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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6763) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2011
wow! i am blown away, a beer from Rahr that doesnít 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 ..

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (6756) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2011
1/15/11. Bottle thanks to Cavie! Mild buttery coconut aroma with vanilla, wood, and sweet caramel. Sweet malty caramel flavor that finishes with smooth coconut and vanilla. This is a perfect example of nice, tasty, moderately subtle barrel aging. Good stuff for sure!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6320) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Mahogany color/ lasting tan head. Nice spicy caramel, chocolate aromas with bourbon, vanilla in the background. smooth medium body. Very good mix of bourbon barrel, vanilla flavors with spicy caramel, chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Bottle: † Very deep brown, nearly black, large rocky light beige head, nice lacing. † Soft vanilla, bourbon, oak, and peaty and chocolaty malts on the nose. † Soft bourbon up front, a little warming, some vanilla, graham cracker, nutty and peaty malts. † I expected a bit more barrel aging, but as is, its very well balanced. † It doesnt overshadow the English Strong Ale underneath it. † Very very smooth, yet not real big in body. † Had it been, it probably would have been too sweet and cloying. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate. † This is too easy to drink! † Nice balance. † Could use a touch more spice, mainly vanilla. † Otherwise, this is very tasty and quite the creation. † Thanks Bill for this treat!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6231) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (6151) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 15, 2013
A wonderful bottle courtesy of a real dad, Max; shared with Brian, Dallas, Zdk and others. Pours a deep murky amber brown body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, light dark fruit and oak. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, malts, cocoa, wood, and bourbon. Very nice strong ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2012
In short: A tasty, rich and fruity juicy dark ale with moderate barrel presence. Very good and surprisingly easy to drink
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when approximately 8 month old. Bottle sent to me by MaltOMeal, thanks a lot Bill
The look: Redish dark mahogany body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Rich nose of raisins, figs, wood, caramel. Taste is both smooth and very rich. Starts with nice tasty sweet raisin wrapped in caramel, notes of date square cake. Overall sensation of a thick juicy dessert but with a very active carbonation that prevents it from sticking in the mouth. Finish is surprisingly woody dry and makes the beer very easy to drink, I went through my 22oz quite easitly. You can tell this beer spent some time in barrels but the I didnít find it had a true bourbon flavor, maybe a very fruity bourbon. Very good beer, Iím sure glad I quite drinking many years ago and I have since developed an addiction to relapses.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (6013) - Utah, USA - FEB 10, 2012
22oz bottle from thirdeye11, thanks
Appearance: Clear dark brown with a big beige head and lots of sticky lacing
Aroma: Roosted malts, bourbon, woody and vanilla
Taste: Toasted malts, sweet caramel, woody, bourbon and vanilla
Nice and flavorful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Had on tap at the Fort Worth Flying Saucer and reviewed from notes. Rahrís Winter Warmer aged in Makerís 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (5889) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2011
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a very dark brown with a medium frothty tan head that lasts awhile leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a sweet roasted malt with chocolate and fruit. Thin mouthfeel with a roasted malt and coffee and chocolate with a nice light bitter finish. Hides the alcohol well making it easy to drink, a very good English strong ale from Rahr.


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