crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
dyetube (1188) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from jets and barrels. This beer pours a deep amber almost black with thin off white head. The aroma are vanilla, oak, light cherries, chocolate. The mouthfeel is sticky and slightly sweet with a heavy body. This is one well crafted beer! Cheers!
mmmbeer (1253) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. tulip at the Co-op- served a black color with a small tint of maroon, 1 finger creamy off tan head. Nose of bootleg whiskey, malt, and a small note of smoke. Hits the mouth with a light medium body, whiskey drowns out all the malt feel and continues into the middle, finish is very warming with a candi sugar backbone. Very out of line, didn’t like it. Slammed it in 5 minutes, hopped on the train, and got home.
SudsMcDuff (5935) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
wow! i am blown away, a beer from Rahr that doesn’t suck donkey dick- scores averaged of all previous rahr beers sits at 2.6/5.0 - .. Pours a deep tan brown, medium low head, light spotty lacing .. . aromas of bourbon, wood, tobacco resin, chocolate, and stellenbosch vineyard .. . interesting mouthfeel for a barrel aged beer- most would say its way to thin (because original Rahr winter warmer is as thick water in space) but it works for me at this moment in time .. . clouds .. . flavours very similar to the aroma, just more bourbon .. . overall: the best ever made Rahr product, and actually enjoyable, but not for aging at all.. probably the best it will get and probably the best product that Rahr could ever wish to make ..
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown with creamy tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, dark cherries, alcohol, bourbon and prunes with a hint of sweetness. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, cocoa and coconut with slight alcohol on the nose. Leaves a warm feeling in the belly. :) Best Rahr I’ve had.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big and malty, medium sweetness, lots of oak. Not as much bourbon specifically as in other bourbon BA beers. Smooth and creamy, easy drinker. Works great as a "winter warmer".
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber from Ben. Dark brown pour with a fluffy tan head. Aroma and flavor are both like the commercial description, dark fruit, vanilla, oak and a great bourbon presence. Love it.
CptAmerica (29) - USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks like a stout when poured. All except for the head. Very thin head. Has a small bourbon smell and light bourbon after taste. But very smooth. Chocolaty color once in the glass.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Ginger Man in Plano TX. Pours deep mahogany with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, and ale esters. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation, spotty lacing. Flavor of caramel, vanilla, raisen, and nutty malts countered moderate bitterness. Overbearing bourbon finish. I like the regular winter warmer better. This is an example proving that adding a beer to a bourbon barrel does not automatically make it better.
blutt59 (6036) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap, walnut brown colored pour with tasting khaki foam, aromas of bourbon and caramel, flavors of caramel, vanilla and bourbon, finish is lighter than expected