legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured a pleasent enough black with frothy head. But at first sniff, I knew I was in trouble- heavy coconut that followed all the way to the taste. The palate was a bit thin as well.
rougeau13 (1776) - Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely dark brown with a puffybeige head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted and chocolate malt, plums, bourbon and wood. Sweet and woody tasting with just enough bourbon to accent. Nice that it doesnít take over. Nice medium-full body and smooth, with just enough alcohol to make a really nice winter warmer.
adamjackson (1761) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Acquired in a trade. Poured a hazelnut brown. No head was formed. Nose is cloves, vanilla and cocoa beans. Taste is pretty sweet. Loaded with tons of vanilla and coffee with this caramel / vanilla finish. itís just very sweet, not too spicy and not as much bourbon as I expected.
Dixonian (1517) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím not a fan of the original Rahr Winter Warmer at all, which may be why I enjoy the barrel aged version so much. Itís almost like a completely different beer. Had it for the first time Christmas morning 2010. Pours very dark with a nice bourbon aroma. Itís a bit thin but other than that taste is great, even better as it warms. Very drinkable, I find myself wanting more.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a snifter.
4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of super creamy beige/tan head. Average retention and a good amount of lacing.
4.0 S: Good balance between the bourbon components and the beer - the bourbon holds about 60% of the noseís share. Bourbon and barrel contribute a decent amount of vanilla, oak, melon fruitiness, and a touch of booze. The underlying beer offers a pleasant plum fruitiness, some caramel, nuts, graininess and a touch of roastiness.
4.0 T: I assumed the beer would be bolder and more robust, but it it isnít and it works well. Rather it tastes like an easy drinking porter moreso than a winter warmer. Grainy, with a moderate roastiness, plenty of nuttiness, and only a mild caramel and dark fruit component. The bourbon is less pronounced than in the nose, but still plays a good role in the overall flavor. Vanilla, leather, oak, and melon are all there with some strength. I think the 10 weeks in the bourbon barrel was just right given the strength of the beer. Any longer and the beer would have to fight with the bourbon components.
4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy with a good crispness to it. I like this.
4.0 D: Pretty good and easy drinking beer. Lots of things done right and nothing done wrong.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-22-2011 02:18:02
bleeng (1463) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber thanks to maltomeal. Dark brown with a medium fluffy head. Nose is lighter whiskey, maltiness. Taste is a bit chocolate/smooth burnt malts, bourbon is present but not very overwhelming. Smooth, fluffy, a lighter body. Not a bad beer but not one that would that I would seek out in a desert.
dionysus (1443) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared during AZRBWG. Pour is brown with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of toffee, bourbon, nuts, cocoa and a hint of peat smoke. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of roasted malt, brown sugar, and coffee. Overall body is moderate and finishes with a light to moderate earthy bitterness.
TheHOFF43 (1438) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark with minimal head. Aroma is bourbon, sugars and some malt with a.matching flavor profile. Nice bourbon, not too strong, with great burnt sugar and caramel. Very enjoyable beer.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to cavie for sending down this hand bottled beer. Pors a dark brown with little head. Nose of chocolate, soft bourbon, sugar and wood. Flavor is the same, but with coffee and toffee notes. Good mouthfeel and warming finish. Thanks Travis, much appreciated.
jzzbassman (1419) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bomber. Pours a dark cloudy chestnut with a tan 2-fingered head. Aroma of vanilla bean, and slight bit of the barrel. Flavor has just a touch of bourbon, with malt, dark fruit, on top of light bitterness.