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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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3.7
Nocturne (2238) - 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 (4752) - 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 (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.

3.7
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.

3.6
luttonm (6981) - 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 (27667) - 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
jweiss (18) - Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Solid effort. The aroma is fairly mild for a bourbon barreled beer. Beautiful dark auburn color though. It’s a little thin for what I look for in a barreled beer, it disappears quickly in your palate. Carbonation is nice. Overall it is an enjoyable beer but not up to the standards of the better bourbon barreled beers. A gentle introduction to the uninitiated.

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.


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