douglas88 (8754) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome beer shared by footbalm. Pours a dark brown color with a small white head. A sweet malty, fruit nose, some rich vanilla and notes akin to bourbon. A fruity caramel mix, some wood, hot, vanilla. Very damn good. Gotta love those BA BWs.
mabel (8652) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[6697-20140823] Tap. Bourbon wood and toasted grainy booze aroma. Murky, dark brown body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Sweet toasted caramel grains flavour. Medium-full body. Interesting bourbon infusion but it quite takes over. (7/3/8/4/16) 3.8
(Tap Takeover Event @ Volo, Toronto, ON; Called Bourbon Barrel Aged Solstice D’Hiver 2013)
czar (8547) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours murky brown with a nice light beige head, some retention and lacing. strong bourbon and toffee notes, vanilla, sweet and almost cloying molassed sugars, chocolate, nice dried and dark fruitiness, some raisins too, almost too much coconut in there. booze. big resinous and grassy have faded a lot (parallel with non-BA version) - for BA treatment i suppose. average carbonation, medium body - sticky, fat and almost cloying. prefered non-BA version even though it is a nice use of barrel.
Ibrew2or3 (8405) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of after4ever. Thanks Tom. Pours amber with some haze and thin off white head. The aroma is smooth oak, vanilla, sweet dark fruitiness and mild bourbon boozy heat. The taste is nice and sweet with rich dark fruitiness quickly moving seamlessly into vanilla, oak, bourbon and chocolate. Tasty stuff.
solidfunk (8313) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Barrel aging doesn’t always improve a beer and I think this is a good example of when it doesn’t happen. Caramelized malt and some hops here. Texture syrupy. Pours dark red with ok head and lacing. Finishes slightly astringent. Very barrel-heavy. Maybe some more time in the bottle would balance this out but seems counter intuitive to age something to take away the excessive barrel-aging. Bottle thanks to Slovaksniper.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle "Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’Hiver Reserve Speciale, 2009 Vielle en fut de chene" (2009) shared by someone at Oakquinox. Pours with a hazed amber body and an off-white head. Aromas of raisins, dark fruits, esters, oak, caramel and bourbon. Flavors are sweet, raisins, cereal, brown sugar, maple, oak tannins, and brandy. Creamy and warming. Very good!
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at RBWG 2010. The aroma sells this for me... wonderful barleywine and oak character here. Good stuff.
nimbleprop (7864) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours a translucent, deep brown with a thin, white head. Nose is sweet, malty, brandy, apples. Flavor is malty, brown sugar, apples, lightly bitter, wine, brandy. Full bodied, smooth finish.
after4ever (7808) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. thanks dany! pours clear medium amber with bright golden highlights. slim gray rim. huge rich bourbon and oak nose. creamy, sticky, thick body. vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel, raisins, dates, and figs on the mid palate. long sticky warm finish. amazing and delicious.
bytemesis (7610) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Gikinji for this bottle! Pours clear ruby hazel, beautiful with a medium tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is light, with notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, cotton candy, bourbon. Flavor is the same, very sugary without being overly sweet, vanilla, light astringence, just a touch of zesty bitterness. Medium body, creamy.