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RATINGS: 167   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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4967) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11978) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2009
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2009
draft at flying Saucer in fort worth. poured a murky brown with an off white head. aroma Was nice with toffee, caramel, butter scotch, and bourbon. flavor was bourbon, toffee, vanilla, and alcohol. body was light with close to high carbonation. by far the best Rahr offering.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CptAmerica (29) - USA - DEC 28, 2010
Looks like a stout when poured. All except for the head. Very thin head. Has a small bourbon smell and light bourbon after taste. But very smooth. Chocolaty color once in the glass.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2011
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Pours a nice, slick brown with a nose of vanilla, caramel, tobacco, and oak. Very pleasing in my booger suitcases. Flavor is light but tasty oak, bourbon, vanilla, pipe tobacco, and caramel. Average mouthfeel. Great, great beer; funny how the nose and the flavor match. What a world.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (3982) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6299) - 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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 This beer has a really lovely light brown head atop a dark-brown/ruby colored body. It has an awesome oak-bourbon aroma that’s fantastic... not too woody and not too strong. Really great! It has a smooth mouth feel and is nice and easy in the mouth... spicy with a nice finish. A really great beer. Anise tugs at your taste buds a little, just enough to really make this a classy beer to be coming from Fort Worth (I’m not knocking FW). Alcohol present, but under control. Thumbs up!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6038) - 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.


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