I thought it fitting for my New Year's Eve beer to be from Texas, as well as local. So tonight I am having a Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Warmer, Dark Winter Ale, from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company. 1 pint, 6 ounce bottle. It is listed in different places from 8-8.5% ABV. The regular Winter Warmer is 8.5%
This beer poured with a small, tan colored head. Beer color is a very dark reddish brown; when held up to the light, a very small amount of light shines through. There is still a lot of chocolate to the aroma, but there is a little booziness underneath from the bourbon. A little vanilla. The taste again has the chocolate and roasted malt, but this time is smoother, and the bitterness is replaced with obvious notes of bourbon. The aftertaste primarily leaves you with some of the bourbon. Somewhat warming, but very soothingly so. Overall, very tasty and hard to imagine a better beer to ring in the New Year.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Fort Worth, Texas