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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.

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

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


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12595) - 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 didn’t keep it til summer. Finishes somewhat astringent with chocolate here and there. Bourbon too.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4154) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (3686) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1203) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2994) - 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 (3308) - Seattle, Washington, USA - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (19545) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2010
Draft @ Schooner Exact Tap Room, Seattle, WA. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty caramel aroma with woody hints. Fruity sweetish malty barrel flavor with hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty and slightly roasted caramel finish with woody hints.

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 (18) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcon25 (302) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Draft pour at Elliott Bay. Dark brown pour, slight Bourbon aroma, smooth taste.


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