Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Special release, standard Winter Warmer aged in Makerís Mark barrels. Local draft only, no plans to bottle.
Looks pretty much like the normal Winter Warmer, dark chestnut with little head. But the aroma is almost all bourbon minus the alcohol heat, maybe with some caramel malt in the background.
The beer has picked up the bourbon flavors very well, as bourbon is dominant in the taste. It tastes almost like a beer/bourbon blend, with the maltiness of the beer providing a base for the Makerís Mark flavor. Light notes of vanilla, cola and wood come through very faintly. No alcohol heat is noted.
Mouthfeel is a little lighter than most, it remains very drinkable. The bourbon aging may be a little too much, but perhaps it will fade with some age. (These had only been aging for about 3 months.)
Experiment_Ale (379) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At bottle shop during Scottís birthday. Pours black nice thin head. Aroma is thin, but malt, nutmeg spice, bourbon, smooth. Very small milky note. Taste is nice smooth silky full bodied toasty warm.
sjohnny (307) - - DEC 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Really nice fruit, toffee, whiskey aroma. Pours very dark almost black with a dark tan head that fades quickly. Oak, dark fruit, molasses, vanilla. The flavors are really nice but it has a little harshness on the finish and itís lighter bodied than I would have thought from the aroma. Kind of thin. Overall a good beer that might be better with a little time on it.
bzoot (5) - Lake Jackson, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This was one of the first winter warmers that I had ever tried. It is full of flavor and hits the spot every time
rosenbergh (5607) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. From a trade with Rosebud butternuts. Thanks a lot Eric!
Dark brown almost black colour with a small frothy light tan head.
Berries, mild sourness, liquorice, mild maltiness and some whiskey sweetness in the aroma.
The flavour is much easier than the complex aroma. Toasted malt, berries, mild sourness, some whiskey sweetness, woody dryness and mild hops in the aroma.
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
brown, creamy tan head with moderate retention and a lot of lacing. bouron, oak, toast, vanilla, toffee, slight fruit. medium sweet and medium bitter. medium body, creamy feel, a bit warm.
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jredmond (4620) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A wonderful bottle courtesy of a real dad, Max; shared with Brian, Dallas, Zdk and others. Pours a deep murky amber brown body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, light dark fruit and oak. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, malts, cocoa, wood, and bourbon. Very nice strong ale.
blipp (5476) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep amber with a beige head. A good deal of bourbony goodness, sweet malts, caramel, and just a hint of oak. Good stuff.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow!!! A really tasty effoort from Rahr. Beer hits all the right notes. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, alcohol (bourbon) and burnt wood. Taste is sweet with some bitterness in the finish. You would do well to seek out this excellent beer!
fiveacestx (419) - Texas, USA - APR 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle - jet black with a tan head. Had a slight bourbon aroma, a vanilla taste and a creamy smooth body and mouthfeel. Excellent!