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Winter Warmer | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Winter WarmerWinter Warmer

Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-18-2006

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Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 210
Photo of scottg
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

thanks to whoneeds8 for this one.
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with a pencil thin off white head leaving no retention. Aromas of molasses and subtle holiday spices. Sweet taste up front-caramel with some nuttiness and hints of spices. The spices are nicely balanced, never dominant. Light carbonation and body, watered down consistency. Average drinkability, the aromas and flavors are nice, but the feel ruins this one.

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to OakedCanuck for sending this bottle.

Pours deep brown, leaving about a finger of light tan head that dissipated fairly quickly.

The aroma is primarily malty, with dark fruit, caramel, and some toasted nuttiness.

The flavor is pretty straightforward here. Sweet, roasty malts dominate, with just a bit of spice.

This beer is medium bodied and smooth, with a well hidden ABV contributing to drinkability.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep, ruby/mahongey colored body with about a finger worth of beige head. A couple little islands and a beige ringer settle onto the body. Leaves behind some spotty lacing.

Smells sweet and caramely, a little bready. Some nutmeg type aromas are also in the nose.

The taste is pretty reminiscent of the nose. Just a touch of earthy hops up front. Some caramel sweetness and a pretty strong flavor that is rather bready. A touch vanilla, some nutmeg.

For the mouthfeel, this is on the heavy side of medium bodied. Moderate to low carbonation.

Fairly drinkable, not a bad beer. For the ABV% its pretty easy to throw this one back. Definitely on the malty side of winter warmers.

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Photo of aeminter
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost black with amber peaking out around the edges. Thick tan head.

The aroma is very rich and malty...hints of roasted nuts and....date?

Deep roasted/smokey flavors...bitter almost like coffee or bakers chocolate. There is an alcohol presence in the aftertaste and a little astringency.

Probably not something I will get again, but it has merit. If you like stouts then this may be right up your alley.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wagenvolks for the opportunity to try this one. Served in a standard pint glass. Poured the color of cola with a loose, half inch, tan-colored cap. Head eventually recedes into a creamy, intact skim. Thick slashes of lacing were exposed during the tasting. Nose reveals chocolate malt and toffee. Taste consistent with nose, but also some dark fruit and a roasted quality in the mix. Mouthfeel was a little thin and quite fizzy/gassy. Decent drinkability - fairly flavorful with a well-hidden abv, but too much carbonation makes it difficult to drink more than one or two at best.

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Photo of Melchizedek
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rough pour yields a perfectly-formed two-finger head that subsides into a beige cap atop a nice dark-mahogany body. Aroma is nicely bittersweet, slightly spicy and honey-like with a background of hop resin.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a slight drying bite from bittering hop and alcohol. Plenty of spice from that alcohol, giving an edge to a nice solid malt profile. A little light toasty stuff, some sweet bread and a bit of mineral undertone. Woody in the finish.

Could be fuller in the mouth, maybe with more aggressive maltiness, but these are minor quibbles. This is a very pleasant winter drink, and it's not half bad even when it doesn't feel at all like winter anymore (which you'd better get used to where they brew it). Solid.

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Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium/dark brown with an off white head which dissipates very quickly.

Aroma is lots of malt.

Tastes is sweet malts and a roasted flavor, bitterness builds up after a few sips. This beer hides the high alcohol quite well.

Medium bodied with relatively light carbonation.

This is a good beer but the bitterness from the roasted malts builds up to much to have more than one consecutivly.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a mixed case of 6 packs brought back from trip to Fort Worth, TX. While it is not exactly winter anymore, it is about 45 degrees and pouring rain, kinda close to winter in Texas.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a clear, dark brown. I get a 1/2 inch off white head from the pour. Patchy lacing as I consume the beer.

Smell: Scent of some malts (lightly roasted) and dark fruits. A touch spicy along with some piney hops.

Taste: Good malty backing with some spicyness showing up as well. Nice little piney hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with good carbonation. Just a hint of alcohol burn, but for a beer near 8%, I wound almost expect a little more.

Drinkability: A decent drinker, I was worried that is was left over from winter and may be a little old. I think this still had a litttle life left in it. At $8.99 a six pack I could not see myself purchasing this on a regularly basis in the winter, but I will not have that choice as this is not available to me (unless I have to make another trip to Ft. Worth).

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra provided by G311, thanks a bunch.

Aromas of caramel and vanilla, with undertones of chocolate and light spicing of cinnamon and nutmeg.

The tastes begin with the same caramel and vanilla, up front, with the chocolate undertones and holiday spices arriving by mid-palate, along with some fig and dark fruit notes. As it warms the fruity elements emerge a little more, though the caramel and vanilla take the flavor profile home in the end.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and rather creamy, though the carbonation is rather low. Could use a little improvement here.

Overall I like the flavor profile and the creamy "warming" flavors; if there were a bit more carbonation, it would be a real winner. Spice isn't overdone which is a huge plus for me. Good, recommended if you can find it.

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Photo of anotherpg
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle hand delivered by BA member j5uh.

Poured into a Sam Adams tasting glass. Took about ten seconds for a caramel colored head to foam. First smell is of dark chocolate, almost semisweet chocolate chips. Taste is lighter than expected, malty with a mellow chocolate and raisins. Finish is sweet, but not milky which would have helped balance out. Surprised by the 8.5abv. Certainly didn't taste like that under the hood. Stuck between a porter and a stout, I am unsure how best to categorize it, except to say it would be a fine beer to match up with food.

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Photo of DougE
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a resent trip "home" to see my folks.
Having grown up in Texas I know many of the micros there can be a let down. But not Rahr and Son's W.W.
From the get go the pour was great a beautiful reddish brown with a head that stuck around for awhile. and lacing that covered the glass throughout the few minutes it took for me to gobble this one down and lots of sediment in the bottle. The smell was ok with some raisin and some roasted malts, but kinda a let down. The taste was also great on this one, and thats the most important, Right? The aroma would have never prepared me for a taste so good. Nutty and Malty with late bitterness. Mouth feel was a weak link, not full bodied as stated on the bottle.
Over all this is a great beer with the taste making up for any of the other shortcomings. My only regret is that I did not share with my friends here. Sorry guys...

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Photo of Bagman007
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap and poured in a bottle.

A- Deep brown with a thick head.

S- Malty, caramel smell with a hint of hops.

T- Very malty, yet you can definitely taste the spices. Not too hoppy at all.

M- Not bitter. Very smooth actually. Not too malty either.

D- Very drinkable. Doesn't have a lot of hops and it doesn't have an overpowering caramel flavor either. Pretty good beer.

Great Winter Warmer from the local Fort Worth brewery.

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Photo of webbcreative
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured Dark brown with red highlights, 2 finger off white head.
Smell = I don't know, im really not getting much aroma at all. Taste = a little sweet at first, then roasted barley, not any bitterness, but some cinnamon and maybe ginger.
Mouthfeel = Thin/Medium.

Overall this a a solid winter warmer, cannot detect the 8.5% abv in the feel or flavor at all,I can start to feel the effects near the end of the glass, but never would have guessed it that high on taste alone.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Hyde Park Market in Austin. Surprised to find it in August. Poured muddy and ruby. Almost purple. Soft half inch head. The head stayed the entire drink. Dark fruits, raisins in aroma, some smoke, peet as well. Spicy, but a flat spiciness, not sharp. Malt forward, smoky malt flavor. Subtle fruit flavors as well. Smooth mouthfeel, almost silky. Flavor, aroma, mouthfeel all come together to make a nice beer to take your time with.

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with a very modest head despite an increasingly hard pour; after a couple of minutes there was just a ringlet left though there was some stickage

Smell: Carmel and vanilla, with undertones of chocolate and holiday spicing of cinnamon and nutmeg

Taste: Caramel and vanilla, up front, with the chocolate undertones and holiday spices arriving by mid-palate, along with some fig and licorice elements; after the swallow, the fruity elements emerge, though the caramel and vanilla take the flavor profile home in the end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and rather creamy, though the carbonation is rather low

Drinkability: I like the flavor profile and the creamy mouthfeel; if there were a bit more carbonation, the scores would be higher; worth seeking out

Thanks, FreeVerse, for the opportunity

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Photo of Premo88
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of briman
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with some ruby notes when held up to the light. Good clarity. Thin head, very little retention. Not much lacing.

Aroma is malty, with some caramel.

Flavor is malty upfront, caramel, maybe some molasses or brown sugar. Finish is fairly dry, almost some dark fruits or raising coming through. A mild hop bitterness pops up in the aftertaste.

Medium body, slightly chewy, with low to moderate carbonation. Balance leans towards the malt, but the hops show up in the finish to even things out. Alcohol is pretty well hidden in the aroma & taste, but there is a nice subtle alcohol warming. Good effort, and certainly something I'l have again.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 2 finger beige head. Very dark brown body , light brown towards bottom. Head retention and lacing are great

Smell is of faint malt and some alcohol , very underwhelming

Taste is roasted, burnt chocolate malt.Bit of espresso, alcohol, and some hop bitterness. Very complex, well balanced

Good balance of carbonation, slightly creamy head. Pretty light body for a winter warmer

Very good flavors, high drink ability. Only thing that seems weird to me is how a beer so good can smell so bland. Aroma is easily overlooked compared to overall greatness of all the other qualities of this beer.

After looking through the other reviews of this beer seems odd that mostly everyone else detected a lot more aromas , dont know what happened with my bottle

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Photo of lxCheshireCatxl
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a sucker for seasonals. This was a pleasant discovery at the Central Market in SA recently.

Pours a bright mahogany brown with a tight, off-white head on top. Some decent, heavy lace rings appear as the foam subsides. The nose is earthy, with some sweet malts, dense spices, and dark fruits. I also get some apple and/or pear scents. Some dirty caramel too. Not bad on whole, but a bit subdued. The taste follows suit, delivering some sweet malty fruit flavors mixed in with a spicy medley, accented mostly by a light pepper taste. Finishes nice and dry, with a noticeable hop kick. Mouthfeel is firm, almost chewy at times. Certainly a solid brew.

This is one of the better Rahr efforts, in my opinion. Their Bucking Bock is nice, but I think this better suits the style they're trying for. A very nice, well-balanced winter warmer. Not heavy-handed or faint of heart, this really comes across well overall. And at almost 8% ABV, the high alcohol is masked remarkably well. This could almost be sessionable. Well done here.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark and clear an light tan head that lingers as a nice ring and lace.

The aroma is malt but not very strong. Nice, clean.

The taste was sweet to begin but finishes dry with a hint of bitterness.

Medium full mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation playing with my tongue.

A nice strong winter beer.

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Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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