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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3401) - Media, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3388) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Growler that was brought to Andrew BMan1113vr’s 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.

3.9
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3245) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3224) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Pours dark brown...opaque...with a medium tan head. Aroma has mild candied fruits, faint peat, raisin, and mild bourbon. Flavor has light raisin and vanilla...bourbon is light...almost like a dubbel. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with some nice oak and very mild bourbon in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2882) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2881) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle at home with my dad. Pour is deep brown, almost black with a big brown head and great lacing. Big spice- gingerbread, graham cracker, roast, brown sugar, vanilla, bread, and figs in the aroma. Taste is roasty, gingerbread, cocoa, dough, sweet malt, whisky, coconut, and coffee with a toasted bitter finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Very tasty beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2011 Re-Rate: 01/14/2011: Pours a dark brown with tan head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, vanilla, cherry. Flavor packs a little punch, obvious bourbon and oak characters, light subtle woody tannins, malt, dark fruit, vanilla, spicy finish. Mouth feel is medium body, medium-high carbonation. Overall, WoW!!!!! By far the best brew from Rahr! 02/18/2008 Oook.....This beer was interesting....Poured a great dark roast color....with a nice off white head. This is limited eddition...I seen the cask’s myself and had an early sampling before the public.....Has a terrific bourbon aroma with nice malty fragrance. Taste was, well, a nice suprise....Dark roast with hints of bourbon, I even got to taste the sticky remains of bourbon that was still on the wood cask....delicious. Nicely bitter with an even balance of an alcohol spicyness, malt, and hops.....very good beer, and it’s unfortunate not many people will have an opportunity to try it.....

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2677) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Bottle from a trade. Nice and smooth here. Elements of wintery spice and a little molasses in the aroma. Slightly sweet. Treatment adds some body and complexity but not a ton of flavor. A little wood and bourbon on the finish.


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