Angry Santa
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #84
ABV:
8%
Score:
85
Ranked #27,695
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 12.04%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
36
From:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  11
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: English dark ale brewed with mulling spices - notes of fresh vanillas - cinnamon and honey - sweet and malty - tastes like a gingerbread cookie in a glass!
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 36 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L-Pours a frothy two finger head with a dark dark mahogany appearance.
S-Cinnamon apple, oats, barley, nutmeg, clove, slight honey, molasses and maple syrup at the end.
T-Cinnamon apple, nutmeg and clove, oats, malt and barley, maple syrup, interesting earthiness with a sour candied apple bite and a bitter finish. Very nice meld of flavor here.
F-Full bodied mouthfeel with a surprisingly dry finish.
O-This beer got me in the Christmas Spirit. What can I say. Will seek this one out again.

Dec 19, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

cola dark brown pours with a burnt cream colored frothy foam head with moderately high retention that leaves behind webs of lacings as it settles to a thin cap

aroma is christmas/holiday spice with resinous pine and rich bready toffee malt

follows that nose pretty much to a T; super spice blend with toffee malt and serious helping of earthy sticky resinous pine.

moderate carbonation, medium bodied; chewy, pretty smooth, finishes spiced and only slightly pine-tar-bitter

overall:
killer. this is seriously great and hit the spot. it's a chewy winter warmer that leans in on the pine and christmas spirit spice...a couple of docked points for suggesting an "extract" feel to the malt...but luckily it plays out purposefully here.

Nov 30, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a darker brown with rose highlights and a small head, soon diminishing to a ring and island. In the nose, it is Christmas spicy. In the mouth, it is the same.

Dec 31, 2019
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HardTarget from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Christmas spices noted at arm's length, a little farther actually. Some pine, with some dark malt extract supporting.

Appearance: Deep brown ruby that shines strikingly ruby with strong back light. Holds a thin murky brown cover of foam that laces.

Taste: Very spiced, pine tar, pine needles, reminds me of Anchor's Merry Christmas, very tree like. There is a full supportive base of dark malt, but I can't call it sweet, just takes a lot of the spices in.

Mouthfeel: Medium chew, slight froth, medium heavy body, medium high carbonation, oily hot finish.

Overall: This was pricey, like $5 for a can. There's a lot of malt and spice here which costs money, so I understand. Is the package worth the cost? While this is enjoyable, I don't see picking it up often, but it would make a welcome Christmas gift to myself or others.

Dec 27, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned on code of 29719, opened 12-20-19.
3/4" creamy sand colored head, excellent retention at 1/4". Dark brown core to a little lighter brown on the edges. Good thick lacing and rings decending.
Ginger, light cinnamon, nutmeg. Backing of roasted malt and brown bread. Spicy gingerbread nose.
Super spicy kick - mainly ginger dominate but there' s more to it than that. Definite gingerbread cookie flavor - cinnamon and clove. Good bit of bitterness in the finish, not 100% sure if that's spices or hop driven but it's there.
Medium body with medium to high carbonation. Long malty, spicy finish but never perceived sweet - definite plus. Some warming but not hot at all even at 8%.
Good - more enjoyable to me than I expected based on my personal preferences. It's a one per session type beer but tasty and well made.

Dec 21, 2019
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stage_master from New York

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My (late arriving) first brew for twelve days of beermas! Rich and warming, this dark and spicy ale is a great way to celebrate the season. And the 7.5% ABV keeps my winter spirits bright!

Dec 18, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, dark brown body; very thick and frothy head. Cinnamon and spice aroma; caramel; graham crackers. Tastes like snickerdoodle cookies; rather bitter; strong aftertaste. Medium-heavy body; nice residual sugar body yet finishes on the dry side.

The beer appears to hit most of the taste marks per its description. Gingerbread is an apt depiction of the taste, too. There is a rather strong aftertaste that I attribute to the cinnamon which, personally, is a bit off-putting to me. Still, on the whole, it's an agreeable seasonal beer.

Dec 15, 2019
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rarigney from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark chestnut with a nice khaki head with decent retention but minimal spotty lacing. Aroma is malty and spicy. Probably some combination of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Taste follows the nose, sweet caramel malt, vanilla, and a big dose of Christmas spices. Medium bodied and smooth, hiding the ABV well.

Dec 25, 2018
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a high sided tulip glass.

Look is a dark brown with an off white head.

Aroma is roasted molasses malt with a hint of spice.

Spice is a lot more evident in taste. Comes in like a sweet breakfast bread.

Dec 17, 2018
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark but brown when held to the light with a thumb sized with a thumb sized khaki head that leaves some potty lace behind.

Aroma is malty sweet caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger light vanilla. A good malty spicy brew like you would expect.

Taste is like the nose good malty brew loaded with spices maybe a little more so then most. Caramel malts loaded with big doses of nutmeg, then lighter doses of cinnamon, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. A pretty decent brew but pretty spicy maybe a touch to much to be great. But should sell well the can kicks ass, almost want to buy more just for the can.

Mouthfeel is big medium nice body with medium level of carbonation.

Overall not a bad little winter warmer, not much to knock it for maybe just a hair to much spice for me but enjoyable and drinkable.

Nov 24, 2018
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look: The darkest shade of brown without being actual black under a thick khaki head that doesn’t recede much, leaving random dots and small lines of lacing.

Aroma: Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, a touch of allspice immediately fill the nose over a base of roasted malts.

Taste: A toasted bread, roasty malt base allow for spices to run rampant. Cinnamon is huge, while hops finally come out in the finish with bitter, spicy wood notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry, tangy.

Overall: If you like cinnamon spices this beer is for you, the finish does leave a really tangy bitter aftertaste though.

Dec 17, 2017
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Anayalator from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Winter Warmer/Holiday brew. Aromas are hard to miss and tastes like gingerbread, clove, spices, nutmeg, and Christmas. Slightly bitter to balance it all. Malts were spot on.

Dec 14, 2017
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Pours a dark brown color with a two finger, white head that leaves two inches of lacing and lingers. Nose of caramel, cinnamon, and roasted malt. Taste is caramel malt, coffee, cinnamon, and nutmeg that is more roast than sweet. Medium body and medium carbonation.
The winter spices are there without it becoming too sweet or over-spiced. Good balance that's drinkable and hides the ABV. The best beer currently produced by Rahr & Sons.

Dec 12, 2016
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FosterJM from California

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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@TheGingerMan
Plano,TX

App- This was just like a porter/winter warmer with a deep brown color. Good density in the glass. The thing that sets this off is the cling and lace on this one. Amazing stick and dish soap cling.

Smell- A traditional winter warmer like nose. A good amount of malt and spice. Especially with the mulling spices. Slightly bitter as well. A little roasty and nutty.

Taste- I thought it was a good play on a winter warmer. A bit more of a spiced version with the mulling. I got a lot of nutmeg and the star anise on this one. A bit more malt and cream due to the hand pull. Nice flavors. Little unbalanced.

Mouth- A good body on this one. Huge creaminess with a good solid carbonation. Residual anise and a touch of cinnamon on this one.

Drink- It was good. Not sure that mullin spices are for me though. Dont really like that flavor combination.

Jan 19, 2013
Angry Santa from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 36 ratings