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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11071) - 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 (1297) - 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 !

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7796) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2011
Small yellow rim; virtually black beer. Bourbon, vanilla and moccha; sweet chocolate as alcoholic pralines (Belgian chocolates). Petit Beurre cookies; demure, bit of moccha and diluted chocolatedrink. Warming up, the coffee and chocolate flavours increase in strength. Lighter than expected, still very slick. Some alcoholwarming. Rather disappointing flavour, especially after the promising nose. Many thanks to Dirk!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2011
22 oz. brown bottle. Big thanks to a kind BA from Chicago for sending me some of these. Let me first say that its ridiculous that I live in one of the biggest markets in TX but was not available in my city because the distributor didn’t want to bring it in. Shame on them. It poured a very dark brown almost black with a small head. The aroma has vanilla/bourbon barrel character, toasted crackers, fudge, and maybe even some roast. This is a very good aroma. The taste at first has bourbon barrel character contributing some vanilla flavors followed by a fudgie brownie. slightly nutty and maybe even some tastes of Coke. Soft mouthfeel. Now the barrel character is not over the top and is just right. Just enough to add some character to the beer but not overpower the beer. Best beer by Rahr.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1496) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Bomber thanks to maltomeal. Dark brown with a medium fluffy head. Nose is lighter whiskey, maltiness. Taste is a bit chocolate/smooth burnt malts, bourbon is present but not very overwhelming. Smooth, fluffy, a lighter body. Not a bad beer but not one that would that I would seek out in a desert.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Thanks to Beerness for sharing some of this at the Sexual Chocolate release. Served in a SAVOR snifter. Pours a fairly-dark brown with a bit of a crimson hue around the edges. Good tan head with a bit of lacing. The nose brings forward a good dosing of bourbon along with some dark fruit, malty sweetness, and a bit of cherry. The taste is mostly bourbon along with a bit of oak and dark fruits. Cherry component in the finish. Body is medium with a bit of an alcohol bite, though not too much. Carbonation is fairly low and there’s a bit of a twang in the finish. Drinkability was pretty good, though this wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. Not terribly complex and something a bit off in the finish. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-01-2011

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2011
Yet another tasty brew that Zinister sent my way for fantasy football - thanks, Michael! Bright brown pour with a nice crisp cafe au lait head. There’s a lot of inviting oak and vanilla in the nose, with a slightly dry element as well. Mouthfeel is somewhat slick and on the thin side, tending to emphasize the very sweet flavors, again vanilla and supplemented by fruits as well. But there are thankfully enough crisp hops to balance out the brew and it ends up fairly enjoyable (also recalls Hibernation a bit, but downsized).

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (6945) - Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
650ml bomber. It pours a dark brown with a large, fluffy, tannish head that recedes at a decently slow pace. The smell is bourbonny, but it is not over the top, which I like. There is also some cooca, fruits, and roastiness. The flavor is kind of lost, so is the mouthfeel. It is rather thin. The predominant flavor is bitterness which really was surprising. It is very bitter for a winter warmer/bourbon aged beer. It has tannic notes, hoppy(?) bitterness, and roasted malt bitterness. There is also some caramel, bourbon, and cocoa. I don’t think it was executed the way it could have been.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
A gift from Markwise. Thanks a ton man. This pours dark with a hint of red. This beer seems subtle in aroma. I get sour cherries in the nose. a nice mouthfeel. I get some of BBA and its subtle, which i like. An enjoyable brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3108) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Pours brown with a large khaki head. The aroma is chocolate malts, nuts, vanilla and caramel. The flavor is a bit astringent with raisins, bread crust, chocolate, vanilla, nuts, and a touch of nail polish remover in the finish. THe bourbon flavors are well integrated but not much barrel flavor. Kind of simple, but not bad.


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