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:
408
Reviews:
111
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
Wants:
98
Gots:
141
For Trade:
10
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ElCommodoro
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer is hella-mazing. It smells like scotch. Seriously, I smelled it and couldn't figure out how to describe what I was smelling except, "whiskey?" It's got a pervasive smoked peat flavour and a real whiskey-like flavour despite the relatively low alcohol content. I don't know how it attains that flavour and bite at under 9% ABV. But it does an amazing job of it. Besides the peaty, woody, whiskey flavour, there's a character of overall sweetness and maltiness. Roasted malt and maybe a little bit of chocolate malt can be detected. This tastes to me like an exceptional Scotch ale, which certainly makes a nice winter warmer in my opinion. Very musty, very warm, and overall whiskey flavour. Yummm

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Photo of jaminjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jbdaves72
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of chanokokoro
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an unbranded snifter

Pours a murky dark amber capped by a fluffy two finger khaki head. Some light lacing is evident, slightly above average retention. Caramel, toffee, light oaky notes, and some faint bourbon accents on the nose. Caramel, almond, toffee, coconut, vanilla, some light cocoa power and hints of chocolate maltiness . Finishes with toasted oak and gentle warm bourbon booziness. Heavy medium body to lighter full body. Creamy, smooth and silky. I tend to enjoy unspiced, more traditonal winter warmers. This brew fits the bill and the bourbon barrel is an added plus.

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Photo of BG83
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of wogreen
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Woodee
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of JeffSuttonTX
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of adkieffer
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of hash_tagger
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jealousmonk
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of johndonor3
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of wtkphoto
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of baybum
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of chaseabeer
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of tjkinate
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour yields a couple fingers of khaki head on a opaque brown and red body.

Big dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, and oaky coconut goodness.

The flavor brings forth notes of dark fruit, caramel sweetness, light bourbon, and barrel character.

Light carbonation, medium bodied and super smooth.

So sad I've skipped over this before due to being a Rahr beer. This beer rules.

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Photo of phishbone23
2/5  rDev -51%

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

I got this on tap at The Gingerman's in Fort Worth. This might be what the Greek's were talking about when they wrote about the God's Ambrosia. If you have access to this hidden gem, you should grab as much as you can find. I hear you can get it in 22 oz bottles at Central Market in Dallas if you get a chance to go.

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Photo of LITTLESTHOBOUK
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very hearty Winter Warmer, on the cusp of porter/stout. Full chocolate and bourbon attack on the nose, yet, sadly not quite reaching the same level of assault on the tongue, however, it is still worthy of full recommendation from this particular reviewer. I must admit to being a little biased as this is one of my local brewers, but, this fact notwithstanding, Rahr and Sons has a great team and consistently attempt to push the boundaries.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 408 ratings.
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