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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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3.1
vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2014
(Backlog) Draft. Brune pour with tan head. Bourbon, oak, spice and sweet aromas. Flavor is lacking, light bourbon, dark fruit and alcohol tones.

3.9
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Mahogany color/ lasting tan head. Nice spicy caramel, chocolate aromas with bourbon, vanilla in the background. smooth medium body. Very good mix of bourbon barrel, vanilla flavors with spicy caramel, chocolate.

3.9
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Bottle:   Very deep brown, nearly black, large rocky light beige head, nice lacing.   Soft vanilla, bourbon, oak, and peaty and chocolaty malts on the nose.   Soft bourbon up front, a little warming, some vanilla, graham cracker, nutty and peaty malts.   I expected a bit more barrel aging, but as is, its very well balanced.   It doesnt overshadow the English Strong Ale underneath it.   Very very smooth, yet not real big in body.   Had it been, it probably would have been too sweet and cloying.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   This is too easy to drink!   Nice balance.   Could use a touch more spice, mainly vanilla.   Otherwise, this is very tasty and quite the creation.   Thanks Bill for this treat!


3.7
blutt59 (6576) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
on tap, walnut brown colored pour with tasting khaki foam, aromas of bourbon and caramel, flavors of caramel, vanilla and bourbon, finish is lighter than expected

3.9
Boutip (6483) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light notes of lacing. Aroma of medium bourbon notes with some light vanilla with some light caramelized malt notes. Taste is also a mix between some caramelized malt notes with light toffee undertones and some vanilla and bourbon notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with nice balanced between complexity and drinkability.

3.4
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Pours brown with a large khaki head. The aroma is chocolate malts, nuts, vanilla and caramel. The flavor is a bit astringent with raisins, bread crust, chocolate, vanilla, nuts, and a touch of nail polish remover in the finish. THe bourbon flavors are well integrated but not much barrel flavor. Kind of simple, but not bad.

4
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Brown pour with creamy tan head and lace. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon barrell, and coconut. Vanilla, BB, coconut, abv, and coffee flavors. Medium full bodied with good carbonation. pretty nice

3.8
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Dark fruit, wood, a hint of vanilla, some nice bourbon notes on the nose. Pours dark auburn/brown, nice tannish head settles to a ring. The flavor starts off nice and woody, moves to a solid dark fruity note, perhaps a touch of chocolate, followed by vanilla, and finally nice bourbon to put it all together. Smooth, well balanced, and drinkable. Good barrel treatment.

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thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2009
(draught at ft worth gingerman) pours clear reddish brown with creamy head that lasts forever. Nose of vanilla, raisins, tobacco, and brown sugar. Taste of whiskey, wood, vanilla, and creamy finish. This is one of the best Texas brewed beer there is.

4.1
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Had on tap at the Fort Worth Flying Saucer and reviewed from notes. Rahr’s Winter Warmer aged in Maker’s Mark barrels, sounds interesting. The beer pours a dark brown-red with a small tan head. The aroma is awesome, with some oak, vanilla, bourbon and a little roasted malt. The flavor is great as well, with tons of vanilla and oak character. You get a little bourbon and some spices as well as some dark fruit and some coffee and roasted malts. This is a complex masterpiece that is a great improvement over the regular Winter Warmer from Rahr and Sons. The beer has low carbonation and a thick mouthfeel. The alcohol is not that present in the flavor but the alcohol warming affect is great. I was sitting outside on the patio in about 40 degree weather and this beer warmed me up nicely. I wish they would bottle this because this is as good as any beer I have ever had from the state of Texas.


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