Winter Warmer is an English Dark Ale from Rahr and Sons Brewing Company. This seasonal beer released in October. The flavors of roasted malt, toffee, chocolate, and caramel come forward first. The beer finishes with notes of dark fruits.
Poured from a 12 ounce can, Winter Warmer pours deep brown, opaque. Good carbonation leads to a thick creamy head. AS the head retreats it leaves awesome lacing. When you open Winter Warmer your nose is greeted with the aromas of warm toffee and caramel. This ale reminds me of the winter beer brewed at our local brewhouse when I lived in Friedberg, Germany.
With a high ABV (8%), this beer will sneak up on you if you are not careful. With that ABV this ale really will warm you up in winter. I look forward to finishing up these beers. I would serve this with heartier foods like stews or beef.
Winter warmers are a type of winter seasonal beer. These include old ales and mild ales that have been brewed during the winter months. Prior to the times of the Industrial Revolution in the mid-eighteenth century in England, some winter warmers were aged in barrels for months, and even years, which added to their flavor profile. The barrels were typically made from oak. During this time, tannins from the wooden barrels served to add flavor notes to winter warmers, and wild yeasts added a mild sour flavor. Winter warmers also sometimes have spices added for additional flavor and tend to be full-bodied, darker, and malt-driven styles.
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