53/1638) Home: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Solstice Stout by Great Lakes Brewery of Ontario: **; 11.9%, 60 ibu; nose is oak, bitter coffee, vanilla, leather; tastes of oak, bourbon with a hint of vanilla; very complex - a slow sipper well suited to the cold weather that just returned (after the skating rinks had shut down for the season);
The story is that this was brewed on vernal equinox, on summer solstice it was moved into fresh bourbon barrels and bottled on winter solstice. I opened it today, spring equinox. I have saved two bottles for aging to be opened on autumnal equinox and winter solstice. I'm not the biggest fan of summer.