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RATINGS: 175   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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4.2
fletchfighters (1571) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled a near black with touches of red at the top of the head. Short lived light brown head but better looking film I think. A dirty off white film. On swirling get one finger but quickly goes back to film. A couple of spots here and there but not a lot of any significant lacing. S-- Crazy good nose. Got bourbon, vanilla, Oak, dark fruits (mostly raisin), and warm butterscotch. Very well balanced smell on this. Bourbon is quite soft but well done. T-- Vanilla, raisin, butterscotch, oak and slight hints of bourbon. Solid tasting. M-- Medium to low carbonation and medium bodied. A little spicy in the mid palate. Raisin, vanilla and bourbon dominated. Not very syrupy or sweet. Pick up the alcohol in the back of the mouth but just in fits of warmth and spiciness. A couple of thin gaps here and there, also a little bit of watery gaps. Both in mid palate. Also pick up some grape notes to this. Has some cola qualities to this. O--- very nice beer

4.1
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2014
Good, but a bit too bourbony. Overpowers the warmer. Should’ve been mixed with the non BA version.

3.9
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 that’s 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 (I’m not knocking FW). Alcohol present, but under control. Thumbs up!

4
dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, 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.

4.1
TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2013
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!

3.5
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.

2.7
mmmbeer (1429) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2011
12 oz. tulip at the Co-op- served a black color with a small tint of maroon, 1 finger creamy off tan head. Nose of bootleg whiskey, malt, and a small note of smoke. Hits the mouth with a light medium body, whiskey drowns out all the malt feel and continues into the middle, finish is very warming with a candi sugar backbone. Very out of line, didn’t like it. Slammed it in 5 minutes, hopped on the train, and got home.

3.9
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Thanks to cavie for sending down this hand bottled beer. Pors a dark brown with little head. Nose of chocolate, soft bourbon, sugar and wood. Flavor is the same, but with coffee and toffee notes. Good mouthfeel and warming finish. Thanks Travis, much appreciated.

4
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Big thanks to cavie for bringing this handbottle. Clear dark brown pour. Aroma is boozy, caramel, delicious coffee. Flavor is amazing. Coffee, vanilla, bourbon, caramel. Great blend of flavors.

3.2
kbutler1 (1382) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle. Opens and gushes a bit pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. Dark fruit, spice, and slight bourbon. Medium Mouthfeel. Rich flavors; dark chocolate, spice, green apple, and dark fruit notes. I tend to believe this is slightly infected given the carbonation level and slight green apple notes.


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