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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We take recently emptied barrels and refill them with our Winter Warmer English-Style Dark Ale. We then age this majestic ale for 10 weeks, resulting in a skillfully balanced, ambitious blend of dark malts and English hops, complimented by dark fruit, raisin and vanilla characteristics. The oak is very apparent, adding additional depth and complexity - yielding an ale that is large in personality. So raise a glass of holiday cheer!

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (14366) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 9, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2013 - Very strong bourbon and equally strong chocolate. Jet black with a rich white head. Toffee and chocolate with tons of depth and complexity. Very well balanced with not too much bourbon or booze in the taste. Great beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerseyjohn71 (308) - corsicana, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2014
let it warm up to 50*f ,, caramel, nuts, toast, cereal, roasty, resin, floral, herbs, dough, cheese, earthy, alcohol, clove, banana, butterscotch, raisin, vanilla, woody, red,tan foam, clear, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, thin feel, lively, soft carbonation, GOOD STUFF,, willow hill home brew club,,

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (2977) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle says winter 2012. Dont know if that means if its a year or two years old. Very dark brown pour. Nice amount of bourbon, kind if a scotch ale taste, lots of spices that work well with the bourbon. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6952) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Shared by Phatdog1s. Thanks Craig! Not sure the vintage but the label did state it was 8.5% ABV. Dark, dirty brown in color. No head or lace. Aroma has light whiskey on top of earthy mats and tree bark. The flavor starts with dried fruits and caramel with a sweet malty base. The vanilla and like oak barrel come through in the finish. Traces of whiskey after the swallow. Medium in body and silky texture. A nice sipping brew that I finish real quick. Well crafted.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle at home with my dad. Pour is deep brown, almost black with a big brown head and great lacing. Big spice- gingerbread, graham cracker, roast, brown sugar, vanilla, bread, and figs in the aroma. Taste is roasty, gingerbread, cocoa, dough, sweet malt, whisky, coconut, and coffee with a toasted bitter finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Very tasty beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wordsworth (147) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bomber poured into snifter. Pours a dark, murky brown with a thin white head that fades into a collar with soapy lacing. Aroma is oak, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is smooth, largely vanilla and a bourbony sweetness, with traces of oak and malt. Slick mouthfeel and a medium body, lightly carbonated. Decent but not amazing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
roxtersoxter (358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Pours black with no head out of bottle. Aroma of oak and chocolate. Taste of chocolate malt with an oak finish. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebrymanosu (39) - - JAN 4, 2014
I like the fact that you can taste the base beer and can enjoy the malt complexity of the beer. Not overly boozy. I like this beer quite a bit.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tformby (4) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
Super smooth with high intensity. Nice blend of srong London Ale , vanilla and hints of bourbon.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metallion66 (104) - - DEC 23, 2013
Has an intoxicatingly beautiful aroma of vanilla and bourbon. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Taste is actually very reminiscent of Firestone Walkers Velvet Merkin. Very excellent brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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