Winter Warmer | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-18-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
215
Reviews:
83
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
49
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Sazz9
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of kew
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BrewAskew
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of htomsirveaux
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 2 Feb 2008.

A small dark tan head disappears within seconds of being in the glass. Clear dark brown color. Aroma is raisiny sweet. Starts with some clove and slight spiciness. Moderately chocolatey throughout. Faint bitterness in finish. Medium body. Alcohol hidden.

Overall seems somewhat uninspired for a winter warmer.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of goochpunch
2.56/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a dark brown, almost purple, with ruby hues. As with all Rahr beers, the head retention isn't there. Head starts off small and in seconds, is just a ring. No lacing. Smells of artificial cherry, from the toasty malts, roastiness, alcohol and a bit of grain. Flavor is at first roasted malt, which leads into some slight fruitiness: mostly apple and pear. Not entirely unlike their lagers, it seems. I get a little chocolate out of this. LITTLE. Finishes a bit too clean and watery for my tastes. Strange, but it has a bit of a brothy flavor to it. Where's the alcohol? Mouthfeel is slightly tingly, which is a good thing, but this is entirely too thin, especially considering the high abv. I'm not crazy over this, but it's not a drain-pour neither. This seemed to have more character on tap, but nevertheless, this is way too simple and thin, which is dangerous considering the alcohol content.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7/23/2009 (bottle):

Pours a dark reddish brown colored body, with a foamy, average creamy off-white color head. Malty aroma, with some roasted notes. Has a watery palate. Some roasted taste. Not too bad tasting, a little malty sweet. A little hot.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of cavedave
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Major thanks to Exiled for another fine beer disproving that Texas lags behind in beer quality. From notes, tasted 2/24/11.

Darkest brown, thin beige head fades quickly to a persistent ring. Has the look of a very alcoholic beer.

Nice nose, tart yeast, some roast, vanilla, some bourbon, berry, bready sweet.

Tangy berry sweet heads the parade of flavors, joined by herbal bitter hints, medium roast, vanilla, and as it warms the bourbon and oak start to come into play, though mildly. It finishes juicy with the alcohol adding some warm spice.

Hard to compare this to many winter warmers that have huge spice bills, and lots of funky spice resin on palate. This is med. body, med. carb., easy drinking, with a decent finish.

Drinkability is quite good, it's a sipper that really gets better as it opens up.

Impression: Fantastic take on a style favorite. I like the lack of holiday spice in this, and the mild barrel notes. Recommended.

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Photo of Morris729
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with ruby highlights and a short creamy head. Nose is toasted malt along with a fainter nuttiness and bit of chocolate in the background. Taste is caramelized malt and a bit of brown sugar along with semi-sweet dark chocolate and a mild hop bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. A very nice winter warmer!

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Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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