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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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rougeau13 (2877) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2016 2016: Extremely dark brown with a puffy beige head. Aroma of vanilla, roasted and chocolate malt, plums, bourbon and wood. Sweet and woody tasting with just enough bourbon to accent. Medium bodied and dry. 2/26/2011: 8 4 8 4 17 = 4.1

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2011 Re-Rate: 01/14/2011: Pours a dark brown with tan head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, vanilla, cherry. Flavor packs a little punch, obvious bourbon and oak characters, light subtle woody tannins, malt, dark fruit, vanilla, spicy finish. Mouth feel is medium body, medium-high carbonation. Overall, WoW!!!!! By far the best brew from Rahr! 02/18/2008 Oook.....This beer was interesting....Poured a great dark roast color....with a nice off white head. This is limited eddition...I seen the casks myself and had an early sampling before the public.....Has a terrific bourbon aroma with nice malty fragrance. Taste was, well, a nice suprise....Dark roast with hints of bourbon, I even got to taste the sticky remains of bourbon that was still on the wood cask....delicious. Nicely bitter with an even balance of an alcohol spicyness, malt, and hops.....very good beer, and its unfortunate not many people will have an opportunity to try it.....

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2009
After years of being ten minutes too late, our bartender gave us his. Its everything great about the Warmer and everything great about whiskey.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TXBadger (2763) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2014
I used to really like this beer, the 2010, 2011, and 2012 versions were great. In 2013, there were many issues, and very inconsistent from bottle to bottle. One bottle I had, had a lot of bourbon in it, while another bottle had barely any. Just not what I expected after years of consistency. Ruined the beer for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2733) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2010
On tap at Dallas Gman. Pours a dark chestnut color with a medium sized creamy tope head. Notes of chocolate syrup, burnt cookie, oak, vanilla, and pecans. Medium weight with a very long finish. Tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Had at the Great Arkansas Beer Festival 2014. Pours a dark brown. Thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon and toffee, caramel. Flavor follows with some bourbon but mostly caramel and oakiness. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle via MaltOMeal. Pours a deep glossy brown and sports large, dense, frothy light tan lace-inducing suds. malty nose of caramel and pancake syrup with a slightly minty hop edge. Balanced malty caramel flavors..not much of the bourbon comes through, but its nice and full and malty and satisfying regardless, at least for the most part. I get a little bit of the oakiness in the finish, but the bourbon has not settled into this much at all. Havent had the non-bourbon version, so nothing to compare...but it would probably be better with some bourbon vanilla accents. That being said, there are no glaring faults in the beer itself and its a nice cozy warmer, regardless.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2011
8%? No way...pour is opaque and cola brown with a dense sticky tan head...smell is toasty and sweet...caramel, molasses, vanilla, and bourbon...taste is toasty and sweet too with similar flavors...slight bitterness in the finish...booze comes out a bit then too...maybe I believe 8% afterall.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 650ml Bottle-Poured into a Rahr Winter warmer Glass..The Pour is a very dark amber with off white soapy head a bit of lacing on the glass..The Aroma is Vanilla, and light oak, and i am catching a hint of spice.The Taste is amazing You get some tastes of raisin then vanilla, a bit of Fresh oak, and hints of Malts. nice bold warming oak on the Palate.. The flavors are wonderfully balanced and it keeps calling you back for more.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2009
draft at flying Saucer in fort worth. poured a murky brown with an off white head. aroma Was nice with toffee, caramel, butter scotch, and bourbon. flavor was bourbon, toffee, vanilla, and alcohol. body was light with close to high carbonation. by far the best Rahr offering.


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