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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2650) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 1, 2009
On tap at Brouwer’s Seattle. Pours out a hazy amber topped with a cream head. Aroma of rich malt and plenty of hops. Tast was of wood and thick hops. This one was very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2325) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2014
Shared bomber, poured to snifters showing a clarified mahogany color, with a modest layer of off white foam that reduced to a persistent ring, and wavy cling to the lacing. The aroma was grape, light spice, with vanilla, and a note similar to toasted marshmallow, that lightly smoothed the tartness of the fruit. The taste was similar, medium+ bodied, with some dryness, bourbony alcohol presence, but a little less impressive than the nose. Tasty, nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2171) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 12, 2008
Draft at Brouwers. Very rustic-woody nose. incredibly robust, deep body with huge creamy head. mouth is very smooth like nitro. huge wood bourbon notes. a tad sourish and metallic but very interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2103) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Dark toffee colored pour. Small off-white head. Plenty of lacing. Big aroma of vanilla, caramel and hops. Some dark fruit notes. Taste is a very nice combination of caramel, hops, vanilla, bourbon, some chocolate. Bitter and warm.

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.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2009
pours a dark brown black with a small head. aroma is of sweet malts. taste though is of flat bitter hops. doesn’t quite mesh well.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1267) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
19Ei8hty (1134) - Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Hazy tanned amber body. Chewy bread malt backbone with slight ripe fruit notes. Wood barrel laden presence throughout the drink. Slight vegetative, soapy hop character.

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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CampesinoTino (754) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2014
2013 Vintage Bomber. Dark mahogany colored with a substantial layer of light brown foam. Aroma blends vanilla, toffee, bourbon and dark fruits. Taste opens up with a decent amount of bourbon, caramel and butterscotch upfront along with some chocolate and earthy hops toward the end. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and more oak and caramel in the finish. The overall flavor is on the lighter end of the spectrum for a Bourbon Barrel Aged beer and could use a bit more complexity from the aging process.


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