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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
jkwalking05 (4736) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2009
On tap at the Gingerman in Fort Worth, TX. Dark mahogany brown with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of toffee, vanilla, tobacco, caramel, and fruit (raisin and pear). Taste is of caramel, vanilla, tobacco, oak and bourbon.

4.1
Cavie (4718) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Christmas in July @ Gman. Pitch black pour. Head is a creamy tan. Creamy smell with several notes of whisky. Interesting. Whisky sweet flavor. Malty and dry roasted bitter as well. After taste is very much whisky. Charcoal flavorings. I waited 2 1/2 years to try this. Most excellent! Major thanks goes to Michael, the bartender who gave me his pint when they had already run out.

3.5
emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Thanks ericandersnavy. Pours dark burnt brown with one finger of brown head. Nose is vinous and tart with oak (if that makes sense), sour bourbon and dextrinous malt profile. One dimensional, barrel’s there for sure but not much else. Mouthfeel is meh.

3.5
BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2011
50cl traded bottle. Pours a nice deep, dark brown with a large tan head of tiny bubbles. Fair lacing. Malty aroma with a hint of chocolate and the barrel too. Still fresh enough to get a little hop spice in the flavor. Pretty tasty with some nice vanilla notes. Longer finish with some hops and booze. Nice.

3
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Dark muddy brown with a spotty, sudsy off-white head. Nicely layered nose of dark fruits, heavy bourbon, raisins. Thin mouthfeel with notes of spicecake, bourbon, lemon, and more booze.

3.4
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2011
Yet another tasty brew that Zinister sent my way for fantasy football - thanks, Michael! Bright brown pour with a nice crisp cafe au lait head. There’s a lot of inviting oak and vanilla in the nose, with a slightly dry element as well. Mouthfeel is somewhat slick and on the thin side, tending to emphasize the very sweet flavors, again vanilla and supplemented by fruits as well. But there are thankfully enough crisp hops to balance out the brew and it ends up fairly enjoyable (also recalls Hibernation a bit, but downsized).

3.8
Headbanger (3999) - 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.

3.8
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.

3.9
reggiedunlop (3724) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Pours dark brown...opaque...with a medium tan head. Aroma has mild candied fruits, faint peat, raisin, and mild bourbon. Flavor has light raisin and vanilla...bourbon is light...almost like a dubbel. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with some nice oak and very mild bourbon in the finish.

3.6
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a pocked beige head. Nose is bourbon, cola, caramel and oak. Creamy medium body with a tang. Taste is dusty chocolate, a hint of molasses, bourbon, toffee and bitter greens. Too much barrel but nice hints of sweetness.


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