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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.


2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JK (5592) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Draft. Pours a mahogany body with no real lacing at all. Big etoh pours out of the glass. Banana’s and booze, sweet fruit tones. Carmalized sweetness, fructose syrup, and again more warmth. A big old boozy mess that i didn’t finish.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JulienHuxley (5463) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
8 oz sample from bottle. Muddy brown pour no head. Aroma of cheap fermentation, molasses, booze and caramel. Taste is very sweet, not much alcohol taste to speak of but lots of warmth to remind you its 14 % abv. An interesting experiment, but certainly not a beer I will revisit.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5456) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2009
Sampled during Skyview Sourfest II in St Paul, MN and shared by Guerde. From a 22-oz bomber pours a semi-hazy beige brown brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a touch of medicinal herbs, roasted nuts and some piney hops. Taste is medium to full bodied, with flavors of caramel, raisins, some citrus and floral hops, roasted nuts and some holiday spices. Finish is slightly metallic with an alcohol presence and herbal aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5239) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Thanks for sharing, iowaherkeye. The body is cloudy dark copper with a light yellowish khaki head. The aroma has some leathery notes with some toffee. There is a little bit of sweet bread and earthy sweat. The taste has some light notes of leather and toffee. There is also a spicy note in the finish, like cinnamon. A decent and obviously big beer with a sticky body and noticeable alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
2007 bottle shared by Daknole. Hazy burnt orange with no head. Strong aroma of cherries, cake, cerise liqueur, candi sugar, rounding out to a gentle heat in the back of the nose. Potent mouthfeel, goes down hot but mellow. Strong fruit and alcohol character. Lots of skins, like the bottom of a glass of white sangria, with soaked orange slices adding nice citrus tartness. Very interesting brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5216) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 2004 version on draught weighing in at 15.5 percent I believe. Medium amber-auburn color, some rusty hues and a small beige head. As with these very high alcohol, high gravity beers, the body looked slightly wavy, like looking at a bottle of syrup. Aroma smells of dry white grapes, dry pears, sour german yeast. Sour apples, cherries and a touch of alcohol. Flavor starts out with a peppery, lightly biting yeast, with alcohol, raisins and some dark cherry chocolate liqueur flavors. Plenty of sweet malts arise, honey, white bread, more yellow fruits as well. Bold spiciness on the finish helps balance the large sweetness. Ends with a warming and heavily drying effect. Reminiscent of EKU28 and the huge body on it. Very filling beer, well-made and unique. A grand sucess for kuhnhenn to brew such a balanced and flavorful, yet potent beer. But then, you already knew they could do it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5142) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (4937) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2011
New Beer Distributors 32oz growler ($8): Pours a brown color with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is fruity, fruity, fruity, sweet, sweet, sweet, without any of the booze that you would expect. Alcohol content at the growler station said that this was 13%... or at least that is what the beer advocate paper said. In any case the beer is very sweet, but also spicy. Body is not too thick. As it warms up it becomes more complex and a little bit harder to quaff, but remains drinkable nonetheless. Really heavily on the malty side, although there are a few bitter notes in this beer, especially in its warmer state. Taking a quaff of this definitely doe shave warming qualities.


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