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RATINGS: 170   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4898) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (4593) - 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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (4576) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4457) - 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 (4369) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (4046) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (4043) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - 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.

   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).

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