Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Special release, standard Winter Warmer aged in Maker’s Mark barrels. Local draft only, no plans to bottle.
Looks pretty much like the normal Winter Warmer, dark chestnut with little head. But the aroma is almost all bourbon minus the alcohol heat, maybe with some caramel malt in the background.
The beer has picked up the bourbon flavors very well, as bourbon is dominant in the taste. It tastes almost like a beer/bourbon blend, with the maltiness of the beer providing a base for the Maker’s Mark flavor. Light notes of vanilla, cola and wood come through very faintly. No alcohol heat is noted.
Mouthfeel is a little lighter than most, it remains very drinkable. The bourbon aging may be a little too much, but perhaps it will fade with some age. (These had only been aging for about 3 months.)
Bruds (6) - - AUG 9, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours dark black, with very little head smooth vanilla and chocolate, finishes a little boozy.
Sparky (2243) - 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.
BOSSbrewer (1584) - 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.
TXBadger (1336) - 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.
vtafro (3224) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Backlog) Draft. Brune pour with tan head. Bourbon, oak, spice and sweet aromas. Flavor is lacking, light bourbon, dark fruit and alcohol tones.
dls13dls (58) - Royse City, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Drake (8300) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber courtesy of Secret Santa. Thanks! Pours a dark brown color with a thin fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toffee, bourbon, wood, vanilla and a bit of apple. The taste is toffee, wood, apples, vanilla, bourbon. Thin-medium bodied, low carbonation, slight booze.
skinnycheeks (29) - - APR 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
humm diddly This is an old log that I’m filling in so I do not remember the specifics of the tasting.
mikedR (1148) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good, but a bit too bourbony. Overpowers the warmer. Should’ve been mixed with the non BA version.
ShawnC (76) - - APR 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
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