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Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 73
Gots: 89 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-28-2008)
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

I got this on tap at The Gingerman's in Fort Worth. This might be what the Greek's were talking about when they wrote about the God's Ambrosia. If you have access to this hidden gem, you should grab as much as you can find. I hear you can get it in 22 oz bottles at Central Market in Dallas if you get a chance to go.

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4.97/5  rDev +20.3%

WOW! WOW! WOW! Had this on tap at the Medilsom Moth in Dallas, TX. Poured into a tulip.

I have had the KBS stout and this is right on par in my opinion. Outstanding stout aged in whiskey barrels. This beer was almost completely black even when held in the light. Strong head that had good retention and held on for sometime. Fingers and lacing were strong throughout. Smell was amazing with the whiskey really standing out, followed by roast malts, chocolate, and some caramel from the whiskey and caramel malts. I could not stop smelling this beer. Caramel, whiskey, roast malt, chocolate all hit the palette in perfect harmony. One not overpowering the other or leaving a lasting impression to deter another. Pure and utter goodness. This had equally impressive mouthfeel. Tantalizing the cheeks and tongue with perfect carbonation with a good thick mouthfeel perpetuated by the strong malt profile. This was one amazing beer and will be looking for it anywhere I can find it in Denver.

brewdenver, May 03, 2011
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4.93/5  rDev +19.4%

WOW!

Decanted to a tulip pint.

This beer pours a beautiful dark brown and has a nice head. Lacing is really prevalent.

The aroma is dark chocolate and bourbon wood. Just amazing to my nose.

It tastes of creamy/silky dark chocolate with a beautiful fruity-like finish that rolls off the palate. It has a very smooth after taste and is like a mellow cigarette after dinner. (i don't mean smokey)

The mouth feel is smooth and silky, much like it tastes.

By far this is one of the best beer I have ever had.

JimiG, Apr 05, 2011
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4.9/5  rDev +18.6%

Out of the bottle a very dark brown pour. Not much lacing.
The bourbon barrel is well represented. Whiskey and wood are prominent.
Sweet and boozy at first. Warm and fulfilling after it rests.
Excellent mouth feel that keeps this sipping brew leaving me happy and content.
Overall, a fantastic Winter Warmer.

pleaseletmein, Dec 02, 2011
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4.9/5  rDev +18.6%

Hand Bottled and pulled from a case marked competition only.

A - Pours a deep brown with intense cola highlights and a large two finger vanilla head that disipated quickly leaving a spotty lace.

S - Intense bourbon scent with the expected vanilla and oak and some malty spice.

T - Lots of bourbon, vanilla, and grain. Almost drowns out the light flavors of caramel and all spice, but definately one of the best bourbon flavors I have had in any beer I have tried.

M - Smooth with a moderate carbonation and an alcohol burn expectantly reminicent of a shot of whiskey.

D - Great brew. I hope Rahr makes this again, but the bottle I have left will be shared for a special ocassion. A must have!!!

turbine2475, Jul 27, 2008
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4.83/5  rDev +16.9%

Served on tap at an area brewpub. Served into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Deep tawny brown, slightly reddish hue, slightly hazy, but carbonation bubbles rising to the top from first sip to last. Thick creamy head that stuck to the side of the glass like glue, forming beautiful lace.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, bourbon, roast and sweet malt.

Taste: Sweet malt with oak and vanilla hints, but prominant bourbon taste. Faint caramel notes. No hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy - only moderate alcohol warmth.

Drinkability: An excellent beer - perhaps one of the top 3 I've ever had brewed in the state. Alcohol content limits the amount one could responsible consume, but this is a perfect night cap in my opinion.

spaceycasey, Jan 18, 2009
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4.83/5  rDev +16.9%

When it's winter time and the cold wind is howling, and you are surrounded by good friends, there are only a few brews you can choose from if you want an epic one. This is one of them. This year's batch used Jim Beam barrels and it is wonderful. Strong, warming, and delicious. This brew is a must try and you'll find yourself saving some for aging, which I highly recommend.

DarkAngel, Aug 02, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +16.2%

This is Rahr's Winter Warmer aged in Maker's Mark bourbon barrels.

A : Pours a nice dark brown with a good tan head.

S : Real malty with some good oak and bourbon notes

T : Awesome. The malt shines through with heavy bourbon and oak flavors. There's no hop bitterness to it but it doesn't miss it. Really smooth. There's decent amount of alcohol in it but it is hidden very well. It sneaks up on you.

M : Creamy and smooth

D : Incredible. I would love to be able to have it again

mhewes, May 28, 2008
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4.78/5  rDev +15.7%

22oz bomber into a snifter. 2010 Vintage aged in Jim Beam barrels.

A: Pours a dark brown nearly black with a big tan head that fades to a ring leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is chocolate malt and slight coffee along with a beautiful vanilla and whiskey aroma.

T: The taste is much like the regular Winter Warmer along with big vanilla and milk chocolate flavors. This takes the already great regular version and amplifies it by 10.

M: The feel is creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with little to no alcohol detectable.

D: I could drink this every day. The ABV is pretty high but it's not manageable compared to other barrel aged beers.

I look forward to this release every year and now that it's in bottles I can keep some to enjoy for the next year. They seem to change the barrels every year and while I think the Old Forrester version was better (2008) this is definitely better than the 2009 version.

GregSVT, Jan 09, 2011
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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