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Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter WarmerBourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

297 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-28-2008)
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

kspongeworthy, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

MisterGrizz, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

kew, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of videofrog
4.13/5  rDev 0%

Winter 2011 Release poured into a Jester King 2nd Anniversary snifter. Served at cellar temp (50F).

A: Really dark, nearly opaque brown. Ruby highlights around the edges. Light khaki head settles into a thin ring quickly leaving no lacing.

S: Vanilla and oak up front, bourbon, spices, and raisin.

T: Vanilla is stronger than I remember from having this on draft last winter. Bourbon and alcohol burn have calmed, but not too much. Raisin and other dark fruitiness more present as well. Oak is strong in the finish and lingers from sip to sip.

M: Nice & thick-bodied. Carbonation is on the low end of medium.

O: Can't say that this one necessarily improves with age, but I definitely get different characteristics. If you're attempting all 22oz by yourself, be sure and break it up with water or a food pairing so as to avoid the oak taste building up too much and becoming overpowering.

videofrog, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

BeerHunter76, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

bpackertx, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of TenHornsProud
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a deep red/brown with a big tan head that lingers and laces. Nice.

Smells of cherry, toast, chocolate, big bready nose.

Taste is sweet malt up front with bourbon notes that goes into an slightly oak-astringent middle and finishes on a nice mix of caramel, bourbon, and cracker/toasty notes. Quite tasty.

Medium to lighter body with medium carbonation. Would prefer less carbonation actually.

Quite a nice bready beer with hints of bourbon. I like how subdued the bourbon is. Really nicely balanced and easy to drink. I'd get it again.

TenHornsProud, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of zoolzoo
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

zoolzoo, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

jheezee, Jan 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

claytong, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of CooperEllis
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%

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)

CooperEllis, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

BuffaloBill12, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

brystmar, Jan 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

whartontallboy, Jan 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

army01, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

cdwil, Jan 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.08/5  rDev -25.4%

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.

stakem, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of nate8767
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

nate8767, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

BuddyLoveFosho, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Bearman13, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of jkanavel
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Jet black with a sticky mocha colored head.

S: A little heavy on the alcohol. This is a huge beer, and smells like one. Low on the hops, high in the malt aromas.

T: Carmel, strong chocolate presence, smokey, a slight hint of bourbon/dried fruits. Plenty of alcohol comes through...very warming. Very complex and sweet, like a good brandy.

M: Full bodied, low carbonation. Satisfying. Just perfect for this style.

O: If Rahr could brew all their beers with this much care and attention to detail, they'd be the hottest brewery in the country. As it stands, this is something of an anomaly from them.

jkanavel, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of JayAre46
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

shared with my dad, bomber poured into a red wine glass. yields a deep earthy brown with a nice off white head that leaves great lacing. the aroma is of toasted malt, dark fruit, molasses and some woody characteristics, nicely done and a great aroma for the season. the taste is of very subtle coffee grounds, charred flavor, transitions to the sweeter side with dark fruits, molasses a very light touch of vanilla. subtle barrel characteristics but not overpowering well done and very proportionate to the beer. medium to full body and creamy on the palate carbonation is moderate and nicely done. overall man oh man did rahr and sons really brew this? everything ive had from them has been a colossal let down until this. this beer is absolutely astonishing and tops in the style for me. a great beer that doesn't over due it, well done.

JayAre46, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

mgbickel, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of fragilehearted
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

2011 version. 22oz bomber into my Rahr WW oversized snifter. Xmas gift from the bf...good job!

A - Very dark brown, clear when held up to the light. Pretty much zero head, a little patchy ring & cover.

S - vanilla & bourbon, first & foremost. Some caramel, molasses, kinda chocolatey...pretty awesome! Great WW aroma.

T - follows the nose, but the hops come out more, especially at the finish, which is a little unbalanced...but otherwise really tasty.

M - medium bodied, smooth as all get out, except for the hop bite at the end. Just could be a tad better.

D/O - one of my favorite WWs, definitely better than their regular WW (which is still good, just not outstanding like this). I'm lucky to be able to get this since it's local. I have another that I'm planning on saving for next year (still in Christmas wrapping, aw!), and I think that will give it some time to lose the bite at the end. Hope the final product is just that much smoother!

fragilehearted, Dec 26, 2011
Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.