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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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We couldn’t stand the idea of going nine months without our Winter Warmer, so we decided to hold some in reserve. Bourbon Barrel Winter Warmer is aged in three-year-old Buffalo Trace barrels to add hints of oak and bourbon to our Winter Warmer’s already complex taste. After aging our 2008 World Beer Cup Silver Award-winning Winter Warmer in bourbon barrels for six month, Bourbon Barrel Warmer will be released in 22oz bottles in late April.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (3528) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2012
bottle - Pours murky amber-brown with a small head. It smells of bourbon, oak, caramel, and a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is sweet with a big bourbon tastes that dominates it. It’s full bodied and good, but the bourbon is perhaps a little heavy such that it doesn’t allow the other flavors to come through enough. Those who like bourbon will enjoy it. Those who don’t should definitely stay away.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davey101 (650) - Connecticut, USA - APR 12, 2012
2011: Wild Turkey barrels. Bottled on October 2011. 22 oz bomber into a snifter. A - Ruby red with a brown tint. Sits really still with no head or edging. Upon pouring a thin off-white cap does form and quickly fizzes away. S - Loads of bourbon soaked dark fruits. Plums, dates, raisins, vanilla, oak, and toffee. A bot of warming alcohol on the finish. T - Dark fruits initially, then large bourbon notes. Plenty of oak and vanilla. Finishes sweet and malty with notes of toffee and caramel. Medium to light mouth feel with a large alcohol presence. O - A nice BBA barleywine. Its not as complex or flavorful as some of the other big guys (King Henry, Abacus, etc) but it can certainly hold its own.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
queenholly (2827) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle shared with shrubber85. Sweet malt, smoky/oaky bourbon, and vanilla aroma. Chestnut with a small off-white head. Sweet malt, sharp oaky bourbon flavor smoothed with vanilla. Despite the boozy bourbon flavor the alcohol was well hidden. Full body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7295) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle. Caramel malt and bourbon aroma. Chestnut color with minimal head. Strong bourbon flavor upfront with surprisingly subdued sweet caramel malt flavor. Pretty strong ’hint’ of bourbon. Nicely balanced - not too sweet, not too much alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (5156) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Shared bottle to oversized snifter. Looks good; a deep BW with great carbonation for its age. Smells good too; notes of both the bourbon and the base beer. Tastes great; nothing too intense at any moment, but a wonderful marriage of good bourbon barrels and great barleywine that only time can produce. Mouthfeel is good too. Overall, a great beer that I hope to cross paths with again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4607) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and mint. It pours a transparent copper with a small off-white ring for a head. The flavor starts with caramel, toffee, and light vanilla. The finish bourbon, a hint of mint, and oxidation. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6490) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 26, 2011
2009 bottle. Pours a c;ear deep amber with a slight orange hue and a tan head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of bourbon that melds nicely with sweet grains, caramel and a bit of dark bread. Flavor has a good amount bourbon as well, but the backing sweet grains and caramel are less prevalent making the finish a bit thing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Brown beer in the snifter with a small brown head. Big bourbon nose. This is a big, bourbon centric beer. Lots of vanilla and big malty sweetness, but all under the bourbon. Tastey but simple.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (4417) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
From a growler of "Bourbon Barrel Winter Warmer" - Not exactly a "bad" thing but the aroma reminds me a bit of dill pickles immediately then a moments pause later I get the vanilla bourbon. Bourbon dominates this brew. Malts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16289) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2011
Draft @ FoBAB 2009, Chicago, IL. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty bourbon and caramel aroma with hints of vanilla. Sweetish malty toffee and dark fruit flavor with hitns of bourbon and oak. Has a sweetish malty oaky caramel and bourbon finish.


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