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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2192) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16537) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1310) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Nose of bourbon a good dose of it. Wood vanilla. Toffee caramel biscuit a little fruity. Pours amber thin gead. Bourbon vanilla booze caramel toast some fruit. More bourbon. Woody alcohol finish. Maybe a tan thin w booze. Done did it man.

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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5788) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6103) - 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.

3.5
   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CampesinoTino (757) - 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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