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RATINGS: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Deep amber color lager, strong malt aroma, sweeter malt flavor, high bitterness to balance alcohol and sweetness. Made each May for winter solstice. This special yeast gives a unique flavor to this ultra strong lager.

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3.5
Keir (183) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2013
@ brewery. Cloudy, amber, light fluffy head. Nose of bananas, dark fruits, sweet. Tastes sweet, fruity. Dry. Decent. 04/22/10

4.1
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle courtesy of FlandersNed. (both 2009 and 2011 printed on bottle). Sweet vinous cherry, woody booozy aroma. Red amber with a minimal head., Sweet cherry, vinous plum, caramel, brown bread, and alcohol flavor. Full syrupy body, alcohol burn.

4.3
shrubber85 (11408) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle (13.5% - assume 2009 but 2011 also on bottle). Strong prune, raisin, cherry, bready malt, and alcohol aroma. Clear amber with small head. Sweet dried fruit (raisin, cherry, plum), nut and cake flavor - like a fruitcake (a very good one). Mild alcohol burn in the finish. Very tasty and excellently blended.

4.1
crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
A solid lager. Unlike most others. I have no idea where they got this yeast flavor but it is unique almost like a weizenbock without the wheat.

3.9
mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2012
2004 bottle thanks to thirdeye11. deep amber pour with no head. nose is caramel, toffee, chocolate, no alcohol, and sweet. sticky on the palate, caramel, toffee, raisins, and dates.

3.3
madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2012
10th July 2010
Muddy amber - brown beer. Zero head. Not pretty! The nose is of cheese! Slightly syrupy soft palate, fairly dry. A tiny bit of carbonation. Rich sweet creamy malt, toffee caramel. Repressed sweet orange. A little salty malt. Aniseed alcohol in the finish. This is barleywine all day and all night! After a dodgy start with appearance and nose it’s a decent one!

3.6
boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2012
Bottle(2009, 13.5%)... Poured reddish/rust color with a light, khaki head. Very sweet beer with hints of malt sugars, caramel, plums, raisins, and other dark fruits. Low yeast presence with a hint of hop bitterness. I can’t believe this abv is as high as it is because it’s really masked well.

3.6
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 29, 2012
2004 vintage thanks to thirdeye11. Pours with a hazed golden hue body with a small off-white head. Aromas are mildly spice, with a ton of dark fruits. Caramel, boat loads of alcohol, lightly musty. Flavors are quite sweet, raisins, vinous with a ton of dark fruits. Plums, prunes. Medium bitter, lower carbonation, warming with a bit of a sticky finish.

3.5
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Bottled shared at bu11zeye’s 10,000th rating tasting. This is the 2004 vintage. The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of grain and with a dose of sugar and grapes thrown in. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of grapes and brown sugar, as well as some cherries and a ton of booziness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

2.9
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2012
(12oz bottle, 2004 vintage) Pours a clear amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, and orange peel. Flavor of dark fruit, vinous, caramel, cookie dough, and brown sugar.


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