beerlover503a (25) - Alabama, USA - SEP 25, 2017 Assurbanipaul (40) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Special release, standard Winter Warmer aged in Maker’s Mark barrels. Local draft only, no plans to bottle.
Looks pretty much like the normal Winter Warmer, dark chestnut with little head. But the aroma is almost all bourbon minus the alcohol heat, maybe with some caramel malt in the background.
The beer has picked up the bourbon flavors very well, as bourbon is dominant in the taste. It tastes almost like a beer/bourbon blend, with the maltiness of the beer providing a base for the Maker’s Mark flavor. Light notes of vanilla, cola and wood come through very faintly. No alcohol heat is noted.
Mouthfeel is a little lighter than most, it remains very drinkable. The bourbon aging may be a little too much, but perhaps it will fade with some age. (These had only been aging for about 3 months.)
Enjoying a few local brews while in Texas and this one definately stands out. Very big beer with great bourbon taste. So good I think I am going to have a second. Someone call me an Uber. KevinReddirt (209) - Midland, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2017
The Rahr bombers have been a hit with me. First time out of the box with this one. Jeez, very nice. Complex. It displays great, dark brown with a healthy, lacy head. Smell is swell, all woody and spice. The taste is malt heavy, oak laden, a little caramel sweetness and a potent alcohol kick. Good job Fort Worth. willisread (3546) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2016
3 year aged bottle shared. Pours a deep, mahogany brown with 2 fingers of foam. Toasted caramel light vanilla and cream soda. Good brown ale, but not much barrel character. Tmoney99 (14845) - 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. alexsdad06 (10640) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2016
22 oz bottle from crajun shared with Tmoney99. Pours a cola brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, light spice, cocoa, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, smooth, solid enough.
stephenj007 (124) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2016
Bomber pour with a nice, tan, puffy head. Aromas are dark fruits, vanilla bean, brown sugar, slight hops spice. Tastes are also on the sweet spectrum, with very little, noticeable bourbon accents. Not much of anything, but it does have a decent flavor. Just a bit too light in the overall mouthfeel and taste department for this style brew. Needs more bourbon "bite" and more "warmer" like the label says. jsmanigold (127) - Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2015
The aroma is of bourbon, vanilla. You can taste the bourbon with an additional oaky flavor. There is also a hint of sweet caramel at the end of the sip. jtclockwork (17070) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Etched glass bottle - Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, raisin and oak - Medium body. MarcoDL (5297) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2015
Bottle at tasting. Dark brown pour. Aroma of raisin, vanilla and chocolate. Taste of bourbony vanilla raisin, malt and red fruit. Good stuff. unclemike (3170) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - APR 12, 2015
sample at big texas beerfest pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is light barrel, oak, vanilla, roast. Flavor is licorice, and light barrel elements of vanilla and wet wood. Enough roast to make the body interesting and the barrel is finessed enough to not be overbearing.