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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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (2627) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle says winter 2012. Don’t know if that means if it’s a year or two years old. Very dark brown pour. Nice amount of bourbon, kind if a scotch ale taste, lots of spices that work well with the bourbon. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6302) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Shared by Phatdog1’s. Thanks Craig! Not sure the vintage but the label did state it was 8.5% ABV. Dark, dirty brown in color. No head or lace. Aroma has light whiskey on top of earthy mats and tree bark. The flavor starts with dried fruits and caramel with a sweet malty base. The vanilla and like oak barrel come through in the finish. Traces of whiskey after the swallow. Medium in body and silky texture. A nice sipping brew that I finish real quick. Well crafted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle at home with my dad. Pour is deep brown, almost black with a big brown head and great lacing. Big spice- gingerbread, graham cracker, roast, brown sugar, vanilla, bread, and figs in the aroma. Taste is roasty, gingerbread, cocoa, dough, sweet malt, whisky, coconut, and coffee with a toasted bitter finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Very tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wordsworth (147) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bomber poured into snifter. Pours a dark, murky brown with a thin white head that fades into a collar with soapy lacing. Aroma is oak, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is smooth, largely vanilla and a bourbony sweetness, with traces of oak and malt. Slick mouthfeel and a medium body, lightly carbonated. Decent but not amazing.

   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 (1096) - 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 (521) - - 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.

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