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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2012
On draught at Plew’s Brews’ St. Johns Winter Beer Festival. Good Bourbon flavor and dark malt notes, very little hop bitterness.


3.8
andrewje41 (4540) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2018
2015 vintage bottle, 22 oz, foiled. Poured. A dark brown pour with plenty of foaming head. Some doughy malt aroma. Milk chocolate. Flavor is a creamy milk chocolate, smooth bourbon, dough malts. A bit on the rich side. Like the constant chocolate flavor going on. Original beer here for sure. Good late lingering whiskey character. Would love to try a fresh version of this soon to compare. Very tasty.

3.9
jonno (3015) - JAPAN - SEP 11, 2017
The Foreboding Forest (Short Story) I could hear the wind whistling through the trees. The forest animals could no longer be heard. The people could no longer hear the birds singing a chirping song. The shining, bright sun rays were fading off the earth’s surface. I could hear the rain gently dripping above me. Everybody noticed the dark clouds moving, floating around the deep forbidden forest. I walked in a direction to the cold, blackened forest. The sky turned into an ivory black, filled with deep, dark, clouds. Strong, fierce hail and thunderous lightning was moving closer to the green, cold, foreboding forest. The beautiful chirping birds flew away from the tall palm tree, desperately trying to escape the cold, fierce hail and thunder.

3.8
jinroh (2470) - ESTONIA - SEP 9, 2017
Tap at Titans 1st Anniversary, September 9th. Pours dirty amber, copperish. Nose reveals lots of vanilla and coconut and yep, American oak. American oak should have 8-10 times more coconut flavour than French oak, my newly acquired knowledge. This one has also nicely balanced, light bitterness but well, barrel characteristics are making this beer. Sweetish and spicy, overall quite enjoyable. Feels lighter to drink than it is.

3.4
jtclockwork (17654) - , 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

3.7
j12601 (13304) - 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.

3.1
Oakes (19426) - 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.

3.6
thetmaxx (927) - West Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Poured from the bomber from tavour. Thin head, little lacing. Aroma is of alchohol. Flavor isn’t to much alcohol, the oak comes through, some smokey. Pretty woodsy though. Pretty good. I just burped up some dark cherry flavors. Yum.

3.7
monk191 (2022) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2016
A nice smoky, woody beer. Pours a deep red with a tan head. Smells of smokiness and wood, whiskey and maltiness. Taste is sweet, with lots of whiskey, vanilla and smoked wood. Had in the bottle.

3.5
KyotoLefty (10810) - 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.

3.8
Capa (3629) - DC, Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2015
This is the 2014 version drank in the 2015 season (so, a year of age). Deep reddish-brown with minimal tan head. Chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, plum, and brown sugar. Full bodied. Plenty of booze in the finish along with sweet malts, and brown sugar. Very well done.


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