Benzai (15586) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2015
Bottle (2009 version) [from trade with yourilevesque] shared with kermis @ Night before crazy Danish ticking spree whilst planning to give Dean a wedgie - tasting. Opaque dark red-brown color with medium sized beige head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma is malts, heavy oak, (Dutch) "boomschors", pretty sweet, sticky resinous sweetness. Taste malts, (I’ve got) massive wood, loads of oak flavors, sweet, sticky resin, lightly alcohol though pretty well hidden. Full body, suitable medium carbonation. vadie (1256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2015
Couleur du caramel brûlée avec presque pas de mousse. L’arôme du sucré brun, du bourbon, caramel, fruits séchées, et un peu d’houblon. Un peu comme un porto. En bouche c’est très similar, et l’alcool n’est pas trop fort. Très buvable pour le style. Très complexe et parfaite pour une soirée d’hiver! hackobock (4029) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2016
July 20, 2015. Bottle at Dieu du Ciel, 2014 vintage.dnstone (3410) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Murky brown with a minimal tan head. Aroma is malty with toffee and caramel some dried fruits, raisins, figs and some barrel presence as well with oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is medium sweet with caramel, figs, vanilla, bourbon, light roasted bitterness in the finish with some oak and bourbon alcohol notes. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.
Pours a nice chestnut brown with slight off-white head. Moderately boozy aroma with roasted notes. Light Bourbon booziness up front, roasted body, not too sweet which is nice, some earthy notes hit the sides of the mouth and linger in the finish. Quite good and warming on the first day of winter.
Notes: on tap at the Brew pub during Dec ’16 Montreal visit. cfrancis (3445) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2016
This is a great beer. Pours dirty brown with a small top. Aroma is sweet bourbon and malt with light hops with some raisins. Taste is the great base of solstice d’hiver but add a delicate touch of bourbon sweetness. Pairs so well.
andrepintado (3398) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 6, 2017
Bottle from biere-import. Appearance is somewhat murky dark copper to brown. Head is thin persistent and beige to brown. Taste is light to medium sweet, medium bitter. Body is very smooth. Finish is long and tasty. Aroma is vanilla, spices, bourbon, fruity, malt, caramel. Flavour is bourbon, roasted, caramel, fruity, hops, chocolate, chili. Thank you Dieu du ciel for this! drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
Sampled at RBWG 2010. The aroma sells this for me... wonderful barleywine and oak character here. Good stuff. robinvboyer (4663) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2010
Big thanks to Fred for the Bottle!!
Pours a hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma smack if caramel, brown sugar and deep dark mollasses with some booze. Flavor is very very sweet with touches if vanilla and oak but it’s dominated by mollasses and almost burnt sugar. Still it was a great beer. JorisPPattyn (9982) - 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! 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.