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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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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3.8
pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2013
On draught at St. John winter fest - pours dark brown with medium thick head. Nose of booze, caramel, and yeast. Taste of booze and brown sugar. Warning effect. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
zoucrew102 (2048) - - JAN 23, 2015
Bomber brought back from Portland, OR. Rich chocolate malt aroma with good bourbon, oak, and vanilla notes. Pours dark brown with a large light brown head with good retention and decent lacing. Starts smooth with good chocolate as well as some caramel flavors. Finishes mostly smooth with just a bit of dryness with the bourbon, oak and vanilla coming through nicely. Good brew that hides the alcohol well while being quite warming.

3.8
bhensonb (15603) - 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.

3.8
TimE (6067) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 29, 2015
Medium brown color. Nice soft bourbon and oaky nose, mildly sweet malty. The mouth is medium full body. Modestly sweet with the bourbon is subdued. Very mellow and rounded with alcohol well hidden. Very pleasant beer.

3.8
Capa (3395) - Kitsap, Washington, 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.

3.8
jinroh (2122) - 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.

3.7
BuckeyeBoy (8281) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 1, 2009
On tap at Brouwer’s Seattle. Pours out a hazy amber topped with a cream head. Aroma of rich malt and plenty of hops. Tast was of wood and thick hops. This one was very good.

3.7
Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
On tap at APEX, PDX. This is a dark, hazy brownish red shade. A ring of head lurks at the edges. Aroma features bourbon and cocoa. Taste brings up bourbon, wet hops, cherry, chocolate and a slight umami, meaty character. Maybe even a hint of sourness. Lots going on, but drinkability isn’t the highest. Intriguing stuff.

3.7
tmoreau (4590) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2014
Shared bomber, poured to snifters showing a clarified mahogany color, with a modest layer of off white foam that reduced to a persistent ring, and wavy cling to the lacing. The aroma was grape, light spice, with vanilla, and a note similar to toasted marshmallow, that lightly smoothed the tartness of the fruit. The taste was similar, medium+ bodied, with some dryness, bourbony alcohol presence, but a little less impressive than the nose. Tasty, nonetheless.

3.7
monk191 (2023) - 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.


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