Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Winter WarmerWinter Warmer

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

199 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 199
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 4
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-18-2006

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 199 | Reviews: 84
Photo of nizzle8287
4.8/5  rDev +28.3%

12 oz bottle was bottled October 11, 2014. This beer is very well balanced, but in my opinion must be enjoyed at 60-65 degrees. Pours a beautiful beige thick 2 finger head that stays for a while and dissipates into a thin film . Dark black cherry color that shows some light through, but appears to have no sediment. Smells of roasted chocolate and German style malts. Taste at slightly over 60 degrees: Chocolate, dark ripe fruit, very subtle English hop twang. Tastes thin and watery at fridge temp, but full flavored, rich, and creamy at (Texas) room temperature (60-65) - 8.5% ABV is barely noticeable. Just enough carbonation. Overall delicious English style dark winter warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewery.

Photo of decoy727272
4.56/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste is smooth, roasty malt that's not at all spicy. Dark caramelized flavors, semi-sweet brown malt with some nutty brown sugar but the overall effect is not overly sweet at all. Very, very faint trace of hops in the middle, hints of smoke, maybe some dry dark cocoa. Finish is clean and slightly bitter, no trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, almost lager-like, which exposes the brewer's well-known preference for lagers. Exists somewhere between a clean brown ale and an old ale. Bottles are better than keg; I could drink this all year round.

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 jnn4v
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I actually found this beer on tap at Freetail Brewing on the North side of San Antonio. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it and wish I could find it in my local area.

Appearance - Dark brown color, barely translucent.

Smell - Toasted, roasted malts. Sweetness rising as the temperature of the brew did. Just a slight hint of the bourbon / oak flavors that would come through later.

Taste - I almost gave this a 5. It was nearly perfect flavor for my tastes. Nice and malty, but with a sort of bourbon barrel flavor - almost reminiscent of the Dominion Oak Barrel Stout (which I love) but in a winter warmer body.

Mouthfeel - Good texture, although ever so slightly more carbonated and less "thick" than I was hoping for with a dark brown ale / warmer of this caliber.

Drinkability - More please? This serving was gone far too quickly. It only improved as it warmed from the original keg temperature. I think it was best around 55 degrees if I were to wager a guess.

Photo of GregSVT
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought this a few months ago and have been sitting on it waiting to see how it developed over time.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black with a big tan head and decent lacing as the head fades to a small ring.

S: Smell is wonderful with dark malts and holiday spices on the forefront with a bit of dark fruit in the background.

T: This is one of the best tasting Winter Warmer brews I've ever had. First flavors are deep roasted malt with a lot of christmas spices and a smokey flavor on the finish. Great stuff.

M: A good amount of carbonation and bit creamy. A tiny bit on the thin side but still pretty good.

D: I could drink this all day/night and then some. The ABV, at close to 8%, will creep up on you if you have more than 2 but the alcohol is no where to be seen in the smell, taste, or mouthfeel.

This is my favorite bottled beer from Rahr and the Bourbon Barrel version is even better if you can get a glass of it. Hopefully they bottle the Bourbon version in 2009 instead of making it draught only. HINT HINT!

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

Served in a Nonic pint glass it had a gorgeous thick creamy beige head with medium lacing that held throughout. It touts a beautiful dark but transparent amber brown color that literally coats the glass till the last drop.

Aromatic notes of sweet bread, hops, tart berries perhaps currant and a light hint of spice.

It boasts an undeniable alcoholic warmth that accompanies the sweet malty goodness with subtle notes of cocoa, coffee and spice (perhaps clove and nutmeg). Finishes with a coppery metal taste.

Overall this was a highly satisfying beer that that completely whets the appetite and leaves you wanting for more.

It is important to note that the undernoting flavors really popped out on my second glass, so much so that I thought I was served a different beer.
This was my first winter warmer (and my first review) but if this one is indicative of the style I will be trying more. Thankfully I live 10 minutes from the brewery so next year I will be at the head of the line for this brew.

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 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!

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dull yet still clear brown with a thick frothy khaki head. Aroma is light, some toasty malt.

Taste is smooth, roasty malt that's not at all spicy. Dark caramelized flavors, semi-sweet brown malt with some nutty brown sugar but the overall effect is not overly sweet at all. Very, very faint trace of hops in the middle, hints of smoke, maybe some dry dark cocoa. Finish is clean and slightly bitter, no trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, almost lager-like, which exposes the brewer's well-known preference for lagers. Exists somewhere between a clean brown ale and an old ale. Bottles are better than keg; I could drink this all year round.

Photo of allengarvin
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle, served into an appropriately sized mug, this beer pours out a lovely reddish-tinted mahogany with a soft, creamy head of foam atop it. Nutty, toasty malt aroma, perhaps a tad faint. Very nice flavor, with rather nutty, lightly caramel malt. Bitterness comes through nicely, though hop flavor is very light. Roasted malt lingers at the finish. Creamy, soft body.

Very nice beer, after the disappointing Bucking Bock. This shows excellent craftsmanship.

Photo of Morris729
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with ruby highlights and a short creamy head. Nose is toasted malt along with a fainter nuttiness and bit of chocolate in the background. Taste is caramelized malt and a bit of brown sugar along with semi-sweet dark chocolate and a mild hop bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. A very nice winter warmer!

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 HardTarget
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Nice marketing blurb, but no helpful information like ingredients, abv, date, wait a tick, there is a smudged inkjet looking code at the very bottom of the glass! 936 AF 12:39! A quick trip to the website doesn’t list how to read the code, or give any other information about the brew. Sigh.

Aroma: First blush is plum, cherry, and well toasted malt.

Appearance: Dark brown with translucent clarity. A thin head at a firm pour that dies back to nary a covering that leaves only dots of short-lived lace.

Flavor: Rich maltiness, dark fruit, Rahr’s house yeast (I’m guessing), slight hint of wood in the finish, an earthy note.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body, surprising given the taste profile. Carbonation is a touch high, which is surprising given the lack of cover.

Overall Impression: Well, I’m impressed more by what I don’t taste; alcohol. I can feel the effects well enough, but I’m hard pressed to find any in the taste. What I also don’t taste is any obvious flaws. A light, but nice Winter Warmer. My only real beef is the carbonation level, but I can wait that out.
Well done Rahr (and mwedge)!

Photo of mdcrouser
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid pour, much darker than I assumed, with deep brown illuminated only by hints of ruby on the edges. A finger of desert tan head fades down the edges of the glass, adding drapes to the entire beer.

Strong nose of brown sugar, toffee, raisins, currants, and Brit yeast are apparent.

Alcohol is definite, but in a way that you might think this beer was aged in oak bourbon barrels with vanilla. Deep sugary malts are strong, providing a robust base for the beer to stand on.

Pretty subtle carbonation serves it well, allowing the malts to stand up for themselves.

Would love to try this one on tap sometime - a great example of a winter warmer.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Morris729 for this bottle.

My glass is filled with a liquid that looks a lot like cola with no head. No head = no lacing.

Good aroma consisting of dark roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, biscuits and nuts. Smells yummy.

The taste is just as good with the smells transformed into flavors. There is also a bit of piney hop bitterness in it.

Thinner medium body with decent carbonation. Dry aftertaste. Going down really easy. I am really going to miss all of these winter warmers when spring rolls around. Thanks, Jim, for this sample.

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

Poured into a tumbler it produces a respectable 1 inch head with moderate lacing and good retention. The appearance is dark ruby brown and clear. The aroma is of toasted malt with some spicy hops. There is a hint of chocolate and coffee. The taste is mainly of the malts with the aforementioned undercurrents of flavor. There is a notable alcoholic warmth. The finish is a bit metallic and the feel is medium to rich bodied.

This is a very satisfying and enjoyable winter warmer. I'll definitely be looking for it in the future. It's great to have such excellent craft beers being made in my home state.

Photo of RORWessels
4/5  rDev +7%

A very good beer that is easy to drink.

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, unknown freshness date. This pours a dark brown with a nice tan head. The smell is higher on caramel and toffee than some, good stuff. The feel is medium. The taste is pretty good, lots of caramel, some toffee, nuts, spices, not bad.

Photo of AdrianAltine
4/5  rDev +7%

good taste for an 8.5abv beer .Has a citrus note through the dark rich flavor.

Photo of KodyBrannon
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, This beer poured a black color with a tan 2-finger head. Malty overtones are in the overall scent of this beer and the roasted malt flavor really warms a body up on a cold december night.The mouthfeel of this beer is slightly heavy which adds to the overall warming factor. This beer is definatly worth the trip to the store and will keep many a winter chill away.

Photo of wagenvolks
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a standard Foothills pint glass.

Pours a deep russet hue with a cola-colored core that lets in ruby red highlights at the edges. A fleeting, crackling, custard head drops to a thin sheet of tiny bubbles, but retains fairly well. Toasted chocolate and toffee malt dominate the aroma, with a backdrop of raisin, fig, and other dark fruits. The hops are a bit muted, but leafy with hints of earth.

I remember not liking this beer as much when I tried it on-tap, but the flavor profile is quite good out of the bottle. Dusty chocolate intermixes with holiday spices and raw, leafy hop notes. Alcoholic warmth and toasted, nutty malts hit the back of the palate. A bit unbalanced towards the finish, but this is a damn tasty winter warmer. Mouthfeel is crisp and highly carbonated, with a drying finish that thins out an otherwise medium body. Good beer, and a candidate for aging -- I could see myself enjoying this beer even more after a few years in the cellar to allow the hops and booziness to mellow just a bit. Well done, Rahr & Sons.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

The beer didn't leave that much head as it finished its pour and only left a little lacing on the glass. Color is very dark, almost black, kind of a thin looking body.

Taste and smell are a nutty choclaty flavor with some residual sweetness mixed in. It actually tastes very similar to a Sam Adam's Black Lager with just more sweetness. Mouthfeel isn't bad, but could use just a tad more body.

This is a fairly tasty winter warmer from Rahr and Sons. Not the best brew they have, but certainly not bad. Also, the alcholol content of this beer is damn strong, so it really warms you up fast!

Photo of natelocc787
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I almost bumped the taste score up to 4.5. Small head on this holiday brew but the appearance and color of the body made up for it. Good lacing in thin sheets around the glass, nice and dark for the style. The nose wasn't especially robust but offered malty, fruity notes with mild spices like vanilla bean and nutmeg. The taste is very heavy, malty with a small hop presence leaving no real bitterness to this beer. Taste brings a brown ale quality with a big dose of raspberries in the middle. The fruit presence is concentrated and very noticeable adding a tartness to the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly chewy, heavy and the carbonation is muted and perfect. Drinkability is up there with the best in this style, for a beer that,s 8% it was gone quickly. Only bought a single but I recommend anybody buying this one get the six-pack.

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.