Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by MadeInOregon:
1.9/5 rDev -47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1
I didn't know Widmer had gotten into the barrel-aging thing until getting a 22 of this stuff as a gift. I was really looking forward to trying this one, but was extremely disappointed.
THE APPEARANCE of the Brothers' Reserve Limited Release #3 was actually pretty nice. The body looked a lot like amber-grade maple syrup (minus the thickness, of course) with a nice and thick seafoamy head. It's crystal clear with no sedimentation anywhere. I was very surprised when I poured this out because every bourbon barrel aged brew I've tried has been rather dark and this is quite light. It actually looks like straight bourbon, which is interesting for a beer.
THE SMELL is interesting too, but not in a good way. There are strong aromas of banana and bourbon but there is an equally strong vinegar smell too. Honestly, this smells like bourbon and pickles. The balance is totally in favor of the bourbon. I should've taken this as a warning.
THE TASTE that first hit my mouth was also bourbon and pickles then progressing to hops, but finishing in bourbon whiskey. It is actually hard to tell if the bitter finish is from the hops or the bourbon, but I would guess it is the bourbon because that overwhelms and dominates everything else. Any beer-like qualities have been beaten into submission by the bourbon. Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon: that's all I'm tasting from start to finish. In this regard, I suppose that's pure genius on the part of Widmer; if they wanted a beer to taste like bourbon they have succeeded 100%! However, calling this a "winter warmer" only strengthens my sentiment that this style can really mean whatever the heck you want it to mean: dark, light, sweet, sour, strong, smooth, whatever. I would never classify this as a winter warmer.
THE FEEL is "meh". Feels nice because of the carbonation and alcohol, but nothing really interesting or great.
CONCLUSION: This is truly the most unique bourbon barrel-aged beer I've tried. But in short, if you like bourbon, just go buy some actual bourbon because it'll be cheaper than the Barrel Aged Brrrbon and probably taste better. This just tastes like bad bourbon and even worse beer. It is totally undrinkable unless you are bourbon fiend. Balance is just non-existant. Glad I tried it, but never again.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2011 00:59:16 | More by MadeInOregon
More User Reviews:
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 ounce bottle into snifter; 2012 vintage, bottled on 8/28/2012. Pours fairly clear reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, pear, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, floral, grass, slight pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, pear, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, floral, grass, slight pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, floral, grass, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and moderate robustness of dark malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate hop flavors; with a nice malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice barrel aged strong ale. Good balance and complexity of malt, barrel, and light-moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 00:45:48 | More by superspak
2.93/5 rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
This is one of the few times I'm going to agree with the rating as spot on. About an 80% overall score for this one. I've had my fair share of bourbon aged beers and this falls short in so many ways. First of all it's not a stout so don't expect one. It pour s a medium transparent brown color not a lot of carbonation in the liquid nor head on top. Sweet bouquet where I pick up some notes of oats and barley. The initial sip is watery. Doesn't seem like a 9%+ abv beer. Not much flavor lingers on the tounge and almost no taste of bourbon. All hype and no deliver. Too much bark and not enough bite for this beer. Seems like I paid $13 simply for the wax they put on the top of the bottle.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2014 00:52:23 | More by Ryanm1
Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.