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Dogwood Winter Ale 2003 (Whiskey-barrel aged)

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4035) - Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
A rare find recently at the 5 Seasons. A random offering was made and had the privilege of sampling. Apparently this was the 5SN Winterjack that was once on tap up in Alpharetta. Deep rust color. Sweet aroma of cherries, vanilla, and some spiciness. Flavors are of a well made malt character along with some chocolate notes. Finishes off with a sweet flavor that resembles White Grape juice, but without the tartness, then add some smooth vanilla aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fro2218 (470) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Has this at the brewery on tap. A nice dark red color with a wonderful spicy aroma. The malty backbone is perfect for winter and the hints of whiskey are just right.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Winter 2003 BA
Date: April 15, 2004
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery
Appearance: very dark reddish brown, frothy tan head
Aroma: sweet aroma with lots of vanilla
Flavor: sweet malt flavor with a good oaky character that fades into a bitter finish, just a quick touch of a mild alcoholic burn, warming after only a couple of sips

Name: Winter 2003 BA
Date: March 01, 2005
Source: home keg
big sweet vanilla character, yummy

Name: Winter 2003 BA
Date: March 13, 2005
Mode: draft
lots of sweet vanilla in both the aroma and flavor, over shadows any of the belgian esters, almost cloying at first but settles down quickly, need to boost the carbonation a bit

Name: Winter 2003 BA
Date: July 09, 2006
Mode: draft
still a lot of sweetness but the oaky vanilla is really nice, still some hot esters but not overpowering,

Name: Winter 2003 BA
Date: August 23, 2006
Mode: draft
probably the last entry for this fine brew as the last keg in existance is down to the last couple of snifters, big chocolate, whisky, oak, and vanilla with nothing being the promant profile as everything is very well blended, nice fruity sweetness with a slight alcohol edge

Name: Winter 2003 BA
Date: December 13, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: 5N
crawford had a hidden keg and tapped it at the new Five Seasons, tasty as ever with the whisky, oak, and vanilla coming on strong

Name: Winter 2003 BA
Date: March 06, 2008
Mode: draft
Source: Ale Atlanta
this dog wonít die as a keg shows up at an ale atlanta meeting, whisky is fading and very well balances the chocolate of the base beer, lots of fruity

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintocb (641) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2006
On tap at 5 Seasons North. They are calling it Winterjack. Delicious beer. Poured a still, cloudy, brown...looked like really dirty water. Smelled like wood, burbon, and some vanilla notes. The beer was amazingly full and slick in my mouth. The burbon taste was almost too much. Iím not a big fan of burbon, so I imagine for those of you who are it isnít at all too much. Chocolate and toffee notes. The belgian dubble was there in the finish right before the real finish which was more burbon. What a delight. I had a day to kill and drove over thinking Iíd get some very good beer brewed in Georgia, but didnít expect this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Bottle from Walt I think. Thanks again for this one. The barrel aging is subtle on this. Clearly definible but does not hide the fruity esters. Some fruit that I would classify as ripe pears?? Getting past its prime but still a very nice treat to enjoy,thanks again Walt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2006
KPís Fest. 1 liter swing top. Pours a deep ruby almost bright brownish and a fizzy small head. Spicy aroma - light cinnamon and nugtmeg, sweet caramel malts, light bourbon, oaky and some high alcohol hints. Flavor of dried fruits, bourbon, sweet malts, more spice, and an earthy light bitter finish with more alcohol. Relatively smooth finish and full mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Old notes from various tastings. KP rocks for having some of this beer still around, not to mention that his cellar ought to be a separate entry under íplacesí on ratebeer. Dark brown pour. Huge sweet vanilla whisky bourbon aroma, with just enough of the base yeasty dubbel to poke through. Sweet oaky whisky flavors, with a backing of yeasty sweet and fruity malts. Fairly full beer. Damn this is a fantastic beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2005
I canít believe 2 things. 1) that dogwood doesnít exist anymore as i love everything by them so far, and 2) that i forgot to have the decadent at Kpís when it was on tap! dammit! anyways, this beer was excellent. it was smooth and warm and definitely had that jack daniels feel to it :) very good variation on the winter. i really wish these guys were still around and brewing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Thanks to KP for sharing this one. The beer pours a dark brown color from a growler. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is brown sugar and molasses, some oak and bourbon. A medium to full bodied Double. Malts are brown sugar, fruity and sweet. Very smooth. Oak and bourbon flavors are very evident. Mellow and very easy drinking. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Had this fine beer on tap at kpís. Very black, very chocolate. definite whiskey tones in both the aroma and body, damn fine brew i must say.


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