alliance100 (910) - 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 (752) - 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 (1771) - 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 (3439) - 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 (2953) - 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, it’s not quite as robust or complex as it’s 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.
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cellared sample shared by FlandersNed (thanks!) at the brewpub. Strong aroma and perfect black appearance with a taste of chocolate, molasses and bourbon and a thin but warming mouthfeel.
Sammy (9256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2012 Bottle shared with the owner and FlandersNed at the brewpub. Wonderful. Dark brown. Some coconut, rich malt including chocolate. Rich and special. Not boozy
alexsdad06 (6571) - Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Small sample at Kuhnhenn’s winter solstice party. Thanks to masonjer for getting a sample for us on Saturday before we left. Pour was black with a small tan head that disappears quickly. The aroma was big bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, wood, dark fruit, and some Port character. The flavor met all of my expectations: rich malt, molasses, dark chocolate, bourbon is well integrated, vanilla, dark fruits, some woody hints from the barrel, with only a slight touch of the 14%. Full bodied with an oily texture. One of the few beers that sticks to the glass, your mouth, .... for a very long time. The small sample was truly a treat.
BigBeer45 (1300) - Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Kuhnhenn’s, listed as 13.5% alc., a few gallons special released on Sunday the weekend of the Winter Soltice 2008, this was aged for two years, half glass servings (6 or 8 oz.) in a tulip glass, beer was black with dark ruby at the edges, there is no head, no bubbles at all, I swirled the glass and could not get any bubbles to wake up, it has legs that are evident and placed a film on the sides of the glass when swirled, aromas of Port Wine and/or cooked Port Wine (sort of like a Port Wine that has been simmering for while in a sauce pan, this is the only way I can describe it), chocolate, dark roasted malt, some faint fruit and bourbon aroma, flavor of dark roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, and dark fruit, some alcohol flavor from the barrel aging but not as prominent as some other Bourbon Barrel Impys I have drank, some alcohol on the palate but not much considering this is a 13.5% alc., mouth feel is a bit more than medium, little tingle in the nostrils from the alcohol, a very nice sipper.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap at the 2008 winter solstice. Aroma has notes of bourbon, molasses, wood, spice, port, and dark dried fruits. Pitch black hue with a medium tan head that completely diminishes and leaves no head. Flavor is awesome. Notes of sweet molasses, dark dried fruits, dark red wines, and smooth bourbon. Palate is full bodied and oily flat. Fantastic and worth the journey. One of my all time favorites.