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RATINGS: 170   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
roxtersoxter (358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Pours black with no head out of bottle. Aroma of oak and chocolate. Taste of chocolate malt with an oak finish. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebrymanosu (39) - - JAN 4, 2014
I like the fact that you can taste the base beer and can enjoy the malt complexity of the beer. Not overly boozy. I like this beer quite a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tformby (4) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
Super smooth with high intensity. Nice blend of srong London Ale , vanilla and hints of bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metallion66 (104) - - DEC 23, 2013
Has an intoxicatingly beautiful aroma of vanilla and bourbon. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Taste is actually very reminiscent of Firestone Walkers Velvet Merkin. Very excellent brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Experiment_Ale (1090) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2013
At bottle shop during Scott’s birthday. Pours black nice thin head. Aroma is thin, but malt, nutmeg spice, bourbon, smooth. Very small milky note. Taste is nice smooth silky full bodied toasty warm.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
sjohnny (441) - - DEC 13, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2014 Really nice fruit, toffee, whiskey aroma. Pours very dark almost black with a dark tan head that fades quickly. Oak, dark fruit, molasses, vanilla. The flavors are really nice but it has a little harshness on the finish and it’s lighter bodied than I would have thought from the aroma. Kind of thin. Overall a good beer that might be better with a little time on it. Update 11-15-2014. A year mellowed this out and have it a richer flavor. Still kind of thin but much much better. Taste and overall would rate much higher.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bzoot (5) - Lake Jackson, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2013 does not count
This was one of the first winter warmers that I had ever tried. It is full of flavor and hits the spot every time

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (9164) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2013
22 oz bottle. From a trade with Rosebud butternuts. Thanks a lot Eric!
Dark brown almost black colour with a small frothy light tan head. Berries, mild sourness, liquorice, mild maltiness and some whiskey sweetness in the aroma. The flavour is much easier than the complex aroma. Toasted malt, berries, mild sourness, some whiskey sweetness, woody dryness and mild hops in the aroma. Slightly thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2013
brown, creamy tan head with moderate retention and a lot of lacing. bouron, oak, toast, vanilla, toffee, slight fruit. medium sweet and medium bitter. medium body, creamy feel, a bit warm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with light ruby highlights and a two finger beige head that recedes to a ring. Aroma is toasted malt, chocolate, light vanilla and a hint of oak from the barrels. Taste has toasted malt, powdery chocolate, and vanilla as well as some residual sweetness, and lingering oak flavor. A bitterness builds towards the finish with a spicy aftertaste. A lighter body that is lightly carbonated.

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