Barrel Aged Brrrbon '12 - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged Brrrbon '12Barrel Aged Brrrbon '12

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BA SCORE
85
very good

29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BrewMakeMeFeel on 02-24-2014

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, aged in Kentucky Bourbon (are there other kinds?) barrels, and thoughtfully aged for a couple years before being released up here north of 49.

This beer pours a hazy, medium bronzed amber hue, with one finger of weakly puffy, foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some boiling seascape lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of fruity (of the white wine grape, Poire Williams, and orange Stoli sort) caramel malt, soft grainy barrel notes - astringent wood, dry vanilla, and boozy rye - faint and muddled winter seasonal spices, the only one showing its face being a hint of metallic cinnamon, and a further bit of musty, leafy dryness. The taste is still quite fruity, with some mixed cold melon essences complementing the established orange, grapefruit, and sugary lemon suspects, as well as the underlying bready caramel sweetness, which all seem to hold off the gritty Bluegrass state booze barrel character (wood, spice, vanilla, repeat) with both style, and aplomb, the blended savoury spices still underwhelming in their isolation, but enjoyable all the same.

The carbonation is pretty low-key, the frothiness of the plain and banal variety, the body a decent enough medium weight, and generally smooth, with a slight airy creaminess evolving as it warms. It finishes on the sweet side, but more from fruit than any native caramel malt or barrel-borne incursions.

A surprising version of this venerable American style of brewing, as the barrel character seems to have wilted over the intervening couple of years, ceding its influence to a rather pleasant and engaging fruitiness, one that seems to have zero problem letting the big ABV in the door, but not so much as to cause any real ruckus, y'know? Easy-drinking, tasty, lightly spiced, and warming - what else do you want in a winter bevy?

Photo of jellikit
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle.

Appearance: copper. Clear. Thin, fuzzy head. Thin lacing.
Smell: musty like an old, dusty room. Whiskey.
Taste: weird. Slightly malty, slightly hoppy. Doesn't mix well. There is a strange aftertaste. Then bourbon. Lots of bourbon.
Mouthfeel: medium low carbonation. Big body. Sweet.
Overall: didn't go over well for me. I like some of Widmer beer. I like Brr for a easy to get beer. But this is too much bourbon that doesn't blend with the beer.

Photo of BrewMakeMeFeel
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep reddish amber color, moderate carbonation and head.

Smell: Distinct wood essence from being aged in bourbon barrels, with notes of sweet malt.

Taste: Hits you with the bourbon flavor right away, giving way to smoky malt flavors and slight bitterness from hops, and ending with noticeable, lingering warm alcohol taste. Overall flavor profile reminiscent of whiskey (not surprising considering the bouroun barrel aging).

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin mouthfeel considering strength, though not watery. Smooth feel on the palate.

Overall: An interesting seasonal, very strong whiskey-like flavors and a noticeable alcohol afterburn. Bourbon flavor works well with smoky malts. An intense beer for when you're in the mood for that kind of thing; not to be taken lightly, but a good antidote for a chilly winter night.

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Barrel Aged Brrrbon '12 from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.