Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter WarmerBourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer
BA SCORE
4.08/5
408 Ratings
Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter WarmerBourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer
BEER INFO

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 05-28-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,645
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
408
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
98
Gots:
142
Trade:
10
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Ratings: 408 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of snaotheus
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017-05-22
22oz bottle served in a tulip. This listing shows it at 8.5% ABV, but the label says it's 10.5%. 2016 bottle. Oddly, I've chosen to drink this on a hot, sunny, late spring Monday afternoon.

Pours dark sludgy brown, initially with no head but slowly growing. Lots of fine, slow carbonation. Smell is maybe pine, dates or raisins, maybe booze and oak.

Taste is nice -- not too sweet, some spices, roasty/burnt-caramel, a little bit of dates or raisins. Vanilla is there, and I'm surprised the oak and alcohol are muted.

Mouthfeel is thick but just lively enough. Overall, this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBuckley73
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WilliamBrasky
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjwellman
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is has been aged for about 30 months. It was a much better beer 2 years ago. I don't think it aged well.
L: Pours dark brown with a creamy head of about 2 fingers.
S: nice bourbon aroma with a malty sweet smell
T: nice bourbon taste with a hint of sweetness and coffee that quickly fades away to a bitter flavor.
F: lightly carbonated and overall bitterness
O: Disappointing that it doesn't taste as good as it looks or smells

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Release
Pours a lovely deep, reddish brown with 1fb of light khaki head with good retention. Smells of vanilla, wood, bourbon,dark fruits. Tastes is sweet malts forward, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon notes, balanced by hops and ending with a clean finish. Medium bodied with fair amount of effervescence keep the sweet malts from becoming syrupy. Some bourbon notes linger.

Overall, well balanced – all the features of a strong dark ale with the bourbon notes. I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of bundy462
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccg
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 release.
Looks inviting. Deep, dark brown base with plenty of lacing on the glass and thick legs. Leaves a ring of large bubbles around the edge.
Smells of raisins, candied fruit, brown sugar, and a bit of leather and tobacco.
Flavor starts out with a bit of spice and bitterness. A bit of caramel shows up to round it out, and there is vanilla and malt in the middle, but the bitterness overwhelms the other flavors until the beer warms up.
The beer feels sticky and rich, and the alcohol has a nice warming effect.
I think I was expecting more of a sweet sipper, like a dessert beer, but this one has a bite of bitterness.

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Photo of Mortarforker
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kds2437
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12/11/2016

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Photo of SheaDawg
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treycotton
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucnifter
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dasotelo50
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of needMIbeer
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zizouandyuki
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ramblinwreck101
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TravisMason
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MammothTarantula
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MrHolden
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of E-McFarden
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nizzle8287
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on draught at The Gingerman in Fort Worth TX. Amazing. Best Bourbon Barrell I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, creme, coffee hint, slight alcohol burn warms me from the inside. Medium carbonation, full bodied and delicious. I would rate it a 6 if I could.

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Photo of Shafaegalo
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Myotus
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage poured at 47°F into a nonic pint glass. Consumed on 30Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of khaki foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth within 1 minute and 20 seconds. Dark brown in color with a ruby tint. Rising bubbles are moderate in quantity and both small and medium in size. Lacing is thin and moderate. 4
SMELL: Mild aromas of black tea, caramel, toffee, tree nuts, and sweet bread entangle with subtle bourbon, spicy hop, and earthy hop aromas along with hints of oak. 4
TASTE: INFECTED!!! Or maybe that's just how this beer ages. Strong flavors of sour green apple and mild balsamic vinegar flavors enter initially and are immediately followed by mild caramel, black tea, and toffee flavors. Subtle flavors of tree nuts, spicy hops, and earthy hops finish off the flavors as bourbon and sweet bread flavors are nowhere to be found. 3.25
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. Ends with a hint of dryness. 3.5
NOTE: I'm not sure if this was just an infected bottle that has been sitting for a year, or if this is how this beer develops over time. Typically Winter Warmers don't age well, but I though that this being at 9% would do well. Now you know, folks! Don't age this one! My main question is why didn't this smell like it tasted???
OVERALL RATING: 3.5 out of 5.
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2015 vintage
Poured at 47°F from a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Allowed to warm up to 52°F before drinking. Consumed on 30Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of khaki foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth of foam within 1 minute. Dark brown in color with a ruby tint. There is a large quantity of gray particles both small and medium in size. Rising bubbles are medium in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is thin and moderate. 3.25
SMELL: Mild aromas of figs, plums, toast, caramel, toffeel, and spuce entangle with subtle oak, vanilla, and bourbon aromas along with hints of earthy and spicy hops. 4
TASTE: Mild spruce and bourbon flavors first strike the palate and are immediately followed by mild flavors of toast, caramel, figs, plums, and toffee. Subtle oak and vanilla flavors continue the complex taste profile. Subtle spicy hop flavors and hints of earthy hops enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for spruce, which grow slightly stronger. 4.25
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the carbonation. Clings to the back of the throat like syrup. A mild and welcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat. This beer ends with a mild dryness. 3.25
NOTE: This was the single best Winter Warmer that I have ever had. Aged 1 year, this is not that good. But fresh, this is excellent! The bourbon is not overpowering and allows the other flavors to shine.
OVERALL RATING: 4.03 out of 5.

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Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 408 ratings
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