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RATINGS: 161   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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2011
bomber. Pours black with a big tan head. Good lacing on the glass. Nose is of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Taste is of bourbon, roast malt and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is medium-thin with some bitterness. Needs more body. This is much better than their regular winter warmer. Pretty good brew. Better than I expected.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Poured into a snifter. 4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of super creamy beige/tan head. Average retention and a good amount of lacing. 4.0 S: Good balance between the bourbon components and the beer - the bourbon holds about 60% of the nose’s share. Bourbon and barrel contribute a decent amount of vanilla, oak, melon fruitiness, and a touch of booze. The underlying beer offers a pleasant plum fruitiness, some caramel, nuts, graininess and a touch of roastiness. 4.0 T: I assumed the beer would be bolder and more robust, but it it isn’t and it works well. Rather it tastes like an easy drinking porter moreso than a winter warmer. Grainy, with a moderate roastiness, plenty of nuttiness, and only a mild caramel and dark fruit component. The bourbon is less pronounced than in the nose, but still plays a good role in the overall flavor. Vanilla, leather, oak, and melon are all there with some strength. I think the 10 weeks in the bourbon barrel was just right given the strength of the beer. Any longer and the beer would have to fight with the bourbon components. 4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy with a good crispness to it. I like this. 4.0 D: Pretty good and easy drinking beer. Lots of things done right and nothing done wrong. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-22-2011 02:18:02

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16107) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
7th August 2011
Dean Swift - RBESG Tasting. Hazy red - brown beer. Little pale tan head. Bourbon - vanilla oak nose. Light palate, semi dry. Minerals. Nice vanilla oak and mild bourbon, lacto sweetness. Trace of fruit. Light dry finish. Tasty!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (1836) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2012
In short: A tasty, rich and fruity juicy dark ale with moderate barrel presence. Very good and surprisingly easy to drink
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when approximately 8 month old. Bottle sent to me by MaltOMeal, thanks a lot Bill
The look: Redish dark mahogany body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Rich nose of raisins, figs, wood, caramel. Taste is both smooth and very rich. Starts with nice tasty sweet raisin wrapped in caramel, notes of date square cake. Overall sensation of a thick juicy dessert but with a very active carbonation that prevents it from sticking in the mouth. Finish is surprisingly woody dry and makes the beer very easy to drink, I went through my 22oz quite easitly. You can tell this beer spent some time in barrels but the I didn’t find it had a true bourbon flavor, maybe a very fruity bourbon. Very good beer, I’m sure glad I quite drinking many years ago and I have since developed an addiction to relapses.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2012
2012 vintage poured into the trusty Jester King snifter. Dark reddish brown with limited transparency boasting an eggshell meets khaki pencil-lead thin head. Not overly carbonated, and not necessarily under carbonated. Aroma is weak, especially given the first taste and subsequent bourbon bath my tongue takes. First impression: alcohol burn (light), sweet toffee, coconut, charred oak, bourbony molasses and caramel. After drinking the 2011, I expected a much more subtle and, frankly, disappointing beer. This is much better than expected. Flavors of macadamia nuts, lightly spicy English hops, rich and fresh bourbon, soda, ubiquitous caramel, lightly bittersweet chocolate, mild roasted malt. Good beer and the brewery’s best offering.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3386) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2012
22oz bottle ’12 Vintage 12/26/12 (Whole Foods-Lamar AUS)-40° in Engligh Pint-Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, malt, caramel, and chocolate. Taste of the same with more chocolate and bourbon. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and goes down easy. Nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michaelinwa (612) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle from trade with crajun. Pours dark brown with a slight hint of red, and a low, disappearing head. Aroma is light, sweet, slightly nutty malt. Taste is malt with low level complexities of carmel and dried fruit, and a little hop bitterness. Barrel notes are slight. Mouth feel is fairly average, and the finish lingers nicely with all the flavors. This reminds me a lot of Hale’s BA Wee Heavy, but with a little more character. This is nice BA ale on the lighter end of the range. If it were local I’d buy some every year. Thanks, Kevin!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2870) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Acquired in a trade. Poured a hazelnut brown. No head was formed. Nose is cloves, vanilla and cocoa beans. Taste is pretty sweet. Loaded with tons of vanilla and coffee with this caramel / vanilla finish. it’s just very sweet, not too spicy and not as much bourbon as I expected.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6326) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep amber with a beige head. A good deal of bourbony goodness, sweet malts, caramel, and just a hint of oak. Good stuff.


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