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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
We take recently emptied barrels and refill them with our Winter Warmer English-Style Dark Ale. We then age this majestic ale for 10 weeks, resulting in a skillfully balanced, ambitious blend of dark malts and English hops, complimented by dark fruit, raisin and vanilla characteristics. The oak is very apparent, adding additional depth and complexity - yielding an ale that is large in personality. So raise a glass of holiday cheer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle shared during AZRBWG. Pour is brown with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of toffee, bourbon, nuts, cocoa and a hint of peat smoke. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of roasted malt, brown sugar, and coffee. Overall body is moderate and finishes with a light to moderate earthy bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bomber coutesy of Thirdeye11 poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, light carmel and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, toasted malt, toffee, light spice and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Poured into a snifter. 4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of super creamy beige/tan head. Average retention and a good amount of lacing. 4.0 S: Good balance between the bourbon components and the beer - the bourbon holds about 60% of the nose’s share. Bourbon and barrel contribute a decent amount of vanilla, oak, melon fruitiness, and a touch of booze. The underlying beer offers a pleasant plum fruitiness, some caramel, nuts, graininess and a touch of roastiness. 4.0 T: I assumed the beer would be bolder and more robust, but it it isn’t and it works well. Rather it tastes like an easy drinking porter moreso than a winter warmer. Grainy, with a moderate roastiness, plenty of nuttiness, and only a mild caramel and dark fruit component. The bourbon is less pronounced than in the nose, but still plays a good role in the overall flavor. Vanilla, leather, oak, and melon are all there with some strength. I think the 10 weeks in the bourbon barrel was just right given the strength of the beer. Any longer and the beer would have to fight with the bourbon components. 4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy with a good crispness to it. I like this. 4.0 D: Pretty good and easy drinking beer. Lots of things done right and nothing done wrong. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-22-2011 02:18:02

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Shared at the tampa crew tuesday tasting. Thanks beastiefan2k. Strong coffee and sweet milk chocolate aroma with a light bba kiss. thin body, quick finish. enjoyed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Bottle in a trade with Hopper and shared with Armin. Thanks guys! Black pour with red highlights. Spare head, but good lacing. Aroma is candied dark fruit and burnt sugars. Some bourbon, but not overpowering. A very nice smelling beer. Some great roasty and ashy aromas pushing through as well. Taste is great as well. Lots of ashy dark fruits, not overly sweet. More vanilla than brown sugar here, bourbon is not overdone at all. Finishes slightly sweet, though the oakyness does push through to balance everything out nicely. Slightly warming and quite creamy. A real pleasure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Pours black with red, off white head. Aroma has notes of candied plums, raisins, some ash, and vanilla. Taste is vanilla, touch of bourbon, some nice dark fruit, ash and a touch of roast. Very nice, complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Reddish brown pour, creamy tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, light peat, honey, caramel malt. Flavor is oaky, bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2011
22oz Bomber. Pours a dark cloudy chestnut with a tan 2-fingered head. Aroma of vanilla bean, and slight bit of the barrel. Flavor has just a touch of bourbon, with malt, dark fruit, on top of light bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13 (2630) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2016 2016: Extremely dark brown with a puffy beige head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted and chocolate malt, plums, bourbon and wood. Sweet and woody tasting with just enough bourbon to accent. Medium bodied and dry. 2/26/2011: 8 4 8 4 17 = 4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcox90 (1924) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2011
22 oz bottle courtesy of Cavie. Dark reddish brown with almost no light showing through as I hold it up to the light. Nice 1 finger cream colored head that sticks around. A little lace is left when the head recedes. Caramel malt and vanilla aroma with a little bourbon in the background. Flavor has the same caramel and vanilla as in the aroma with spice notes and oak. I like that the bourbon is somewhat subdued. There’s just enough to be interesting, but not so much that you think you’re drinking a glass of Maker’s Mark. Nice full, warming palate. Very nice, thank you Travis for initiating this trade.

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