after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
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. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
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! TaktikMTL (7798) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
En fût. Verre de dégustation chez EtOH (Montréal, QC) au coût de 2,50$. Arôme: Odeur de vanille avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est brune-noirâtre. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de vanille et d’alcool avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen. Aucune effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en a arrière goût. (Rating #5761) blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
My bottle [341ml] shared with HogTownHarry & biegaman -- c/o Fred82. Pours a deep amber-brown with an average size diminishing tan head. Awesome aroma of dark fruit, hops, brown sugar, oak and alcohol. Flavour of dark fruit, brown sugar, chocolate, hops and oak -- delicious! I love that the barrel-aging isn’t over the top. Pleasant warm finish. Medium bodied. Awesome stuff. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Bottle shared by Glouglouburp, at post NotB tasting. Brown pour. Bourbon, oak, malty caramel, maple, dark fruit vanilla, and some light chocolate, also a bit of warming.
PhillyCraft (7228) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2013
Bottle with Tim and Bill pours hazy brown, light head, and lacing. Notes of plum, toffee, peat wood, sweet malts, mineral water, sugar, vanilla and more dark fruits. Medium to full body. Smooth for the alcohol pct. HogTownHarry (6872) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
341ml bottle shared by blankboy with me and biegaman. Pours orange-brown with an average diminishing off-white head. Lovely oak/vanilla aroma, quite restrained - a bit boozy, light fruit and nice caramel toastiness. Taste - alcohol, deep roast nougat malt with yeast, vanilla/oak resin, a bit dry from the alcohol - not over the top. Slick, somewhat still mouthfeel, finishes quickly and leaves a pleasant light resin and sweet caramel Boutip (6380) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium size head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of caramelized barley malty with some vanilla and bourbon notes with light acrid finish which is not the most pleasant. Taste is also dominated with big caramelized malt notes with quite a big of residual sugars with some notes of bourbon and vanilla with an acrid finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol notes. Very nice night cap but I could do without some of the acrid notes detected here. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
Tons of dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla on the nose. Some alcohol heat as well. Sweet, fruity, and alcoholic, oh yeah. Copper pour, creamy head. Nice looking beer. Vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, alcohol. Sweet and boozy. Solid barrel notes, a little. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2010
Hazy dark brown pour covered by an impressive, initially large-bubbled beige foam which recedes to a tight, uniform cover with traces remaining all along the sides. Adorable toastiness from the malts remains a standout despite the obvious bourbon notes. Highly cakey nature, a spongey chocolate cake with maple icing. This has kept its rich consistency and more carbonation than most oak-aged offerings. From what I’ve heard, it would be the result of a 3:1 blend with the oaked version: standard version since the oaked alone felt a little too much to the owners. I can certainly see their point in terms of mouthfeel and in terms of keeping the best parts of the standard. The result is that this is just as complex as the regular Solstive d’hiver, but less forward on the beautiful grapey/fruity vinousness, less forward on the serious hop dosage and thus seemingly a bit sweeter, very ripe with an enhanced oak, smoke, butterscotch and vanilla flavour range. Combined with the aging, there is not much hop character left, but its borderline roasty character provides a sense of balance. This is quite the treat and my favourite new sweet beer in a long time.