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Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 3
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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gtermi

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 07:03:57 | More by gtermi
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany red. Mild head. Medium carbonation. Clear.

Dark ripe fruit. Belgium candy sugar.

Light grape flavor. Sour/tart. Quite light. Belgium Dark Ale vibe.

Nice carbonation. Moderate foamation. Leaves nice toffee-like coating in mouth. Carbonation ebbs to a nicely smooth brew.

Alright, not best Winter Warmer. Enjoyable but could be stronger or more complex. It just doesn’t do much. Rahr needs to assert itself as something other than just “that local brewery from Fort Worth.”

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 01:52:28 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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Tifore

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 00:04:51 | More by Tifore
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours an extremely dark brown color...looks black in the glass until held up to the light when tinges of reddish brown pull at the edges of the beer. No head to speak of, only a few wisps of bubbles on the surface and a thin, uneven collar of off white foam on the edges.

S - A bit fruity, a bit or roastiness, some dark malty aromas, just the slightest of hop bite on the edges. Really restrained aroma...a struggle to pull it out, even swirling rather vigorously fails to release much aroma.

T - Follows the aroma to a T. Roasty malts are the most prominant, but still quite subtle, a bit of coffee like bitterness and some sweet dark malty flavors chime in. Hops are fruity and not especially bitter, just there to balance, which they seem to do pretty well - no unbalanced sweetness to be found. Pretty well rounded although flavors all seem a bit muted.

M - Surprisingly thin for a beer that is fairly malt dominant at kicks in at 8.5% alcohol. Carbonation is medium level with a good tingle felt throughout the mouth. Somewhat watery feel detracts a bit from the enjoyability of this one.

D - Alcohol presence is extremely well masked, does not drink like an 8.5% beer. Thin mouthfeel enhances this easy drinking sensation. I could see unknowingly plowing through a few of these and ending up in trouble. Flavors are good but not very strong, enjoyable overall, but memorable.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 23:23:40 | More by portia99
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruddy brown with brighter ruby highlights when held up to light. Very thin, light brown head with decent retention. Scattered lacing left on the glass.

S - Lots of spices up front with noticeable cinnamon and nutmeg. A touch of dark fruit comes through as well. Some lightly roasted grains provide the backbone. Smells like a winter warmer, but nothing spectacular.

T - Straight up brown malts with not a whole lot else going on. The requisite spices come through including cinnamon and allspice. Light alcohol taste but very well masked given the ABV.

M/D - A touch on the thin side which is disapointing, but still well balanced flavors. Still very easy drinking and the ABV does provide some winter warming for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2010 15:29:35 | More by ckeegan04
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 23:51:05 | More by whoneeds8
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prototypic

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 02:41:48 | More by prototypic
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 03:35:52 | More by russpowell
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PEBKAC

New York

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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. :)

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 01:12:53 | More by PEBKAC
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champ103

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Anvil in Houston.

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights. A small beige head forms and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Pretty neutral for the most part. Sweet malt that is lightly toasted. Some caramel like sweetness lingers.
T: Toasted malt again that is very sweet. Lots of caramel. Though more of a fruity flavor that balances out the heavy sweetness.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth. Easy to drink. Everything is well incorporated. I can quaff a few.

Enjoyable for the most part. Not the best Winter Warmer, but worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 03:36:28 | More by champ103
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Jackp_43

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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DennisBryant

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-25-2012 20:45:12 | More by DennisBryant
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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mumbrell

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.