Winter Warmer
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #92
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #32,082
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 12.5%
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
248
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Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  51
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Brew-ish from Wyoming

4.51/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It’s a beer you grab to when your out beating cold winds and want to warm up. Nice and thick, full bodied, and filled with flavor.

I’d gladly come come back to this beer and drink it everyday.

Jul 24, 2020
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Suds from Missouri

3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brew, from an aluminum can, is a dark and clear,mahogany beer. The head is thick, tight-bubbled, and cream color. Malty and slightly spicy aroma. Wonderful flavor of malt, cream, caramel, and spicy hops. Full body and very satisfying.

Feb 28, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a small, ivory head of foam. It smelled of spices, toffee, coffee and roasted malt. Malty, roasted flavor with a nice blend of seasonal spices.

Jan 18, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. Deep amber in color with a good sized head and some lacing. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste follows the smell. Flavors are a good mix and nothing feels out of place. Good

Nov 28, 2019
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mjurney from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep brown, opaque. Medium rising bubbles. Thick creamy head. Very good head retention. Leaves an awesome lacing behind.

Aroma:
Toffee, caramel, some dark fruit, a little dark roast.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Toffee and caramel are dominant, I'm getting some dark roast, a little woody character. Fruity esters, dried prunes and black cherries. Hint of rum from the alcohol. Hop bitterness is moderate. Finish is roasty, semi-dry, lingers fairly long. Medium-full bodied, smooth, a little warmth, slight carbonation bite.

Overall:
It's very good Winter Warmer.

Jan 31, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I thought above all the taste is very good. A nice head and lacing. The aroma is fair and it’s a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Overall I think my BA’s would like this beer. On draft at Rahr’s Brewery.

Dec 22, 2018
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Anayalator from Texas

3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From can to tulip glass. Deep brown almost pitch black. Ruby bottom when held to light. Off white creamy head with mild carbonation. Smells like Christmas with cinnamon, gingerbread, and nutmeg hints. Tastes just like it smells imo. It seems like a copy of their angry Santa for a cheaper price. Finishes smooth and heavy due to the thickness of the ale which is how a holiday brew should be.

Dec 29, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Deep, dark brown with a short lived beige head and nice lacing. Fragrant cinnamon spice and dark berry smell. Chocolate taste with cinnamon and molasses. Not overly sweet. Good beer!

Dec 11, 2017
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look: The darkest hue of brown without being black, ruby shows through when held up to light. The massively foamy head is light khaki and leaves the glass covered in foam bands before I even take a sip. Great head retention.

Aroma: Slight malt roast with cinnamon, subtle cherry tart, gingerbread, and a brown sugar finish.

Taste: This starts out immediately with brown ale characteristics of dark chocolate and toasted grains but covered in cinnamon spice, dark dried fruits, and finishes a tad hot and spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: This is really good with a lot of flavors, like a good spiced brown ale.

Dec 03, 2017
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Dinglehacker from Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into nonic pint.

Appearance: Beiege head that lasts. Medium-dark brown.

Nose: WOnderfully sweet like roasted pecan, vanilla.

Taste: Chocolate, nuts, light hop bite on the finish.

Mouth: Very carbonated at first, but it settles into smoothness.

Almost like a blend between brown ale and a porter. Fantastic smell and a good taste as well. Had it out of season, but good ale is good ale.

Sep 15, 2017
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Agriverbear from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Deep clear brown with thin tan head. Roasted nut and toffee on the nose. The taste is OK but similar to a lot of winter/Christmas ales this time of year. Not a bad beer just not very distinguishable.

Mar 03, 2017
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Premo88 from Texas

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic
(329 14 printed on bottle -- Nov. 25, 2014 bottled, I'm assuming)

L: deep, dark red but clear ... in fact, it's almost lager-like clear, very striking up to the light; looks dark brown with no light, but you can still see the clarity at the edges; just a little more than a skin of a head, very thin, 1/8-inch tops, tan; keeps a decent collar; no stick or lace

S: standard porter notes of dark roasted malt, a bit of charred wood, prunes and figs; sweeter than the taste

T: roasted malt pops with a sweetness and woodiness ... a lightly charred oak, not full-on burnt; a twinge of alcohol flavor -- something is catching the sweetness, holding it and killing it on the back end, and it's not all burnt malt/charred wood; maybe a pinch of semi-sweet chocolate; the charred oak wood note dominates all others

F: very thin for what tastes like a porter/stout

O: if Rahr labelled this a "porter," I wouldn't know enough to say different; very thin mouthfeel, standard taste and smell notes of roasted/charred malt, subdued sweetness, subdued hop profile, none of the spices you run into in many American-made winter warmers ... the 8.5% ABV is the only tip here that this isn't a simple porter; frankly, I love it because it's one of the easiest drinking higher ABV beers I've run across. fans of the big spicy, robust winter warmer might frown on this lighter take on the style.

Dec 08, 2014
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nizzle8287 from Texas

5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle was bottled October 11, 2014. This beer is very well balanced, but in my opinion must be enjoyed at 60-65 degrees. Pours a beautiful beige thick 2 finger head that stays for a while and dissipates into a thin film . Dark black cherry color that shows some light through, but appears to have no sediment. Smells of roasted chocolate and German style malts. Taste at slightly over 60 degrees: Chocolate, dark ripe fruit, very subtle English hop twang. Tastes thin and watery at fridge temp, but full flavored, rich, and creamy at (Texas) room temperature (60-65) - 8.5% ABV is barely noticeable. Just enough carbonation. Overall delicious English style dark winter warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewery.
Revisiting on 12-24-18, on tap at Atebellum in Weatherford, TX; this brew is still Rahr's best. Best to get a 6 pack and let it bottle condition for a few months, and also consume it at room temperature. 5/5

Dec 06, 2014
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decoy727272 from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste is smooth, roasty malt that's not at all spicy. Dark caramelized flavors, semi-sweet brown malt with some nutty brown sugar but the overall effect is not overly sweet at all. Very, very faint trace of hops in the middle, hints of smoke, maybe some dry dark cocoa. Finish is clean and slightly bitter, no trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, almost lager-like, which exposes the brewer's well-known preference for lagers. Exists somewhere between a clean brown ale and an old ale. Bottles are better than keg; I could drink this all year round.

Mar 26, 2014
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a0lbudman from Alabama

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown head with a small tan head
S-caramel malt, sweet, noble hops aroma
T-roasted malt with a dose of hop aftertaste that is mixed with a roasted finish
M-medium body and low carbonation
O-a good mix of everything with a good balance. A great beer from Texas.

Mar 11, 2014
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Pintofbrown from Texas

3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This winter warmer was had in a snifter from Florida.

The opaque, dark brown body barely shows dark crimson highlights. The weak head could not even muster full coverage of the dark cap, leaving only a tawny ring around the glass.

Sticking the nose right down into the beer only brings out a general malty sweetness, the slightly toffee-like impression was hard to come by. A roasted malt quality blending with that sweetness vaguely reminds one of peanut butter, flashes very briefly. Finally, with a little warming, some soft aromas of plums and figs escape from the glass. Entirely too hard to sniff out this beer, soft, vague.

The flavor profile of this winter warmer begins with a caramel malt sweetness that intimates raisins and figs. A roasty malt hits mid-palate, contributing brown sugar and char. The finish, once again, reintroduces the figgy quality with a building char from the roasted malt. This beer is not really complex, but the sweetness is well balanced with the charred quality of the roasted malt.

A lighter body blends with a rather watery feel over the tongue. Not much going on here in the way of carbonation, this could have been creamier, to compliment the slight drying finish.

I keep going back and forth on Rahr and Sons Winter Warmer. It is soft on the nose, but the sweet malts are enticing. The palate is not that complicated, but I really enjoyed the figgy, charred flavors. I think what would have really helped this beer was a better carbed mouth feel and stronger nose. It is a good beer, just not a great one.

Feb 06, 2014
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MartinVanBrewin from Texas

3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber body with a beige head that quickly dissipated; most likely due to temperature stored.

Smell: Light caramalized malt up front with pervading armoatic hops

Taste: Roasted coffee malts up front with caramelized taste lingering.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a light hop kick in the back.

Overall: Not the best, but certainly not the worst.

Nov 20, 2013
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ranger7 from Texas

3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Rahr tumbler glass.
Review from notes: December 14th, 2013.

A: Coca-Cola with a small white head.

S: Roasted chocolate and some coffee bitterness.

T: Dunkel-like with some spice.

M: Little carbonation. Light and easy to drink.

O: Good. Hides alcohol well. Very nice winter warmer.

Jan 13, 2013
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lxCheshireCatxl from Texas

3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 22 oz bottle and poured into my favorite pint glass.

A - Dark with somewhat purple and ruby hues to it with minimal head
S - A nice scent of licorice with fruity and nut undertones
T- A robust flavor of coffee, licorice, fruits and nuts with a very subtle bourbon cask flavor that melds them all very well.
M - It kind of feels a bit watery (but a lot of the Rahr & Sons do), sweet at first and a little bit bitter at the end.

Overall a good beer to break out of the dark beer season away from the normal like Guinness, Shiner, and the group. Nice flavor and pretty easy to drink. I've had many different beers. This one isn't my favorite but I would grab it again.

Dec 23, 2012
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark brown. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles quickly leaving a slight carbonated blanket. Pretty solid lacing.

S: Nose is of tea leaves, cola, and hilighted by roasted espresso.

T: Roasted espresso, pecan, and a little black licorice.

M: Thick and hearty. Robust roasted flavors in the front, with a lightly bitter and sweet finish which lingers.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, good head, and solid lacing. Nose is a very good combo of sweetness and coffee. Nutty, roasted coffee with a touch a bittersweet-ness. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Dec 09, 2012
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DavidST from Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, unknown freshness date. This pours a dark brown with a nice tan head. The smell is higher on caramel and toffee than some, good stuff. The feel is medium. The taste is pretty good, lots of caramel, some toffee, nuts, spices, not bad.

Feb 05, 2012
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jbphoto88 from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This winter warmer is dark brown almost opaque with a quick to disappear tan head. The sides of the glass reveal caramel colored highlights and that this actually is a clear liquid.

The nose is mild for a warmer. I was expecting stronger scents of chocolate and dark fruits especially as dark as Rhar's is. The smells are there but don't really come through as much as I'd like. There is a nice roasted malt that I hope is bolder in the taste.

The taste is mostly about the malts with a fair amount of English hop flavor. The malts dominant with a hearty roasted characteristic and some of those missing scents appearing in the flavor. Dark stone fruits with hints of booze and light smoke. Not overpowering and well balanced with the hops.

Mouthfeel is also very pleasant with a mild carbonation and a full bodied brew. That combo makes it seem like a thick drink but one that you can sip on all night. Flavorful and extremely drinkable.

Dec 24, 2011
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SuperSpy from Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It appears jet black but you can see some red highlights when held directly up to the light. A nice tan head and really good lacing.

Coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, and charcoal In the aroma. It smells pretty tasty.

Heavy bodied but on the light side of heavy. The flavor is very similar to the aroma. Sweet coffee up front, plenty of roasted malt and cocoa in the middle. A little bitterness in the finish but still plenty of dark roasted flavors and a bit alcohol as it warms.

A really good beer overall. Really easy drinking, goes down smooth, and the flavors really blend well and change as it warms. I'm really enjoying this one.

Dec 23, 2011
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gtermi from Texas

3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a sort of thin white head.

S: The beer had a good amount of caramel and spices. I am also getting a tiny bit of toffee.

T: Roasted malt and some spices. The spices arent as present as I wanted, but not horrible.

M: The beer is pretty carbonated, but pretty easy to drink. Nothing special at all

O: This is by far one of the better beers I have ever had from Rahr. Better luck next year.

Nov 19, 2011
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StaveHooks from Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours cola brown with 1 finger of tan head.

S - Milk chocolate, sugary malt, vanilla, roasted malts. Smokey aroma as it warms.

T - Dark caramel, roasted malts, caramelized sugar, bitter dark chocolate, brown toast, nutty yeast, hints of grapes and under-ripened berries. Bittering hops adds earthiness to round off the finish. Citrus comes out on the aftertaste.

M - Moderate carbonation, light side of medium, almost thin body. No alcohol to speak of. The carbonation drops off toward the end.

Warming without the alcohol showing up. Nice cocoa and roasted malts with a solid strain of nutty yeast to glue everything together. The mouthfeel was the weak link but it wasn't a deal breaker. Everything tasted young and fresh. I'm gonna try and out one away for a year or so.

Nov 19, 2011
Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 248 ratings