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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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4950) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Thanks to hailsquishface for the bottle - viscous, headless, hazy amber pour - heavy aroma of spices, cherries, brown sugar, raisin, a surprising amount of floral character - thick mouthfeel, with little to no carbonation - strong sweetness up front, followed by balancing strong spiciness and warming alcohol - a lot of raisin, rum and christmas spice cake kind of flavors going on - a moderate tartness and oxidation manifest late, which serves to balance out the sweetness, but once the sweetness is stripped from the palate, the alcohol becomes much more evident - gets a little medicinal - tasty, but too strong for any hope of balance - they sure do come close, though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4940) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2012
2004 bottle thanks to thirdeye11. deep amber pour with no head. nose is caramel, toffee, chocolate, no alcohol, and sweet. sticky on the palate, caramel, toffee, raisins, and dates.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4818) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2008
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy amber color beer with small foamy head with minimal retention and almost no lacing. Aroma consists of deep sweet malt with some dry raisins notes also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt with notes of dry figs and raisins. Although taste is very sweet it avoid being cloying. No discernable alcohol even thought ABV is quite significant with a full body with limited filtration and some low carbonation. Very well done and definitely something I would want to try again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (4591) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JK (4586) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Light brown. Bitter, grape skin flavor. Some yeast, which I don’t expect from the style. Also, some unpleasant alcohol flavor. Something is wrong here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4520) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Thanks hopdog for sharing this 2005 bottle! Pours a mostly translucent golden deep amber with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, nuts, dark fruits, very sweet, alcohol and very grainy. Flavor was earthy, caramel, toffee and nuts. Also getting a bunch of dark fruits. Alcohol is toned done in the flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4490) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2009
SourFest II. 2007 Vintage. Dark orange color with no head. Caramel malt aroma. A somewhat bitter malt taste. Some candied oranges as well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Thanks to Beeryum for sharing. Poured a clear amber with a minimal off-white head and oily legs up the sides of the glass. Aroma is sweet and complex. Notes of candy, toasted malt, smokey, yeasty, and fumes of alcohol. Malty flavor with plenty of fruit. Moslty red apples. Finish is a combination of bitterness and alocohol pepper. Very warming. Medium bodied. Mouthfeel is silky and almost syrupy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2008
Bottle. [Tasting session @ Papsoe, 31-10-2008] Average off-white light creamy head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Hazy amber color. Aroma of rye bread, vinous, fruit. Over the palate came heavy notes of malty, alcohol, hint of what appear as mild sour fruit. Quite complex and yet the alcohol is maybe a bit to strong. Full bodied with an average carbonation and heavy heavy texture. Heavy sweet flavor with good counter bitterness. Lingering alcoholic and malty vinous finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4156) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Bottle(2009, 13.5%)... Poured reddish/rust color with a light, khaki head. Very sweet beer with hints of malt sugars, caramel, plums, raisins, and other dark fruits. Low yeast presence with a hint of hop bitterness. I can’t believe this abv is as high as it is because it’s really masked well.


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