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RATINGS: 147   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
On tap(thanks Kevin!) at Freetail Brewpub SA(9Jan11)pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is light barrel, oak, vanilla, roast. Flavor is licorice, and light barrel elements of vanilla and wet wood. Enough roast to make the body interesting and the barrel is finessed enough to not be overbearing.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
legion242 (2099) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamJackson (2099) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 12, 2013
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. it’s just very sweet, not too spicy and not as much bourbon as I expected.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with light ruby highlights and a two finger beige head that recedes to a ring. Aroma is toasted malt, chocolate, light vanilla and a hint of oak from the barrels. Taste has toasted malt, powdery chocolate, and vanilla as well as some residual sweetness, and lingering oak flavor. A bitterness builds towards the finish with a spicy aftertaste. A lighter body that is lightly carbonated.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (2006) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 9, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2013 - Very strong bourbon and equally strong chocolate. Jet black with a rich white head. Toffee and chocolate with tons of depth and complexity. Very well balanced with not too much bourbon or booze in the taste. Great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rougeau13 (1863) - Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2011
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 doesn’t take over. Nice medium-full body and smooth, with just enough alcohol to make a really nice winter warmer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (1673) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1558) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2011
22oz bomber. I’m not a fan of the original Rahr Winter Warmer at all, which may be why I enjoy the barrel aged version so much. It’s almost like a completely different beer. Had it for the first time Christmas morning 2010. Pours very dark with a nice bourbon aroma. It’s a bit thin but other than that taste is great, even better as it warms. Very drinkable, I find myself wanting more.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1474) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2011
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2011
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 nose’s 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 isn’t 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


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