hopscotch (9846) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Tampa “Farewell to Sebletitje” Tasting… Hazy brown ale with a small, flimsy, off-white head. The aroma provides lush caramel, vanilla, milk chocolate and a gentle, delicious splash of bourbon. Full-bodied with a whole-milk mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is of sweet caramel and mocha flanked by adequate hop bitterness, woody tannins and subtle sourmash whiskey. Sweet, warming finish. Bottle courtesy of drowland. Thanks, Danny!
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber. Pours black with a big tan head. Good lacing on the glass. Nose is of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Taste is of bourbon, roast malt and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is medium-thin with some bitterness. Needs more body. This is much better than their regular winter warmer. Pretty good brew. Better than I expected.
HonusWagner (1638) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an English Strong Ale? Yeah, I guess. Very even notes of barrel-aging here. Smooth and warming against a standard malt body dominated by sweet fruits and some cocoa. Good beer, wish I had gotten a bigger pour.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via MaltOMeal. Pours a deep glossy brown and sports large, dense, frothy light tan lace-inducing suds. malty nose of caramel and pancake syrup with a slightly minty hop edge. Balanced malty caramel flavors..not much of the bourbon comes through, but its nice and full and malty and satisfying regardless, at least for the most part. I get a little bit of the oakiness in the finish, but the bourbon has not settled into this much at all. Haven’t had the non-bourbon version, so nothing to compare...but it would probably be better with some bourbon vanilla accents. That being said, there are no glaring faults in the beer itself and it’s a nice cozy warmer, regardless.
DavoleBomb (1487) - 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 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
madmitch76 (16572) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7th August 2011
Dean Swift - RBESG Tasting. Hazy red - brown beer. Little pale tan head. Bourbon - vanilla oak nose. Light palate, semi dry. Minerals. Nice vanilla oak and mild bourbon, lacto sweetness. Trace of fruit. Light dry finish. Tasty!
dfinney23 (1960) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like beer, smells and tastes like bourbon! Lots of oak, vanilla and caramelized sugar with just enough malt and hop backbone to remind you it’s beer.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 didn’t find it had a true bourbon flavor, maybe a very fruity bourbon. Very good beer, I’m sure glad I quite drinking many years ago and I have since developed an addiction to relapses.
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 vintage poured into the trusty Jester King snifter. Dark reddish brown with limited transparency boasting an eggshell meets khaki pencil-lead thin head. Not overly carbonated, and not necessarily under carbonated. Aroma is weak, especially given the first taste and subsequent bourbon bath my tongue takes. First impression: alcohol burn (light), sweet toffee, coconut, charred oak, bourbony molasses and caramel. After drinking the 2011, I expected a much more subtle and, frankly, disappointing beer. This is much better than expected. Flavors of macadamia nuts, lightly spicy English hops, rich and fresh bourbon, soda, ubiquitous caramel, lightly bittersweet chocolate, mild roasted malt. Good beer and the brewery’s best offering.