Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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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
02-05-2011 00:09:46 | More by brentk56
3.48/5 rDev -6.7%
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!
03-23-2008 03:35:52 | More by russpowell
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.
01-31-2009 10:53:24 | More by feloniousmonk
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.
12-28-2009 06:05:57 | More by Mora2000
4.03/5 rDev +8%
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!
01-24-2009 19:25:46 | More by twiggamortis420
3.73/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-03-2011 17:57:07 | More by claspada
3.48/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
12-31-2010 03:36:28 | More by champ103
3.6/5 rDev -3.5%
Thanks to wagenvolks for the opportunity to try this one. Served in a standard pint glass. Poured the color of cola with a loose, half inch, tan-colored cap. Head eventually recedes into a creamy, intact skim. Thick slashes of lacing were exposed during the tasting. Nose reveals chocolate malt and toffee. Taste consistent with nose, but also some dark fruit and a roasted quality in the mix. Mouthfeel was a little thin and quite fizzy/gassy. Decent drinkability - fairly flavorful with a well-hidden abv, but too much carbonation makes it difficult to drink more than one or two at best.
09-15-2009 00:18:15 | More by Jwale73
3/5 rDev -19.6%
I got this brew from whoneeds8 for winning SNF Squares Week 13. Thanks Maston!
12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
Dark brown with a very small beige head that dissappeared in 2 minutes.
Not much to smell, some nutty/chocolate malt.
Taste isn't much more than the smell, sweet, nutty and chocolatey.
Medium bodied with a thin feel.
It was drinkable but there are much better winter warmers out there.
12-20-2009 14:02:19 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.4/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
01-29-2010 02:41:48 | More by prototypic
3.33/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
11-19-2011 07:03:57 | More by gtermi
4.15/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
11-28-2006 03:05:18 | More by allengarvin
3.6/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
02-06-2009 23:44:42 | More by Hojaminbag
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.
05-07-2009 02:21:54 | More by wagenvolks
Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.