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Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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84
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172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

BuddyLoveFosho, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

t0rin0, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of wagenvolks
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

wagenvolks, May 07, 2009
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

bpackertx, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

MaddDogg84, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Kromes
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

Kromes, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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!

AustinBeerLvr, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of natelocc787
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

natelocc787, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of cavedave
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Major thanks to Exiled for another fine beer disproving that Texas lags behind in beer quality. From notes, tasted 2/24/11.

Darkest brown, thin beige head fades quickly to a persistent ring. Has the look of a very alcoholic beer.

Nice nose, tart yeast, some roast, vanilla, some bourbon, berry, bready sweet.

Tangy berry sweet heads the parade of flavors, joined by herbal bitter hints, medium roast, vanilla, and as it warms the bourbon and oak start to come into play, though mildly. It finishes juicy with the alcohol adding some warm spice.

Hard to compare this to many winter warmers that have huge spice bills, and lots of funky spice resin on palate. This is med. body, med. carb., easy drinking, with a decent finish.

Drinkability is quite good, it's a sipper that really gets better as it opens up.

Impression: Fantastic take on a style favorite. I like the lack of holiday spice in this, and the mild barrel notes. Recommended.

cavedave, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

Mora2000, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

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

angelmonster, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of SuperSpy
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

SuperSpy, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of ruckzuck
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Drinking while visiting home and on a cold night (for Houston anyway)

A - pours a deep brown which turns cherry red at the edges when held up to light. Nice off-white head which dissipated somewhat quickly to a thinner layer. Bit of lacing as well

S - malty and delicious. Some caramel, toasty malt, a bit of an earthy hop character, and some cocoa notes. Nice

T - fairly similar to the nose. Cocoa is more pronounced, but all of the nose is here IMO. I really like the more pronounced cocoa aspects. Very enjoyable

M - medium bodied with a tiny bit of carbonation

D - I like this. It isn't the most pronounced or extreme tasting winter warmer, but it's hitting the spot and it's pleasant to drink. Would drink again

ruckzuck, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

feloniousmonk, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of lxCheshireCatxl
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

lxCheshireCatxl, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of ranger7
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

ranger7, Jan 13, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

Atlas1, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of omnigrits
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

omnigrits, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of LarryKemp
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

LarryKemp, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of sinistermadman
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

sinistermadman, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of briman
3.88/5  rDev +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.

briman, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of webbcreative
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

webbcreative, Mar 27, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%

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

brentk56, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of AChamberlain
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

AChamberlain, Aug 19, 2009
Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.