BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Hand Bottle courtesy of Cavie. Thanks Travis for finally getting me this elusive beer! Pours with hardly any head with a brown body beneath. Aroma of brown sugar, chocolate and wood. Taste is coffee, chocolate, toffee and some barrel. Light bubbles. Very nice Rahr...start bottling it in 750s. Ibrew2or3 (8912) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2010
On tap at the Ginger Man in Dallas. Pours clear brilliant mahogany with off white head. The aroma is whiskey, vanilla and oak. The taste is pretty full with smooth sweet whiskey that slowly dries out into the finish. To midway the flavor picks up sweet malts blending into sweet nuttiness, faint dark fruitiness and a touch of roast. DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle. Dark brown with creamy tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, dark cherries, alcohol, bourbon and prunes with a hint of sweetness. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, cocoa and coconut with slight alcohol on the nose. Leaves a warm feeling in the belly. :) Best Rahr I’ve had. SudsMcDuff (8538) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2011
wow! i am blown away, a beer from Rahr that doesn’t suck donkey dick- scores averaged of all previous rahr beers sits at 2.6/5.0 - .. Pours a deep tan brown, medium low head, light spotty lacing .. . aromas of bourbon, wood, tobacco resin, chocolate, and stellenbosch vineyard .. . interesting mouthfeel for a barrel aged beer- most would say its way to thin (because original Rahr winter warmer is as thick water in space) but it works for me at this moment in time .. . clouds .. . flavours very similar to the aroma, just more bourbon .. . overall: the best ever made Rahr product, and actually enjoyable, but not for aging at all.. probably the best it will get and probably the best product that Rahr could ever wish to make .. hopscotch (11409) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Bottle… Tampa “Farewell to Sebletitje” Tasting… Hazy brown ale with a small, flimsy, off-white head. The aroma provides lush caramel, vanilla, milk chocolate and a gentle, delicious splash of bourbon. Full-bodied with a whole-milk mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is of sweet caramel and mocha flanked by adequate hop bitterness, woody tannins and subtle sourmash whiskey. Sweet, warming finish. Bottle courtesy of drowland. Thanks, Danny!
Dixonian (1657) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2011
I’m not a fan of the original Rahr Winter Warmer at all, which may be why I enjoy the barrel aged version so much. It’s almost like a completely different beer. Had it for the first time Christmas morning 2010. Pours very dark with a nice bourbon aroma. It’s a bit thin but other than that taste is great, even better as it warms. Very drinkable, I find myself wanting more. MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2011
bomber. Pours black with a big tan head. Good lacing on the glass. Nose is of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Taste is of bourbon, roast malt and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is medium-thin with some bitterness. Needs more body. This is much better than their regular winter warmer. Pretty good brew. Better than I expected. HonusWagner (2248) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2011
This is an English Strong Ale? Yeah, I guess. Very even notes of barrel-aging here. Smooth and warming against a standard malt body dominated by sweet fruits and some cocoa. Good beer, wish I had gotten a bigger pour. DaSilky1 (2608) - 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. Haven’t 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 it’s a nice cozy warmer, regardless. 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 nose’s 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 isn’t 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