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RATINGS: 155   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!


3.7
   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 (6582) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, vanilla, raisins, and caramel. Taste is quite sweet, mild bitter, with a sweet woody finish. Medium body, on the lighter side of medium considering the ABV/style, soft carbonation. Very easy to drink. Solid.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
valpoaj (614) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2013
on tap at ginger man in Austin Texas...aroma is pretty solid...bourbon is forward but good malt backbone, oak and dark fruit. flavor is full of malt...booze, some dark fruit and brown sugar, hint of spice. palate is very smooth and this is an easy drinker as it warms...enjoyable offering

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2085) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ShawnC (76) - - APR 19, 2014
Dark black with opaque espresso hints tan thin head with stable lace. Malts up front on the nose with a hint of whiskey barrel in the background. Hints of vanilla and sweet cinnamon on the nose. Great foamy mouthfeel with vanilla ice cream and light roast coffee. Vanilla finish gives a dessert like feel without any overbearing sweetness. ---That dog will hunt!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dls13dls (57) - Royse City, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Says 2013. Wanted to age it but it was my last beer on a Sunday morning. Oak. Nice reddish color. Tan head. Not a lot of booze flavor but its there. Dark Malts. Caramel. Espresso.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - 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.


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