Winter Warmer | Rush River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Rush River Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by feloniousmonk on 11-19-2004

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours garnet amber with a slight haze under a clingy 2” cream colored foam collar.
S: Spicy malt, caramel, faint fruit cake.
T: Very malty palate with caramel, fruit, spice, a hint of anise with a bitter hop accent on the finish.
F: Moderate carbonation, medium full body.
O: This is a decent and drinkable beer but nothing really stands out.

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Photo of Metalsnota
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of themorninglark
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of cervezango
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of DaveMiller
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Eric908
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of AmandaSchaefer
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ale was poured from the bottle into a pint glass and was reddish brown and cloudy in colour. Malty nose with a hint of spice to it. Ale had a slightly bitter hop taste with roasty notes. Tasted like more of a chestnut brown than a scotch ale. It had a mild bitter aftertaste typical of winter ales.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

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Photo of Trexter103
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of garymuchow
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A real grainy quality to the aroma, closer to smelling the grain before the mash than after. Slightly cooked and caramelized.
A real good looking beer. Dark head that is full and dense. Body is near garnet and quite clear.
Heavy feel with a slight biting character, both from alcohol and carbonation. Approaches a chewy quality.
Full on malt flavor. No sweetness to note, but some caramel flavors start to show as it warms. Strong toast without going to roast. Decent dryness that is aided by the hops slight bitterness and soft flavors.
This is close to being impressive and certainly holds the winter ale qualities. Some adjustments, esp. with the aroma and a little with the flavor could make it more of a go to winter beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of maximum12
1.7/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Picked up this single in the waning months of winter, really didn't see much of it around, but intriuged by a scotch ale coming from RR. 12 oz. bottle shared with my wife.

Pour is light sundown red, with a ton of sediment evident. President. Nice caramel in the nose mixed in with other evidence of sweetness.

Winter Warmer has an edge to it that I don't care for. That edge has a name, & it's sour, there's a faint but distinct touch of sour cherries to it. Check that. As it warms a degree or two, it becomes dominant. Earthy, too. Terrible.

Rush River makes some good, solid beers, so this one caught me off guard. Not sure if this is infected or just terrible, but the end-all-be-all is the same; one ounce is enough. Awful.

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Photo of troyvar
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Dark murky brown with a snowglobe flurry of chunky sediment, and a fizzler of a head that disappears in 20 seconds leaving no lacing behind.

S. Toffee caramel and brown sugar aroma. Earthy hop tones are also present and booziness from ABV is nowhere to be found!

T. Just as the nose predicts, but with additional earthy and spice hop tones, also a bit of nuttiness to the mid palate.

M. Thick and meaty body, yet smooth in would be a perfect five if it weren't for all the nasty 'clots' of sediment flying around getting stuck in between my teeth. It seems to be a Rush River signature that the sediment in their brews tends to form up into little swirling clumps. So if you believe in decanting beer before enjoying you'll do just fine with this one.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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Winter Warmer from Rush River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 62 ratings