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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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 noses 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 isnt 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhamp9 (1761) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1669) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1602) - 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 Im a sucker for, roastyness, dark fruit, bourbon, and a touch of wood. Well done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1588) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2011
22oz bomber. Im not a fan of the original Rahr Winter Warmer at all, which may be why I enjoy the barrel aged version so much. Its almost like a completely different beer. Had it for the first time Christmas morning 2010. Pours very dark with a nice bourbon aroma. Its a bit thin but other than that taste is great, even better as it warms. Very drinkable, I find myself wanting more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2014
Good, but a bit too bourbony. Overpowers the warmer. Shouldve been mixed with the non BA version.

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 thats 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 (Im not knocking FW). Alcohol present, but under control. Thumbs up!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle shared during AZRBWG. Pour is brown with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of toffee, bourbon, nuts, cocoa and a hint of peat smoke. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of roasted malt, brown sugar, and coffee. Overall body is moderate and finishes with a light to moderate earthy bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Bottle from a generous guy on BA - thanks! Pours a dark cola color with a small swirl of tan foam. Aroma is thin, sweet bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chalky malt, and gum. It actually smells better than my description but it does have a thin, sweet quality to it. Taste is light bourbon up front followed by a nondescript base beer consisting of sweet malt, toffee, some light hop bitterness, and some alcohol on the finish. There is also some noticeable raisin and/or plum toward the back third of the taste. Mouthfeel is light and thin. On the whole just an okay beer for me.


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