mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2008
On tap at Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice. 10 oz serving in a tulip glass. Caramel brown color, cloudy, with minimal tan head. Incredible aroma of sweet malt, caramel, brandy, and dark fruit. Smooth, slightly thick mouthfeel. One of the best smelling and tasting beers I have ever had. Not sure what it is like out of the bottle, but on tap it was incredible. Wow. JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2006 Wouldnt really call this one a Dopplebock, but well.... Pours a super nice amber rose, rather clear, with minimal head. Nose is lots of fruity esters, plums and cherries, along with some yeast and spice. Taste is mad bubblegum. Also included are berries, raisins, and maple sugar, earthy vanilla. Yum yum. Perfect silky texture. Lighter in body, hides the alcohol well. I enjoyed this much more than the overhyped Raspberry Eisbock. Complex and easily drinkable. Not so negative, huh Mike? polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bottle 2007oma has notes of dry dark fruits, honey, caramel, and a little yeast. Deep ruby amber hue with a small mostly disappearing head that left no lace. Flavor is sticky sweet and ends slightly bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Wow, very good brew. Sticky sweet with a nice complex sherry port tone and no noticable alcohol. A classic Kuhnhenn style malt bomb. Awesome! Lubiere (13915) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2010
2007 edition. A reddish brown bock with almost no head. In aroma, dark fruits in alcohol, sweet candy, loads of fruity esters, superb! In mouth, a superb and balance exercise in excess, with figs, molasses, soy sauce, and alcohol. A beautiful offering. 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.
superspak (5600) - 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. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Shadowy amber body, capped with a thin, but sure, off-white layer of foam.
Nose is rich, malty, strong, cognac and cherries, with chocolate on the side...slick, devilish, delightful.
Ahhhh...one sip and I know this is a juicy gem! Big, robust fruit, ooozing berries and grapes, rasins and dates, tangible texture, oily mouthfeel, and absolutely delicious!
flavor rebounds again and again, tastes better every time, too...can’t feel the booze yet, either, but it’s early, still.
this is a genius choice for a winter beer. I think I’ll open the window, for maximum effect. Intensely warming and fabulously flavored.
Another brilliant Kuhnhenn effort. Big surprise.
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2009
Bottle at the brewpub. Quite full and well balanced. Real wintery and wonderfully wintery. Malty, slightly spicy. Semi clear and deep golden in colour. Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2005
This was a very smooth beer but the alcohol was definitely present in a good way. The beer really can warm you up on a cold winter’s night. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2006 Tap: Brilliant copper color with off white head. Aroma has loads of fruit, bubblgum, caramel, mollasses, and faint woodsy/smokiness quality in the background. Flavor is all sweet malt, caramel, mollasses, up front, with candy sugar and dark fruits through the middle. Finishes with a long residuel candy sugar aftertaste. Perfect mellow/smooth mouthfeel. Doesn’t taste like 15.5% but it feels like it after 2 glasses. Very fine brew overall. Recommend trying every batch that comes out, as this is my third time rating this (2 draft/1bottle), and it had improved every time.