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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2011
22oz bomber. I’m not a fan of the original Rahr Winter Warmer at all, which may be why I enjoy the barrel aged version so much. It’s almost like a completely different beer. Had it for the first time Christmas morning 2010. Pours very dark with a nice bourbon aroma. It’s a bit thin but other than that taste is great, even better as it warms. Very drinkable, I find myself wanting more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Bottle. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, light acidity, vanilla, bourbon, and caramel. Dark ruby to black with a thick brown head. Good balance. Chocolate and bourbon with vanilla notes, sweet with a nice roasted malt component. Good thickness, silky texture.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9498) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Bottle… Tampa “Farewell to Sebletitje” Tasting… Hazy brown ale with a small, flimsy, off-white head. The aroma provides lush caramel, vanilla, milk chocolate and a gentle, delicious splash of bourbon. Full-bodied with a whole-milk mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is of sweet caramel and mocha flanked by adequate hop bitterness, woody tannins and subtle sourmash whiskey. Sweet, warming finish. Bottle courtesy of drowland. Thanks, Danny!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4543) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Thanks to drowland for sharing this at the So Long Sea Bass Tasting. Pours dark red-brown with a small off-white head. Nose dark malts, chocolate, vanilla, barrel, slight raisin, and bourbon. Flavor is similar with decent amount of barrel alongside the dark malts. Light to the lighter side of medium-bodied. Interesting BA Winter Warmer.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Dark stout-brown with a very thin tan head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark malts. Flavor is cocoa, coffee, a little hint of oakiness, and a lot of dry, roasted malts. Bourbon flavor doesnt really show up. Palate is a bit thin and undercarbonated, like a dry Irish stout but without the nitro head. Not horrible I guess, but I’m really not a fan of this style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle @ Seabass going away party, Jan15th ’11 Brune foncée, mousse est fine beige. Au nez, qcq légères notes de bourbon, malt et caramel, au palais le bourbon et la vanille prennent un peu une place arrière où le tout se mélange avec la malt grillé et des notes de fruits.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
On tap(thanks Kevin!) at Freetail Brewpub SA(9Jan11)pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is light barrel, oak, vanilla, roast. Flavor is licorice, and light barrel elements of vanilla and wet wood. Enough roast to make the body interesting and the barrel is finessed enough to not be overbearing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3879) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2011
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a very dark brown with a medium frothty tan head that lasts awhile leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a sweet roasted malt with chocolate and fruit. Thin mouthfeel with a roasted malt and coffee and chocolate with a nice light bitter finish. Hides the alcohol well making it easy to drink, a very good English strong ale from Rahr.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2011
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Pours a nice, slick brown with a nose of vanilla, caramel, tobacco, and oak. Very pleasing in my booger suitcases. Flavor is light but tasty oak, bourbon, vanilla, pipe tobacco, and caramel. Average mouthfeel. Great, great beer; funny how the nose and the flavor match. What a world.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Pours like.. coke. seriously, this thing has large bubbles and looks like coca cola, except with less head. smells like a vanilla, chocolate, oakey, with a hint of bourbon. Honestly, if you put this under my nose and I was blindfolded, I wouldn’t think it was a beer. probably something out of a gourmet chocolatier or something. taste is actually pretty damn good. to say I am shocked is an understatement. A lot of smooth oak vanilla, some chocolate, and a tiny bit of bourbon. this is quite amazing from Rahr. mouthfeel is spot on for what it needs to be, I think if it was thicker it wouldn’t be as good, and I like the thick ass stouts. but a nice medium body has this covered. overall this is quite amazing. I am absolutely shocked. Rahr is known for mediocrity, and this is far far from it. I look forward to some other things they may put out at this kind of quality. Cheers Rahr, and congrats!


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