weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Appears a deep red amber with a 1 finger ivory head that stays for a minute before fizzing out. Virtually no lacing is left behind.
Smell is of sweet caramel malt with a creamy vanilla scent coming from the glass.
Taste is of caramel malt, cream, and vanilla.
Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, medium bodied, smooth, along with low levels of carbonation. It’s also slightly thin.
Drinkability is ok. a little too much though for a Summer brew. Seems like this is the Winter Solstice that’s been watered down considerably.
TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Thanks to weeare138. Pours a copper with a small head that slightly laced the glass. Aroma of caramel and nuts. Taste is a bit creamy with more caramel and nuts. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Bottle shared courtesy of weeare138. Poured a medium and clear copper color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, nuts, and light vanilla. Thinner body. Hard one to figure out. OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2005
Couleur cuivrée aux reflets orangés, grosses bulles savonneuses. Arômes semblant très sucrés, beurre et butterscotch à plein, vanille, chocolat blanc. Grande présence de diacetyl en bouche, un houblon apportant une touche menthol vient rejoindre les saveurs de beurre. Corps d’épaisseur mince, faible carbonatation. Surprenante comme bière saisonnière pour cette brasserie. Growler, Half Time N .Y., Septembre 2005. PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2005
slight vanilla finish, also mixed with a roasted hoppy aftertaste, goes down smooth and creamy, great head, very nice pils.
StewardofGondor (2088) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Clear, brilliant rusty copper in color with a small saliva wisp for the head. Sweet aroma prevails with caramel, brown sugar, hazelnut syrup, dates and cinnamon. Flavor takes its cue from aroma, ringing sweetly with maple nut fudge, white chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg and figs. Strange, distant V8 orange splash accents. Medium bodied and a sugary, syrupy casing on the palate, finishing with brown sugar sprinkled pecans. Thanks for the bottle, John! Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
Draught, Half Time. Clear auburn. Kinda bold sweet, earthy and phenolic nose. Not at all the clear refreshing beer I was expecting. Moreso a malty, bready, chocolatey and cadyish hard to describe flavour with off-notes reminiscent of cat litter, cheap perfume and yogurt. Vast array of flavours globally, but not tight, not well displayed. Mostly thin body, sweetish, butterscotchy and fatiguing ultimately. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Dark orange amber, medium sized white head. Sweet malt, muted hop grassy notes, and slight spice in the aroma. Bracing bitterness from the hops complement a rather sweet malt character. Some vegetal berry spiciness, possibly juniper. Some astringency in the finish with vestiges of the spice. Mouthfeel is medium light and very smooth. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2005
From a bottle shared by Chuck. Clear red-brown body. Cheap chocolatey aroam. Sub-par flavor - Cocoa Puffs and corn. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Very weak aroma.....light hint of citrus. Great amber color... very inviting. Solid head...not too much, not too little. Very silky, smooth and surprisingly sweet taste for what I thought was going to be a typical summer ale. Very light.
As far as "summer beers" go, this is a nice change.