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Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%


Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-18-2006)
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fiery, auburn hue, under a rich, lacey cream-toned head.Looking good.

Sweet, creamy...lovely stuff. Lightly spiced, ginger, cinnamon...

Drink it now... smooth stuff. Robust, hearty, nutty, sweetness turns to dry. Malty, rich, husky...a solid wintry ale. Full-bodied and staifying. Nice one.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 10:53:24 | More by feloniousmonk
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angelmonster

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 2 finger beige head. Very dark brown body , light brown towards bottom. Head retention and lacing are great

Smell is of faint malt and some alcohol , very underwhelming

Taste is roasted, burnt chocolate malt.Bit of espresso, alcohol, and some hop bitterness. Very complex, well balanced

Good balance of carbonation, slightly creamy head. Pretty light body for a winter warmer

Very good flavors, high drink ability. Only thing that seems weird to me is how a beer so good can smell so bland. Aroma is easily overlooked compared to overall greatness of all the other qualities of this beer.

After looking through the other reviews of this beer seems odd that mostly everyone else detected a lot more aromas , dont know what happened with my bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 18:44:49 | More by angelmonster
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Mora2000

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 06:05:57 | More by Mora2000
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SuperSpy

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 02:19:52 | More by SuperSpy
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lxCheshireCatxl

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 22 oz bottle and poured into my favorite pint glass.

A - Dark with somewhat purple and ruby hues to it with minimal head
S - A nice scent of licorice with fruity and nut undertones
T- A robust flavor of coffee, licorice, fruits and nuts with a very subtle bourbon cask flavor that melds them all very well.
M - It kind of feels a bit watery (but a lot of the Rahr & Sons do), sweet at first and a little bit bitter at the end.

Overall a good beer to break out of the dark beer season away from the normal like Guinness, Shiner, and the group. Nice flavor and pretty easy to drink. I've had many different beers. This one isn't my favorite but I would grab it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 18:58:13 | More by lxCheshireCatxl
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ranger7

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Rahr tumbler glass.
Review from notes: December 14th, 2013.

A: Coca-Cola with a small white head.

S: Roasted chocolate and some coffee bitterness.

T: Dunkel-like with some spice.

M: Little carbonation. Light and easy to drink.

O: Good. Hides alcohol well. Very nice winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 03:54:13 | More by ranger7
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sinistermadman

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown in color with a nice dense, chunky head. I pick up some mild spicy notes in the nose, but not much else. Aroma is subdued.

Nice and smooth from the start. A slight nutty bitterness along with toasted malt round out the flavor. Hops are vaguely present. The beer has an appealing presence on the palate and the alcohol doesn't hinder the drinkability in the least. I only bought a single not being overly optimistic I'd like this, but I wouldn't have any problem drinking another. Kudos to Rahr.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 00:41:24 | More by sinistermadman
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LarryKemp

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark and clear an light tan head that lingers as a nice ring and lace.

The aroma is malt but not very strong. Nice, clean.

The taste was sweet to begin but finishes dry with a hint of bitterness.

Medium full mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation playing with my tongue.

A nice strong winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 03:08:16 | More by LarryKemp
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Atlas1

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a sucker for seasonals. This was a pleasant discovery at the Central Market in SA recently.

Pours a bright mahogany brown with a tight, off-white head on top. Some decent, heavy lace rings appear as the foam subsides. The nose is earthy, with some sweet malts, dense spices, and dark fruits. I also get some apple and/or pear scents. Some dirty caramel too. Not bad on whole, but a bit subdued. The taste follows suit, delivering some sweet malty fruit flavors mixed in with a spicy medley, accented mostly by a light pepper taste. Finishes nice and dry, with a noticeable hop kick. Mouthfeel is firm, almost chewy at times. Certainly a solid brew.

This is one of the better Rahr efforts, in my opinion. Their Bucking Bock is nice, but I think this better suits the style they're trying for. A very nice, well-balanced winter warmer. Not heavy-handed or faint of heart, this really comes across well overall. And at almost 8% ABV, the high alcohol is masked remarkably well. This could almost be sessionable. Well done here.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 00:37:59 | More by Atlas1
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omnigrits

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found a single bottle of this sitting in amongst several other beers on the shelf and thought 'Ooh, Christmas in July!!!'

It pours a very dark red colour with some ruby highlights around the edge of the pint glass. A nice off-white head that sticks around a long time and leaves plenty of good lacing. The aroma is typical winter warmer - lots of spice, raisins, dried apricot and dark roast malt. Those are all backed up on the tongue and with a very dry, rather bitter finish. Just the way I like it, but maybe not to everyone's taste. The body though... rather a let-down. It's very thin for this kind of beer. It should be heavier. Not a bad beer all the same and one that I'd drink again, and I reckon it might benefit from some careful cellaring for a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 23:04:24 | More by omnigrits
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briman

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with some ruby notes when held up to the light. Good clarity. Thin head, very little retention. Not much lacing.

Aroma is malty, with some caramel.

Flavor is malty upfront, caramel, maybe some molasses or brown sugar. Finish is fairly dry, almost some dark fruits or raising coming through. A mild hop bitterness pops up in the aftertaste.

Medium body, slightly chewy, with low to moderate carbonation. Balance leans towards the malt, but the hops show up in the finish to even things out. Alcohol is pretty well hidden in the aroma & taste, but there is a nice subtle alcohol warming. Good effort, and certainly something I'l have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 01:12:36 | More by briman
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webbcreative

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured Dark brown with red highlights, 2 finger off white head.
Smell = I don't know, im really not getting much aroma at all. Taste = a little sweet at first, then roasted barley, not any bitterness, but some cinnamon and maybe ginger.
Mouthfeel = Thin/Medium.

Overall this a a solid winter warmer, cannot detect the 8.5% abv in the feel or flavor at all,I can start to feel the effects near the end of the glass, but never would have guessed it that high on taste alone.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 16:18:41 | More by webbcreative
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with a very modest head despite an increasingly hard pour; after a couple of minutes there was just a ringlet left though there was some stickage

Smell: Carmel and vanilla, with undertones of chocolate and holiday spicing of cinnamon and nutmeg

Taste: Caramel and vanilla, up front, with the chocolate undertones and holiday spices arriving by mid-palate, along with some fig and licorice elements; after the swallow, the fruity elements emerge, though the caramel and vanilla take the flavor profile home in the end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and rather creamy, though the carbonation is rather low

Drinkability: I like the flavor profile and the creamy mouthfeel; if there were a bit more carbonation, the scores would be higher; worth seeking out

Thanks, FreeVerse, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 00:09:46 | More by brentk56
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AChamberlain

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Hyde Park Market in Austin. Surprised to find it in August. Poured muddy and ruby. Almost purple. Soft half inch head. The head stayed the entire drink. Dark fruits, raisins in aroma, some smoke, peet as well. Spicy, but a flat spiciness, not sharp. Malt forward, smoky malt flavor. Subtle fruit flavors as well. Smooth mouthfeel, almost silky. Flavor, aroma, mouthfeel all come together to make a nice beer to take your time with.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 00:24:27 | More by AChamberlain
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Bagman007

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap and poured in a bottle.

A- Deep brown with a thick head.

S- Malty, caramel smell with a hint of hops.

T- Very malty, yet you can definitely taste the spices. Not too hoppy at all.

M- Not bitter. Very smooth actually. Not too malty either.

D- Very drinkable. Doesn't have a lot of hops and it doesn't have an overpowering caramel flavor either. Pretty good beer.

Great Winter Warmer from the local Fort Worth brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 03:18:46 | More by Bagman007
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DougE

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a resent trip "home" to see my folks.
Having grown up in Texas I know many of the micros there can be a let down. But not Rahr and Son's W.W.
From the get go the pour was great a beautiful reddish brown with a head that stuck around for awhile. and lacing that covered the glass throughout the few minutes it took for me to gobble this one down and lots of sediment in the bottle. The smell was ok with some raisin and some roasted malts, but kinda a let down. The taste was also great on this one, and thats the most important, Right? The aroma would have never prepared me for a taste so good. Nutty and Malty with late bitterness. Mouth feel was a weak link, not full bodied as stated on the bottle.
Over all this is a great beer with the taste making up for any of the other shortcomings. My only regret is that I did not share with my friends here. Sorry guys...

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 05:50:47 | More by DougE
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 07:53:01 | More by Pintofbrown
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claspada

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 17:57:07 | More by claspada
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a0lbudman

Alabama

3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown head with a small tan head
S-caramel malt, sweet, noble hops aroma
T-roasted malt with a dose of hop aftertaste that is mixed with a roasted finish
M-medium body and low carbonation
O-a good mix of everything with a good balance. A great beer from Texas.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:28:16 | More by a0lbudman
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BigRedN

Nebraska

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a mixed case of 6 packs brought back from trip to Fort Worth, TX. While it is not exactly winter anymore, it is about 45 degrees and pouring rain, kinda close to winter in Texas.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a clear, dark brown. I get a 1/2 inch off white head from the pour. Patchy lacing as I consume the beer.

Smell: Scent of some malts (lightly roasted) and dark fruits. A touch spicy along with some piney hops.

Taste: Good malty backing with some spicyness showing up as well. Nice little piney hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with good carbonation. Just a hint of alcohol burn, but for a beer near 8%, I wound almost expect a little more.

Drinkability: A decent drinker, I was worried that is was left over from winter and may be a little old. I think this still had a litttle life left in it. At $8.99 a six pack I could not see myself purchasing this on a regularly basis in the winter, but I will not have that choice as this is not available to me (unless I have to make another trip to Ft. Worth).

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 04:51:07 | More by BigRedN
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anotherpg

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle hand delivered by BA member j5uh.

Poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass. Took about ten seconds for a caramel colored head to foam. First smell is of dark chocolate, almost semisweet chocolate chips. Taste is lighter than expected, malty with a mellow chocolate and raisins. Finish is sweet, but not milky which would have helped balance out. Surprised by the 8.5abv. Certainly didn't taste like that under the hood. Stuck between a porter and a stout, I am unsure how best to categorize it, except to say it would be a fine beer to match up with food.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 06:12:10 | More by anotherpg
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Dizzy

Texas

3.65/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 23:09:02 | More by Dizzy
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Melchizedek

Texas

3.63/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 22:47:37 | More by Melchizedek
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lonestar4lunch

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a review on 12/20/2006...
Rahr in Ft. Worth is cranking out some good brews and this one is no different. Pours a dark, almost chocolate color. Faint aroma of malts and grains, not much. No lacing left in the glass. Taste is of light sweets with malts. Very little carbonation and light on the tounge. Very drinkable and I bet is great on draft. Would rate this higher if had a little more flavor. Quite enjoyable given the higher %.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 03:02:19 | More by lonestar4lunch
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours cola brown with 1 finger of tan head.

S - Milk chocolate, sugary malt, vanilla, roasted malts. Smokey aroma as it warms.

T - Dark caramel, roasted malts, caramelized sugar, bitter dark chocolate, brown toast, nutty yeast, hints of grapes and under-ripened berries. Bittering hops adds earthiness to round off the finish. Citrus comes out on the aftertaste.

M - Moderate carbonation, light side of medium, almost thin body. No alcohol to speak of. The carbonation drops off toward the end.

Warming without the alcohol showing up. Nice cocoa and roasted malts with a solid strain of nutty yeast to glue everything together. The mouthfeel was the weak link but it wasn't a deal breaker. Everything tasted young and fresh. I'm gonna try and out one away for a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 01:54:31 | More by StaveHooks
Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.