Winter Sol
Tilted Barn Brewery

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Winter Warmer
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3.86 | pDev: 8.03%
Tilted Barn Brewery
Rhode Island, United States
Notes: Somewhere between a brown ale and a porter, this complex winter ale has notes of chocolate and vanilla with a hint of roastyness. At 8.5% ABV it's sure to help you get through the long winter nights.
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Canned on 12/23/19

Pours an oily black body with a finger and a half of bubbling mocha foam; head recedes fairly quickly, yielding a temporary cap, thin collar, and a smattering of soapy, foamy webbing spread around the walls of the glass.

Aromas of lightly smoked coffee grounds and juicy dark berry quickly give way to roasty, milky chocolate, and then into a flowing wave of vanilla bean through the middle; softer tones of alcohol and a malted milk sweetness exchange prominence over the course of the bouquet.

Taste opens with heavily charred malt tones with suggestions of black licorice as a strong hop bite peaks through in the middle, with an almost acrid licorice/coffee astringency dissipating into a dense roasted coffee tone as it warms.

Mouthfeel presents a dense medium-thick body, verging on inky, along with a moderate carbonation; slickness along the palate to start before a building bone-dry malty roast peaks on the back end into what becomes a warming finish lighter than the body would leave one to expect.

A promising interplay of roasty and sweet is cut off by a consistently astringent hop tone and holds the beer back from developing any layers. For what it is, though, this is certainly drinkable, if not as completely satisfying as it could have been.

Jan 14, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown almost black color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a decent pace. Mild stringy lace. The aroma had some roasted coffee beans and chocolate malts with a semi-balancing bitter edge of some grassy hops. Just a touch of vanilla and a slight woodiness comes about. The flavor leads with the roasty and sweet aromas strolling into the aftertaste and briskly into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Decent carbonation. ABV seemed to come close to what the brewer projected. Overall, nicely done porter or is this an American brown ale? Whatever it is, it's damn good.

Jun 11, 2017
Winter Sol from Tilted Barn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 7 ratings