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Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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227 Reviews
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Reviews: 227
Hads: 562
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 19
Gots: 132 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BarrytheBear on 09-24-2010

Bitterness: 40 IBU
Alcohol by Volume: 9.4% ABV
Original Gravity: 20° PLATO

Released: September 2010
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Reviews: 227 | Hads: 562
Photo of ronniebruner
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything told me that this would be a great and amazing brew. At $10.99 for a 22oz bottle, it had better be! Widmer is the only American brand in which Id risk this purchase, but wow! Widmer has outdone themselves again! This is by far the best new beer I have tried in a long time. This beer pours a beautiful dark amber color. The aroma of the bourbon barrels mixes well with the light citrus and vanilla aromatics. There is little head, no carbonation, and the perfect taste. If there ever was beer perfection, this is it! (527 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerBarney
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brrrbon is amazing. This is why I love barrel age beer and think bourbon barrels are probably my favorite after having tried a variety. I am not a bourbon drinker but something about the way the flavor of the spirit compliments the flavor profile of the imperial red brrr really hits the spot. The nose and the first sip of the beer are the absolute best because your pallet is overwhelmed with all of the flavors. A little pricey but anytime you age something that'll run up the cost. Cheers! (493 characters)

Photo of LazyL
4.74/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As the bartender slid the snifter glass across the bar I was to say the least a little excited. Held up against the light, a very nice briliant amber and small creamy head. So far so good. But then to the nose and I was taken aback. The smooth bourbon and oak notes are intoxicating. Then to the taste and my mind swirled. So balanced, so smooth, so easy to drink. Every sip was wonderful and it wasnt until I got outside into the fresh air did I feel the alcohal. Best beer I have tried in along time. I bought a bomber to cellar, but I dont know if that plan will work out as every time I see the bottle on the shelf I want to crack it and experiance that again. (664 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.7/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful clear, caramel color with a nice topping of foam.
citrus aroma, some pine.
caramel front, pine-y hop flavor as it slides past the middle, and clean and refreshing finish. doesnt taste like there is alcohol in here, yet it says 9.4% abv
overall, i really like this. i like this 'alternate' version of the previous brrr i tasted and the bourbon barrel flavor goes hand in hand with the hops and 'pine'. this really is a great brew. however, i am not sure we are all reviwing the same beer, are we? my bottle says '12 and yet the reviews go all the way back to 2010. this appears to be an annual product and i noticed there was an '11 version also. the brewery's website even advertises the '11, but not the '12.... confusion, but who cares? darn fine product in my hands. and since i still dont know if aliens exist, i suppose i can live without knowing whether this review should be for a '12 . . . . but i gave the taste part a 5. this is an awesome job of producing beer. 9.4%....even... (998 characters)

Photo of JoePat
4.55/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours an clean and clear amber/brown with a thick pale head that leave a lot of lacing on the glass.

I get a lot of cascade like citrusy/piney hops dominating the aroma with only slight notes of bourbon.

The flavor in this beer is very well balance and I only get slight hint of each (hops, malt, bourbon, barrel from most to least). It is almost like all four of these flavor combine in to one continuous flavor.

The mouthfeel is silky and smooth coating your mouth with each sip but fading quickly so you just want more.

A dangerously drinkable beer at 9.4% but drinking like a 4-5% beer. Extremely clean and blanced. It's a good thing I only have one. (669 characters)

Photo of JHS123
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Seasonal BARREL AGED BRRRBON is an amazing beer, enjoyed it today at the Foodie Festival in Westport CT. Its one of the more impressive offerings from one of the most impressive craft brewers nationwide. One of the highlights of an event that featured a diverse variety from Widmer, BluePoint, Goose Island, Southern Tier and a host of locals.

Widmer Brothers states: FOLLOWING THE INITIAL BREWING PROCESS OF BRRR, THE BEER WAS GIVEN A FRESH CHARGE OF HOPS DURING SECONDARY FERMENTATION AND THEN PUT INTO KENTUCKY BOURBON BARRELS AND AGED FOR FOUR MONTHS. AFTER BARREL AGING, THE BEER WAS ALLOWED A TERTIARY FERMENTATION FOR FINAL CONDITIONING BEFORE RELEASE.

22oz bottle.

Nice auburn copper pour.
Frothy with sweet smell reminiscent of oak with vanilla. Little bourbon smell mild not overpowering. Texture is slick with taste of sweetness coupled with some alcohol but not negative. Solid hops composition with a little bit of a burnt earthy smell and feel. Finishes spicy like the Falconer IPA but not as hoppy just peppery smoothness. Really enjoy the texture and taste of this beer. There's essentially no cloying bitterness as its nicely hopped but maintains a 40 IBU and its potent at 9%.

It's not hot like a bourbon but if you don't like bourbon or whiskey you probably won't like this but I highly recommend it as one of my favorites from Widmer where I think the SXNW and the Pitch Black and the Falconer IPA are spectacular. (1,445 characters)

Photo of eschultz
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fall 2010 Barrel Aged Brrrbon #3

Appearance:
Clear amber color with a tall two finger tan head

Aroma:
Crisp, slightly hoppy and citrusy with a hint of vanilla

Taste:
Creamy, vanilla front with a slight hoppy/fruitiness and a nice carmel finish

Mouthfeel:
Very smooth bodied and a very light carbonation

Opinion: Very nice smooth beer. Not to strong of flavors but a nice balance of an aged winter warmer and bourbon. Nice beer for a relaxing evening (459 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma has a decided overtone of bourbon-soaked wood, as well as fruity and malty tones. It pours a beautiful clear golden amber with a decent light golden tan head. Flavor has a strong woody bourbon overtone, which dominates the flavor but still lets through malt and apple/pear notes, plus just a hint of caramel. Smooth texture has slightly above average body and quite a bit of fizz, leaving a tingly, woody finish. This is a bold beer for bold people. (462 characters)

Photo of spree92
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LazyL for cracking this open on championship Sunday.

Pours a dark amber. Not much of head and little little lacing.

WOW, what an aroma. A nice velvety bourbon flavor that melts in my mouth.

I've ahad a couple brews already, so my review may not be complete, but I know this is a top quality beer. (310 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a murky amber with a nice light tan head that fades to a small layer leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is sweet caramel, oak, and malt with a tiny bit of hops in the background.

T: Starts off with a huge wave of caramel which develops into a sweet vanilla and bready malt backbone with the smallest tinge of hops to balance things out on the finish. This reminds me of beers like Nemesis 2009 and Insanity...sweet but not cloying.

M: The feel is creamy and medium-full bodied. Not overly carbonated and not flat...just right.

D: The alcohol is hidden well for a 9% beer and I wouldn't hesitate to have this again.

Don't let the bad reviews fool you...this actually a well done barrel aged beer if you like things like Nemesis 2009 and Weyerbacher Insanity. (814 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I confess I have not been a huge fan of this beer in the past, but the recent version (sampled on tap at Growler Nations last night) was flat out outstanding. The current version seemed to have a lot more bourbon, which blende well with the underlying, fairly sweet base beer. There was a lot of vanilla and brown sugar as well, with the beer reminding me more of a barleywine or old ale. Alcohol was very well integrated into the flavor profile, and the beer was very soft, smooth and long on the palate. Had no problem drinking my 8 ounce pour, and was tempted to get another (but there were other beers on offer that required my attention).

Nice effort from the folks at Widmer. (688 characters)

Photo of khensley
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Red in color, spider web lacing, faint rings per sip.

Smells like black liquorish in the woods.

Sweet front of tongue, intriguing bubble-gum/mike and ike's type of finish. Intriguing transition from sweet, to tart, to bitter in the back of the throat. Very sophisticated profile of flavor. Alcohol content is masked in the myriad of flavors that present themselves. A truly one of a kind flavor, which makes this beer worth sampling.

Big enough to fill the mouth, but not too big to be chewy. A bit undefined in the tongue tickle, but not so much than I mind.

I'm taken back to my days of a bourbon aficionado, when I drank too much whisky and coke. This beer tastes as close to whisky and coke as I could possible imagine. I love whisky and coke! Never saw this coming. How did they do it? A whole new category of beer. Try it, at least for the sake of sampling a one of a kind beer!! (890 characters)

Photo of srhoadsy
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottling. Served slightly chilled into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy copper color with very slight head and no lacing.

Strong aromas of caramelized sugars, dried fruit and vanilla.

Flavors of caramelized sugar, candied citrus peel, toasted coconut with a touch of booze.

Medium to heavy bodied with a surprisingly crisp finish on the tongue. Mild and sweet aftertaste with just a hint of alcohol burn.

Surprised at some of the lower scores on this one. Maybe the aging helped this one immensely, but I can definitely say this was one of the better beers I've had in a while. Kicking myself for not having cellared several more bottles of this. (649 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is sweet and oaky. Smells heavenly.

Pours clear dark honey color with massive head. Looks quite good.

Flavor follows nose and is indeed highly oaky. I love a good stiff oak in a beer. Dark malt base with dried fruits. Fairly thin body with soft carbonation. Tastes good. Feels pretty good. Great drinkability.

Nicely oaky. Well played Widmer. (350 characters)

Photo of begforme4484
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears light brown with a orange hue. Decent head.

Smell, you get a definite hint of sweetness.

Taste was very mellow. Reminded me of some better scotch ales. Mellow up front, with more to offer towards the end of the sip.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

If it weren't so damned expensive, I'd buy up the stock in the area. But it was on tap, which made it much more attractive to me. (395 characters)

Photo of DavidST
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet, bottled in Oct 2010. This pours a hazy tea color with a very small short lived bad. The smells are of toffee and caramel malts with a little bourbon. Feel is medium to thick with a little extra carbonation. The taste is pretty good, more bourbon taste than I expected with the smell, along with the load of malts, pretty great stuff. (375 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ultra-clear, deep copper in color, with a very slim head, this beer has a boozy, malty aroma. Some woody, smoky aroma, but very distant. Vinous, semi-sweet, warming, and malty. The beer has a distinct vanilla flavor. Mouth-filling, smooth, and very enjoyable. This is surely a sipping beer. Solid bitterness, but hop-restrained. The beer becomes more enjoyable and intriguing throughout the bottle. Very good. (409 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 version

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt orange with an inch of foam; rather nice bit of splashy lace

Smell: Toast, caramel, pine, vanilla and a moderate Bourbon aroma

Taste: Caramel and toast, with a developing pine character in the middle; at the same time, the Bourbon and vanilla elements also build; more Bourbon, after the swallow, but the base beer flavors balance out the whiskey; not very boozy, despite the ABV

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Reading through the reviews, I wonder whether the recipe may have changed here as I found this beer to be extremely well-balanced, with a very deft handling of the Bourbon in a way that really complements the base beer (714 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden amber color with a one-finger tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Some caramel sweetness.

T - It tasted strongly of vanilla, oak, bourbon and caramel. There was a touch of toffee.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty barrel aged winter warmer. I liked the regular version of Brrr, but this is even better. (494 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a tulip glass pours a crisp copper with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a nice amount of Bourbon in front of caramel malts and mild spice. The taste is a nice smooth blend of caramel malts, Bourbon, oak, vanilla and cinnamon. The beer is medium bodied with mild alcohol, but it's still quite smooth. This is a very enjoyable Bourbon aged beer, I plan on aging the bottle I have at home. (405 characters)

Photo of StogiesandBrews
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle in an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Reddish-orange. Clear. Little carbonation, minimal head. Not a lot of lacing.

Aroma: Bourbon and malt. Smells like some one dumped an ale into a bourbon bottle. I like it though. I figure that was the intention.

Taste: Like the smell, Bourbon and Malt. Not a lot of malt though, but those are the main flavors. It's the best bourbon aged beer I've had to date. Pairing with a Nub Conneticut cigar (which is creamy) is perfect. This is the beer to pair with a cigar. Very nice. It's pretty boozy, but that compliments the bourbon flavor nicely. Tastes like a shot of bourbon with a shot of beer.

Mouthfeel: Nothing to write home about. It's kind of dry, but not like bourbon is.

Overall: It's what I expected. Pretty good. It's great to pair with a cigar. I would love to get it solely for that purpose. Not for the $15 price tag I see everywhere though. I would struggle to spend $9 on it but that seems more reasonable. Good, but overpriced. I would suggest trying it once if you have some extra money in the winter when it comes out. (1,107 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers Reserve Barrel Aged Brrrbon

Appearance: dark red, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: bourbon sweetness with a floral maltiness.

Taste: bourbon sweetness and malted faint hop.

Mouthfeel: medium and rich.

Overall:
This has a great aroma and a nice taste. It has that bourbon sweetness. (308 characters)

Photo of DanOLeary
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Fresh white oak, if there is such a thing. I say fresh and white because the wood character comes off the top edgy and young. Second to the oak you'll find Bourbon notes and alcohol, with the Bourbon slightly winning over. No hop aroma, little to no malt in the nose either. There is an underlying 'rust' aroma, and I don't mean to imply Metallic. Simply an earthy blend of wood and alcohol.

Appearance: The lightest brown to mahogany red with crystal clarity. Head is but a trace of an off-white ring at the edge of the glass. Touches of lacing here and there.

Flavor: Sweet toasted bread malt with the expected wooded bourbon quickly following up the malt. These two flavors dominate the palate, while black pepper, some clove and all-spice blend into the mix. Finish is biting from the bourbon, but the malt sweetness hangs on.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation. The carbonation is similar to cask conditioned ales, with only the slightest presence. 9.4% Alcohol hits the back of the throat in the finish

Overall: There is a welcoming Winter Brew character to this beer that fits the season nicely. The Bourbon oak aroma is like sticking your nose in a freshly toasted oak barrel. Typically I find oak aged beers have a deeper wood presence, but the barrel aging here tells of youthful oak. Personally I enjoy the change, but some will find the wood to be too 'green' I imagine. (1,406 characters)

Photo of DRyan
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Nov 2011, had 7/23/12

A: Dark Reddish orange with thin white head that slowly dissipates and laces nicely
S: Malt and whiskey and almost a tiny citrus underscent
T: Forefront is malt, middle of the tasting has a distinct bitter almost sour feel, and the end of the taste is all bourbon and warming alcohol
M: Thin and smooth. Very light carbonation.
D: Definitely a sipper, not a chugger. The alcohol is very apparent (probably because of the bourbon smell), so this lends its self to slow enjoyment. (509 characters)

Photo of ByTor2112
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sincerest thanks to my friends in Portland: Dick and Rosario for this wonderful gift of beer!

Pours the color of iced tea, check that, it actually looks like bourbon whisky. A thin layer of beige foam forms and then fades leaving a few spots of tightly packed bubbles. Carbonation is still active with small bubbles still rising.
Aroma-Malty, dried fruit and a very nice sweet, booziness that obviously smells like bourbon. The overall maltiness is very reminiscent of an English barleywine.
Mouthfeel-Medium carbonation delivers a quick hoppy bitterness.This is immediately overcome by the sweet malt and it transitions to a wonderful bourbon flavor. There is a bitterness that lingers in the back on the finish, but I am left with a sweet lower-proof bourbon flavor. A froth on the palate gets the alcohol warmed up and some mild oaky barrel flavors emerge. If you can envision a pefect combo of a beer mixed with bourbon this ale hits the spot. I like the subtle oak flavors and the sweet bourbon flavors are pleasing to me. I am big bourbon fan so this was a great brew to try. Cheers to Widmer Brothers on this special release. (1,133 characters)

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Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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