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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fletchfighters (1382) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled a near black with touches of red at the top of the head. Short lived light brown head but better looking film I think. A dirty off white film. On swirling get one finger but quickly goes back to film. A couple of spots here and there but not a lot of any significant lacing. S-- Crazy good nose. Got bourbon, vanilla, Oak, dark fruits (mostly raisin), and warm butterscotch. Very well balanced smell on this. Bourbon is quite soft but well done. T-- Vanilla, raisin, butterscotch, oak and slight hints of bourbon. Solid tasting. M-- Medium to low carbonation and medium bodied. A little spicy in the mid palate. Raisin, vanilla and bourbon dominated. Not very syrupy or sweet. Pick up the alcohol in the back of the mouth but just in fits of warmth and spiciness. A couple of thin gaps here and there, also a little bit of watery gaps. Both in mid palate. Also pick up some grape notes to this. Has some cola qualities to this. O--- very nice beer

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle. Opens and gushes a bit pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. Dark fruit, spice, and slight bourbon. Medium Mouthfeel. Rich flavors; dark chocolate, spice, green apple, and dark fruit notes. I tend to believe this is slightly infected given the carbonation level and slight green apple notes.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mmmbeer (1378) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2011
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2011
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!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2011
thx to Joris and Dirk sampled at kulminator

head: none
colour: dark brown to black
smell: chocolat, vanilla, alcohol, praliné, cocoa, bourbon
taste: butter bisquits, chocolat, alcohol, some smokey , roasted , hops , malts, bit of coffee bitter (chicoré ), bitter earthy end , quite nice !

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1240) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2012
01/15/2012. Pours dark nut brown, thin head, medium retention. Aroma of caramel raisin, holiday dried fruits, vanilla, brown sugar, dark bread malts, subtle roast. Taste is nutty, brown roasted malts, caramel brown sugar, spices, bittering hops, bourbon finish. Light yet full in the mouth, manages to avoid sticky sweetness, alcohol very much under control. Overall pretty nice. Reminds me of Mother of All Storms actually (maybe the English hopping?), but little less well integrated.

1.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
crajun (1146) - , Texas, USA - APR 13, 2014
UPDATED: APR 20, 2014 I REALLY wanted to like this. had aged a 2012 version. aroma was mostly bourbon but I got a little malt. nice bourbon like appearance. Taste is probably lowest 5 of all time - don’t think there was any infection. I like their regular winter warmer; I like most bourbon brrl aged beers - but this was the worst - bourbon was too strong, almost a dortmunder flavor, over carbonated, with sticky syrupy malt at end - a nasty mess.

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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammer (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Aged for one year in my cellar and so, so good. Taste is raisins, grass and booze, with a smooth finish. Bravo Rahr, this one is your best beer by far!!

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1117) - 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.


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