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RATINGS: 155   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!


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (4930) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Brown pour with creamy tan head and lace. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon barrell, and coconut. Vanilla, BB, coconut, abv, and coffee flavors. Medium full bodied with good carbonation. pretty nice

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4786) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2008
bomber thanks to a friend at the brewery. black pour with a layer of white froth. hints of vanilla, malts and chocolate. roasted malts and wood for flavor and a smooth aftertaste of bourbon and chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4642) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light notes of lacing. Aroma of medium bourbon notes with some light vanilla with some light caramelized malt notes. Taste is also a mix between some caramelized malt notes with light toffee undertones and some vanilla and bourbon notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with nice balanced between complexity and drinkability.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4427) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Thanks to drowland for sharing this at the So Long Sea Bass Tasting. Pours dark red-brown with a small off-white head. Nose dark malts, chocolate, vanilla, barrel, slight raisin, and bourbon. Flavor is similar with decent amount of barrel alongside the dark malts. Light to the lighter side of medium-bodied. Interesting BA Winter Warmer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4286) - Utah, USA - FEB 10, 2012
22oz bottle from thirdeye11, thanks
Appearance: Clear dark brown with a big beige head and lots of sticky lacing
Aroma: Roosted malts, bourbon, woody and vanilla
Taste: Toasted malts, sweet caramel, woody, bourbon and vanilla
Nice and flavorful.

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).

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3968) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (3856) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2009
On tap at the Gingerman in Ft. Worth. The look is dark brown to black with red highlight, and a decent beiged colored head. The smell is dripping with bourbon, vanilla, and wood. Also had toffee, malts, and roasted character as well. The taste is wood, vanilla, cigar like, wood, vanilla, dark fruits, toffee, and alcohol. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (3750) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Christmas in July @ Gman. Pitch black pour. Head is a creamy tan. Creamy smell with several notes of whisky. Interesting. Whisky sweet flavor. Malty and dry roasted bitter as well. After taste is very much whisky. Charcoal flavorings. I waited 2 1/2 years to try this. Most excellent! Major thanks goes to Michael, the bartender who gave me his pint when they had already run out.


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