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Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter WarmerBourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer

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269 Ratings
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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.49%


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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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very deep black color with a thin brown head and a little tiny bit of lacing. Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and chocolate. Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, heavy malt body and some allspice and hefty alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium with a light carbonation. Drinkability is low.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 18:34:37 | More by TheKingofWichita
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TX-Badger

Texas

2.48/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this year's version of the BBAWW, 2013 release.

A - a typical dark brown, deep caramel color, nothing special.

S - I was expecting bourbon, but it was very faint. A little caramel and some toffee, and a faint hint of vanilla.

T - a mixture of caramel, toffee, slight vanilla, and a little dark fruit, slight bourbon, and I mean slight. The faintest hint to let you know it's there.

M - thin...really thin. Watery would describe it best.

O - not what I was expecting considering I've had the previous two years' releases. This year it was disappointing to say the least. The price skyrocketed and the quality dropped. I would say try it on tap, the price of a bottle is unjustifiable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2013 16:29:00 | More by TX-Badger
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jefferz for providing this as an extra in one of our trades. Poured from a bomber into a snifter. The brew appears dark brown with ruby clarity around the edgews. A quick dissolving head holds in a penline pattern around the edge of the glass.

The smell is dark and toasty like toffee initially that gives way to a tangy alcohol kick. Lots of fruity vinous alcohol notes start to dominate the aroma with a sharp almost lactic tang. Vanilla is mildly noted across the back.

The taste is sweet with caramel and vanilla tht blends into character of tart unripe cherry and other miscellaneous fruits. Each sip I take starts to draw out more lactic quality and tang. Toasty toffee grain and a pleasant residual sweetness can be found if you concentrate on those aspects instead if the tangy elements.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level if carbonation. The pleasant and expected aspects of toasty to sweet residual maltiness was very enjoyable but this brew also includes an unexpected and not welcomed guest of acdity. There is a mIl alcohol impact which is to be expected of the style. Overall a pretty average offering. I think there is some clashing going on in this particular bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 15:53:46 | More by stakem
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CooperEllis

New York

3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From canadianghetto in a largly Texas BIF box. 22oz bottle dated Winter 2011

The nose is largely booze but the underlying taste of the beer is not. However, the finish is bad whiskey, or maybe not 'bad' whiskey but the lasp sip of a lower end whiskey on the rocks where you get a touch of smoke and a lot of water.

It's unfortunate that such an incredible looking beer would have so little else working for it. The base beer is likely just fine, though the body of this was thin, and especially for a 'winter warmer'. Good spice notes blend well with a subtle bourbon flavour, perhaps a touch underdone actually given the strong presence in the nose and the finish.

Appearance - dark, brooding. Thin ring of bubbles, looks like this would be full of plum, currant, nutmeg or cloves notes.

Decent offering. Perhaps I got the wrong year, or perhaps I opened it at the wrong time, but this is a league average bottle. Not saying there's anything wrong with that, and I did not find the beer being described in a lot of these reviews.

(155th)

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 01:25:43 | More by CooperEllis
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crossovert

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber.

It pours a dark brown with a large, fluffy, tannish head that recedes at a decently slow pace.

The smell is bourbonny, but it is not over the top, which I like. There is also some cooca, fruits, and roastiness.

The flavor is kind of lost, so is the mouthfeel. It is rather thin. The predominant flavor is bitterness which really was surprising. It is very bitter for a winter warmer/bourbon aged beer. It has tannic notes, hoppy(?) bitterness, and roasted malt bitterness. There is also some caramel, bourbon, and cocoa.

I don't think it was executed the way it could have been.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 03:23:35 | More by crossovert
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Khazadum

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to Tim for this bottle. Words can't express the awesomeness he did to get this.

A- Easy head generation, like too easy. This sucker will foam out of control without care. Very creamy though. Probably the most homogeneous amount of bubbles I'd ever seen. Leaves behind a thick silk screen lacing that is top notch. When it finally does settle down, not too quickly, it has a thin layer of tomato soup skin.

S- Some interesting sweet notes, not quite vanilla but similar. Like a vanilla custard and plum resin opening with some earthy notes drizzled in toast crumbs; must be the oak they used. Not too strong, but not prevalent enough to make me excited. The bourbon is on the second half of the bouquet with some simple syrup sweetness and minor astringency. Cheap, cheap bourbon. Present, but not strong. Seems to be a trend here.

T- Weird.... very weird. First impressions, minor vanilla oak body with some faint burnt grain hits. The charring of oak barrels creates some awful combinations. This is like blow torched 99 cent package of pudding. Immediately following that is a cheap bourbon sweetness with low ethanolic character. No heat, no unique flavor, just simple syrup sweetness with a bit of dark fruit. I want stronger oak, I want smoke, I want something in the middle... but I have to wait for the finish. There starts to develop a slight bitter nature, some tang of ethanol, and maybe smoke. Mostly its an earthen vanilla hit of the oak again, but for the most part it cleans out quickly leaving behind a hint of vanilla. Not awful, just not what I was expecting.

M- Medium bodied, low lingering potential, tad watery, and thin. Crisp third quarter with the carbonation, but nothing overwhelming. Just a simple beer with not too much going on.

D- I'm not impressed, but I'm not disappointed. I'm flustered. I wanted this to be better. It was my first encounter with bourbon barreling a winter warmer. It all has to do with the type of bourbon I'm betting. The base beer probably is an average example, but the bourbon really took it down a peg. Overall, I'd never suggest it out, but if you are a ticker this is worth the tick in comparison to the many other beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 23:20:47 | More by Khazadum
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle - one of my last beers left from the Secret Santa BIF

served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with about a solid inch of fluffy, creamy light tan colored foam. the beer is very dark brown, letting some medium amber hues in around the edges. leaves behind some spots of thin, wet lace.

S - big, hefty amounts of caramel, vanilla, and cola. slightly musty and with just a hint of bourbon twang near the end.

T - begins on the sweet side, with some dark fruits, caramel, and vanilla. bits of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger add that wintry feel. closing out with some more cola sweetness, extra vanilla, and just a bit of oak.

M - lightish-medium body, with moderate slightly tingly carbonation...almost a baby step above being flat. a bit thin, even in the finish despite the sweetness.

D - this isnt a bad beer, though i have to admit i'm just a bit disappointed. not being a fan of the style, i was hoping for the barrel aging to bring something new, but all I was left with was more sweetness and no grace. kudos to Rahr for thinking outside the box though.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 02:31:37 | More by Stigs
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle generously provided by Exiled, thanks Jason!

This is definitely an interesting concept, I can't really say I've heard of anyone barrel-aging a Winter Warmer.

A - Appears much darker than I was expecting, almost completely black with some cola-colored speckles throughout. A creamy, 2-fingered tan head melds flawlessly to contrast with the liquid, with decent retention. Lacing is solid as well, with thin curtains of foam.

S - Very interesting aroma on this beer. I am getting a lot of malts, spice, and fruits, without only a slight trace of the bourbon barrel here (and supposedly this batch is aged in Jim Beam barrels). The fruits are much stronger than anticipated, bringing cinnamon and raisins, almost to the point of a dubbel or quad.

T - Thankfully the taste is much more balanced than the nose. The whiskey actually plays a role here, and it is nicely integrated in my opinion. It's not exploding with the barrel, but it serves to accentuate the nuances. Conversely, the fruits are turned down here, making way for dark chocolate and slight coffee. Much more balanced. Throughout, a dry spiciness persists to work into the Winter Warmer style. I have to admit I wasn't a huge fan at first, but it definitely grew on me.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with decent carbonation. I have to admit, I thought this would feel a bit more full in the mouth. Finishes semi-dry and has a lingering aftertaste of whiskey, chocolate, and raisins.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I have to give Rahr credit for barrel-aging a style that doesn't really have a rich history of being put in barrels. That being said, although I received this beer more warmly after having a few sips, I'm still not completely sold. I feel the bourbon aspect is spot on, but it is still a bit too sweet with an overwhelming fruit presence. Enjoyable, but I could see this as being a beer I could only have once or twice a year.D

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 03:00:38 | More by nhindian
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beerness for sharing some of this at the Sexual Chocolate release. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a fairly-dark brown with a bit of a crimson hue around the edges. Good tan head with a bit of lacing. The nose brings forward a good dosing of bourbon along with some dark fruit, malty sweetness, and a bit of cherry. The taste is mostly bourbon along with a bit of oak and dark fruits. Cherry component in the finish. Body is medium with a bit of an alcohol bite, though not too much. Carbonation is fairly low and there's a bit of a twang in the finish. Drinkability was pretty good, though this wasn't quite what I was hoping for. Not terribly complex and something a bit off in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 01:21:26 | More by Thorpe429
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark red with almost no light showing thru as I hold it up to the light. Nice cream colored head that sticks around.

Aroma- Caramel malt and vanilla aroma with a little alcohol in the background.

Taste- Caramel and vanilla take over the aroma and the taste. Not over powering, though. Little alcohol as is goes down.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy mouthfeel. Almost cream soda- like.

Drinkability- good drinkability.

Nice beer. Easy drinking and good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 05:25:27 | More by MADhombrewer
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champ103

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby highlights around the edges. A two finger beige head forms at first, but recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Not much lace though.
S: Toasted malt, chocolate, light vanilla. A hint of oak from the barrels. Overall good, but fairly neutral.
T: Follows the nose. Toasted malt, powdery chocolate, and vanilla. Some residual sweetness, and lingering wood/oak flavor. A lingering bitterness builds as well. There is also an odd, spicy aftertaste that I can not put my finger on.
M/D: A lighter body than I was expecting. Thin, and almost under carbonated. Easy to drink. Everything is well incorporated. I will finish the bottle without a problem.

Overall a very nice barrel aged beer. Probably the best I have had from Rahr. I am thinking that a bigger body would help things out tremendously. It just seems too thin to me. Something I would recommend, and a good addition to the Texas beer scene. Though I have had better barrel aged beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 03:34:46 | More by champ103
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BeanBone

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown body with red highlights with a finger of cream-colored head that burns off in average time, leaving just bare patches of lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Dark coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and dark malt all mix together. If you haven’t already gathered, this is pretty dark.

Flavor: Like the nose, the flavor has lots of notes of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and roasty malt, but there’s some nice barrel flavor mixed in. It’s more charred and oaky and less vanilla and bourbon influenced than many barrel beers, but it works nicely. The booze is masked well. Lots of roasty grain in the finish, with notes of baker’s chocolate and dark coffee.

Mouthfeel: A creamy medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Just a hint of slickness form the alcohol.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, I never would have pegged this at 8.5 percent alcohol content.

Verdict: I’ve tried Winter Warmer one before, but perhaps I got a bum six-pack, because this is a whole different ballgame. Big and roasty with lots of different complimentary flavors and easy drinkablity, this is a fun bomber.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 04:35:15 | More by BeanBone
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FosterJM

California

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

226th review on BA
bottle to NB Globe

App- To me it looked like a well poured soda. The same dark sugary brown with a nice two finger heard. Very little lacing and nice swirls.

Smell- The nose is very light. The bourbon and oak is mellow. It could be I have this a little too cold. Some light scents of extracts of vanilla or some almond, a touch of malt.

Taste- Tastes like a diet vanilla coke to me. Not the best flavors but for a beer and for what it is pretty good. I pick up some subtle flavors of the oak but am missing the heat of the bourbon. Its a bit flat to me.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a fairly decent carb level. A nice mouth feel. Its a good sipper that is smooth and enjoyable on the palate if a little flat.

Drink- Again my boy in TX always comes in with new beers I have never heard of. A nice extra. A little late drinking it past Christmas but it was still a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 04:56:30 | More by FosterJM
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boulderaz78

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Recommended by friends who grew up in Texas and said it was a tough to find brew, I finally found it at the Hyde Park market. At only $11.99 for a 650 ML bomber, I had hefty expectations, and I guess it delivered. I didn't expect an ale to be so close to a porter, but I guess that's not a bad thing on such a bitterly cold night. The bourbon is much less apparent than the Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad, which isn't a bad thing either. It's smooth with a nice strong flavor, and pours with a thin milky head. It leaves an apparent after taste that I didn't much enjoy. All in all, it's a good sipper, but don't expect a Belgian quad or anything of the sort.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 02:06:43 | More by boulderaz78
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Surly shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to jefferz5000 for this bottle!

Part two of the SwillFest 2011 after-party. It pours a cloudy garnet-sienna topped by over a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises whiskey, balsa, cola, vanilla, toffee, light booze, buttery biscuits, and brown sugar. The taste holds notes of toffee, candi sugar, light brown sugar, light bourbon, and light oak. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a lightly watery syrupy feel. Overall, a very solid brew, perhaps not as overtly flavorful as I expected, but enjoyable nonetheless (especially when compared to the horrendousness that preceded it).

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 20:00:33 | More by TMoney2591
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claspada

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 release.

Pours a fairly dark brown color with some ruby hues and a thin khaki colored head that recedes rather quickly.

Aromas are all barrel forward initially. Bourbon, oak and vanilla are all out in the forefront with emerging light toast and toffee in the background. Maybe a little cocoa as well.

The tastes follow the nose with cocoa, toffee and toasted bready maltiness which is immediately taken over by the robust bourbon induced flavors of oak and vanilla. Some warming alcohol emeges as it warms as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is pretty barrel heavy and sweet.

Overall this was a fine end of the night kind of beer but it's fairly one dimentional. The base beer is merely a vehicle for the barrel induced flavors and this falls into the overly barrel forward beer category for me. A bit much to attempt to finish a bomber by yourself.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 15:10:16 | More by claspada
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zoolzoo

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours dirty brown, pretty much opaque. Barely a head, not much more than a cap is formed. Carbonation appears low.

S: Sweet bourbon is most apparent in the aroma. Toasted malt and a bit of alcohol come through as well.

T: Bourbon, vanilla. Dark fruit, spicy kick in the finish. Pretty straight forward. Alcohol is less detectable in the taste.

M: Creamy, but slightly under carbed. Would like to see a little more flavor intensity, or a little more carbonation.

O: A nice take on the Winter Warmer style.

Note: This beer was quite off putting right out of the fridge. Notable improvement as the glass warmed.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 23:35:44 | More by zoolzoo
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Onslow

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

wow! i am blown away, a beer from Rahr that doesn't suck donkey dick- scores averaged of all previous rahr beers sits at 2.6/5.0 - .. Pours a deep tan brown, medium low head, light spotty lacing .. . aromas of bourbon, wood, tobacco resin, chocolate, and stellenbosch vineyard .. . interesting mouthfeel for a barrel aged beer- most would say its way to thin (because original Rahr winter warmer is as thick as water in space) but it works for me at this moment in time .. . clouds .. . flavours very similar to the aroma, just more bourbon .. .

overall: the best made Rahr product, and actually enjoyable, but not for aging at all.. probably the best it will get and probably the best product that Rahr could ever wish to make ..

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 01:22:35 | More by Onslow
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nas5755

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JJfoodie, for this wonderful beer after another blizzard in the northeast. A perfect way to end the night.

This beer pours a dark brown, almost black with a nice head and some lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma is faint, it has vanilla as the prominent component some chocolate malts, some bourbon. The taste is fantastic, chocolate, vanilla, oak, a little bourbon, so complex and simple at the same time, wonderful. The mouth-feel is unreal, the smoothest cleanest, beer that I have ever drank, perfect carbonation on the medium-low level. Super drinkable. A very awesome beer, a perfect winter warmer, it really reminds me of an imperial porter with some bourbon notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 01:47:12 | More by nas5755
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in snifter.

Dark color is little head. Full glass of beer.

Normally I don't like winter warmers, but the bourbon flavors take down the spices a notch. There is still spices after the wave of oak and bourbon. Caramel and chocolate with some dark fruits.

A little thinner in body with a touch of roast.

A nice treat and worth a try!

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2013 02:27:34 | More by mothman
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jamescain

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 10oz pint glass at Draught House

Appearance: Mahogany with an off white head that fades into a thin lacing on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Bourbon, vanilla, sweet malt, toffee, caramel, coffee and chocolate. Very complex aroma I’m very excited about the first taste.

Taste: Slight alcohol warming with a big bourbon taste, I think with a little time this would mellow out and be even more enjoyable. Sadly the taste did not live up to the nose. The flavors were hard to distinguish because of the strong bourbon flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and medium body. I was expecting more body, but I guess for a winter warmer this what you should expect. There was a slight alcohol warming sensation.

Overall: Good offering from Rahr, this being the first beer from them I have ever tried. If they make it again I want to pick up some bottles for the cellar next time.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 15:54:58 | More by jamescain
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srandycarter

California

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cola brown, not much head. Thin tan ring and spotty lace.

S - Deep malt. Nice. Candy aspects, and hint of booze.

T - Taste as smell, but spices added.

M - Good carb, good balance. Medium to light body.

D - Big flavors and ABV. Would tire easily.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 02:28:30 | More by srandycarter
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hornsup

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Winter 2012 version poured into a Sweetwater pint glass courtesy of a trade with sjs0187..thanks

A: Pours an amber murky brown color with no head at all and a small lacing around the edges. Very typical of the style

S: Was expecting more in this area....this smelled like a shot of Jim Beam. Very harsh...Get some wood in the back end of it after shaking my head from the whiskey...would expect about 12% abv from this alone

T: Tastes like a very sweet, coconuty whiskey shot. Load of vanilla in the middle. I personally dont like whiskey but this was a huge improvement on the smell as I was expected to be punched in the face with burning alcohol. Reminiscent of Beach Brewing's Blackfin barleywine....which I really enjoy.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied but has alot of depth. Coats your palate.

O: A solid bourbon barrel aged WW. The bourbon is definitely more pronounced in this brew than alot of its cohorts. The sweet coconuty, vanilla notes cut the alcohol and makes this beer grow on you as you continue to enjoy it. Its definitely a beer you sip, but is very acceptable for a cold winter's night. I would drink it again, but would not put a ton of effort into finding it...many others would substitute fine.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 06:28:50 | More by hornsup
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nate8767

Alabama

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rahr's offering pours thinly into a Boulevard tulip, seemingly black until placed in light, when its deep caramel color can be appreciated. Its fine foamy head dissipates a little quicker than I would've liked, with average lacing and retention along the glass.

Nutmeg, caramel, and cinnamon contribute to the nose, though alcohol is pretty obviously perceptible. Given its mild 8.5% ABV, I would attribute this mainly to its immaturity, only spending 10 weeks in bourbon casks.

The alcohol is much more well blended into the taste, with spice, coffee, chocolate, and smoke giving way to a sweeter, lightly malted finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin, though, and the finishing notes don't linger as much as I would like.

I think this beer has a lot of room to grow, and I'll be keeping a couple of bombers to enjoy in the next several months.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 02:28:33 | More by nate8767
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beesy

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Founders snifter.

A - pours a dark brown with a two finger medium brown head

S - lots of chocolate notes, alohol present, some barrel sweetness

T - malty. lots of chocolate notes as indicated in the nose. Not an overwhelming barrel character, but easily detected. As it warms, the vanilla and barrel flavors become more apparent. drying on tongue - maybe a touch of bready/biscuity flavors; biscuit malt in this one or some larger quantities of munich malts??

M - somewhat thick

D - a nice sipper. I enjoyed this over a couple hours of work.

Overall another nice beer from Rahr I've had the liberty to try. I enjoyed the non-barrel aged winter warmer a lot and don't think this was a huge improvement, but I would like to do a side by to test this statement. I think some more vanilla character would go a long way in helping to give a sweeter perception and add some additional commplexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 04:50:40 | More by beesy
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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