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Rahr & Sons Bourbon Barrel

Discussion in 'US - Southwest' started by AHood, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Ford

    Ford Savant (490) Texas Sep 8, 2012

    Any reports on the east side of Dallas? My inlaws are coming in from Mesquite on Thursday and I'd love to have them bring some down.
     
  2. Will this still be on the shelves in the couple of weeks? Visiting FTW for a couple days right after Xmas and wouldn't mind grabbing one.
     
  3. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (650) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Price check? I just picked up a bottle at Barton Hills Food Mart in South Austin for $8.49.

    FWIW... I hate Rahr's beer... but I love this one for some reason. I find the yeast strain they use (I think) has a strange peppery taste. Maybe that's just me. I taste it in all their other beers.
     
  4. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (535) Texas Nov 27, 2011

    $6.99 cash price @ Specs
     
  5. Went to Specs Brodie last night and he said they were expecting it on Monday, but didn't get it, so they should get it on Thursday in their next delivery.
     
  6. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (535) Texas Nov 27, 2011

    Wow! Round Rock has something before Brodie. That HAS to be a first. :)
     
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  7. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Savant (430) Texas Sep 30, 2007

    Works for us!!
     
  8. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (650) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Just opened this after finishing work... DAMN I forgot what a tasty beverage this is. Spec's Brodie gonna get Azzy'ed next week, lol.
     
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  9. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Savant (435) Texas Nov 21, 2008

    It is a little overly bourbonated for my taste. It's a "If I wanted a boilermaker I would have ordered a shot." kind of thing for me. It's a good beer, but I prefer their regular winter warmer, which I look forward to annually.
     
  10. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Texas Apr 11, 2012

    Blend them. ;)
     
  11. pwsoldier

    pwsoldier Advocate (550) Texas Apr 26, 2007

    Gabriel's got 10 cases of BBAWW today.
     
  12. Still plenty at Lonestar Beverage in Carrollton, as of yesterday.
     
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  13. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (650) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    The He'brew Jewbulation Sweet Sixteen (Ohio Edition) playkit.
     
  14. canadianghetto

    canadianghetto Savant (495) Texas Oct 15, 2011

    If I recall from the label this is already blended with a fresh brewed version. If they bottled the full barrel version it might actually be worth the hype. Don't mean to be hating but I have yet to be impressed by this beer.
     
  15. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Texas Apr 11, 2012

    That beer is a beast. Tasty, but a sloppy hot sipper.

    I think I just made up a new phrase. lol
     
  16. TX-Badger

    TX-Badger Champion (935) Texas Jun 14, 2012

    I had a bottle on Thursday night, and I think this year's batch is better than last year's, just mho.
     
  17. mattisloco

    mattisloco Savant (455) Texas Feb 13, 2007

    I like hot beer. This is not a hot beer ladies.
     
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  18. thirdeye11

    thirdeye11 Savant (450) Texas Feb 3, 2009

    One thing I did know, was that this beer used to be barrel aged in Maker's Mark barrels, rather than the current Jim Beam barrels. I used to really really like this beer a lot, and while I still do, what I found out this past weekend from someone at they brewery is that they blend it down more than they used to. So if you ever had the draft only version way back when (before it was in bottles), you had a more barrel influenced version. Like you, I hope that they do a 100% barrel-aged version of this at some point in the future. I can only imagine it would be amazing.

    Cheers,
    Chad
     
  19. pwsoldier

    pwsoldier Advocate (550) Texas Apr 26, 2007

    I remember the draft-only releases. Wonderful stuff.
     
  20. H0rnedFr0gs

    H0rnedFr0gs Savant (430) Texas Mar 12, 2012

    On draft it's still pretty fantastic. Overpriced at Central Market at $8.99...heard someone say Spec's had it for ~$7 with cash.
     
  21. thirdeye11

    thirdeye11 Savant (450) Texas Feb 3, 2009

    Overpriced at $8.99 for a bomber of bourbon barrel aged beer? I can't think of another barrel aged beer that's cheaper. If Spec's has it at $6.99, I am willing to bet they're not making much on it, or it's priced incorrectly.
     
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  22. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (535) Texas Nov 27, 2011

    Yup, $6.99 cash price at Specs. That was the only reason I bought 2. I saw it again today, and thats still the price, so either they got a fantastic deal on it, or they're not making much on it.
     
  23. thirdeye11

    thirdeye11 Savant (450) Texas Feb 3, 2009

    Yeah, they actually can't get a "deal" on anything. At least not legally. Whether you buy 1 bottle or 1,000 bottles from the distributor, the price is supposed to be the same. That's not to say there aren't other incentives they creatively come up with for the larger accounts (I have no proof of this, but I do speculate), but they likely just aren't making much on it.
     
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  24. kenihrig

    kenihrig Zealot (85) Texas Apr 19, 2008

    For a barrel aged beer $8.99 seems cheap to me. Consider Black Ops is over $20 a bottle and most bomber bottles are probably averaging closer to $9. I got a case last year of Rahr's beer and thought it was a heck of a deal so I purchased over a case this year. It's a fine drinking beer all year round.
     
  25. H0rnedFr0gs

    H0rnedFr0gs Savant (430) Texas Mar 12, 2012

    Don't get me wrong I buy the heck out of this beer. And I like to send it out as an extra or to square up costs on trades and everyone enjoys this tons. It's worth noting that even the aged part of the blend doesn't spend a crazy amount of time in the barrel (perhaps because it just doesn't need it). This is price lined at +$.50-1 over their other bombers and that's fine. It's just that their other bombers are horribly over priced for a local brewery. If it was $7 everywhere and released bi annually it would be a staple. Otherwise I drink 2-3 now and save the rest for grilling and smoking weather.

    And something is fishy about the most expensive retailer getting the bulk of any product...not that it's hard to find this beer.
     
  26. positively4thst

    positively4thst Zealot (80) Texas Sep 19, 2009

    I would like to hear any other comments on those who had cellar 2011 Rahr BBWW? I kept mine in a blacked out box on floor of closet at room temperature. I have not had any issues with any bottles I have opened up so far. The results are incredible!

    I would like to hear any other experiences good and bad of those who opened up a 2011 recently?
    If the bottle was bad, how did you store, what conditions and what temperature?

    Thanks!
     
  27. mattisloco

    mattisloco Savant (455) Texas Feb 13, 2007

    I stored mine the same way really, in a dark closet. The taste improved to me, I did a side by side with '12 and I preferred '11.
     
  28. positively4thst

    positively4thst Zealot (80) Texas Sep 19, 2009

    Thanks, I agree the taste was improved, with as someone else mentioned a cherry aroma.
     
  29. lefty12

    lefty12 Aficionado (170) Texas Feb 6, 2010

    I randomly found an 11 on the shelf at specs about 4 months back. I stored it in a fridge at 50 deg, in the back. I ended up drinking it a few weeks back and I detected a cherrish taste.
     
  30. H0rnedFr0gs

    H0rnedFr0gs Savant (430) Texas Mar 12, 2012

    I've had numerous '11's recently. All stored in cold boxes the entire time (thanks Majestic and my GF for giving me the fridge space). I did prefer '11 as well...I thought the barrel was bigger but it was a little thinner overall than '12 (or maybe slick is the better word). IDK if that helps you out. I wouldn't seperate them as far as a BA rating, but there was an evolved difference between the two.
     
  31. TX-Badger

    TX-Badger Champion (935) Texas Jun 14, 2012

    I've got one bottle of '11 that I'm waiting to compare to a '12, maybe on Christmas eve or Christmas day. I'll post the results.
     
  32. UHCougar12

    UHCougar12 Advocate (500) Texas Feb 21, 2011

    This may be an obvious answer, but I just picked up a bottle from heb and it says "winter 2011". Is this last years, or is this the date it was put in barrels?
     
  33. kmello69

    kmello69 Advocate (535) Texas Nov 27, 2011

    That's last years. This years bottle says 2012 on it

    [​IMG]
     
  34. UHCougar12

    UHCougar12 Advocate (500) Texas Feb 21, 2011

    ^^ sweet! guess I got free aging for a year
     
  35. I knew a stripper in Arlington who fit that bill !!!
     
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  36. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (955) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    Just had one this past Saturday, from last year, it was the surprise of the night (most never really heard of it). Absolutely delicious beer. Why this isn't talked about more here I'll never know.
     
  37. mattisloco

    mattisloco Savant (455) Texas Feb 13, 2007

    Because it's made in DFW and everyone hates DFW.
     
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  38. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Texas Apr 11, 2012

    For good reason... Zing! ;)

    J/K... lol :D
     
  39. ehsteve

    ehsteve Aficionado (225) Texas Jan 13, 2009

    Got one from Spec's RR. Two left.
     
  40. Lutter

    Lutter Advocate (650) Texas Jun 30, 2010

    Is this at Specs Brodie yet? I haven't had time to go over there this week (freakin' work getting in the way of my drinkin'!)
     

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