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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2011

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ RBESG 11 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift, 10 Gainsford Street, London, England SE1 2NE.

Clear dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, roasted, caramel, tea, wood, light chocolate, light to moderate hoppy. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, chocolate, tea bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110807]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14110) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle @ RBESG Grand Tasting @ Dean Swift, London 2011. Pours dark brown with a small creamy brown head. Oak, caramel and vanilla. Sweet with a vague warmth. Smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13801) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2011
Bottle (Grand Tasting at RBESG 2011, London) at Dean Swift. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Barley, bourbon, fruiyt, sweetmess, nutty, ok bitterness, light oxidation, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, light boozy, oakey. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6724) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 10, 2011
Bottle at RBESG Grand Tasting. Bourbon and caramel nose, fruity. Muddy brown appearance. Flavor is sweet bourbon, vanilla, caramel and butterscotch. Rich, tasty, tangy, with a bitter finish. Too much barrel.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Dark muddy brown with a spotty, sudsy off-white head. Nicely layered nose of dark fruits, heavy bourbon, raisins. Thin mouthfeel with notes of spicecake, bourbon, lemon, and more booze.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4146) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Thanks ericandersnavy. Pours dark burnt brown with one finger of brown head. Nose is vinous and tart with oak (if that makes sense), sour bourbon and dextrinous malt profile. One dimensional, barrel’s there for sure but not much else. Mouthfeel is meh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Dark fruit, wood, a hint of vanilla, some nice bourbon notes on the nose. Pours dark auburn/brown, nice tannish head settles to a ring. The flavor starts off nice and woody, moves to a solid dark fruity note, perhaps a touch of chocolate, followed by vanilla, and finally nice bourbon to put it all together. Smooth, well balanced, and drinkable. Good barrel treatment.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2677) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Bottle from a trade. Nice and smooth here. Elements of wintery spice and a little molasses in the aroma. Slightly sweet. Treatment adds some body and complexity but not a ton of flavor. A little wood and bourbon on the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11227) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2011
22oz bottle-pours a light tan head and dark brown color. Aroma is vanilla/wood. Taste is vanilla/wood/some bourbon. 3.9

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgBeerGeek (1299) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2011
thx to Joris and Dirk sampled at kulminator

head: none
colour: dark brown to black
smell: chocolat, vanilla, alcohol, praliné, cocoa, bourbon
taste: butter bisquits, chocolat, alcohol, some smokey , roasted , hops , malts, bit of coffee bitter (chicoré ), bitter earthy end , quite nice !


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