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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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2.1
legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Poured a pleasent enough black with frothy head. But at first sniff, I knew I was in trouble- heavy coconut that followed all the way to the taste. The palate was a bit thin as well.

3.6
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Draft at Ginger Man in Plano TX. Pours deep mahogany with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, and ale esters. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation, spotty lacing. Flavor of caramel, vanilla, raisen, and nutty malts countered moderate bitterness. Overbearing bourbon finish. I like the regular winter warmer better. This is an example proving that adding a beer to a bourbon barrel does not automatically make it better.

3.8
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. The nose is dark fruits, molasses, vanilla and bourbon. The taste is light spice, light chocolate, red fruits, caramel malt and bourbon. Medium mouthfeel.

3.7
ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with light ruby highlights and a two finger beige head that recedes to a ring. Aroma is toasted malt, chocolate, light vanilla and a hint of oak from the barrels. Taste has toasted malt, powdery chocolate, and vanilla as well as some residual sweetness, and lingering oak flavor. A bitterness builds towards the finish with a spicy aftertaste. A lighter body that is lightly carbonated.

4.3
kevinator (2205) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Very nice. Two fingers of foam that quickly disappated. Strong but not overpowering bourbon on the nose and mouth. The color reminded me of Coke with a medium thickness in the mouth. A very pleasant after dinner choice while sitting back and watching a movie. Not too heavy on the alcohol presence, which can occassionally occur with these barrel aged types. Limited and in high demand, so pick one up if you find it.

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fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
On tap(thanks Kevin!) at Freetail Brewpub SA(9Jan11)pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is light barrel, oak, vanilla, roast. Flavor is licorice, and light barrel elements of vanilla and wet wood. Enough roast to make the body interesting and the barrel is finessed enough to not be overbearing.

3.8
HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2011
This is an English Strong Ale? Yeah, I guess. Very even notes of barrel-aging here. Smooth and warming against a standard malt body dominated by sweet fruits and some cocoa. Good beer, wish I had gotten a bigger pour.

4.1
mcox90 (2088) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2011
22 oz bottle courtesy of Cavie. Dark reddish brown with almost no light showing through as I hold it up to the light. Nice 1 finger cream colored head that sticks around. A little lace is left when the head recedes. Caramel malt and vanilla aroma with a little bourbon in the background. Flavor has the same caramel and vanilla as in the aroma with spice notes and oak. I like that the bourbon is somewhat subdued. There’s just enough to be interesting, but not so much that you think you’re drinking a glass of Maker’s Mark. Nice full, warming palate. Very nice, thank you Travis for initiating this trade.

3.6
wchesser (2074) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
From a trade with Errl! Thanks! ’11 vintage enjoyed in winter ’12. Very nice nose of bourbon and some coconut and vanilla. Some earthy nutiness, like hazelnuts. Dark brown with no lacing. Thin in appearance and palate. Taste followed nose. Nothing to write home about but enjoyable enough around a backyard campfire in early winter with friends.

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.


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