wchesser (2140) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
From a trade with Errl! Thanks! ’11 vintage enjoyed in winter ’12. Very nice nose of bourbon and some coconut and vanilla. Some earthy nutiness, like hazelnuts. Dark brown with no lacing. Thin in appearance and palate. Taste followed nose. Nothing to write home about but enjoyable enough around a backyard campfire in early winter with friends. mcox90 (2130) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2011
22 oz bottle courtesy of Cavie. Dark reddish brown with almost no light showing through as I hold it up to the light. Nice 1 finger cream colored head that sticks around. A little lace is left when the head recedes. Caramel malt and vanilla aroma with a little bourbon in the background. Flavor has the same caramel and vanilla as in the aroma with spice notes and oak. I like that the bourbon is somewhat subdued. There’s just enough to be interesting, but not so much that you think you’re drinking a glass of Maker’s Mark. Nice full, warming palate. Very nice, thank you Travis for initiating this trade. TheHOFF43 (2052) - 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. jhamp9 (1954) - Corinth, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Pours a dark brown with a cream colored head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, and brown sugar. Taste is heavy bourbon with caramel sweetness. Alcohol is prevalent in this one. DavoleBomb (1867) - 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
bleeng (1691) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, 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. Dixonian (1657) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2011
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. jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2011
22oz Bomber. Pours a dark cloudy chestnut with a tan 2-fingered head. Aroma of vanilla bean, and slight bit of the barrel. Flavor has just a touch of bourbon, with malt, dark fruit, on top of light bitterness. Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2014 Dark roasted malts, bourbon, wood, and hints of dark fruit greet the nose while a dark brown pour produces no head or lacing. Wood, dark roasted malts, a coffee-like bitterness, bourbon, and notes of dark fruit in the finish. Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Round mouthfeel improve as it warms. Overall, this beer had all the elments I’m a sucker for, roastyness, dark fruit, bourbon, and a touch of wood. Well done.