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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2010
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".

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2010
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CptAmerica (29) - USA - DEC 28, 2010
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 5, 2010
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6022) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2300) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
On tap at Dallas Gman. Pours a dark chestnut color with a medium sized creamy tope head. Notes of chocolate syrup, burnt cookie, oak, vanilla, and pecans. Medium weight with a very long finish. Tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (5789) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Had on tap at the Fort Worth Flying Saucer and reviewed from notes. Rahr’s Winter Warmer aged in Maker’s Mark barrels, sounds interesting. The beer pours a dark brown-red with a small tan head. The aroma is awesome, with some oak, vanilla, bourbon and a little roasted malt. The flavor is great as well, with tons of vanilla and oak character. You get a little bourbon and some spices as well as some dark fruit and some coffee and roasted malts. This is a complex masterpiece that is a great improvement over the regular Winter Warmer from Rahr and Sons. The beer has low carbonation and a thick mouthfeel. The alcohol is not that present in the flavor but the alcohol warming affect is great. I was sitting outside on the patio in about 40 degree weather and this beer warmed me up nicely. I wish they would bottle this because this is as good as any beer I have ever had from the state of Texas.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6998) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2010
On tap at the Ginger Man in Dallas. Pours clear brilliant mahogany with off white head. The aroma is whiskey, vanilla and oak. The taste is pretty full with smooth sweet whiskey that slowly dries out into the finish. To midway the flavor picks up sweet malts blending into sweet nuttiness, faint dark fruitiness and a touch of roast.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
It looks like I’m bucking the trend on this one. I had plenty of this last year, but I guess it wore off. The aroma is of sweetness and raisins and the taste following through, with some bitterness. Unfortunately, I felt the bourbon flavor overpowered the beer a bit too much - the taste of bourbon is the by far the most powerful of the flavors, yet I really enjoy bourbon. The bourbon flavor even dominates the finish. I’d like to try this with a bit less bourbon in it. At least it stands out enough that I recommend everyone give it a try.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2009
draft at flying Saucer in fort worth. poured a murky brown with an off white head. aroma Was nice with toffee, caramel, butter scotch, and bourbon. flavor was bourbon, toffee, vanilla, and alcohol. body was light with close to high carbonation. by far the best Rahr offering.


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