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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
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Deep amber color lager, strong malt aroma, sweeter malt flavor, high bitterness to balance alcohol and sweetness. Made each May for winter solstice. This special yeast gives a unique flavor to this ultra strong lager.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8425) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
> A sweet, but not cloying bourbon and toffee type doppelbock

[ Bottle ][ cetherid BA ][ 12oz ][ Trade ][ Celebrator Flute ][ 3/7/14 ]
>> Pours slightly overcarbonated...clear orange amber with large, billowing yellowish foam. Soda type retention with no lacing. Nose is maple, soy, bourbon, chlorine, brown sugar, toffee. Taste is lemon, ponzu, cherry juice, mild bourbon. Does not taste like 15.5% whatsoever. If it is, then I’m about to pass eff...cvvccxv 33

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4324) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2014
This one poured a mlight brown or red with a beige head. Aroma was of brown sugar, toasted malt, and some chocolate. Flavor was dark candy sugar, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Solid but not great.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Pours rich thick amber unclear with a beige head. Aroma brings candy marshmallow and other sweet malt notes. Flavor brings sweet Belgian candidate sugar regardless of the lager style yeast, with hints of vanilla. There isn’t winter spices present which is refreshing in the month of February!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3370) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2014
12 oz. bottle from my Secret Santa, umich03jm! Thanks man! Pours a rich cloudy amber with a medium sized thick tan head. Aroma of big strong sweet malts and booze. Flavor is clean sweet malts and esters, apparent booze. Mild caramel and toffee notes. Full bodied, with surprisingly lively carbonation. Finishes boozy. It all doesn’t fit together perfectly, but it almost does.

2.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark amber with tan head. Aroma is like banana ice cream. Weird bro. Flavor is loaded with banana, cream, raisins and plums. Clean but estery bit time. Pretty undrinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
charule (1094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle from kuhnhenn. Poured cloudy dark red brown with min head. Aroma of dark fruits and spices. Light carb med bod. Similar taste to aroma quite sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (3553) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle as shown. Pours a dark amber with no head. The aroma is strong booze and fruit. Medium mouthfeel with strong booze and sweet fruit. Alcohol burn but good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (3954) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Backlog bottle thanks to so many good ratebeerians. 2009 Bottle. The smell is sweet, spiced, heavy fruits, and strong. The taste is more fruits, sweet, caramel, and malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2558) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2013
2012 bottle from umich03. Another ruby red, dark brown pour of a beer. Toffee and caramel aromas. Lots of red fruit and spice in the flavors. Great for the season right now. Lager does not accurately lead you to what you get with this beer. Much more along the lines of an old ale or malty barleywine. Toasty bread and chewy grain malt body. Full bodied candi sugar sweetness. Very smooth drink especially considering the alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1075) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2013
My 800th rating! Bottle from the brewery. Pours clear ruby with foamy beige head. Aroma of fruit (plums, dark fruit) and caramel. Sweet taste with raisin, caramel, spice, lager-yeast, and a warm finish. Big full body. Good stuff!


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