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

Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series)Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series)

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BA SCORE
82
good

491 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%


Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bitterness: 40 IBU
Alcohol by Volume: 9.4% ABV
Original Gravity: 20° PLATO

Released: September 2010

(Beer added by: BarrytheBear on 09-24-2010)
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MadeInOregon

California

1.9/5  rDev -47.2%
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
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

1.95/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bomber Date Stamped 8/30/10
Pours a murky rusty copper color with residual head. Aroma is super saturated with bourbon wood and very rarely wisps of wood-extracted vanillins. Can't smell any malt at all. Taste is way too filled with tannins. I think my tongue is being turned into leather, because I start tasting leather on top of the overwhelming tannins. This brew has NOT cellared well at all. The malt and hops are obliterated. All I have left is the distinct impression and mouthfeel of gnawing on a dusty old doggy rawhide chew toy and than chewing my way through an entire oak tree. :(
It was pretty good (B grade) when I tasted fresh, but damn, the speed with which this one fell apart in the basement is startling.
The second drain pour I have ever had to do, and documented because even the cellaring mistakes are important to learn from (and not repeat)

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 18:03:12 | More by WastingFreetime
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The name on this one does not really give me high hopes, but let's give it a go.

A - Brownish yellow color with a finger of off-white head. Little bit of red on the edges, quick dissipation with nothing left on the sides. A little ugly, but probably fine by winter warmer standards.

B - Kind of a hodgepodge of spices, some hops, big malts, and vanilla all mixed together and then dumped into a bourbon barrel. Pretty harsh bourbon on the nose (or perhaps I should say brrbon).

T - Vanilla, bourbon, some bittering hops, and surprisingly muted winter spices, although this is mostly because the much too harsh bourbon is beating everything else in this beer senseless. Not a winter warmer fan, and this one is not changing my mind, doesn't taste very good.

M - Almost full bodied, healthy carbonation. The carbonation only adds to the harshness that is this beer.

D - This beer was pretty bad, hard to drink, and I would not drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 15:49:17 | More by AgentZero
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zachary80

Indiana

2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Average looking white head, diminishes but leaves good lacing. Body is clear, a amber/brown color.

Smell is strange. Light maltiness, some unknown fruity aroma (orange, peach?). Some spiciness, maybe something floral too. Whatever hops were used don't have much of a presence.

Flavor shows just a touch of bourbon, very disappointing for being a -bal beer called Brrrbon. Somewhat sweet, a little spicy.

Body is too thin, especially for the style.

Overall it's very drinkable for the abv, but not that enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 04:20:09 | More by zachary80
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harrymel

Washington

2.42/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasting @ huck's. Bottled 08.2010

A: Honey with a drop of blood orange in it - that's the color. Excellent clarity with a small, single finger of loosely packed light latte head which dissipates nearly immediately. Left with necklace of the same. Little lacing.

S: Candied pecans, maple syrup, bourbon, malts, smells quite sweet. Not nearly as boozy as six months ago.

T: Apples, booze, booze. Still dominated by the barrel here. Caramel malts. All pretty watered down IMO.

M: watery. Low carbonation. This has lost a tone of body in the last few months. Too bad.

O: This beer is drinkable, but the overall craftsmanship for a BBA is lacking IMO. The vanillla tones aren't there, oak tones gone, absent body, still very boozy.

From notes verbatim on 10/28/10

A: Deep cherry ale with small whipped egg white bubbles. Dull clarity. Good head.

S: Cloves, allspice atop a sweet bread nose. Unimpressive.

T: Cherry, wood, Rye bread, still really hot for the ABV.

M: Nice carb feel, not too much bubbles. Numbs the tongue.

D: Needs plenty of time in the bottle. They shouldn't have released this yet. Too young.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 21:33:00 | More by harrymel
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MidasAg

Washington

2.45/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I really can't add much that hasn't already been said.

A-Nice reddish/orange color, not much of a head to it.
S- Sweet smell,Cant really get much else
T- Irish red taste to it, with a slight bourbon taste, but not much.
M- Sticky thick mouth feel, not in a good way
D- Not great, and not sure what you would want to drink this with. To me drinkability is wanting to drink this beer with something to eat, or even drink on its one. Not so here.

I've had bourbon barrele beer before, and it was phenomenal. I've had other Widmer Brother's brews that were great. This one is simply average, and for the price, would not recommend, or buy again. Only reason I'm still drinking is I don't want to waste $10 worth of beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 03:34:41 | More by MidasAg
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StielBier

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter.

Very disappointed.

Poured a rich off-white head that, within seconds all but disappeared.

Immediate smell of toffee/caramel with a hint of chocolate that quickly fades.

The flavor has a hint of wood and a sweet malty undertone. The flavor quickly fades leaving a slight bitterness behind.

Puts a light coating on the mouth that quickly turns to water and fades away.

I had such high hopes for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 04:08:28 | More by StielBier
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SolomonGrundy

California

2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cold and rainy, so what's better than this, right (ok a bunch of things, but you get the point)...

Pours a ruddy amber with a quickly-disappearing finger of soapy head. This settles into a rim of persistent bubbles and leaves very little lacing. Very little carbonation. Nose sure does carry bourbon whiskey, that's for certain. It's very nice...A certain sweetness in the nose too, so I suspect this'll be very alcoholic (9.4% ABV actually) and probably bitter. Flavor is characterized by bourbon, malt and brown sugar. Extremely robust. Most will not be able to handle it. It's like Jack Daniels fell on top of a keg of beer and it exploded into your face...The two flavors seem to compete more than they mesh. One moment, it's like a nice barleywine, the next like a glass of JD.These two flavors wrestle with each other until the finish, which is heavily whiskey-soaked, and bitter from some hops and alcohol. This is a big beer for big beer lovers. If I had to attach this beer to a popular Internetz girl, I'd equate it to Jordan (fka Katie Price) - enormous upfront, but it's more nuture than nature, if you get the drift, and it's kind of a mess. Insanely expensive at $10.99/bomber.

What I like most: The bourbon soaked aroma.

What I like least: the price and competeing flavor profile.

Verdict: crazy, alcoholic and fun (like Jordan) but not worth it.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 21:22:44 | More by SolomonGrundy
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djmichaelk

Florida

2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a pale amber, with a finger or so of off-white head. It recedes to a slim ring around the glass, with little lacing.

S - Bourbon and vanilla, a bit of spice, and more hops than I had expected. The bourbon gets very strong as it warms. It's fairly bitter, but not in a bad way.

T - Vanilla extract, bourbon, some oak, and a touch of hoppy bitterness. Some moments I enjoy it, and other moments the flavor seems thin and bitter. I like the individual components but they're not meshing in a pleasant way.

M - Decent carbonation, reasonably full mouthfeel. Nice and creamy but thinner than I'd like.

D - The abv is par for the course, and it definitely warms, but the flavors aren't doing it for me. One and done.

O - For the price, there are many, many beers that are better than this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 00:53:28 | More by djmichaelk
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beertunes

Washington

2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into 16oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear amber, with just a thin cap of off-white head that had low retention and minimal lacing.

There was some bourbon notes upfront in the aroma, with mere traces of malt and hops behind it. The flavor was equally meh. The barrel gives it the dominant bourbon taste, but otherwise this is just kinda OK.

The body was a bit too thin. Drinkability was OK, but I don't think I'll want more than this one 22. Overall, not a "bad" beer, just a boring one. Try it if you want, but I think your time will be better spent elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 04:06:41 | More by beertunes
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champ103

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy amber/reddish color. A one finger white head forms at first, and recedes in a second. No lace to speak of.
S: Plenty of burning right of the bat. Some harsh nondescript whiskey, alcohol. Sweet malt, maybe some hops, and light vanilla.
T: Sweet malt, fusel alcohol, vanilla. Not much going on.
M/D: A much lighter body than I was expecting. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. Though it is just to thin. To much fusel alcohol, and nothing else to keep me interested.

A disappointment. No nuance, nothing is incorporated well, and just not very interesting. Widmer just jumped on the barrel aged band wagon here without any thought of the end product. I would not recommended this.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 22:19:43 | More by champ103
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tut2528

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass

S: hops and malt dominate the aromas, there's also some fruits present mainly apples and cherries. there is a slight burn of alcohol.

T: very bold bourbon and very strong alcohol. There is a quick taste of sweetness from the fruits described above and hops but almost all aspects are ruined by the intense alcohol character.

Now I know why this one hasn't moved off the shelves. Very disappointing. Everything seems off.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 04:21:24 | More by tut2528
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bum732

Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

S: Bourbon, toasted oak, some caramel sweetness, vanilla, an earthy note, strange.

L: Hazy dark amber, carbonated head that dissipates.

T: Bourbon up front with an almost dark breadiness. Very toasted bread crumb like. Medium low bitterness with some coffee. Finishes with an unpleasant bitter note, semi-dry. Some oak as it warms.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, some alcohol heat.

Kind of strange, i don't think it really works bourbon aging this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 03:14:48 | More by bum732
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budgood1

Minnesota

2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out of the 22 ounce bomber a clear but darker shade of mahogany. a very thin head and sparse lace. bourbon nose...very light with a malty sweetness accentuated by some noticeable citric hopping. taste is a boozy snooze fest of high ABV amber ale like qualities with corn whiskey nuances and wooden notes. not sure if the booze flavours are from the barrel aging or the 9.4% ABV. some bitterness leads to an off putting aftertaste. light bodied for an ale of this sort. uneven mouthfeel. uninspired finish. something isn't working here. drinkability is only acceptable for the fact it's winter and this high ABV barrel aged ale has some definite warming qualities to it.

wow...how disappointed am i?? this is not a good beer and for the price i am doubly disappointed. not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 23:08:22 | More by budgood1
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mjsheehan08

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark, burnt orange that is kind of tough to see through. Minimal head and some pretty decent lacing. 

Smells like straight bourbon. Some earthy wood notes appear in the nose, which overpower some mild floral citrusy smells. 

Taste follows alot of the nose. The primary flavors in this brew are heavy bourbon. Like, alot of bourbon. I only have one bottle of it and I wish I had left it sit for another year. There is some sweetness in finish which feels like caramel. Little to no hop bitterness presences, but there is some mild floral and citrusy presense. 

Little to no carbonation in the feel, and I honestly am having trouble finishing this bottle. 

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 03:20:03 | More by mjsheehan08
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PBoegel

New York

2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bomber poured into a Brooklyn Tulip Snifter.

On pour this beer looked rather appealing, though lighter than I anticipated in color. It was really a cooperish red tone body with a very fluffy cream white colored head which showed some lacing. Unfortunately that is about the best this beer got.

Aroma, bourbon. A little more bourbon. Some bourbon and for good measure bourbon. Modest oak tannins and very very faint maltiness with a touch of earthy hops. Now to be sure, the bourbon was no offensively hot or irritating it simply dominated the aroma characteristics too much.

The taste profile was more of the same, but the beer showed a substantial pleasant bitterness in the finish. The flavor though was bourbon upfront, with some hints of oak wood tannins. The middle was bourbon with a touch of caramel sweetness and the finish was warm and bourbon dominate on the tongue. The overall alcohol notes were again not unpleasant or harsh, but simply too one dimensional.

The mouthfeel was somewhat thin, woody, and the lingering bourbon note from beginning to end did not help. Finish was very dry and the carbonation was medium.

Not very drinkable due to the one dimensional nature of the flavor and aroma. Not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 16:44:14 | More by PBoegel
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illidurit

California

2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at the December Santa Cruz tasting. Pours dark brown with a khaki head. Strong bourbony aroma with a watery caramel bourbon flavor. Very thin and quite the letdown after the adequate aroma. Candied, sweet, boozy, thin, with a short finish. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 09:52:50 | More by illidurit
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ktrillionaire

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ale and Witch

A - It pours a shiny and translucent auburn-mahogany with a cute little foam cap; it is all too tidy for a -bal IMHO.

S - The nose is best summarized as a whiff of whiskey atop a beer that is most akin to a watery cream soda. Never having had Brrr, I cannot comment on relative differences between base and -bal, but it seems like a mellow barrel and a bland beer mated. Still, relative to all beers it smells like middle-of-the-pack.

T - The olfactory is the same as the gustatory, except that the blandness is increased. There is some basic oak, cracker-y malt, diacetyl butteriness, and some vanilla sweetness. Again, cream soda is apt as a parallel.

M - Mehhh. Kinda weak.

D - Easily drinkable, just really not worth seeking out. Or paying MSRP, either, if you will.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2011 02:40:25 | More by ktrillionaire
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
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
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Bendurgin

Maine

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing this from notes that I took a while back Poured this into a pint glass. This one pours with an amber body with ruby highlights. Not much head on this, just a thin layer of off white foam that doesn't retain.

Toasty malts and syrupy toffee with a dark raisin aroma to round it out. Kind of a spicy cinnamon aroma in the background. Really only a faint hint of bourbon. Kind of a toasty flavor with a weak caramel finish and kind of an overly ripe boozey dark fruit flavor. Just a bit of bourbon. Honestly, the taste was a bit medicinal.

Medium sticky body on this with soft carbonation. Overall, this was a bit of a let down. I didn't care for it. I wonder how the regular version is though.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 03:58:16 | More by Bendurgin
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Sunhunters

California

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: Widmer Brothers Brrrbon '11 -- 22oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance (3.0): Two-finger, eager head when poured into pint. Very active - lots of cratering. Receded quickly, leaving heavy lacing around glass. Very thin head still coats beer a minute later, but is insubstantial in the center, and barely-there along the edge. Bright copper, it's surprisingly translucent when held up to the light. I was expecting a heavier looking beer.

Smell (2.5): Sour-mash bourbon. Not sweet like Basil Hayden's, but rather funky and pungent like Jack Daniel's. A little hint of oatmeal-raisin cookies and bran flakes. Right at the very end of the aroma there's something vaguely metallic and salty - almost like a very faint hint of raw oyster and wet sand.

Taste (3.0): Bourbon and oak dominate the flavor, with a dose of dark Myer's rum. Despite the fully boozy flavor, the beer goes down smooth with little residual heat. The alcohol itself is very well masked, hiding under a thick blanket of brown sugar oatmeal and black strap molasses. Delicate hints of spice - especially nutmeg - are present, but fleeting and underdone. Long after the swallow, there is a bit of soy/ponzu flavor that lingers, reminding me of the salty, metallic note I got at the tail end of the bouquet. Altogether, generally pleasant and satisfying, but nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Full and round. Creamy with a well balanced carbonation. Dries the mouth out a bit well after the swallow. Thicker on the palate than it appears in the glass. Fairly pleasant, with a lingering buttery-ness on the center of the tongue.

Overall (3.0): A drinkable beer, that I would enjoy at someone else's expense again, but probably won't spend $11 on again myself. I had been considering putting a few of these in the cellar to see how they age, but after trying it, decided against it. I think my money will be better spent on other offerings in this category. Still, a palatable brew that gets the job done.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 07:11:25 | More by Sunhunters
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alleykatking

Indiana

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks to VinnieVanGogh for this beer.

A- Pours a deep coppery color. Half finger tan head shows light retention. Some long streaks of lace on the sides of the glass when drinking.

S- Caramel malts with hints of darker fruit shows up first in the aroma. Hints of vanilla florish toward the middle with a hint of oak. Strong bourbon aroma toward the ending of the aroma that makes your nose tingle.

T- Darker fruits in the front of the flavor profile with a hint of warming alcohol. Toward the ending of the front of the beer there shows a light sweetness from what I would guess is vanilla. Middle of the beer has the caramel malt base show with a long oaky tone. Ending of the beer shows more bourbon tones that kills off a lot of the ending flavor. Some vanilla shines through along with another light darker fruit tone to it. Alcohol is hot on the ending.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low for the style I thought. Darker fruit, oak, vanilla, and hints of bourbon are left on the palate. Aftertaste is bourbon alcohol, hint of vanilla, darker fruit, and light oak. Flavors were underbalanced with the alcohol being alittle too much at times. No real off flavors are here but the alcohol at times seems to be a off flavor. High alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was average at best with the flavor profile I had. It could be it needs to lay for a bit but I thought the bourbon was a bit too much. The other flavors never had a chance to shine which was my only problem with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 04:51:10 | More by alleykatking
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rEBELlION

Connecticut

3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank this as part of a bourbon barrel aged beer tasting with friends. This was my least favorite of the bunch, which is not to say that it was terrible. As a more economical barrel aged beer, some simply outclassed it. However, even at the price point there were others that were far more enjoyable. The biggest problem with it for me was the flavor. It tasted more like it had whiskey added to it and less like it had acquired the characteristics over time. The swallow left a sort of cheap whiskey burn. I enjoy the mellow bourbon flavor that most barrel aged beers leave.
I would try it again if handed to me but I see bourbon barrel aged beers as an experience and there are far better experiences out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 17:38:11 | More by rEBELlION
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djaeon

California

3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crisp reddish brown, with little head. Looks good to me.
The bourbon is present in the aroma, but not overpowering. There is also a hint of winter spices. Nothing that makes me say "wow, that smells great". But not bad either.
You can taste that it was bourbon barrel aged, but again, it's not overpowering. It doesn't have that rich, woody, deep bourbon flavor. More of a mass produced, bourbon from a plastic bottle type of taste. That's the first thing that came to my mind anyway. The winter spice flavors were also there, but not as up front as I would like. I would've liked there to be more vanilla, clove, etc. Still tasted good though.
Feels crisp and clean in the mouth. An easy drinker. Despite the 9+% ABV, it would be easy to have more than one. The alcohol sneaks up on you.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 16:19:55 | More by djaeon
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boxed 22oz bottle poured into snifter.

A - Pours a reddish copper amber colour with off-white head. Slightly rocky and didn't retain very long. Little to no lacing

S - Sweet caramel, some vanilla, hot bourbon, oak.

T - Main flavour is a sweet bready malt with undertones of dark fruit (plums and raisins) and cherries. The bourbon is very subdued and doesn't seem well integrated into the beer. Caramel, oak and sherry also faint.

M - Somewhat thin and watery. Medium body and noticeable alcohol.

O - An average beer. The bourbon seems unbalanced and not profiled effectively. Not a bad drinker but I wouldn't look for this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 18:44:21 | More by OakedCanuck
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Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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