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RATINGS: 70   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11101) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 1, 2010
A: The pour is surprisingly clear amber/copper color with a short lived off-white head. S: The nose certainly lets you know this one is barrel aged. Bourbon and vanilla start things off. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar follow. There’s a bit of cardboard/oxidation going on too. T: Surprisingly light in flavor for a -bal aged barleywine. Again, sweet vanilla and bourbon along with the typical brown sugar and caramel flavors of the style. A bit of warming alcohol is present as well. M: The body is certainly on the thin side with a fairly lively carbonation to it. D: Not at all bad, but not a homerun either (maybe a long single). I didn’t find it bad, just sort of uninteresting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2010
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured amber with an off white head. aroma was caramel, dark fruits, raisin, and slight bourbon. flavor was cotton candy, dark fruit, and caramel. body was medium and sticky with low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2010
22oz bottle from the Sahara Mart in Bloomington, IN. Pours a hazed amber colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice, streaky lacing. Aroma is quite nice. Lots of sweet bourbon barrel with plenty of caramel, dark fruit, and bready toffee. Some woody vanilla, citrus hops, and syrupy rum. Flavor doesn’t quite live up to the aroma, but is still solid. Lots of caramel, raisin bread, sweet bourbon, vanilla, and rum cake. Some light citrus and wood in the finish with some alcohol warmth as this ends sweet with a light bitterness that dries nicely. Lengthy aftertaste with some toasty caramel and vanilla bourbon taking the forefront. Medium, smooth, soft, somewhat syrupy body and light carbonation. Overall, a really nice barrel aged barleywine. Well balanced and very enjoyable. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Dark mahogany pour. Bourbon dominated nose. Medium syrupy body. Pretty much tastes like what I’d expect from the name: lots of warm bourbon flavors, lots of caramel and toffee, vanilla, wood, a bit of booze on the finish. Straightforward, comforting stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3343) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Red-hued with viscous body and small head. Feint bourbon aroma keeps you sniffing. Nuanced and pleasant with a trace of woodiness that adds satisfying complexity without distracting. Extremely caramelly flavor accompanied with a bounty of coconut.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (6182) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2010
22. Thanks mike! Pours a clear dark brown with gold edges and no head. Sharp bourbon band aid nose. Creamy sticky medium body. Band aids and bourbon on the mid palate. Tangy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Big caramel and bourbon on the nose. Pours hazy amber orange. Frothy foam rings. Big caramel, vanilla flavors. Worked well w the barrel. Nice smooth creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with a frothy beige head that left some nice lacing. Nose of peat soaked oak chips with a big boozy kick. Very hot on the palate, a bit much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Holy shit, tastes like a glass of scotch and water, thin, boozey, hot, not the beer for me, but interesting and good if you like scotch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fratto (2629) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle from Sprinkle through Cavie. Pour is reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma is like an awkward candy store, peanut brittle, fruit, and alcohol. Taste is lots of wood, vanilla, dark fruit, and alcohol.

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