hopscotch (8362) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Hazy burnt-caramel ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The aroma presents dark fruits and spices and phenols that are atypical of most Belgian dark beers. The spiciness is almost Christmas-like in nature. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor offers dark fruits, cinnamon, gingerbread and a nice, light tartness. Tangy, dark raisin and gingerbread finish. Bottle courtesy of KickInChalice!
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 12 oz. bottle courtesy of daknole - Pours a hazy brown color with a half finger thick light tan head that was short lived. Very little carbonation and lacing. Aroma is Belgian candy, esters, and spice. Flavor is sweet malt and fruit with a good bit of spice. The finish has a good bit of spice and is quite smooth. Medium to full body. A nice beer. Thanks Dak.
libertine (159) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2012
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
pours cloudy copper with absolutely no head.no lacing,aroma is floral with what might be nutmeg.flavor is super sharp,soap?hops and soap?this is the third of the winter solstice series and im very dissapointed.all these beers other than the 4d(which i might add is not as good as in the past)are just not good.the lack any lacing or carbonation and seem to have just bad aroma and flavor profiles.if the guys at kuhnhenn read ratebeer ive been a big fan of yours for a few years and i live close by.this could really hurt you.one thing to put out bad beer but when it costs 8 bucks to find out how bad it sucks,thats a kick in the nads
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice looking caramel pour. Short lasting head. Not overly appealing taste. Strong something... I may rerate this.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle, 2011 batch.. dark brown with a bit of amber, hardly any head, a bit of thin ring only covering half the glass remains... the aroma gives me a pause, lots of pause, sadly, has a lotion aloe backbone mixed with a touch of spice and brown sugar, not a nice combo... the taste is just more of the aroma but its lighter, still a lot of lotion, chalk, aloe finish, the yeast on this just kills this beer
nimbleprop (3845) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the DC Ratebeer Gathering. Pours a hazy, mahogany amber with one ring of white head. Big ginger nose, spices, nutmeg, sweet, candy sugar. Flavor is spicy, sweet, candy, sugary, sweet potato, ginger, white pepper. Full bodied, sticky sweet finish.
craftycarl21 (2073) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to ryan for this one. Rich purple brown pour with a small head. Nose and flavor bring forth a delightful dark fruit profile with plum, fig, raisin, and some cinnamon/nutmeg spice. Hides the alcohol beautifully. Quite good.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by ryan. Pours hazy amber with tiny floaties. Medium sized creamy tan head. Aroma of big spicy notes including nutmeg, citrus peel and spruce along with bread and caramel notes. The taste is spice, caramel, bread, chocolate, candi sugar and cinnamon. Medium-full bodied. Just a tad bit overspiced but still a good beer.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very dark nut brown, thin cream head, small Bubbled, lasting. Nose clashes with cinnamon and sage, light chocolate and light pepper. Flavor is light rye, chocolate, plum, bit of paper through end. Sticky, soft body.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown sugar and molasses, raisin, booze, and slightly oxidized sugary dough, sporting a medium to full sugary palate and a syrupy finish. Pretty yummy.