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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
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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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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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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 00:18:15 | More by Jwale73
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GregSVT

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 06:13:49 | More by GregSVT
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AChamberlain

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Hyde Park Market in Austin. Surprised to find it in August. Poured muddy and ruby. Almost purple. Soft half inch head. The head stayed the entire drink. Dark fruits, raisins in aroma, some smoke, peet as well. Spicy, but a flat spiciness, not sharp. Malt forward, smoky malt flavor. Subtle fruit flavors as well. Smooth mouthfeel, almost silky. Flavor, aroma, mouthfeel all come together to make a nice beer to take your time with.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 00:24:27 | More by AChamberlain
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DougE

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a resent trip "home" to see my folks.
Having grown up in Texas I know many of the micros there can be a let down. But not Rahr and Son's W.W.
From the get go the pour was great a beautiful reddish brown with a head that stuck around for awhile. and lacing that covered the glass throughout the few minutes it took for me to gobble this one down and lots of sediment in the bottle. The smell was ok with some raisin and some roasted malts, but kinda a let down. The taste was also great on this one, and thats the most important, Right? The aroma would have never prepared me for a taste so good. Nutty and Malty with late bitterness. Mouth feel was a weak link, not full bodied as stated on the bottle.
Over all this is a great beer with the taste making up for any of the other shortcomings. My only regret is that I did not share with my friends here. Sorry guys...

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 05:50:47 | More by DougE
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omnigrits

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found a single bottle of this sitting in amongst several other beers on the shelf and thought 'Ooh, Christmas in July!!!'

It pours a very dark red colour with some ruby highlights around the edge of the pint glass. A nice off-white head that sticks around a long time and leaves plenty of good lacing. The aroma is typical winter warmer - lots of spice, raisins, dried apricot and dark roast malt. Those are all backed up on the tongue and with a very dry, rather bitter finish. Just the way I like it, but maybe not to everyone's taste. The body though... rather a let-down. It's very thin for this kind of beer. It should be heavier. Not a bad beer all the same and one that I'd drink again, and I reckon it might benefit from some careful cellaring for a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 23:04:24 | More by omnigrits
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BeanBone

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A murky mahogany-brown body with plenty of ruby highlights. Up top, a finger's width of off-white head that recedes rather quickly and leaves barely any lacing.

Aroma: Roasty malt with lots of nutty, spicy, and raisiny notes. Maybe a little cocoa as well.

Taste: Rather unique, this is very nutty, herbal, and almost vegetable-like. There's still plenty of dark fruit and roasty malt in the mix as well. The alcohol is hidden very well and the aftertaste is of grainy and roasty malt.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly for the style, this is a little on the thin side. Dry throughout.

Drinkability: Between average and sipper territory. While it's somewhat light-bodied and the flavor profile isn't overly powerful or boozy, eventually the alcohol content has to slow you down.

Verdict: To be frank, I'm a little confused by this beer. Rahr's website list this as full-bodied, and that's certainly what you'd expect from a Winter Warmer, but the body just fails to measure up. So while it's certainly not a bad beer, it's not a particularly good one either.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 01:45:06 | More by BeanBone
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wagenvolks

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 02:21:54 | More by wagenvolks
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Kromes

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 00:38:10 | More by Kromes
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angelmonster

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 2 finger beige head. Very dark brown body , light brown towards bottom. Head retention and lacing are great

Smell is of faint malt and some alcohol , very underwhelming

Taste is roasted, burnt chocolate malt.Bit of espresso, alcohol, and some hop bitterness. Very complex, well balanced

Good balance of carbonation, slightly creamy head. Pretty light body for a winter warmer

Very good flavors, high drink ability. Only thing that seems weird to me is how a beer so good can smell so bland. Aroma is easily overlooked compared to overall greatness of all the other qualities of this beer.

After looking through the other reviews of this beer seems odd that mostly everyone else detected a lot more aromas , dont know what happened with my bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 18:44:49 | More by angelmonster
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 2 Feb 2008.

A small dark tan head disappears within seconds of being in the glass. Clear dark brown color. Aroma is raisiny sweet. Starts with some clove and slight spiciness. Moderately chocolatey throughout. Faint bitterness in finish. Medium body. Alcohol hidden.

Overall seems somewhat uninspired for a winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 03:11:58 | More by htomsirveaux
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jnn4v

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I actually found this beer on tap at Freetail Brewing on the North side of San Antonio. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it and wish I could find it in my local area.

Appearance - Dark brown color, barely translucent.

Smell - Toasted, roasted malts. Sweetness rising as the temperature of the brew did. Just a slight hint of the bourbon / oak flavors that would come through later.

Taste - I almost gave this a 5. It was nearly perfect flavor for my tastes. Nice and malty, but with a sort of bourbon barrel flavor - almost reminiscent of the Dominion Oak Barrel Stout (which I love) but in a winter warmer body.

Mouthfeel - Good texture, although ever so slightly more carbonated and less "thick" than I was hoping for with a dark brown ale / warmer of this caliber.

Drinkability - More please? This serving was gone far too quickly. It only improved as it warmed from the original keg temperature. I think it was best around 55 degrees if I were to wager a guess.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2009 17:49:15 | More by jnn4v
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aeminter

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost black with amber peaking out around the edges. Thick tan head.

The aroma is very rich and malty...hints of roasted nuts and....date?

Deep roasted/smokey flavors...bitter almost like coffee or bakers chocolate. There is an alcohol presence in the aftertaste and a little astringency.

Probably not something I will get again, but it has merit. If you like stouts then this may be right up your alley.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 08:20:26 | More by aeminter
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 23:44:42 | More by Hojaminbag
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 10:53:24 | More by feloniousmonk
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 19:25:46 | More by twiggamortis420
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macktbone

California

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 19:49:31 | More by macktbone
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Crajun

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 18:47:52 | More by Crajun
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Atlas1

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 00:37:59 | More by Atlas1
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ruckzuck

Georgia

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

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 04:02:21 | More by ruckzuck
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Bagman007

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 03:18:46 | More by Bagman007
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Pegasus

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 19:26:17 | More by Pegasus
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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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HimerMan

New Jersey

2.42/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 02:22:02 | More by HimerMan
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KodyBrannon

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 14:14:53 | More by KodyBrannon
Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.