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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Ale. Need you say more? A big brother to Hoppy Holidays, this winter ale has gained a level of complexity and intrigue during those months luxuriating in its bourbon barrel haven. Chocolate malt and a healthy dose of hops help maintain balance.

People’s Choice Award 1st and 3rd place. Winter Beer Festival. 2008/2009

Note: ABV from 7% to 9% in the 2011 version.

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3.6
anders37 (26641) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2010
Draft @ Schooner Exact Tap Room, Seattle, WA. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty caramel aroma with woody hints. Fruity sweetish malty barrel flavor with hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty and slightly roasted caramel finish with woody hints.

3.2
mcberko (17840) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
On tap at Schooner Exact, pours a deep dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out loads of whiskey barrels upfront, along with light caramel, and alcohol. Flavour is heavy on the whiskey as well, with huge boozy alcoholic woody notes, and more whiskey. Quite overwhelming, though somehow still drinkable, albeit slowly. Dominated by the whiskey - decent.

3.1
Oakes (17676) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 18, 2016
Medium brown. Big head. Sweet and a light sticky dark sugar. Rouch of apple note. Boozy, has a strong barrel note, so sticky as well. Assertive and not necessarily balanced.

3.4
jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2017
Bottle - pours dark brown tan head - nose/taste is whiskey forward with some oak, chocolate and alcohol soaked hops - medium body

3.3
Ferris (15275) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
Draft - Boozy bourbon notes, apple and oak. Cloudy brown with a decent beige head. Boozy bourbon, some anise and lots of booze in the finish. A bit too hot for me.

3.8
bhensonb (15194) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Bomber from Special Brews in Lynwood, WA. Pours dark brown with a creamy/foamy tan head. Mild bourbon and a little chocolate aroma through a lot of head. Med body or so. Flavor is bourbon, wood, chocolate. Decent drink. Glad I didn’t keep it til summer. Finishes somewhat astringent with chocolate here and there. Bourbon too.

4.2
slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 17, 2014
A very well balanced ale. Rich and luxurious, equal parts dark and chocolatey, roasted, and vanilla Oaked goodness. Hops still shine through the barrels a bit. An excellent brew."

3.7
j12601 (11943) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 13, 2017
Bottle at James’. Pours a clear brown with a thin to medium tan head. Soft bourbon on the nose, vanilla, sweetness, wood. Medium bodied, big and sweet, long wood, loads of vanilla and bourbon. Slow bourbon into the finish, long and sweet.

3.5
KyotoLefty (10264) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 14, 2015
Tap at Marciero. Almost black, dark brown, hazy, lace. Caramel nose, bourbon, vanilla. Big bourbon falvor, lots of vanilla, too much maybe, chocolate, treacle, tasty, mostly bourbon.

3.1
arminjewell (9664) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of wood, green bean, hints of earth, chocolate, hints of oak, slight spicy notes, touch of roast. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, roast, some green bean and vegetal notes into wood, earth, hints of spice, finishing bitter, slightly dry.


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