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Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-18-2006)
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decoy727272

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +22%

Taste is smooth, roasty malt that's not at all spicy. Dark caramelized flavors, semi-sweet brown malt with some nutty brown sugar but the overall effect is not overly sweet at all. Very, very faint trace of hops in the middle, hints of smoke, maybe some dry dark cocoa. Finish is clean and slightly bitter, no trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, almost lager-like, which exposes the brewer's well-known preference for lagers. Exists somewhere between a clean brown ale and an old ale. Bottles are better than keg; I could drink this all year round.

03-26-2014 17:52:47 | More by decoy727272
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a0lbudman

Alabama

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%

A-dark brown head with a small tan head
S-caramel malt, sweet, noble hops aroma
T-roasted malt with a dose of hop aftertaste that is mixed with a roasted finish
M-medium body and low carbonation
O-a good mix of everything with a good balance. A great beer from Texas.

03-11-2014 02:28:16 | More by a0lbudman
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javlin624

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-28-2014 04:16:58 | More by javlin624
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RobTheKnob

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

02-08-2014 03:26:18 | More by RobTheKnob
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

02-06-2014 07:53:01 | More by Pintofbrown
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cjac

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.2%

02-02-2014 00:38:59 | More by cjac
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-29-2014 03:02:01 | More by hollywood_15063
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-29-2014 03:01:46 | More by IPAchris
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MouthfulOfchris

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-25-2014 02:03:02 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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JohnBender

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-23-2014 23:15:17 | More by JohnBender
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Danobold

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-12-2014 02:40:19 | More by Danobold
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wogreen

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-08-2014 18:09:58 | More by wogreen
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-29-2013 06:53:41 | More by jaydoc
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-29-2013 01:49:22 | More by BillRoth
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BlesstheHarvest

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-16-2013 14:25:43 | More by BlesstheHarvest
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greenspointexas

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

12-14-2013 22:13:40 | More by greenspointexas
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Lukebell15

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-08-2013 19:21:23 | More by Lukebell15
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kjkinsey

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.6%

12-08-2013 04:14:43 | More by kjkinsey
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bbadger

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

12-07-2013 20:22:14 | More by bbadger
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Silverpath6

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-04-2013 21:11:58 | More by Silverpath6
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wheatshock

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

12-01-2013 20:07:59 | More by wheatshock
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Michaeldmanley

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

11-25-2013 02:17:22 | More by Michaeldmanley
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MartinVanBrewin

Texas

3.26/5  rDev -12.6%

Appearance: Dark amber body with a beige head that quickly dissipated; most likely due to temperature stored.

Smell: Light caramalized malt up front with pervading armoatic hops

Taste: Roasted coffee malts up front with caramelized taste lingering.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a light hop kick in the back.

Overall: Not the best, but certainly not the worst.

11-20-2013 18:24:16 | More by MartinVanBrewin
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csfcmitchell

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

10-25-2013 18:46:56 | More by csfcmitchell
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Jame515

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-25-2013 02:53:38 | More by Jame515
Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.