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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12595) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Bomber from ericandersnavy - who probably disposes of more Rahr beer than anyone on the planet. Pours pretty dark brown with a small tan head. Bourbon wafts from the glass. Even stronger with vanilla notes when the nose goes into the tulip. Med body. Flavor is malt, bourbon, vanilla and oak. And a good bit of darker fruit. Each sip is strong bourbon and oak. That mellows out to dark fruit, finishing fairly bitter. Then it just starts all over again. Very good stuff. Not very complex, perhaps, but it doesn’t need to be.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2008
(Hand bottle, courtesy of mar) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of wood, bourbon, light smoke/peat, and vanilla. Flavor of toasted marshmallow, vanilla extract, caramel, nuts, and cocoa with a somewhat dry oak finish.

Rahr should really consider doing more of these types of beers. German yeast alone does not do it for today’s American craft beer drinkers.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11805) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2011
RBESG August 2011, grand tasting. Deep, ruby brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of toffee and dried fruit, with loads of bourbon and vanilla. Sweetish malty flavour with overwhelming bourbon character.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11587) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2011
22oz bottle-pours a light tan head and dark brown color. Aroma is vanilla/wood. Taste is vanilla/wood/some bourbon. 3.9

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bomber coutesy of Thirdeye11 poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, light carmel and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, toasted malt, toffee, light spice and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (10703) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bomber courtesy of Secret Santa. Thanks! Pours a dark brown color with a thin fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toffee, bourbon, wood, vanilla and a bit of apple. The taste is toffee, wood, apples, vanilla, bourbon. Thin-medium bodied, low carbonation, slight booze.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Reddish brown pour, creamy tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, light peat, honey, caramel malt. Flavor is oaky, bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Nice!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10142) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (9732) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
22 oz. bottle, sent from BigTomz (thanks Tom), pours a deep dark brown with a reddish tinge with a medium beige head. Aroma of bourbon barrel, butterscotch, vanilla and toasted bread. Flavour of butterscotch, toasted bread and light bourbon barrels. Quite highly carbonated, with a lingering toasted bread finish. Medium complexity, some of which is distorted by the carbonation. Quite nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (9576) - Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
650ml bomber. It pours a dark brown with a large, fluffy, tannish head that recedes at a decently slow pace. The smell is bourbonny, but it is not over the top, which I like. There is also some cooca, fruits, and roastiness. The flavor is kind of lost, so is the mouthfeel. It is rather thin. The predominant flavor is bitterness which really was surprising. It is very bitter for a winter warmer/bourbon aged beer. It has tannic notes, hoppy(?) bitterness, and roasted malt bitterness. There is also some caramel, bourbon, and cocoa. I don’t think it was executed the way it could have been.


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