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Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 4
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-18-2006

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Ratings: 199 | Reviews: 84
Reviews by SuperSpy:
Photo of SuperSpy
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It appears jet black but you can see some red highlights when held directly up to the light. A nice tan head and really good lacing.

Coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, and charcoal In the aroma. It smells pretty tasty.

Heavy bodied but on the light side of heavy. The flavor is very similar to the aroma. Sweet coffee up front, plenty of roasted malt and cocoa in the middle. A little bitterness in the finish but still plenty of dark roasted flavors and a bit alcohol as it warms.

A really good beer overall. Really easy drinking, goes down smooth, and the flavors really blend well and change as it warms. I'm really enjoying this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This winter warmer was had in a snifter from Florida.

The opaque, dark brown body barely shows dark crimson highlights. The weak head could not even muster full coverage of the dark cap, leaving only a tawny ring around the glass.

Sticking the nose right down into the beer only brings out a general malty sweetness, the slightly toffee-like impression was hard to come by. A roasted malt quality blending with that sweetness vaguely reminds one of peanut butter, flashes very briefly. Finally, with a little warming, some soft aromas of plums and figs escape from the glass. Entirely too hard to sniff out this beer, soft, vague.

The flavor profile of this winter warmer begins with a caramel malt sweetness that intimates raisins and figs. A roasty malt hits mid-palate, contributing brown sugar and char. The finish, once again, reintroduces the figgy quality with a building char from the roasted malt. This beer is not really complex, but the sweetness is well balanced with the charred quality of the roasted malt.

A lighter body blends with a rather watery feel over the tongue. Not much going on here in the way of carbonation, this could have been creamier, to compliment the slight drying finish.

I keep going back and forth on Rahr and Sons Winter Warmer. It is soft on the nose, but the sweet malts are enticing. The palate is not that complicated, but I really enjoyed the figgy, charred flavors. I think what would have really helped this beer was a better carbed mouth feel and stronger nose. It is a good beer, just not a great one.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rahr's winter warmer is a bit darker than the others I've had. It is a mirky almost-black beer with little head and only a light roasty chacolate aroma. At first this beer offers up mellow ale fruitiness, and hop bitterness that is quickly overtaken by intense caramel, that morphs into light chocolate. The sweetness only lasts a few seconds before light roasted flavor is overtaken by what seems to be a Rahr signature, a light grain astingency that I fortunately find pleasing. Aftertaste is of very light tobacco. This an intersting brew and I must give Rahr props for hiding all the alcohol here without a trace. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with low carbonation.

Photo of Mora2000
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours dark brown to black with a smallish tan head. There is not too much aroma but what is there is mainly molasses and roasted malt. I really expected more aroma from a beer like this. The flavor is better than the smell. Roasted malt is the main flavor but malt sweetness and spices are also present. The spices are somewhat muddled but I think nutmeg and cinnamon are in there somewhere. The beer is not too complex but is not a bad beer. Medium body with medium carbonation. The beer is very creamy which is the best aspect of the beer.

It should be noted that this beer appears to vary in carbonation. I have had several of these this year and the carbonation has varied from almost non-existent to medium. The carbonation definitely helps the beer.

Photo of Dizzy
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium/dark brown with an off white head which dissipates very quickly.

Aroma is lots of malt.

Tastes is sweet malts and a roasted flavor, bitterness builds up after a few sips. This beer hides the high alcohol quite well.

Medium bodied with relatively light carbonation.

This is a good beer but the bitterness from the roasted malts builds up to much to have more than one consecutivly.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass dark black with very little head. I could tell the carbonation with this one was going to be an issue. And it is. The smell is strong of carmelized nuts with a slight oak hint. The taste is about the same as the scents, only the carmelized flavors are kind of lacking. The mouthfeel to me is terrible, the carbonation is almost nonexistent. It has a watered down feel to it. If they could get a better consistency on this, the over all drinkability would be great, but it doesn't so it's not.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This winter warmer is dark brown almost opaque with a quick to disappear tan head. The sides of the glass reveal caramel colored highlights and that this actually is a clear liquid.

The nose is mild for a warmer. I was expecting stronger scents of chocolate and dark fruits especially as dark as Rhar's is. The smells are there but don't really come through as much as I'd like. There is a nice roasted malt that I hope is bolder in the taste.

The taste is mostly about the malts with a fair amount of English hop flavor. The malts dominant with a hearty roasted characteristic and some of those missing scents appearing in the flavor. Dark stone fruits with hints of booze and light smoke. Not overpowering and well balanced with the hops.

Mouthfeel is also very pleasant with a mild carbonation and a full bodied brew. That combo makes it seem like a thick drink but one that you can sip on all night. Flavorful and extremely drinkable.

Photo of Melchizedek
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rough pour yields a perfectly-formed two-finger head that subsides into a beige cap atop a nice dark-mahogany body. Aroma is nicely bittersweet, slightly spicy and honey-like with a background of hop resin.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a slight drying bite from bittering hop and alcohol. Plenty of spice from that alcohol, giving an edge to a nice solid malt profile. A little light toasty stuff, some sweet bread and a bit of mineral undertone. Woody in the finish.

Could be fuller in the mouth, maybe with more aggressive maltiness, but these are minor quibbles. This is a very pleasant winter drink, and it's not half bad even when it doesn't feel at all like winter anymore (which you'd better get used to where they brew it). Solid.

Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JosephLondon for the bottle.

Winter Warmer pours a red stained, nut brown color. It's moderately hazy, but has nice scarlet highlights with some light behind it. A cream colored head sits on top and rises to about a finger. It dissipates quickly, leaving very light lacing behind.

The nose is weak and rather average. A few light, holiday spices are noted. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are noted. It smells a little sweet and malty. Smells like caramel malts are the base, but it's not very aromatic at all. A very light dark fruit scents of raisin and plum are noted. That rounds it out. It's not bad, but would benefit greatly from more strength.

The flavor is above average. It is a little sweet and has a pretty good malty base. It's complemented by the typical holiday spices - cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Yeast is more prominent here and has a slight bread-like flavor. Dark fruit flavors of raisin and plum complement the spices. They're subtle, but effective. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Finishes sweet and holiday spicy. It's rather straight forward for a winter warmer, but is a decent beer.

Winter Warmer has a light-medium body that's nearly smooth. Carbonation is rather light and helps quite a bit. Drinkability is above average. The flavor here is pretty solid for what it is. It's not great by any means, but I could see myself drinking a few on a nice holiday night. That would be especially true if I lived in Texas.

This is my first exposure to Rahr & Sons Brewing Company beer. Winter Warmer is pretty good, but doesn't really stand out. Everything about it seems a little too tame. It's tough to distinguish yourself in the winter warmer category. If you want to achieve that goal, you've got to be bolder than this. More of everything is in order. On its face, this isn't bad beer, but it needs work to reach the next level. Nonetheless, I'm happy to try it out. I love beer that's new to me. Thanks, Joseph.

Photo of russpowell
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from Finnman, cheers! let this one sit out 25 minute before cracking it

Pours a garnet tinged chestnut with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Near-zero head retention & lacing

S: Slight cocoa notes, some vanilla when warm

T: Vanilla, slight breadyness, plus some dark fruits & much dryness up front. Cakeyness, some carob, raisins, & ever so slight boozey notes as this warms. Finishes slightly oaky dry with jammy notes, some more pronounced vanilla & other dark fruit

MF: Thinnish, wet, but starts to recover as the beer warms to room temp, I even start feeling hints of syruppyness

Drinks easy for the ABV, but not that great a winter warmer. Maybe its because I'm sitting here watch the snow come down on a spring day, but these seems like it's built for Texas winters versus real winters. Come on Rahr, I know y'all can do better!

Photo of j5uh
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It smells and starts off a lot like a stout.
But it has a really mellow tone, dark chocolate, raisin taste.

The end finishes really light, almost a bit on the flat note. I would say it has a floral finish. A decent dark ale.

Not bad. I'd drink it again.
Would I recommended? sure.

Photo of alleykatking
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks go out to OakedCanuck for the bottle.

A- Pours a darker brown color. Some light red hues show as it's held to the light. One finger white head shows low retention. No lacing on the sides of the glass it all falls back into the beer.

S- Toasted malts in the front of this. There is some light caramel and toffee malts along with some darker malts. Darker fruits come through toward the end but this is still a muted malty beer. Once it warms there is some nutty notes as well.

T- Toasted malts come out first with a hint of nutty flavoring. Caramel malts come through toward the middle with a hint of toffee as well. Sugary darker fruits come in the backing of this beer with a hint of alcohol sweetness.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was alright for the beer. Sweetness from the malts are left on the palate with alcohol added to the aftertaste. Not blended flavor wise to the style...more super malt forward. No off flavors. Alcohol shows medium dryness on the palate.

D- The muted flavors and lack of real alcohol sting makes this beer a easy drinker. Nothing over the top but nothing bad at all either. It is what it is and that is a average a little above average beer.

Photo of goochpunch
2.56/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a dark brown, almost purple, with ruby hues. As with all Rahr beers, the head retention isn't there. Head starts off small and in seconds, is just a ring. No lacing. Smells of artificial cherry, from the toasty malts, roastiness, alcohol and a bit of grain. Flavor is at first roasted malt, which leads into some slight fruitiness: mostly apple and pear. Not entirely unlike their lagers, it seems. I get a little chocolate out of this. LITTLE. Finishes a bit too clean and watery for my tastes. Strange, but it has a bit of a brothy flavor to it. Where's the alcohol? Mouthfeel is slightly tingly, which is a good thing, but this is entirely too thin, especially considering the high abv. I'm not crazy over this, but it's not a drain-pour neither. This seemed to have more character on tap, but nevertheless, this is way too simple and thin, which is dangerous considering the alcohol content.

Photo of BeerSox
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

A thick frothy long lasting head sits on top of a clear but dark reddish brown body. The head eventually settles to a thin cap. Stacked stringy lacing.

Very spicy and malty aromas mixed with a little bit of leafy hops. Cinnamon sticks out the most with little bits of brown sugar. Some warming alcohol aromas can be detected.

Very sweet malts, such as brown sugar flavors starts of the mix, transitioning to a midly spicy feel, to a light hop bitterness. Relatively clean finish with a little bit of lingering sweetness, that gets outlasted by a little bit of bitterness. Medium bodied with a little bit of carbonation gives a light fizzy feel, without overwhelming the flavors. The 8%ABV alcohol is hidden nicely, keeping par with the overall sweet taste.

I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Maybe a little sweet for some, but it is still nicely balanced by a touch of hops. Mine was served at cellaring temperature. Highly recommended, probably one of my favorite of the Winter Warmer style so far.

Photo of scottg
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

thanks to whoneeds8 for this one.
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with a pencil thin off white head leaving no retention. Aromas of molasses and subtle holiday spices. Sweet taste up front-caramel with some nuttiness and hints of spices. The spices are nicely balanced, never dominant. Light carbonation and body, watered down consistency. Average drinkability, the aromas and flavors are nice, but the feel ruins this one.

Photo of BeanBone
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A murky mahogany-brown body with plenty of ruby highlights. Up top, a finger's width of off-white head that recedes rather quickly and leaves barely any lacing.

Aroma: Roasty malt with lots of nutty, spicy, and raisiny notes. Maybe a little cocoa as well.

Taste: Rather unique, this is very nutty, herbal, and almost vegetable-like. There's still plenty of dark fruit and roasty malt in the mix as well. The alcohol is hidden very well and the aftertaste is of grainy and roasty malt.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly for the style, this is a little on the thin side. Dry throughout.

Drinkability: Between average and sipper territory. While it's somewhat light-bodied and the flavor profile isn't overly powerful or boozy, eventually the alcohol content has to slow you down.

Verdict: To be frank, I'm a little confused by this beer. Rahr's website list this as full-bodied, and that's certainly what you'd expect from a Winter Warmer, but the body just fails to measure up. So while it's certainly not a bad beer, it's not a particularly good one either.

Photo of gtermi
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a sort of thin white head.

S: The beer had a good amount of caramel and spices. I am also getting a tiny bit of toffee.

T: Roasted malt and some spices. The spices arent as present as I wanted, but not horrible.

M: The beer is pretty carbonated, but pretty easy to drink. Nothing special at all

O: This is by far one of the better beers I have ever had from Rahr. Better luck next year.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from BigTex early in the year. I forgot about this one. It's almost in season again. :D

Screw cap, the Captain's pint glass, the Minnesota Twins embarrassing themselves on primetime.

A couple inches of bubbly, sandy-colored head. Filtered, ebony wood body.

Smells of skim chocolate milk & crystal malt. Faint herbal bitterness & clay.

Gentle roast, a light & slight red grape skin thing, mild anise, barely woody. Watered down cola sweetness. Earthy, slightly lingering bitterness. A bit muted overall, but no noticeable oxidation. At room temperature the beer throws out a little pleasant stream of light grade maple syrup.

Frothy, thinner then expected, with a drying finish. Alcohol was very quiet. I could of done with something a little heavier. Middle of the road, but still pretty soft & soothing. :)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with a huge, fluffy beige head. Excellent retention and lacing. This is a good looking beer, about the right color for a WW.

Smells pretty good too. Bitter chocolate, cocoa, plums, blackberries and orange peel. Malts dominate the smell, and the hops are not noticeable.

Roasty malts are the main show in the flavor as well. Toasty maltiness, high carbonation and hop bitterness are aplenty to help balance it out. Fruitiness nearly dissapears in the tasting. Has a nice creamy, fresh feel to it. A nice job balancing winter warmer heartiness and alcohol with smoothness and drinkability. I do believe this is my favorite offering from Rahr, I will buy this again next winter!

Photo of Kromes
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with reddish tinge and a thick beige head. Roasted malt and slight hop aroma. Hop flavor up front with sweet Chocolate roasted malt flavor followed by hop bitterness in the finish. Good balance between sweet malt and hops. Can not detect the alcohol in this beer. very delicious and drinkable.

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra provided by G311, thanks a bunch.

Aromas of caramel and vanilla, with undertones of chocolate and light spicing of cinnamon and nutmeg.

The tastes begin with the same caramel and vanilla, up front, with the chocolate undertones and holiday spices arriving by mid-palate, along with some fig and dark fruit notes. As it warms the fruity elements emerge a little more, though the caramel and vanilla take the flavor profile home in the end.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and rather creamy, though the carbonation is rather low. Could use a little improvement here.

Overall I like the flavor profile and the creamy "warming" flavors; if there were a bit more carbonation, it would be a real winner. Spice isn't overdone which is a huge plus for me. Good, recommended if you can find it.

Photo of Pegasus
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep amber, with a touch of haze, and a tall, dense off-white head with very good retention. Scattered sticky lacing adorns the glass walls. No carbonation is evident.

Aroma: Rich aroma of herbal hops, sweet alcohol, earth, and bitter cocoa. The aroma is beguiling.

Taste: The taste opens with toasted malts, these are the dominant characteristic throughout. As the taste progresses, notes of earth and cocoa are ascendant. At the close of the taste, a bit of herbal bitterness appears. While there is a slight warming characteristic, the high alcohol content is artfully concealed.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, rich, soft.

Drinkability/notes: An excellent example of the style, superbly enjoyable even in summer. Needless to say, recommended.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of RORWessels
4/5  rDev +7%

A very good beer that is easy to drink.

Photo of Tifore
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recieved in a BIF from Greg (Twiggamortis420). Poured into my Unibroue Tulip.

A - Pours a dark cola brown in color with what looks like a slight haze in clarity. Pours a 1/4 to 1/2 inch head that is light tan and slightly brown in color.

S - Smells of chocolate, roasted and carmel malts, some sweet toffee notes and some slight spice. Not uniform in smell though. It smells like everythings working against its self, not together. Perhaps even some licorice smells as well?

T - Taste is of spice, and roasted malts as well as some of the licorice coming through but late in the first taste. Some slight vanilla comes through as well. Almost like a after / lingering taste. It tastes watered down all in all. Very weak tasting.

M - Mouthfeel is light and very highly carbonated. Doesn't fit the beer though and works against the smell and taste.

D - Not the best winter warmer I've had. I'm glad I got to try it. Thanks Greg!

Photo of roblowther
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It pours out almost black with a thin tan head that is here & gone. The smell is almost coffee-like with notes of spice - nutmeg & a hint of cinnamon. The taste is much more roasted than I expected for a winter warmer. It is almost a cross between a coffee porter and a warmer. It has that wassal-like spice of a warmer overlaying the basic dark roast of the malt. The mouthfeel is creamy but light. The lightness makes it much more "refreshing" than you'd expect of a beer of this color and flavor intensity. The drinkability is great. I had this at the brewery for my first and quickly returned to the sample bar for my second. I would have kept on had they not floated the keg. Fritz has created an interesting twist on a classic style & executed with his usual quality & style. A great warmer!

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Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.