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Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 72
Gots: 84 | 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 zander4dawin


4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

This is an amazing beer. Usually bourbon barrel beers let me down, but this one hits a home run. Great taste to it, nice bourbon hints in it. If you're lucky enough to find this on the shelves make sure you pick it up. Also, a great value beer it was only around $10 and was much better then Boulevard's Bourbon Barrel Quad and others that charge more.

01-27-2011 00:19:32 | More by zander4dawin
Photo of jlindros


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

Thanks to duff247 for this great looking beer.

Pours a creamy 1 finger head that fizzes away fairly quickly over dark murky molasses maroon brown colored beer.

Nose is exploding from the pour with tons of chocolate, roasted malts, a creamy chocolate porter aroma, dark crystal malts, a touch of toffee, a bit of bakers chocolate, caramel, lots of coffee, a slight creamy oatmeal, a bit of fluffy nougat, some light oak and a bit of bourbon, and hints of warming booze below. Some vanilla and hints of earthy hops come through as it warms. Phenomenal nose!

Taste brings some cocoa nibs to start, more chocolate pouring out, some roast and a bit of coffee, dark crystal malts with some caramel, hints of molasses and toffee, some tingly warming booze gives it a bit of a bite as well. Then more nougat fluffy flavors and a bit of creamy oatmeal again, a bit of a cinnamon and light holiday spice flavors finally come through, but very slightly, throttled back well. Some bourbon and a bit of oak, bringing vanilla as well. The bourbon and oak don't come through as much as I was expecting. The cinnamon starts to come through more and more as the taste goes and as it warms too, adding to the slight tingly warming booze as well. A slight bit of a bitter earthy hop character, but very subdued. A nice winter beer. It has a bit of a sweetness, that follows through on the finish with a slight bit of sticky feel, lots of chocolate very late some cocoa powder, a slight bit of roast and some bourbon, a bit of vanilla, and a long booze feel too.

The mouth is medium to heavier bodied, fairly full bodied, a slight bit creamy, with decent carbonation.

Drink is fair, the booze takes a bit of a bite, with some warmth, lingering taste, and a touch of a tingle that is accentuated by the cinnamon. It does finish a slight bit sticky too, but not that bad. It def helps warm me up in the middle of winter, and its the type of beer you want to drink slowly.

01-20-2011 02:42:16 | More by jlindros
Photo of OakedCanuck


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%

22oz bottle poured into cervoise

A - Dark brown with reddish edging, very little head and minor lacing

S - Distinct bourbon reaches your nose first, then you get the vanilla, dark fruits, sugars

T - Strong bourbon, obviously, and it is accented by a smoky oak, vanilla, and touch of hop bitterness.

M - Medium body and creaminess. Could be a little more balanced with the bourbon but the alcohol is hidden

D - Probably Rahr's best offering. Easy enough to drink and a nice change of styles from all the other ___-aged offerings out there.

01-17-2011 22:43:31 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of waterintobeer


4.63/5  rDev +12.1%

This beer pours very dark with a slight head. The initial smell, revels oak, vanilla, bourbon and dark roasted malts. The tastepermeates from your mouth to your nose. The taste is rich with all of, the same nose characters with a rich maltyness. Mouth feel is great. A beer to sip on a cold night. Not to be missed!

01-16-2011 00:20:20 | More by waterintobeer
Photo of nas5755


3.85/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

01-13-2011 01:47:12 | More by nas5755
Photo of rfabian


4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

The bottle I got had a label that was very different from the one in the picture. No doubt, though, that this was the "Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer".

Poured into a pint glass it produced a small head with light lacing. The appearance was dark brown and clear. The aroma was of light hops and strong roasted malts with a hint of coffee. The taste was strongly of malt, chocolate, coffee, and black currant, quite delicious, with light bitterness. The feel was medium heavy with a clean finish.

This is an excellent, excellent winter warmer. Highly recommended.

01-11-2011 02:25:02 | More by rfabian
Photo of GregSVT


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.

01-09-2011 09:17:53 | More by GregSVT
Photo of crusian


4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours like.. coke. seriously, this thing has large bubbles and looks like coca cola, except with less head.
smells like a vanilla, chocolate, oakey, with a hint of bourbon. Honestly, if you put this under my nose and I was blindfolded, I wouldn't think it was a beer. probably something out of a gourmet chocolatier or something.
taste is actually pretty damn good. to say I am shocked is an understatement. A lot of smooth oak vanilla, some chocolate, and a tiny bit of bourbon. this is quite amazing from Rahr.
mouthfeel is spot on for what it needs to be, I think if it was thicker it wouldn't be as good, and I like the thick ass stouts. but a nice medium body has this covered.
overall this is quite amazing. I am absolutely shocked. Rahr is known for mediocrity, and this is far far from it. I look forward to some other things they may put out at this kind of quality. Cheers Rahr, and congrats!

01-08-2011 03:53:39 | More by crusian
Photo of Onslow


3.83/5  rDev -7.3%

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 ..

01-04-2011 01:22:35 | More by Onslow
Photo of wagenvolks


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

22oz bottle (2010) into an oversized wine glass.

Been looking forward to trying this beer for a long time now, and props to Rahr for finally bottling it! BBAWW pours with a deep, burnt mahogany hue. Above builds a hefty crown of tan head that retains exceedingly well and drapes a few sticky webs of lace along the inside of the glass. The aroma is decadent, with lots of toasted chocolate & coffee from the malt, dark raisins, and bourbon-ness from the barrels that adds whiffs of vanilla and booze.

The flavor doesn't shy away, either. Bigger chocolate malt profile than the aroma suggests, and the bourbon courses across the back of the palate with notes of oak and vanilla. The booze is evident, but shies away from becoming too hot at the last moment, leaving a smooth finish of caramel nuttiness. Mouthfeel could stand to be a bit fuller in body, but the carbonation is solid. I mush admit, I was a bit skeptical about Rahr given their generally sub-par flagship lineup, but this beer is a barrel-aged masterpiece.

12-30-2010 05:41:52 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of champ103


3.58/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

12-29-2010 03:34:46 | More by champ103
Photo of Randyweizen


4.65/5  rDev +12.6%

This beer was worth every cent of the nine-some-odd dollars I paid for the 22-ounce bottle. Just tried a new bottle of this winter's batch, and boy am I glad. In several ways I'd say it's just fine: it's a dark, pretty clear beer with minimal head (something my mother-in-law seemed to care about more than I did, and she wasn't even drinking it), and it has a richly malty smell.

Sipping this beer is a pleasure. The flavors are many and good. I had mine straight out of the fridge, so it was cold at first, but I nursed it for some two hours and got to enjoy the unfolding notes of dried fruit, cooked sugar, a little cocoa, nuts, and liqueur. This is not a spiced beer; these flavors seem to come out of the interplay between the malt and the muted-but-present alcohol. I should add that while it is on the sweet side of the spectrum, this is not some syrupy oversweet mess. The body is commensurate with the type (a strong, warming beer to sip slowly by the fire) without exceeding the bounds of taste and drinkability. I was pretty stoked about this, too, as it seems all too easy for breweries to churn out sticky-sweet monsters worth more as symbols of boldness than as something you would actually want to put in your digestive system. Good job, Rahr. I don't like all your beers that much, but this is a masterpiece.

12-26-2010 11:54:57 | More by Randyweizen
Photo of kiltedtxn


4.13/5  rDev 0%

This was found at Gingerman Fort Worth on July 18th, 2010.

This is the same version from December of 2009 that was aged in Makers Mark Bourbon barrels, only aged 6 more months in the keg.

A- Dark ruby to black in color, little to no head

S- A ton of vanilla, almost no cherries, very malty with a little chocolate

T- Big vanilla, moderately malty, no cherries

M- Slight high alcohol burn (not as much it originally had), very smooth creamy feel

D- Very drinkable, could drink it more often if available

I was wanting a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream to make a float but they were out. I was surprised that the cherries had dissipated to slight to non-existent, because it had such a huge presence in December of 2009.

07-27-2010 18:04:41 | More by kiltedtxn
Photo of Mora2000


4.63/5  rDev +12.1%

Had on tap at the Fort Worth Flying Saucer and reviewed from notes. Rahr's Winter Warmer aged in Maker's Mark barrels, sounds interesting.

The beer pours a dark brown-red with a small tan head. The aroma is awesome, with some oak, vanilla, bourbon and a little roasted malt. The flavor is great as well, with tons of vanilla and oak character. You get a little bourbon and some spices as well as some dark fruit and some coffee and roasted malts. This is a complex masterpiece that is a great improvement over the regular Winter Warmer from Rahr and Sons. The beer has low carbonation and a thick mouthfeel. The alcohol is not that present in the flavor but the alcohol warming affect is great. I was sitting outside on the patio in about 40 degree weather and this beer warmed me up nicely. I wish they would bottle this because this is as good as any beer I have ever had from the state of Texas.

12-28-2009 05:11:27 | More by Mora2000
Photo of natelocc787


4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

Nice crimson red body with a light tan head. Notes of winter spices, oak, vanilla and dark cherry in the nose and taste. This beer tastes exactly like the Winter Warmer with an oaky vanilla profile (must be) from the bourbon barrels. I guess that's exactly what it should taste like but I didn't notice a remarkable difference between them. The mouthfeel was smoother in this version with the vanilla more pronounced. It's nice to see what a little barrel aging can do to a winter warmer. Great example, very drinkable. I was told it was between 8-11% but it tasted more like 6-7%. Very small nutty character in the finish which was dry for the style. A treat and great after dinner/late night beer.

12-04-2009 01:42:03 | More by natelocc787
Photo of mjl21


4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

On tap at the Ginger Man in Fort Worth. Poured into a pint glass. Unsure of abv.

A-Pours a dark brown that lets a little bit of light through. It has a small tan ring that surrounds some film. Leaves a little lace in between sips.

S-This one is all about the bourbon, which my friend claimed was Makers Mark. Oak and vanilla are there. It picks up some coffee aroma as it warms. Hard to detect the base beer with all of the bourbon barrel characteristics.

T-Lots of vanilla and oak start it off. There is some spice from the base beer that hits midsip. I also get some cherry as well. The malt is both sweet and roast. Vanilla flavor returns in the back. It has a very oaky aftertaste. Like the nose, some coffee appears as it warms.

M-Thick and oily. It had a nice level of carbonation.

D-Really enjoyed this one. The abv was well hidden.

This was definitely a pleasant surprise. A really great non-hyped barrel aged beer. Too bad they don't release it in bottles to the public.

11-28-2009 18:06:40 | More by mjl21
Photo of spaceycasey


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.

01-18-2009 19:45:50 | More by spaceycasey
Photo of turbine2475


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!!!

07-27-2008 05:05:55 | More by turbine2475
Photo of mhewes


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

05-28-2008 02:07:10 | More by mhewes
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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