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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!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Big thanks to cavie for bringing this handbottle. Clear dark brown pour. Aroma is boozy, caramel, delicious coffee. Flavor is amazing. Coffee, vanilla, bourbon, caramel. Great blend of flavors.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle. Opens and gushes a bit pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. Dark fruit, spice, and slight bourbon. Medium Mouthfeel. Rich flavors; dark chocolate, spice, green apple, and dark fruit notes. I tend to believe this is slightly infected given the carbonation level and slight green apple notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1333) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1315) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2011
This is an English Strong Ale? Yeah, I guess. Very even notes of barrel-aging here. Smooth and warming against a standard malt body dominated by sweet fruits and some cocoa. Good beer, wish I had gotten a bigger pour.

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 !

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mmmbeer (1225) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2011
12 oz. tulip at the Co-op- served a black color with a small tint of maroon, 1 finger creamy off tan head. Nose of bootleg whiskey, malt, and a small note of smoke. Hits the mouth with a light medium body, whiskey drowns out all the malt feel and continues into the middle, finish is very warming with a candi sugar backbone. Very out of line, didn’t like it. Slammed it in 5 minutes, hopped on the train, and got home.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TXBadger (1214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2014
I used to really like this beer, the 2010, 2011, and 2012 versions were great. In 2013, there were many issues, and very inconsistent from bottle to bottle. One bottle I had, had a lot of bourbon in it, while another bottle had barely any. Just not what I expected after years of consistency. Ruined the beer for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (1188) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dyetube (1181) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Bottle from jets and barrels. This beer pours a deep amber almost black with thin off white head. The aroma are vanilla, oak, light cherries, chocolate. The mouthfeel is sticky and slightly sweet with a heavy body. This is one well crafted beer! Cheers!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
It looks like I’m bucking the trend on this one. I had plenty of this last year, but I guess it wore off. The aroma is of sweetness and raisins and the taste following through, with some bitterness. Unfortunately, I felt the bourbon flavor overpowered the beer a bit too much - the taste of bourbon is the by far the most powerful of the flavors, yet I really enjoy bourbon. The bourbon flavor even dominates the finish. I’d like to try this with a bit less bourbon in it. At least it stands out enough that I recommend everyone give it a try.


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