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RATINGS: 66   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Bottle I bought post-Indy Fest at Upland and served in my NB Worthy glass: Bronze hued with a small but lasting fizzy head and some oily legs. The nose shows signs of big bourbon barrels (vanilla, marizpan, oak, alcohol) along with crystal and caramelized malts, some toast, a clove, fig and even juniper ester. Honestly it smells like a classic Olden School British Barleywine (but with a bit more fruit and bourbon), Mikey Likey... then there is the taste... simply far too much bourbon and booze and not enough kilned malts and cellared base brew for my liking. That said it is hardly a drain pour either, with the alcohol heat and background bitterness keeping up with the sweet dessert overtones. The mouth feel is soft and lush with an oily character, hot and a tad chalky as well. I would rather have a nicely aged Winter Warmer over this but I still can deal with the challenges found within.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kuphish (378) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Bomber. Pours a clear, chestnut body with a puffy, beige head. Big vanilla, oak, light bourbon aroma profile. Heavier vanilla and bourbon in the flavor with hints of malty flavors - raisin and prune. Vanilla dominates. Medium body, moderate carbonation with a slightly sticky, sweet finish. Overall the flavors are nice, but out of balance. Some sort of blend with the base beer would help bring it into balance and make it more enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2010
thanks to jdubfl for the share. bah, this is another ridiculously good BA beer. amber color, white head. aroma and flavors, just a lot of barrel goodness, notes of vanilla along with roasted malts, bready mouthfeel. The way this is aged just let the whole barrel come alive in a phenomenal way. This is tasty stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Big thanks to jdubFL for sharing this beauty. Pours clear copper with half inch tall tan head. The aroma is spicy with a touch of tartness, mild sweet malts and caramel. The taste is sweet with smooth bourbon, some sweet malts, vanilla, spicy hops and then somewhat growing booziness that never gets out of hand. Smooth stuff that’s sweet yet has a nice hop and barrel component too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Thanks Tampa crew! Brown pour, light tan head. Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, golden raisins and wood in the aroma. Flavor is sweet with bourbon, coconut, toffee, caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. Pretty good brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Bottle from Crown 17. Pours brown with a red hue, and a lasting dirty white head. The nose offers some faint vanilla, toffee, oak, and booze. The bourbon and barrel shine in the flavor, while the original beer peaks through. Fairly thin and easy to drink. Dry warm finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear deep amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, toffee, roasted malt, toasted coconut, wood, and vanilla. Flavor of roasted malt, cotton candy, bourbon, toasted coconut, raisins, and some vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Thanks to Josh for sharing! Bottle pours light dark brown sugar color with off white head. Aroma is brown sugar, bourbon, caramel, and some wood. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is more brown sugar, caramel, subtle booze tones, and finishes with a hot twang. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeTheYounger (1127) - Claremont, California, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Bottle thanks to Deyholla (derek) and shared with Hophead22. Dark copper/amber color with tiny head. Aroma was faint coconut, hops, caramel, and toast. Taste was similar with faint bourbon that was not over the top and some nuttiness. Low to medium pallet. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 24, 2010
22oz bottle shared by JoeTheYounger, thanks Joe. Rating #7. Beautiful color, dark amber with a dark orange glow and very little head. Great aroma, very subdued rich malts and just umm. Slight woodiness, very light bourbon and a nice touch of hops, real nice. (1265)

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