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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Ale. Need you say more? A big brother to Hoppy Holidays, this winter ale has gained a level of complexity and intrigue during those months luxuriating in its bourbon barrel haven. Chocolate malt and a healthy dose of hops help maintain balance.

People’s Choice Award 1st and 3rd place. Winter Beer Festival. 2008/2009

Note: ABV from 7% to 9% in the 2011 version.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (927) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2012
On tap @ Stumbling Monk. Pours murky brown with a slight reddish hue. Thin creamy head. Aroma is sweet smoky bourbon. Strong but not overwhelming. Taste is well balanced between chocolately slightly spicy roasty malts, bitter hops, and big bourbon finish. I talked to the owner a couple of weeks ago and was told that the barrel-aged portion of this beer has been cranked up over the past two years; to 2/3 of the finished product for 2012 version. Can’t complain with these results, though I do recall some previous years’ iterations of this being pure bourbon bombs, so who knows. This is better balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1469) - Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2012
On draught at Plew’s Brews’ St. Johns Winter Beer Festival. Good Bourbon flavor and dark malt notes, very little hop bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4188) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Tap @ The BeerMongers... Poured deep, ruby with a moderate, light tan head. Nose had whiskey-alcohol notes. Nice sweetness from malt/vanilla/bourbon up front. Some bitterness half way through and it was balanced or cut nicely by some oak/woodiness. Hoppy the Woodsman lives up to his name.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Pours a lightly hazed, richer brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is bourbon and sweeter caramels with some chocolate, a moderate vanilla and oak, and touches of roast. Flavor is similar. Lots of bourbon and sweeter caramels and toffees up front. A good amount of wood, some chocolate, vanilla, and earth before this finishes dry and woody with lots of bourbon and sweeter caramels as well as a touch of roast. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-thin body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid barrel-aged beer. Lots of bourbon and wood with a sweeter malt backing to balance. Nice one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DirtMigert (1) - - SEP 16, 2012 does not count
Magical Balance of Oak, Bourbon and Hops. Always look forward to this NW secret around the holidays.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Brownish body with an off white head. Served from tap into a tulip. This was medium bodied with a smoky nose. The palate was figs and dates with smoky notes from the Bourbon barrel. Not as intense as some barrel aged beers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6574) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Draft at special brews. Pours nearly black with a loose sudsy off white head. Mild sweet bourbon, cola, and date nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Cola, dates, nuts, and vanilla on the mid palate. Mild and restrained.
Earlier Rating: 1/3/2009 Total Score: 2.4
Draft at Beveridge Place Pub. Yeah, this beer is a total mess. I really want to root for the local, too. Murky brown with a thick, creamy, webby tan head. Big sour brune ale nose: tart and puckery, along with some earthy wet leaves. Creamy medium body. Grain husk, earth, wet leaves, saurkraut, and a few other things that don’t belong make up the mid-palate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Schooner Exact Brewing Company--Hoppy the Woodsman Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Ale--2011 32 oz. Growler Bottle. 9.00% ABV. 60 IBU’s. (3.5 / 5.0) Lacy dense 1/3 inch lasting tan head. Cloudy fizzy dark ruby mahogany brown red color. Rich aromatic bourbon hop mild oak front. Creamy medium textured mild sweet rich malty toffee hink dark caramel body. Light roasted toasted notes. Creamy mild hop spice rich bourbon somewhat hot smooth end. Not too fond of Bourbon notes in Beer, but this was well made & not too overpowering. Sampled 3/26/2011. Purchased for $19.00 including $5.50 Growler Deposit @ PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 3/26/2011.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6282) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Draft@ Taphouse Grill 98004. Hazy light brown color/ beige head. Bourbon, caramel, vanilla aromas. medium bodied. Soft bourbon, vanilla, caramel, woody, malty flavors, not too much booze here--good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2011 Very dark broWn pour, off white head. Aroma of baking pastry, burnt sugar, wood. More doughy toasty pastry on the flavor, vanilla, burnt sugar, bourbon, finishes very woody and dry. I really like the sharp wood balancing the nice sweet malts in this.


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