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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Bottle from a generous guy on BA - thanks! Pours a dark cola color with a small swirl of tan foam. Aroma is thin, sweet bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chalky malt, and gum. It actually smells better than my description but it does have a thin, sweet quality to it. Taste is light bourbon up front followed by a nondescript base beer consisting of sweet malt, toffee, some light hop bitterness, and some alcohol on the finish. There is also some noticeable raisin and/or plum toward the back third of the taste. Mouthfeel is light and thin. On the whole just an okay beer for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1199) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2012
01/15/2012. Pours dark nut brown, thin head, medium retention. Aroma of caramel raisin, holiday dried fruits, vanilla, brown sugar, dark bread malts, subtle roast. Taste is nutty, brown roasted malts, caramel brown sugar, spices, bittering hops, bourbon finish. Light yet full in the mouth, manages to avoid sticky sweetness, alcohol very much under control. Overall pretty nice. Reminds me of Mother of All Storms actually (maybe the English hopping?), but little less well integrated.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (2257) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Looks like beer, smells and tastes like bourbon! Lots of oak, vanilla and caramelized sugar with just enough malt and hop backbone to remind you it’s beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (17266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle at RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting ... dark brown ... thin tan head ... soft vanilla toffeee malt nose ... rought malts ... big vanilla ... big alcohol ... sweet light bourbon... not for me

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhamp9 (1298) - Corinth, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Pours a dark brown with a cream colored head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, and brown sugar. Taste is heavy bourbon with caramel sweetness. Alcohol is prevalent in this one.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (389) - Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Aroma of sweet chocolate and raisin toast. Extremely smooth with tons of chocolate and subdued hops. Interesting bourbon character with no real harsh tones to it. Amazing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Black runny beer with a quick to fade head. Some sugary malt aroma but weak. The flavor is much stronger. The vanilla taste is prominent. The oak not so much. Its thick bodied. The flavor is heavy maple sugar as is the finish. A bit too sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (2114) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 650ml Bottle-Poured into a Rahr Winter warmer Glass..The Pour is a very dark amber with off white soapy head a bit of lacing on the glass..The Aroma is Vanilla, and light oak, and i am catching a hint of spice.The Taste is amazing You get some tastes of raisin then vanilla, a bit of Fresh oak, and hints of Malts. nice bold warming oak on the Palate.. The flavors are wonderfully balanced and it keeps calling you back for more.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
high_on_hops (785) - Burlingame, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
A thick, black body and a very small tan head. A complex aroma, with malt, hops, smoke, and bourbon. The taste has a lot going on, with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a finishing kick from the bourbon with a velvety mouth feel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11784) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2011
RBESG August 2011, grand tasting. Deep, ruby brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of toffee and dried fruit, with loads of bourbon and vanilla. Sweetish malty flavour with overwhelming bourbon character.


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