BOSSbrewer (2286) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Ginger Man in Plano TX. Pours deep mahogany with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, and ale esters. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation, spotty lacing. Flavor of caramel, vanilla, raisen, and nutty malts countered moderate bitterness. Overbearing bourbon finish. I like the regular winter warmer better. This is an example proving that adding a beer to a bourbon barrel does not automatically make it better.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
rougeau13 (2131) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
dfinney23 (2078) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Errl (1890) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
TheHOFF43 (1767) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
TXBadger (1733) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.