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RATINGS: 167   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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. The nose is dark fruits, molasses, vanilla and bourbon. The taste is light spice, light chocolate, red fruits, caramel malt and bourbon. Medium mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
On tap(thanks Kevin!) at Freetail Brewpub SA(9Jan11)pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is light barrel, oak, vanilla, roast. Flavor is licorice, and light barrel elements of vanilla and wet wood. Enough roast to make the body interesting and the barrel is finessed enough to not be overbearing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2150) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Had at the Great Arkansas Beer Festival 2014. Pours a dark brown. Thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon and toffee, caramel. Flavor follows with some bourbon but mostly caramel and oakiness. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with light ruby highlights and a two finger beige head that recedes to a ring. Aroma is toasted malt, chocolate, light vanilla and a hint of oak from the barrels. Taste has toasted malt, powdery chocolate, and vanilla as well as some residual sweetness, and lingering oak flavor. A bitterness builds towards the finish with a spicy aftertaste. A lighter body that is lightly carbonated.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rougeau13 (2074) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Extremely dark brown with a puffybeige head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted and chocolate malt, plums, bourbon and wood. Sweet and woody tasting with just enough bourbon to accent. Nice that it doesn’t take over. Nice medium-full body and smooth, with just enough alcohol to make a really nice winter warmer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (1957) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Looks like beer, smells and tastes like bourbon! Lots of oak, vanilla and caramelized sugar with just enough malt and hop backbone to remind you it’s beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (1825) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 650ml Bottle-Poured into a Rahr Winter warmer Glass..The Pour is a very dark amber with off white soapy head a bit of lacing on the glass..The Aroma is Vanilla, and light oak, and i am catching a hint of spice.The Taste is amazing You get some tastes of raisin then vanilla, a bit of Fresh oak, and hints of Malts. nice bold warming oak on the Palate.. The flavors are wonderfully balanced and it keeps calling you back for more.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (1760) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark with minimal head. Aroma is bourbon, sugars and some malt with a.matching flavor profile. Nice bourbon, not too strong, with great burnt sugar and caramel. Very enjoyable beer.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TXBadger (1663) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2014
I used to really like this beer, the 2010, 2011, and 2012 versions were great. In 2013, there were many issues, and very inconsistent from bottle to bottle. One bottle I had, had a lot of bourbon in it, while another bottle had barely any. Just not what I expected after years of consistency. Ruined the beer for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1638) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2011
This is an English Strong Ale? Yeah, I guess. Very even notes of barrel-aging here. Smooth and warming against a standard malt body dominated by sweet fruits and some cocoa. Good beer, wish I had gotten a bigger pour.


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