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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2230) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (2711) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Shared by Phatdog1’s. Thanks Craig! Not sure the vintage but the label did state it was 8.5% ABV. Dark, dirty brown in color. No head or lace. Aroma has light whiskey on top of earthy mats and tree bark. The flavor starts with dried fruits and caramel with a sweet malty base. The vanilla and like oak barrel come through in the finish. Traces of whiskey after the swallow. Medium in body and silky texture. A nice sipping brew that I finish real quick. Well crafted.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhops (427) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Hand bottle thanks to somebody via mar. Pours dark black with tinge of cola brown. Thick head dissipates quickly. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, burnt malt coffee and a hint of hops I love the way this beer smells! So much that the flavor is a bit disappointing but still sold. Vanilla up front that gives way to burnt malts. Not as complex as the aroma. A bit thin and watery but still a very interesting beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
on tap, walnut brown colored pour with tasting khaki foam, aromas of bourbon and caramel, flavors of caramel, vanilla and bourbon, finish is lighter than expected

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle @ Seabass going away party, Jan15th ’11 Brune foncée, mousse est fine beige. Au nez, qcq légères notes de bourbon, malt et caramel, au palais le bourbon et la vanille prennent un peu une place arrière où le tout se mélange avec la malt grillé et des notes de fruits.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2011
8%? No way...pour is opaque and cola brown with a dense sticky tan head...smell is toasty and sweet...caramel, molasses, vanilla, and bourbon...taste is toasty and sweet too with similar flavors...slight bitterness in the finish...booze comes out a bit then too...maybe I believe 8% afterall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (9921) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
A: This one pours a darkish brown color with a thin khaki colored head. S: Smells roasty with a nice enough chocolate aroma. A bit of oak/wood and some mild vanilla. A bit of dark fruit going on in the background. Mild licorice aromas to it and some hints of coffee. T: Slightly bitter with lots of roasted malts. Some licorice notes, wood, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. Quite a bit of chocolate, perhaps some of which is from oxidation. Light notes of dark fruit on the palate as well. M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. D: This was quite good. Not too much bourbon flavor, but a nice -bal contribution to it and good flavors overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1466) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - FEB 27, 2011
22oz Bomber. Pours a dark cloudy chestnut with a tan 2-fingered head. Aroma of vanilla bean, and slight bit of the barrel. Flavor has just a touch of bourbon, with malt, dark fruit, on top of light bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odde (305) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Shared at the tampa crew tuesday tasting. Thanks beastiefan2k. Strong coffee and sweet milk chocolate aroma with a light bba kiss. thin body, quick finish. enjoyed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9034) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bomber coutesy of Thirdeye11 poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, light carmel and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, toasted malt, toffee, light spice and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.


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