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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

Peopleís Choice Award 1st and 3rd place. Winter Beer Festival. 2008/2009

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


ACHops' rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (1265) - 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. Canít complain with these results, though I do recall some previous yearsí iterations of this being pure bourbon bombs, so who knows. This is better balanced.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (14884) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 18, 2016
Medium brown. Big head. Sweet and a light sticky dark sugar. Rouch of apple note. Boozy, has a strong barrel note, so sticky as well. Assertive and not necessarily balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thetmaxx (896) - West Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Poured from the bomber from tavour. Thin head, little lacing. Aroma is of alchohol. Flavor isnít to much alcohol, the oak comes through, some smokey. Pretty woodsy though. Pretty good. I just burped up some dark cherry flavors. Yum.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
monk191 (1680) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2016
A nice smoky, woody beer. Pours a deep red with a tan head. Smells of smokiness and wood, whiskey and maltiness. Taste is sweet, with lots of whiskey, vanilla and smoked wood. Had in the bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (8907) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 14, 2015
Tap at Marciero. Almost black, dark brown, hazy, lace. Caramel nose, bourbon, vanilla. Big bourbon falvor, lots of vanilla, too much maybe, chocolate, treacle, tasty, mostly bourbon.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2566) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2015
This is the 2014 version drank in the 2015 season (so, a year of age). Deep reddish-brown with minimal tan head. Chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, plum, and brown sugar. Full bodied. Plenty of booze in the finish along with sweet malts, and brown sugar. Very well done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
donandres (287) - , Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2015
n tap at the Schooner Exact tasting room in Seattle. Rainy Saturday afternoon, with brunch. Color/Look: Dark brown, clear Smell: not a lot of aroma, no alcohol smell, woody Taste: taste like scotch, strong alcohol, like a mixture of scotch and beer, becomes sweet as it the beer gets warmer As the beer gets warmer, smell and taste comes out

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (5312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Whiskey and brow sugar aroma. 22oz bottle at Lakehouse. Very sweet. Vanilla and coconut with cocoa ending. Not bad. Very good

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4835) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 29, 2015
Medium brown color. Nice soft bourbon and oaky nose, mildly sweet malty. The mouth is medium full body. Modestly sweet with the bourbon is subdued. Very mellow and rounded with alcohol well hidden. Very pleasant beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13730) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Bomber from Special Brews in Lynwood, WA. Pours dark brown with a creamy/foamy tan head. Mild bourbon and a little chocolate aroma through a lot of head. Med body or so. Flavor is bourbon, wood, chocolate. Decent drink. Glad I didnít keep it til summer. Finishes somewhat astringent with chocolate here and there. Bourbon too.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4237) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 16, 2015
UKH on tap at CBB in Osaka - pricey at 1200 yen! Schooner Exact Hoppy Woodsman pours a deep mahogany brown with a creamy tan head. It has a sweet woodsy oak aroma. The taste is great, a bit smokey, sweet whiskey, oak, vanilla and some coffee+dark chocolate. Smooth med-full body. Great, itís well balanced and smooth drinking.


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