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RATINGS: 185   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7869) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
2004 vintage thanks to thirdeye11. Pours with a hazed golden hue body with a small off-white head. Aromas are mildly spice, with a ton of dark fruits. Caramel, boat loads of alcohol, lightly musty. Flavors are quite sweet, raisins, vinous with a ton of dark fruits. Plums, prunes. Medium bitter, lower carbonation, warming with a bit of a sticky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Bottled shared at bu11zeye’s 10,000th rating tasting. This is the 2004 vintage. The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of grain and with a dose of sugar and grapes thrown in. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of grapes and brown sugar, as well as some cherries and a ton of booziness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2012
(12oz bottle, 2004 vintage) Pours a clear amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, and orange peel. Flavor of dark fruit, vinous, caramel, cookie dough, and brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2012
330ml Bottle (Says both 2009 and 2011. At 13.5%ABV per the Bottle).: Got in trade, but I am not sure from whom, but THANKS! Aroma of malt, dark ripe fruit, Bourbon, oak, cinnamon, toasted caramel, sugar, and rum-soaked raisins. Poured deep amber/brown in color with a tiny, off-white head that disappeared, except for around the edges. Very hazy. Very slightly sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, dark ripe fruit, raisin, slight Bourbon, slight oak, plums, sugar, rum, slight cinnamon, and some fig. Full body. Oily, then dry texture. Soft carbonation. Heavily sweet, malt, dark ripe fruit, raisin, slight Bourbon, slight oak, plums, sugar, rum, slight cinnamon, toasted caramel, finish is lightly dry. 13.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6035) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2012
bottle, from Bu11zeye 10k, thanks to thirdeye11, amber pour with some malty heat on the nose, flavor of dry nuts, malty, buttery, sweet warm finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2654) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2012
Bottle from thirdeye11. Brown pour with a off-white head. Aroma is cinnamon, light alcohol, and sweet spice. Taste is alcohol, baking spice, caramel, and a little dark fruit. Nice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
(12oz bottle) clear medium copper, with no real head. Nose of caramel, bit of alcohol, brown sugar, smells sweet and delicious. Taste of brown sugar, bit of alcohol, rich and marshmallow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8912) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2012
2009 Bottle thanks to FlandersNed. Pours caramel cola brown. Nose/taste of sweet malt, candi and brown sugars, caramel and fruit cake. Finishes with lots of warming alcohol - but not too boozy. Medium body. Sticky sweet mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1404) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2012
’09 bottle from Sean - thanks! Pours a murky caramel brown with a bit of a tan head. Aroma is heavy raisin, caramel, plum, licorice, thick and sweet malt, and some oxidization on the finish. Taste is dominated by raisin and plum with sweet, slightly oxidized malt and some alcohol burn toward the finish. Very much a "gnar" beer but it works for me. Unique and enjoyable sipper with an even, coating mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
12oz, 2009 bottle picked up at the brewpub. Pours a murky, deeper amber, orange tinted body with a thin, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a pretty decent lacing throughout. Aroma is big and sweet caramels and toffees with a decent spiced cookie. Dark fruits with plenty of raisins, a bit of an orange syrup behind the big malts, and candied banana. Flavor is big and malty up front with a slightly syrupy sweetness. Plenty of caramel, toffee, and sweet dark fruits. A bit bready with some cinnamon spice, a light yeasty banana, and some hints of grapefruit hops. Alcohol is present and very warming, but not distracting or boozy. This finishes very sweet and warm with a light spicing before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Full, smooth, slightly syrupy body with a pleasant, soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a huge doppelbock that is fairly straightforward, but balanced enough to keep the alcohol somewhat subdued. Pretty malty sweet with lots of dark fruits, but a light spicing and hint of hops cuts the sweetness just enough. Very warming and not a bad sipper.

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