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Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-18-2006)
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

spd3350, Nov 19, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

OCdrummer7271, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of decoy727272
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

decoy727272, Mar 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

cam12, Jul 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

mgoode, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

bigwillystyle, Jul 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Michaeldmanley, Nov 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

kds2437, Jul 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

jkm, Feb 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

army01, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Pegasus
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Pegasus, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of GregSVT
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

GregSVT, Sep 09, 2009
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4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

jnn4v, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

BeerSox, Dec 03, 2006
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4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

RobJTejas, May 23, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

JudgeRoughneck, Nov 19, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Dwtucker90, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

IPeteA91, May 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Tuck_leepulin, Aug 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Mortarforker, Sep 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

HFrog1211, May 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

JedSeed, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of roblowther
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

roblowther, Feb 24, 2007
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4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

assurbanipaul, Nov 30, 2006
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4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

allengarvin, Nov 28, 2006
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Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.