RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (6081) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2011
New Beer Distributors 32oz growler ($8): Pours a brown color with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is fruity, fruity, fruity, sweet, sweet, sweet, without any of the booze that you would expect. Alcohol content at the growler station said that this was 13%... or at least that is what the beer advocate paper said. In any case the beer is very sweet, but also spicy. Body is not too thick. As it warms up it becomes more complex and a little bit harder to quaff, but remains drinkable nonetheless. Really heavily on the malty side, although there are a few bitter notes in this beer, especially in its warmer state. Taking a quaff of this definitely doe shave warming qualities.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JK (6047) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Light brown. Bitter, grape skin flavor. Some yeast, which I dont expect from the style. Also, some unpleasant alcohol flavor. Something is wrong here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5868) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2009
Sampled during Skyview Sourfest II in St Paul, MN and shared by Guerde. From a 22-oz bomber pours a semi-hazy beige brown brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a touch of medicinal herbs, roasted nuts and some piney hops. Taste is medium to full bodied, with flavors of caramel, raisins, some citrus and floral hops, roasted nuts and some holiday spices. Finish is slightly metallic with an alcohol presence and herbal aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5837) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Thanks to hailsquishface for the bottle - viscous, headless, hazy amber pour - heavy aroma of spices, cherries, brown sugar, raisin, a surprising amount of floral character - thick mouthfeel, with little to no carbonation - strong sweetness up front, followed by balancing strong spiciness and warming alcohol - a lot of raisin, rum and christmas spice cake kind of flavors going on - a moderate tartness and oxidation manifest late, which serves to balance out the sweetness, but once the sweetness is stripped from the palate, the alcohol becomes much more evident - gets a little medicinal - tasty, but too strong for any hope of balance - they sure do come close, though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JulienHuxley (5762) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
8 oz sample from bottle. Muddy brown pour no head. Aroma of cheap fermentation, molasses, booze and caramel. Taste is very sweet, not much alcohol taste to speak of but lots of warmth to remind you its 14 % abv. An interesting experiment, but certainly not a beer I will revisit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Draft. Pours a mahogany body with no real lacing at all. Big etoh pours out of the glass. Bananas and booze, sweet fruit tones. Carmalized sweetness, fructose syrup, and again more warmth. A big old boozy mess that i didnt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5378) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Thanks for sharing, iowaherkeye. The body is cloudy dark copper with a light yellowish khaki head. The aroma has some leathery notes with some toffee. There is a little bit of sweet bread and earthy sweat. The taste has some light notes of leather and toffee. There is also a spicy note in the finish, like cinnamon. A decent and obviously big beer with a sticky body and noticeable alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (5319) - Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2013
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, 2012 winter solstice bottling. Pours hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, cherry, apple, pear, apple skin, molasses, pepper, clove, coriander, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of huge sweet raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, molasses, caramel, toffee, pepper, clove, herbal, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, clove, herbal, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, balance, and robustness of malt and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish surprisingly. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Doppelbock style! Huge complexity, balance, and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2009
2007 bottle shared by Daknole. Hazy burnt orange with no head. Strong aroma of cherries, cake, cerise liqueur, candi sugar, rounding out to a gentle heat in the back of the nose. Potent mouthfeel, goes down hot but mellow. Strong fruit and alcohol character. Lots of skins, like the bottom of a glass of white sangria, with soaked orange slices adding nice citrus tartness. Very interesting brew.

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