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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5266) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5196) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JK (5123) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (5078) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Sample via QueenHolly/Shrubber: Cloudy brown with a wisp of tan head. Scent is darkly fruited, cherry, raisin, alcohol. Taste is rich bread, fruit. Thick and sweet, slightly boozy. Big and Heavy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5043) - 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.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4651) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4532) - 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.

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