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RATINGS: 162   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!


3.7
   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!

3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 5, 2010
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Big and malty, medium sweetness, lots of oak. Not as much bourbon specifically as in other bourbon BA beers. Smooth and creamy, easy drinker. Works great as a "winter warmer".

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4545) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Thanks to drowland for sharing this at the So Long Sea Bass Tasting. Pours dark red-brown with a small off-white head. Nose dark malts, chocolate, vanilla, barrel, slight raisin, and bourbon. Flavor is similar with decent amount of barrel alongside the dark malts. Light to the lighter side of medium-bodied. Interesting BA Winter Warmer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgBeerGeek (1299) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2011
thx to Joris and Dirk sampled at kulminator

head: none
colour: dark brown to black
smell: chocolat, vanilla, alcohol, praliné, cocoa, bourbon
taste: butter bisquits, chocolat, alcohol, some smokey , roasted , hops , malts, bit of coffee bitter (chicoré ), bitter earthy end , quite nice !

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2676) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2011

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ RBESG 11 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift, 10 Gainsford Street, London, England SE1 2NE.

Clear dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, roasted, caramel, tea, wood, light chocolate, light to moderate hoppy. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, chocolate, tea bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110807]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3400) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6837) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2011
22 oz. bottle from a buddy in Texas- thanks, Brian! Pours an opaque amber-brown color with a small, initially frothy tan head that settles into a small ring and film. Aroma of caramel, wood, earth, nuts, raisins, dark malts, and a little bit of peppery spice. Flavor of caramel, toasted malts, nuts, earth, vanilla, dates, raisins, brown sugar, wood, and a splash of coffee. Light-medium-bodied, with a roasty, earthy mouthfeel and some sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation. Solid bourbon barrel ale that could stand more body and more bourbon barrel pop.


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