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Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.08/5
Exceptional
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:
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Added by Bitterbill on 05-28-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,695
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 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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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

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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

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

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

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

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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 408 ratings
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