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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (5814) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5256) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (5195) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2012
22oz. Bottle: Got in trade from Errl; THANKS Chris! Aroma of malt, vanilla, slight Bourbon, and a hint of roasting. Poured dark brown/very deep orange in color with a medium-sized, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of medium and large-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, roasting, slight vanilla, slight Bourbon, light wood, and a hint of alcohol. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, malt, roast, wood, vanilla finish is lightly dry. 8.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (4867) - Dallas, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (4687) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4613) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4605) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (4540) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Acquired in a trade. Poured a hazelnut brown. No head was formed. Nose is cloves, vanilla and cocoa beans. Taste is pretty sweet. Loaded with tons of vanilla and coffee with this caramel / vanilla finish. it’s just very sweet, not too spicy and not as much bourbon as I expected.

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