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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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We take recently emptied barrels and refill them with our Winter Warmer English-Style Dark Ale. We then age this majestic ale for 10 weeks, resulting in a skillfully balanced, ambitious blend of dark malts and English hops, complimented by dark fruit, raisin and vanilla characteristics. The oak is very apparent, adding additional depth and complexity - yielding an ale that is large in personality. So raise a glass of holiday cheer!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
22oz bottle from blutt59, thanks Bob! Pours a deep, hazed, dark brown colored body with a nice ruby hue. Finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a pretty lacing. Aroma is really pleasant. Lots of rich caramels and vanilla, dark fruits and plums, bourbon, wood, a light amount of smoke and roast, and some chocolate. Flavor is solid as well. Caramel, bourbon, and a good amount of spices up front before a smooth vanilla and some dark fruits come in. Lots of oak and a light peaty toast guide this into a smooth finish where it dries with lots of wood and a nice spice giving it a light bitterness. Just a slight warming feel before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Smooth, somewhat creamy, medium body and soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable barrel-aged beer. Solid depth to both the aroma and flavor with a soft, smooth body. Alcohol is hidden except for a small warmth in the chest. This one impressed me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3837) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2011
50cl traded bottle. Pours a nice deep, dark brown with a large tan head of tiny bubbles. Fair lacing. Malty aroma with a hint of chocolate and the barrel too. Still fresh enough to get a little hop spice in the flavor. Pretty tasty with some nice vanilla notes. Longer finish with some hops and booze. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle via MaltOMeal. Pours a deep glossy brown and sports large, dense, frothy light tan lace-inducing suds. malty nose of caramel and pancake syrup with a slightly minty hop edge. Balanced malty caramel flavors..not much of the bourbon comes through, but its nice and full and malty and satisfying regardless, at least for the most part. I get a little bit of the oakiness in the finish, but the bourbon has not settled into this much at all. Haven’t had the non-bourbon version, so nothing to compare...but it would probably be better with some bourbon vanilla accents. That being said, there are no glaring faults in the beer itself and it’s a nice cozy warmer, regardless.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Mahogany color/ lasting tan head. Nice spicy caramel, chocolate aromas with bourbon, vanilla in the background. smooth medium body. Very good mix of bourbon barrel, vanilla flavors with spicy caramel, chocolate.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1176) - Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2011
pours deep, dark mahogany with average tan head. Smells strongly of bourbon and malts, such as vanilla. Hits the tongue with whiskey harshness and then rolls across with a sweet bourbon flavor, vanilla, and dark fruits. Full-bodied with a creamy texture and almost no mouth-carbonation, Rahr & Sons Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer finishes sweet and silky.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2011
8%? No way...pour is opaque and cola brown with a dense sticky tan head...smell is toasty and sweet...caramel, molasses, vanilla, and bourbon...taste is toasty and sweet too with similar flavors...slight bitterness in the finish...booze comes out a bit then too...maybe I believe 8% afterall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (2093) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2011
This is an English Strong Ale? Yeah, I guess. Very even notes of barrel-aging here. Smooth and warming against a standard malt body dominated by sweet fruits and some cocoa. Good beer, wish I had gotten a bigger pour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2011
bomber. Pours black with a big tan head. Good lacing on the glass. Nose is of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Taste is of bourbon, roast malt and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is medium-thin with some bitterness. Needs more body. This is much better than their regular winter warmer. Pretty good brew. Better than I expected.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2011
1/15/11. Bottle thanks to Cavie! Mild buttery coconut aroma with vanilla, wood, and sweet caramel. Sweet malty caramel flavor that finishes with smooth coconut and vanilla. This is a perfect example of nice, tasty, moderately subtle barrel aging. Good stuff for sure!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14073) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Bomber from ericandersnavy - who probably disposes of more Rahr beer than anyone on the planet. Pours pretty dark brown with a small tan head. Bourbon wafts from the glass. Even stronger with vanilla notes when the nose goes into the tulip. Med body. Flavor is malt, bourbon, vanilla and oak. And a good bit of darker fruit. Each sip is strong bourbon and oak. That mellows out to dark fruit, finishing fairly bitter. Then it just starts all over again. Very good stuff. Not very complex, perhaps, but it doesn’t need to be.


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