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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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3619) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2009
On tap at the Gingerman in Fort Worth, TX. Dark mahogany brown with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of toffee, vanilla, tobacco, caramel, and fruit (raisin and pear). Taste is of caramel, vanilla, tobacco, oak and bourbon.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2011
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Pours a nice, slick brown with a nose of vanilla, caramel, tobacco, and oak. Very pleasing in my booger suitcases. Flavor is light but tasty oak, bourbon, vanilla, pipe tobacco, and caramel. Average mouthfeel. Great, great beer; funny how the nose and the flavor match. What a world.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (3507) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Black runny beer with a quick to fade head. Some sugary malt aroma but weak. The flavor is much stronger. The vanilla taste is prominent. The oak not so much. Its thick bodied. The flavor is heavy maple sugar as is the finish. A bit too sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Growler that was brought to Andrew BMan1113vrs thanksgiving tasting. Pours Brown with no head. Nose is huge with lots of malt. Taste is sweet, and rich very very nice for the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3272) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a pocked beige head. Nose is bourbon, cola, caramel and oak. Creamy medium body with a tang. Taste is dusty chocolate, a hint of molasses, bourbon, toffee and bitter greens. Too much barrel but nice hints of sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
22oz bottle from blutt59, thanks Bob! Pours a deep, hazed, dark brown colored body with a nice ruby hue. Finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a pretty lacing. Aroma is really pleasant. Lots of rich caramels and vanilla, dark fruits and plums, bourbon, wood, a light amount of smoke and roast, and some chocolate. Flavor is solid as well. Caramel, bourbon, and a good amount of spices up front before a smooth vanilla and some dark fruits come in. Lots of oak and a light peaty toast guide this into a smooth finish where it dries with lots of wood and a nice spice giving it a light bitterness. Just a slight warming feel before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Smooth, somewhat creamy, medium body and soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable barrel-aged beer. Solid depth to both the aroma and flavor with a soft, smooth body. Alcohol is hidden except for a small warmth in the chest. This one impressed me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2012
22oz bottle 12 Vintage 12/26/12 (Whole Foods-Lamar AUS)-40 in Engligh Pint-Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, malt, caramel, and chocolate. Taste of the same with more chocolate and bourbon. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and goes down easy. Nice brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3225) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2011
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a very dark brown with a medium frothty tan head that lasts awhile leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a sweet roasted malt with chocolate and fruit. Thin mouthfeel with a roasted malt and coffee and chocolate with a nice light bitter finish. Hides the alcohol well making it easy to drink, a very good English strong ale from Rahr.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3106) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2011
50cl traded bottle. Pours a nice deep, dark brown with a large tan head of tiny bubbles. Fair lacing. Malty aroma with a hint of chocolate and the barrel too. Still fresh enough to get a little hop spice in the flavor. Pretty tasty with some nice vanilla notes. Longer finish with some hops and booze. Nice.


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