jtw (1151) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from the 2007 winter solstice event. thick pour, the color of walnut wood with a tiny ring of beige head. lightly carbonated so the ring barely lingers. heavy aroma of berry and blackcurrant, not to mention some overt alcohol heat. bubblegum and cough medicine - you could make meth out of this stuff. intense flavor - your tongue is bombarded with sugar, yeast esters, fruit, alcohol flavors, good lord. overload. this beer will taste phenomenal in approximately 6 years, but for now itís too rough and flabby.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2009 Was able to try this at the winter solstice party. Smelled of delicious berries. Taste is brown sugar, caramel, an alcohol punch upfront, but it finishes with the taste of expensive and perfectly ripe dark berries. Give this a little time and this will be really amazing.
Re-rate: had this again on tap at the brewery. I am taking a few points off because it still hasnít lost that alcoholic punch. However, the cassis flavor is still delicious, and overall, this is a really delicious dessert beer.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 This beer is insane. Thick, incredibly fruity (just teetering on medicinal/coughdrop), sweet but a bit stony/pitty, wet earth, iron. Impenetrable to light; turgid dark brown, very little head. Incredible sipper. Pieces of fruit abound in this beer! Small draft sample plus bottle, purchased at Winter Solstice Release.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the 2007 GTMW: Pours a murky dark ruby mahogany with a wispy-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of huge sweet, rich black currant juice with nice fruity esters. Body starts full and viscous with an oily fruity texture and sweetness along with nice dark grapey black currant flavor and some sweet caramel malt toward a strong, warming bittersweet finish.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Original sample 5-12-07 from Eric, 2-3 times since. Muddy brown/reddish tint, huge beige head. Great dark fruit aroma. Really sweet grapes, plum, fig, blackberry even? Flavor has all the dark fruit, plus a realy rich caramel/toffee-ish malt backbone. Almost like syrup. Very thick/sticky cordial like mouthfeel. Very well one.
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft @ WBF: incredible aroma of blackberry/current and sweet stick caramel. the flavor was full of thick caramelized brown sugary goodness juicy berry flavors. i couldnot stop drinking it it was so good. 15% is ver very well hidden. this was the highlight of the beerfest for me. Kuhnhenn never disapoints.
TURDFERGUSON (4039) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at the World Beer Fest in Durham, NC. Last year they bring a special keg of KRE, this year, the Tenacious. The nose is very fruity with cassis and blackberry and some strong caramel malts and brown sugar. Flavor is full of casis with the old ale flavors lying underneath. Wish I would have tried more samples of this. Im am shocked to learn this is 15%. A little alcohol is hinted on in the finish but nowhere near that much. Probably the most interesting beer at the festival.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
GTMW, poured by Mr. Kuhnhenn. My favorite beer of the day, one that was striking in its complexity and diversity of flavors, and yet amazingly drinkable despite its high alcohol level. The nose was toffee and caramel with a hint of fruit. The palate reminded me of a blend of barleywine and Lindemannís Cassis I once concocted. The flavors of toffee harmonized with the black raspberry, currant, and dark cherry superbly, finishing with cassis liqeur. Impressive stuff.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ GTMW. Murky and muddy chocolate in color with a few pin bubbles on the outskirts. Aroma revels in black currant, blackberries, black raspberry jam, caramelized rhubarb and baby blueberry seed amidst flavored coffee grinds. Flavor is quite a big boy. Blueberry and boysenberry chocolate bark rolls in with moderate carbonation. Cocoa rye bread meets black currant jam. Tenderly sweet abyss is laced with burnt blackberry scores bars and a singed dark chocolate character. Cocoa root pulled from the ground and fornicating with every dark fruit that comes to mind (elderberry, blackberry, black currant et al.) Full bodied and a pleasure to have on the palate, finishing with black raspberries, cocoa and rye. Remarkable.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the GTMW
The pour is a lighter brown with some red and purple hightlights, and a thick tan head. Big fruity aroms at really dripped with currents and cara malts. Iíve never really tasted anything quite like this before. Juicey berries and caramel and even a touch of hops maybe? Is this from a barrel. I canít really tell, but there something else. This was a nice find for me.