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Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 75
Gots: 92 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-28-2008)
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Photo of hornsup
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

hornsup, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Mastertensu
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Mastertensu, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of whoneeds8
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage (as it doesn't have the year on the label, this was the first year for bottling on the new line)

I've had this aging and thought I'd give it a try after being rather disappointed with the 2012 offering (which has replaced this one in the cellar).

Poured into a tulip glass black with a one finger off white head. Good retention and lacing. The scent of bourbon was noticable just pouring the beer into the glass. Once you get past that, there are also scents of carmel and chocolate malts.

The taste has a rather vanilla oak taste that melts into the bourbon. Then it brings out the chocolate flavors. This vintage is very well put together. The carbonation is still great and the body is medium.

I didn't review the 2012 bottle I had a couple weeks ago. But I was VERY disappointed with it. After opening this 2010 Vintage, I'm even more disappointed with the 2012. I'll have to review that bottle in two years.

whoneeds8, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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!

mothman, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of GeoCait
5/5  rDev +21.4%

GeoCait, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of starkmarvelo
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

starkmarvelo, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Danielbt
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Danielbt, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz, Winter 2012
KtG snifter

A: Pours a deep brown almost black with reddish hues on edges. Initially about a half finger of light tan head. Alcohol feet.

S: Good amount of bourbon on nose. Vanilla. Roasted notes. Dark chocolate. Slight coconut notes. Dark fruits.

T: Really nice soft vanilla from the barreling on the tip of the tongue. Roasted notes. Dark fruits: fig and prune and raisin as it warms up a bit. Goes great with dark cocoa chocolate. No alcohol burn.

M: Full bodied. Great mouthfeel.

inlimbo77, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Joshgonzales79, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Ted
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Ted, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of claspada
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

claspada, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +21.4%

ucsbmullet, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of WritersBlock
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

WritersBlock, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of BigBarley
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours rich, deep brown, almost black, ruby highlights show when held up to light. 1 finger of tan head that quickly recedes to a standard foam ring. Looks very close to a stout

S - Bourbon up front, dtrong oak notes, slight vanilla, sweet chocolate, hint of molasses, more warm bourbon, sweet potatoe, slight creamy smell

T - Whiskey and chocolate blend, spicy wooden characterweet dark malts, mild alcohol flavor, slight coffee bitterness. Imagina a stout but replace the bitter roasted character with a strong whisky note. Slight coconut, very faint maple, creamy coffee, whisky all over

M - Thick and creamy, carbonation tends more towards the creamy than the fizzy. Lends to an over all creamy beer experience. Very enjoyable and smooth

O - Delicious and strong. Flavorful, packed with all sorts of smell and taste, the kind of beer that keeps you interested, and develops as it warms. An all day drinker for sure.

BigBarley, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of canders0927
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

canders0927, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of jodan
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

jodan, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of beerdrifter
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Las Colinas Beverage in Dallas. Dark mahogany, almost black pour with one finger head that fades quickly with decent lacing. Huge bourbon nose with hints of oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and chocolate. The taste follows suit with the bourbon really dominating again. Nicely complex with hints of raisins, oak, vanilla, maple, chocolate, and some subtle black cherries and butterscotch. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, albeit a bit thin at times, with a gentle boozey warming on the finish. Overall, this was a very surprising and delicious beer. This is my first experience with Rahr & Sons, but definitely not my last.

beerdrifter, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of ShameAndFailure
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

ShameAndFailure, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of JohnBender
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

JohnBender, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of cfh64
4/5  rDev -2.9%

cfh64, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of afluentturtle
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: A dark reddish/black, not see through by any means but a little bit of light can be seen penetrating through.

Smell: Bourbon, chocolate, holiday spices, a little but of vanilla.

Taste: Very good to say the least. When cold mostly chocolate and malts, a little bourbon. As it comes to room temperature the spice, and vanilla really show up. A little bit of fig, oak and raisin is detectable.

Mouthfeel: Almost stoutish, velvety smooth, a little alcohol lingers

Overall: Very good beer, for sure will be trying to score a few more to see how they age and for regular consuming. Have not had the un aged winter warmer to compare, but this is a delicious beer from Rahr and I think on of their best so far.

afluentturtle, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Hanzo, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of pschul4
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a medium brown but sits very dark in the glass. Thanks to some jackass (me) pouring it there is 2/3 head and 1/3 beer to start.

S- Hints of whiskey and booze (in a good way). Other undeterminable sweet scents that I'm enjoying. Sorry this part of the review sucks, I'll get better with time like a watch (wtf does that mean lil wayne?)

T- Southparkdetectivenice.jpg. So complex, chocolate, roast malts, bourbon, honey, booze, more chocolate and some pine needles. This is awesome

M- Pretty flat due to said asshole pouring the beer but decent thickness

O- Really good, would have again in a heartbeat

pschul4, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of vcoggins
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

vcoggins, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Mordhaus
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Mordhaus, Dec 15, 2012
Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.