Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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4.08/5
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421 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:
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Added by Bitterbill on 05-28-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,922
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
421
pDev:
12.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
99
Gots:
144
Trade:
10
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Ratings: 421 |  Reviews: 115
Photo of benros222
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Sparky44
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Neeros
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this brew at a local pub. An acquaintance of mine was drinking it. I thought he was drinking a cola. I was looking for something different. Wow, is all I can say about this beer. The color is dark, like a stout. The flavor is semi-sweet, with a hint of bitterness. A bit of chocolate and vanilla, with the oak. You can taste a great whiskey in it, without the burn, in combination with being a beer. I was perplexed, but fascinated. Great beer. This will be my go to beer every winter.

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Photo of acashk
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeSR
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth, taste is not overbearing, clean finish.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark mahoghany color, a finger of tan foam and sticky halo of lacing.
Aroma is somewhat nondescript, vanilla and yeast, lightly sweet nutty malt.
Smooth and rounded feel, fairly light bodied with a little bit of stickiness.
Vanilla and oak, nutmeg and toasted almonds. Corn whiskey sweetness in the warming aftertaste. Mellow and tasty, a great winter warmer that has some nice barrel characteristics and isn’t overspiced. Good holiday beer.

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Photo of GenoMcCoy
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

This one pours a very dark brown, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells pretty distinctly barleywine-esque, with lots of vanilla and a little coconut, with fruitcake, caramel, toffee, and a little chocolate.

This deserves the top spot for Winter Warmers on this site- it's honestly awesome. There's spicy rye bread, fruitcake, vanilla, oak, bourbon, coconut, and vague spicing. There's lot of malty caramel and toffee, too. There's barely any booziness to it.

This is creamy and rich, with a full body, and a good level of carbonation for the style.

I expected this to be tasty, but I didn't expect it to be one of the best beers I've had lately. It is excellent stuff.

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Photo of rarigney
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a ballon glass.

Look: Black body under a light cream colored head that recedes to a collar and wisp over the center. Thick bands of lacing.

Aroma: Bourbon barrel wood, vanilla, oak, sugar.

Taste: Bourbon aged wood, oak, vanilla bean, tart cherry.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as silk, boozy, hot.

Overall: Couldn’t taste much more than bourbon barrel and vanilla but isn’t that the damn point? Quality sipper.

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Photo of Brian1357
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 421 ratings