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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (882) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
On tap at APEX, PDX. This is a dark, hazy brownish red shade. A ring of head lurks at the edges. Aroma features bourbon and cocoa. Taste brings up bourbon, wet hops, cherry, chocolate and a slight umami, meaty character. Maybe even a hint of sourness. Lots going on, but drinkability isn’t the highest. Intriguing stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CampesinoTino (782) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (759) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx76 (645) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2013
On draught at St. John winter fest - pours dark brown with medium thick head. Nose of booze, caramel, and yeast. Taste of booze and brown sugar. Warning effect. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Draft at Brouwers. Nose is bitter pine and caramel with a subdued wood . Taste is smooth wood wrapped around a nice bitterness with some fruity notes. I swear there’s a little prickle of spicy chile in there as well. Interesting beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jweiss (17) - Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Solid effort. The aroma is fairly mild for a bourbon barreled beer. Beautiful dark auburn color though. It’s a little thin for what I look for in a barreled beer, it disappears quickly in your palate. Carbonation is nice. Overall it is an enjoyable beer but not up to the standards of the better bourbon barreled beers. A gentle introduction to the uninitiated.

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.


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