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Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-18-2006)
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Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev +7.8%

cosmonick, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Morris729
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Morris729, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of Kromes
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Sazz9
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Sazz9, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.”

MrHungryMonkey, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of MaddDogg84
4/5  rDev +7.8%

MaddDogg84, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of videofrog
4/5  rDev +7.8%

videofrog, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of WritersBlock
4/5  rDev +7.8%

WritersBlock, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Can_has_beer
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Can_has_beer, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Imstillthegman, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of OgreSanchez
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

OgreSanchez, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of GregSVT
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought this a few months ago and have been sitting on it waiting to see how it developed over time.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black with a big tan head and decent lacing as the head fades to a small ring.

S: Smell is wonderful with dark malts and holiday spices on the forefront with a bit of dark fruit in the background.

T: This is one of the best tasting Winter Warmer brews I've ever had. First flavors are deep roasted malt with a lot of christmas spices and a smokey flavor on the finish. Great stuff.

M: A good amount of carbonation and bit creamy. A tiny bit on the thin side but still pretty good.

D: I could drink this all day/night and then some. The ABV, at close to 8%, will creep up on you if you have more than 2 but the alcohol is no where to be seen in the smell, taste, or mouthfeel.

This is my favorite bottled beer from Rahr and the Bourbon Barrel version is even better if you can get a glass of it. Hopefully they bottle the Bourbon version in 2009 instead of making it draught only. HINT HINT!

GregSVT, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of jbphoto88
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This winter warmer is dark brown almost opaque with a quick to disappear tan head. The sides of the glass reveal caramel colored highlights and that this actually is a clear liquid.

The nose is mild for a warmer. I was expecting stronger scents of chocolate and dark fruits especially as dark as Rhar's is. The smells are there but don't really come through as much as I'd like. There is a nice roasted malt that I hope is bolder in the taste.

The taste is mostly about the malts with a fair amount of English hop flavor. The malts dominant with a hearty roasted characteristic and some of those missing scents appearing in the flavor. Dark stone fruits with hints of booze and light smoke. Not overpowering and well balanced with the hops.

Mouthfeel is also very pleasant with a mild carbonation and a full bodied brew. That combo makes it seem like a thick drink but one that you can sip on all night. Flavorful and extremely drinkable.

jbphoto88, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of cavedave
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 DavidST
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, unknown freshness date. This pours a dark brown with a nice tan head. The smell is higher on caramel and toffee than some, good stuff. The feel is medium. The taste is pretty good, lots of caramel, some toffee, nuts, spices, not bad.

DavidST, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of bmurray10
4/5  rDev +7.8%

bmurray10, May 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

J_Dub, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of EPICAC
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

EPICAC, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of Michaeldmanley
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Michaeldmanley, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Pintofbrown, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Pellinore1
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to OakedCanuck for sending this bottle.

Pours deep brown, leaving about a finger of light tan head that dissipated fairly quickly.

The aroma is primarily malty, with dark fruit, caramel, and some toasted nuttiness.

The flavor is pretty straightforward here. Sweet, roasty malts dominate, with just a bit of spice.

This beer is medium bodied and smooth, with a well hidden ABV contributing to drinkability.

Pellinore1, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of PEBKAC
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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. :)

PEBKAC, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of tubeyes
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

tubeyes, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Lukebell15
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Lukebell15, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

javlin624, Feb 28, 2014
Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.