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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (15433) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
22 oz. bottle, sent from BigTomz (thanks Tom), pours a deep dark brown with a reddish tinge with a medium beige head. Aroma of bourbon barrel, butterscotch, vanilla and toasted bread. Flavour of butterscotch, toasted bread and light bourbon barrels. Quite highly carbonated, with a lingering toasted bread finish. Medium complexity, some of which is distorted by the carbonation. Quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2011
Bottle (Grand Tasting at RBESG 2011, London) at Dean Swift. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Barley, bourbon, fruiyt, sweetmess, nutty, ok bitterness, light oxidation, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, light boozy, oakey. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14492) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Bomber from ericandersnavy - who probably disposes of more Rahr beer than anyone on the planet. Pours pretty dark brown with a small tan head. Bourbon wafts from the glass. Even stronger with vanilla notes when the nose goes into the tulip. Med body. Flavor is malt, bourbon, vanilla and oak. And a good bit of darker fruit. Each sip is strong bourbon and oak. That mellows out to dark fruit, finishing fairly bitter. Then it just starts all over again. Very good stuff. Not very complex, perhaps, but it doesnt need to be.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13904) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear dark brown color with medium tan frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy toasted dark malt, dark fruit and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted dark malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid interesting brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13898) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bomber coutesy of Thirdeye11 poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of bourbon, toffee, vanilla, light carmel and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, toasted malt, toffee, light spice and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (13545) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 9, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2013 - Very strong bourbon and equally strong chocolate. Jet black with a rich white head. Toffee and chocolate with tons of depth and complexity. Very well balanced with not too much bourbon or booze in the taste. Great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (13150) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bomber courtesy of Secret Santa. Thanks! Pours a dark brown color with a thin fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toffee, bourbon, wood, vanilla and a bit of apple. The taste is toffee, wood, apples, vanilla, bourbon. Thin-medium bodied, low carbonation, slight booze.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (13079) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2011
RBESG August 2011, grand tasting. Deep, ruby brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of toffee and dried fruit, with loads of bourbon and vanilla. Sweetish malty flavour with overwhelming bourbon character.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12894) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2008
(Hand bottle, courtesy of mar) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of wood, bourbon, light smoke/peat, and vanilla. Flavor of toasted marshmallow, vanilla extract, caramel, nuts, and cocoa with a somewhat dry oak finish.

Rahr should really consider doing more of these types of beers. German yeast alone does not do it for todays American craft beer drinkers.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (12578) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2011
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a very dark brown with a medium frothty tan head that lasts awhile leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a sweet roasted malt with chocolate and fruit. Thin mouthfeel with a roasted malt and coffee and chocolate with a nice light bitter finish. Hides the alcohol well making it easy to drink, a very good English strong ale from Rahr.


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