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Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 199
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 7.24%
Wants: 4
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-18-2006

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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 199
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep, ruby/mahongey colored body with about a finger worth of beige head. A couple little islands and a beige ringer settle onto the body. Leaves behind some spotty lacing.

Smells sweet and caramely, a little bready. Some nutmeg type aromas are also in the nose.

The taste is pretty reminiscent of the nose. Just a touch of earthy hops up front. Some caramel sweetness and a pretty strong flavor that is rather bready. A touch vanilla, some nutmeg.

For the mouthfeel, this is on the heavy side of medium bodied. Moderate to low carbonation.

Fairly drinkable, not a bad beer. For the ABV% its pretty easy to throw this one back. Definitely on the malty side of winter warmers. (681 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev +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! (694 characters)

Photo of macktbone
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up from Hall's close to the airport in Dallas. Brought it home to enjoy with friends, but it is taking up space in my collection and Hall's rediculous pricing rules forced me to buy a whole six pack.

A-Poured darker than expected and relatively thick but light colored head. Much too high carbonation for my choice.

S-Suprisingly funky for a texas beer. Fruit and nuts come in first with a follow of apricots and spice.

T-Again closer to belgian than Texan (not that I was expecting hooves and horns). Presents an aftertaste of wood and nuts.

M-Creamy (suprise), but thin in consitency. The carbonation is killing me...Way too much.

D-Heavy malt finish without the general support needed to make it a go to beer, but strikes me as less of a winter seasonal and more of a specialty brew. (798 characters)

Photo of Crajun
3.04/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a glass.

Pours a dirty brown; small head.

Nice smells - different spices, some clove and malt.

Taste to me was VERY bland; nothing there??

Med. mouthfeel; nice almost creamy

My first winter warmer and I expected more taste... (256 characters)

Photo of Atlas1
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,031 characters)

Photo of ruckzuck
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 (721 characters)

Photo of Bagman007
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (997 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
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! (854 characters)

Photo of HimerMan
2.43/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, poured into a generic tulip.

Pours a ruby brown with very minimal head.

Smells of spices, a touch of clove and a malt.

This seems to have a weak watery flavor, mild hops - not at all spiced as per the style would suggest.

Not a great beer or representation of the style - bland.

Cheers. (306 characters)

Photo of KodyBrannon
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is from another six-pack of Rahr & Sons beer that I got in a trade with Bryan. I know this is out of season, but it's been refrigerated and seems to have held up pretty well. I served this chilled in one of my NERAX pint glasses.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, ruby-tinted brown with a thick, fluffy, beige head that fades to a thin film leaving sheets of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: The smell is predominantly malty: toasty malts, raisins, and maybe a hint of holiday spices.

Taste: Toasty and bready malts upfront. Moves into rasiny dark fruit flavors in the center, which are maintained through to the finish where they're cut by a clean graininess and a faint bitterness. There's a nice alcoholic spice in the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, light carbonation, but still fells a little bit thin.

Drinkability: Flavorful, but not overly strong. (875 characters)

Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.58/5  rDev -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 %. (439 characters)

Photo of BigRedN
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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). (1,099 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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)! (1,148 characters)

Photo of Melchizedek
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of roblowther
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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! (797 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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! (646 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
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.” (501 characters)

Photo of beerdiablo
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another winning seasonal from Rahr's, this deviates from their usual German influenced offerings but this is a welcome change.

With well concealed alcohol punch, this is a nice, brown style ale but leans more towards a bitter due to the hops.

Recommended for a night where one or two beers is in order. (308 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
2.56/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a dark brown, almost purple, with ruby hues. As with all Rahr beers, the head retention isn't there. Head starts off small and in seconds, is just a ring. No lacing. Smells of artificial cherry, from the toasty malts, roastiness, alcohol and a bit of grain. Flavor is at first roasted malt, which leads into some slight fruitiness: mostly apple and pear. Not entirely unlike their lagers, it seems. I get a little chocolate out of this. LITTLE. Finishes a bit too clean and watery for my tastes. Strange, but it has a bit of a brothy flavor to it. Where's the alcohol? Mouthfeel is slightly tingly, which is a good thing, but this is entirely too thin, especially considering the high abv. I'm not crazy over this, but it's not a drain-pour neither. This seemed to have more character on tap, but nevertheless, this is way too simple and thin, which is dangerous considering the alcohol content. (905 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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! (331 characters)

Photo of Dizzy
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (408 characters)

Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.