daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2013
Nice brown pour, tan head. Sweet whiskey flavors, nice malty backbone, just enough hops, vanilla, caramel, oak, maple. DAMN GOOD. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
Name: Solstice d’hiver Grand Reserve
Date: March 13, 2010
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy grey head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, light earthyness, touch of oak
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, lots of earthyness, fruityness, touch of bitterness, hot caramel
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
2014-08-23. Dark brown body with a nice tan head. 4+ Aroma is pleasantly malty, lots of vanilla up front over a sweet malt core has lovely sugar and caramel accents. 7++ Flavour is similarly sweet malty core and has lovely sweet sugar, caramel and toasty malt notes. Bourbon/vanilla goes from dominant at first to a perfect partner to the rich malt base as the glass goes. Smooth medium bodied palate, soft carbonation. 3++ Lovely and rich. It’s a bit over the top for today but is lovely nonetheless. On tap as Bourbon Barrel Aged Solstice D’Hiver 2013 at DDC Tap Takeover Event, Volo, Toronto alexsdad06 (10284) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2015
11.2 oz bottle shared with the group. Pours a clear dark caramel brown color with a small off white head/film. The aroma has sweet caramel malts, oak, bourbon notes whether it was there or not, dark fruits, prunes, oxidation. The flavor is very smooth, sweet caramel, maple syrup, oak, bourbon, dark fruits, some alcohol, good sipper. DuffMan (10278) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
The gold sticker on my bottle actually says 2013 en fût de bourbon, but I see others have rated it here too, so here goes... Dark brown with golden highlights and a surprisingly lively sponge-toffee head. Very strong bourbon on the nose, oaky vanilla, maple, brown sugar. The base beer can handle the big bourbon influence here, and the marriage is a happy one! Very warming finish. Very nicely done.
KyotoLefty (10207) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 1, 2013
Bottled. Huge barrel in the nose, vanilla, wood, lovely clear amber color with lace. Big vanilla flavor, yogurt, creamy, fruity, very deep malts. Great.
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
341mL or whatever courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours a hazy brune with a medium tan head. Aroma of vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon. Taste is sweet, brown sugar abounding, some marshmallow, caramel, spicy alcohol, toffee, prunes, raisins. Excellent creamy, rich palate. JorisPPattyn (9929) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2010
Small yellowish, fine-bubbled head over hazy reddish dark-brown beer. Faraminous nose of wood-lagered spirit, Bourbon and vanilla aromas. Alcohol, and a touch of curry spice. Sweet, liqueurish, liqueurcake with raisins, plums, dried bananas an dried cherries. Again loots of vanilla, crème Anglaise. Too much liquorice, warmin up, however. Quite spritzy, remarkably lively for an oak-lagered beer. Well-bodied, very slick, even alcoholic-viscous, warming. Sweet, strong and rather satisfying. However, if this has a " a subtle touch of vanilla ", then I wonder about the full punch. Sucking vanilla pods? Merci, Fred! MartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 My Bottom Line:DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2015
This luxurious Barrel-Aged Barley Wine lathers licorice, dates and black cherries atop caramelized cereals and vanilla, leading to a warm and classy alcohol finish.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam floats atop the purple-tinged deep burgundy.
-The lively effervescence and generous residual sugars are perfectly balanced to create a rich but never heavy mouthfeel.
-The alcohol heat is important in the finish, emboldened by the barrel presence, tagging along resinous hops and their aftertaste.
-The barrel character and grain bill flavors are in unison. Tastes like this brew was meant to be aged in these barrels exactly.
341ml bottle, thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Has a gold sticker on the neck reading "Reserve Speciale 2009 Vielle en fut de chene". Hazy brown color. Thin bubbly khaki head, a few bits of lace. A touch of bourbon in the nose, chocolate, tasty caramel. Vanilla and big oak in the flavor. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Doesn’t taste very oxidized for a 2009 beer, that’s impressive... If it is, the flavors of age work well with this beer. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation, good full feel. Kind of slick in the mouthfeel then drying a bit in the finish. Good long oaky and malty aftertaste. Impressive how this manages to be not too sweet, with a nice complex nutty chocolatey rich malt still. A great oak-aged barleywine. Would be very interested to try this fresh..