweet bourbon . Excellent !
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bigtaster (899) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster, black little head around edges. Nose is dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee, toffee. Full bodied, oily, sweet going to a smooth balanced finish, a hint of alcohol burn at the back of the throat. Roasted malt , coffee, milk chocolate, dark fruit. Very good.
mikem409 (1985) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at solstice. Color is jet black with nice tan head. Aroma is chocolate and wood, some ash. Taste is thick and chewy lots of chocolate and dry.
JStax (5226) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft pour at the source. Pours a thick black with a beige head of foam. The aroma has roast, coffee, caramel, wood, barrel. Taste is delicious toasty sweetness. The barrel plays beautifully off the toffee and caramel notes. Thick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Awesome beer.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Kuhnhenn: This is the new 2014 batch, released for Winter Solstice. Mostly black body with a thin, fleeting dark-khaki foam & collar. Roasty aroma with notes of mild char, bitter chocolate malt, toasted oak, hints of coffee, a slight booziness, & some very mild dark fruit. Lots of wood. Flavor is the same way - tons of wood. Not so much bourbon or booze, just plenty of spicy, charred, toasted oak. Very dry, & not as sweet as you might expect. Dry cacao bean, dry coffee, & dry, overly roasted malt. Only a touch of bourbon in the periphery. Despite the barrel aging, itís not quite as robust or complex as itís non-barrel aged brother. Earthy, dry finish with tons of oak & prickly tannins. Needs some sweetness for a better drinking experience. Otherwise, a good beer that evades greatness.