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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (6101) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Sample @ Great Arkansas Beer Fest. Brown pour with a small off-white head. Bourbon dominates the nose. Vanilla and hot caramel. Taste has some mellow chocolate. Hot bourbon. A bit of spice. Raisins. Full body, active carb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (6097) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2009
(draught at ft worth gingerman) pours clear reddish brown with creamy head that lasts forever. Nose of vanilla, raisins, tobacco, and brown sugar. Taste of whiskey, wood, vanilla, and creamy finish. This is one of the best Texas brewed beer there is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5827) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Dark fruit, wood, a hint of vanilla, some nice bourbon notes on the nose. Pours dark auburn/brown, nice tannish head settles to a ring. The flavor starts off nice and woody, moves to a solid dark fruity note, perhaps a touch of chocolate, followed by vanilla, and finally nice bourbon to put it all together. Smooth, well balanced, and drinkable. Good barrel treatment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5580) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Brown pour with creamy tan head and lace. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon barrell, and coconut. Vanilla, BB, coconut, abv, and coffee flavors. Medium full bodied with good carbonation. pretty nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5346) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light notes of lacing. Aroma of medium bourbon notes with some light vanilla with some light caramelized malt notes. Taste is also a mix between some caramelized malt notes with light toffee undertones and some vanilla and bourbon notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with nice balanced between complexity and drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vtafro (5248) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2014
(Backlog) Draft. Brune pour with tan head. Bourbon, oak, spice and sweet aromas. Flavor is lacking, light bourbon, dark fruit and alcohol tones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5063) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2008
bomber thanks to a friend at the brewery. black pour with a layer of white froth. hints of vanilla, malts and chocolate. roasted malts and wood for flavor and a smooth aftertaste of bourbon and chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
Thanks to Beerness for sharing some of this at the Sexual Chocolate release. Served in a SAVOR snifter. Pours a fairly-dark brown with a bit of a crimson hue around the edges. Good tan head with a bit of lacing. The nose brings forward a good dosing of bourbon along with some dark fruit, malty sweetness, and a bit of cherry. The taste is mostly bourbon along with a bit of oak and dark fruits. Cherry component in the finish. Body is medium with a bit of an alcohol bite, though not too much. Carbonation is fairly low and there’s a bit of a twang in the finish. Drinkability was pretty good, though this wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. Not terribly complex and something a bit off in the finish. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-01-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4989) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Shared by Phatdog1’s. Thanks Craig! Not sure the vintage but the label did state it was 8.5% ABV. Dark, dirty brown in color. No head or lace. Aroma has light whiskey on top of earthy mats and tree bark. The flavor starts with dried fruits and caramel with a sweet malty base. The vanilla and like oak barrel come through in the finish. Traces of whiskey after the swallow. Medium in body and silky texture. A nice sipping brew that I finish real quick. Well crafted.

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