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RATINGS: 177   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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3.8
blipp (9899) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep amber with a beige head. A good deal of bourbony goodness, sweet malts, caramel, and just a hint of oak. Good stuff.

4.1
TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2013
Wow!!! A really tasty effoort from Rahr. Beer hits all the right notes. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, alcohol (bourbon) and burnt wood. Taste is sweet with some bitterness in the finish. You would do well to seek out this excellent beer!

4.5
fiveacestx (976) - Texas, USA - APR 2, 2013
Bottle - jet black with a tan head. Had a slight bourbon aroma, a vanilla taste and a creamy smooth body and mouthfeel. Excellent!

3.9
TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark with minimal head. Aroma is bourbon, sugars and some malt with a.matching flavor profile. Nice bourbon, not too strong, with great burnt sugar and caramel. Very enjoyable beer.

3.8
AdamChandler (5206) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Acquired in a trade. Poured a hazelnut brown. No head was formed. Nose is cloves, vanilla and cocoa beans. Taste is pretty sweet. Loaded with tons of vanilla and coffee with this caramel / vanilla finish. it’s just very sweet, not too spicy and not as much bourbon as I expected.

3.9
Phatdog1 (259) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2013
650 ml bottle from trade with TJ. Poured into a snifter. Beautiful brown reddish hue. Little to no head. Amazing scent of bourbon and raisins. Nice medium mouthfeel. Lots of dark fruit and bourbon on the front slowly melts into a creamy buttery finish. Very well balanced. Taste of bourbon throughout, but not the least bit boozy! Completely delicious! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle from trade with crajun. Pours dark brown with a slight hint of red, and a low, disappearing head. Aroma is light, sweet, slightly nutty malt. Taste is malt with low level complexities of carmel and dried fruit, and a little hop bitterness. Barrel notes are slight. Mouth feel is fairly average, and the finish lingers nicely with all the flavors. This reminds me a lot of Hale’s BA Wee Heavy, but with a little more character. This is nice BA ale on the lighter end of the range. If it were local I’d buy some every year. Thanks, Kevin!

3.9
WozWx (83) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Hints of vanilla, coffee, and lots of bourbon. Poured into 8 oz glass very dark brown. Awesome beer that I would have again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
valpoaj (755) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2013
on tap at ginger man in Austin Texas...aroma is pretty solid...bourbon is forward but good malt backbone, oak and dark fruit. flavor is full of malt...booze, some dark fruit and brown sugar, hint of spice. palate is very smooth and this is an easy drinker as it warms...enjoyable offering

3.8
Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2012
22oz bottle ’12 Vintage 12/26/12 (Whole Foods-Lamar AUS)-40° in Engligh Pint-Pours brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, malt, caramel, and chocolate. Taste of the same with more chocolate and bourbon. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and goes down easy. Nice brew.


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