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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 (38081) - 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]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18915) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle @ RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift, Tower Bridge SE1. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty bourbon aroma with hints of caramel. Sweetish malty caramel flavor with hints of woody barrel and weak hints of bourbon. Has a sweetish malty warming barrel finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (17487) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
7th August 2011
Dean Swift - RBESG Tasting. Hazy red - brown beer. Little pale tan head. Bourbon - vanilla oak nose. Light palate, semi dry. Minerals. Nice vanilla oak and mild bourbon, lacto sweetness. Trace of fruit. Light dry finish. Tasty!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (16800) - 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

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (15111) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Draft. Deep clear amber color, thin wispy white head. Aroma of big bourbon, cocoa. Taste has more bourbon that overwhelms the beery characteristics.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (14856) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle @ RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift. Dark brown colour. Bit of bourbon flavour. Bit of dark malt. fine actually as I don’t normally like bourbon barrel aged beers.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14488) - 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 (14290) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (13578) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2011
Bottle at RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at The Dean Swift, London. Pours ruby-brown with a foamy, off-white head. Big dark, ripe fruit nose. Medium to big sweet flavor, notes of raisin, fig, prune and subtle roasted malts. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, mild wood, some hard alcohol, more dark fruits. Very good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (12509) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
A: This one pours a darkish brown color with a thin khaki colored head. S: Smells roasty with a nice enough chocolate aroma. A bit of oak/wood and some mild vanilla. A bit of dark fruit going on in the background. Mild licorice aromas to it and some hints of coffee. T: Slightly bitter with lots of roasted malts. Some licorice notes, wood, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. Quite a bit of chocolate, perhaps some of which is from oxidation. Light notes of dark fruit on the palate as well. M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. D: This was quite good. Not too much bourbon flavor, but a nice -bal contribution to it and good flavors overall.


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