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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
luttonm (6274) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Draft at Brouwers. Very rustic-woody nose. incredibly robust, deep body with huge creamy head. mouth is very smooth like nitro. huge wood bourbon notes. a tad sourish and metallic but very interesting.

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.

3.6
alagnak (468) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Draft at Brouwers. Nose is bitter pine and caramel with a subdued wood . Taste is smooth wood wrapped around a nice bitterness with some fruity notes. I swear there’s a little prickle of spicy chile in there as well. Interesting beer.

3.6
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.

3.6
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Nose of bourbon a good dose of it. Wood vanilla. Toffee caramel biscuit a little fruity. Pours amber thin gead. Bourbon vanilla booze caramel toast some fruit. More bourbon. Woody alcohol finish. Maybe a tan thin w booze. Done did it man.

3.6
tcon25 (848) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Draft pour at Elliott Bay. Dark brown pour, slight Bourbon aroma, smooth taste.

3.6
thetmaxx (917) - 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.

3.5
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Draft at special brews. Pours nearly black with a loose sudsy off white head. Mild sweet bourbon, cola, and date nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Cola, dates, nuts, and vanilla on the mid palate. Mild and restrained.
Earlier Rating: 1/3/2009 Total Score: 2.4
Draft at Beveridge Place Pub. Yeah, this beer is a total mess. I really want to root for the local, too. Murky brown with a thick, creamy, webby tan head. Big sour brune ale nose: tart and puckery, along with some earthy wet leaves. Creamy medium body. Grain husk, earth, wet leaves, saurkraut, and a few other things that don’t belong make up the mid-palate.

3.5
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Brownish body with an off white head. Served from tap into a tulip. This was medium bodied with a smoky nose. The palate was figs and dates with smoky notes from the Bourbon barrel. Not as intense as some barrel aged beers.

3.5
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Pours a lightly hazed, richer brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is bourbon and sweeter caramels with some chocolate, a moderate vanilla and oak, and touches of roast. Flavor is similar. Lots of bourbon and sweeter caramels and toffees up front. A good amount of wood, some chocolate, vanilla, and earth before this finishes dry and woody with lots of bourbon and sweeter caramels as well as a touch of roast. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-thin body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid barrel-aged beer. Lots of bourbon and wood with a sweeter malt backing to balance. Nice one.


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