IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for this beer. Poured a dark mahogany with a small fizzy off-white head. Aroma of sweet nuts, fruits, and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is extremely smooth, with notes of sweet fruit, nuts, toffee, a bit of smoke. Alcohol is undetectable in the initial flavor and only shows up to balance out the finish. I could not believe this is 8%. It drinks like a refreshing session beer. Not the most complex beer Iíve had, but so well balanced, flavorful and drinkable that it really sat well with me. Could have downed two or there more of these (which is why itís probably a good thing I only had one at my disposal). A surprise treat from Texas that made my evening.
sherm1016 (1158) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, nutty, a little roasty. Medium on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, a little holiday spice, with a warm roasty finish. Nice.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Grabbed this on draft. You can tell itís the same beer as Whiskey (End of Winter) Warmer, but itís better. The bourbon doesnít take over the taste. Thereís a roast and raisin taste to it and the finish is a bit sweet. Definitely one of Rahrís better beers.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour was brown with red highlights. Off-white head collapses quickly. Thin bits of lacing. The aroma is malty with light spice of cinnamon and clove. The flavor is light caramel, thin spice and malt. Mouthfeel is on the thin side and the carbonation is aggressive.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 12 oz bottle via BA-SS-07 (thanks!). This pours a deep dark brown.Nose is all about the herbal and earthy notes. Taste is all caramel and malts with some earthy pine. Body is medium. carbonation is moderate. Not bad but could stand to have more body and more flavoe.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium brown pour with chestnut hues. Thin notions of a white head recede quickly, leaving an oily carbonated film behind. Mostly clear with ruby and yellowish highlighting. Aroma is comprised of lightly toasted caramel malt up front. No hint at high alcohol, well masked to say the least. Sugary, interesting. Light spicing, mostly coriander and nutmeg. A little soapy as well. Flavor is sweet and nutty caramel malts, grainy and toasty. Slight tartness, nice bitterness levels throughout. Slightly syrupy palate, too fizzy at points, but an otherwise reasonable carbonation level. Still not a trace of alcohol. An agressive fullness is left behind in a sugar finish. Pretty good balance here, other than in the palate.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Petrol Station. Pours dark brown to black with an offf-white head. Nose is spices - allspice and nutmeg. Taste is coffee, spices and roast malt. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly chalky and dry. While good in small quantities, it was hard to finish a whole pint.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber pour. Herbal, earthy on the nose. Taste is heavy: malt, herbs molasses.
Sammer (1047) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour from bottle. Thin head. Aroma is light smoke and molasses. Taste is malty, with notes of coffee and burnt wood. Smooth finish. Nice.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark garnet red, with a decent sized, but quickly dissipating head. Aroma is subtle, but thereís quite a lot going on: caramel, toffee, some biscuit/butterscotch, light milk chocolate, even some mild plum. taste is mildly chocolate, leading to a tangy raisin taste, and again something buttery. Gentle roasted nuts in the finish (innuendos aside). Not much of a hop presence. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but it seems like it was done out of intention, rather than failing to make it thick. All the flavors were pretty mild and well blended. This beer was incredibly easy drinking and I was astonished to find out it was 8%. Very well hidden. This is probably the most session-friendly winter beer Iíve tasted that didnít half-ass the quality. Kudos to Rahr.