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 (6022) - 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
ilovedarkbeer (2300) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Mora2000 (5789) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Ibrew2or3 (6998) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.