Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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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

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Added by Bitterbill on 05-28-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
409
Reviews:
111
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
Wants:
99
Gots:
140
For Trade:
10
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1/5  rDev -75.5%

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1/5  rDev -75.5%

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2/5  rDev -51%

Photo of johnc1977
2.07/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I was so disappointed with this brew. I guess Lakewood's BBT topped it so much that BBAWW had no chance. Better luck next time Rahr!

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Photo of Dreynolds1808
2.18/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.37/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very deep black color with a thin brown head and a little tiny bit of lacing. Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and chocolate. Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, heavy malt body and some allspice and hefty alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium with a light carbonation. Drinkability is low.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2.48/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this year's version of the BBAWW, 2013 release.

A - a typical dark brown, deep caramel color, nothing special.

S - I was expecting bourbon, but it was very faint. A little caramel and some toffee, and a faint hint of vanilla.

T - a mixture of caramel, toffee, slight vanilla, and a little dark fruit, slight bourbon, and I mean slight. The faintest hint to let you know it's there.

M - thin...really thin. Watery would describe it best.

O - not what I was expecting considering I've had the previous two years' releases. This year it was disappointing to say the least. The price skyrocketed and the quality dropped. I would say try it on tap, the price of a bottle is unjustifiable.

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Photo of whartontallboy
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of JFCLACK
2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with thin mocha head. Nose is very subtle bready. Mouthfeel was very good. Taste was ok. Finish was slightly metallic. If this beer on nitro might improve it. Overall good beer

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

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of stakem
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jefferz for providing this as an extra in one of our trades. Poured from a bomber into a snifter. The brew appears dark brown with ruby clarity around the edgews. A quick dissolving head holds in a penline pattern around the edge of the glass.

The smell is dark and toasty like toffee initially that gives way to a tangy alcohol kick. Lots of fruity vinous alcohol notes start to dominate the aroma with a sharp almost lactic tang. Vanilla is mildly noted across the back.

The taste is sweet with caramel and vanilla tht blends into character of tart unripe cherry and other miscellaneous fruits. Each sip I take starts to draw out more lactic quality and tang. Toasty toffee grain and a pleasant residual sweetness can be found if you concentrate on those aspects instead if the tangy elements.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level if carbonation. The pleasant and expected aspects of toasty to sweet residual maltiness was very enjoyable but this brew also includes an unexpected and not welcomed guest of acdity. There is a mIl alcohol impact which is to be expected of the style. Overall a pretty average offering. I think there is some clashing going on in this particular bottle.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.09/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From canadianghetto in a largly Texas BIF box. 22oz bottle dated Winter 2011

The nose is largely booze but the underlying taste of the beer is not. However, the finish is bad whiskey, or maybe not 'bad' whiskey but the lasp sip of a lower end whiskey on the rocks where you get a touch of smoke and a lot of water.

It's unfortunate that such an incredible looking beer would have so little else working for it. The base beer is likely just fine, though the body of this was thin, and especially for a 'winter warmer'. Good spice notes blend well with a subtle bourbon flavour, perhaps a touch underdone actually given the strong presence in the nose and the finish.

Appearance - dark, brooding. Thin ring of bubbles, looks like this would be full of plum, currant, nutmeg or cloves notes.

Decent offering. Perhaps I got the wrong year, or perhaps I opened it at the wrong time, but this is a league average bottle. Not saying there's anything wrong with that, and I did not find the beer being described in a lot of these reviews.

(155th)

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Photo of crossovert
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber.

It pours a dark brown with a large, fluffy, tannish head that recedes at a decently slow pace.

The smell is bourbonny, but it is not over the top, which I like. There is also some cooca, fruits, and roastiness.

The flavor is kind of lost, so is the mouthfeel. It is rather thin. The predominant flavor is bitterness which really was surprising. It is very bitter for a winter warmer/bourbon aged beer. It has tannic notes, hoppy(?) bitterness, and roasted malt bitterness. There is also some caramel, bourbon, and cocoa.

I don't think it was executed the way it could have been.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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

Photo of Khazadum
3.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to Tim for this bottle. Words can't express the awesomeness he did to get this.

A- Easy head generation, like too easy. This sucker will foam out of control without care. Very creamy though. Probably the most homogeneous amount of bubbles I'd ever seen. Leaves behind a thick silk screen lacing that is top notch. When it finally does settle down, not too quickly, it has a thin layer of tomato soup skin.

S- Some interesting sweet notes, not quite vanilla but similar. Like a vanilla custard and plum resin opening with some earthy notes drizzled in toast crumbs; must be the oak they used. Not too strong, but not prevalent enough to make me excited. The bourbon is on the second half of the bouquet with some simple syrup sweetness and minor astringency. Cheap, cheap bourbon. Present, but not strong. Seems to be a trend here.

T- Weird.... very weird. First impressions, minor vanilla oak body with some faint burnt grain hits. The charring of oak barrels creates some awful combinations. This is like blow torched 99 cent package of pudding. Immediately following that is a cheap bourbon sweetness with low ethanolic character. No heat, no unique flavor, just simple syrup sweetness with a bit of dark fruit. I want stronger oak, I want smoke, I want something in the middle... but I have to wait for the finish. There starts to develop a slight bitter nature, some tang of ethanol, and maybe smoke. Mostly its an earthen vanilla hit of the oak again, but for the most part it cleans out quickly leaving behind a hint of vanilla. Not awful, just not what I was expecting.

M- Medium bodied, low lingering potential, tad watery, and thin. Crisp third quarter with the carbonation, but nothing overwhelming. Just a simple beer with not too much going on.

D- I'm not impressed, but I'm not disappointed. I'm flustered. I wanted this to be better. It was my first encounter with bourbon barreling a winter warmer. It all has to do with the type of bourbon I'm betting. The base beer probably is an average example, but the bourbon really took it down a peg. Overall, I'd never suggest it out, but if you are a ticker this is worth the tick in comparison to the many other beers I've had.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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