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

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

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BA SCORE
82
good

546 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 19
Gots: 125 | 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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Photo of Schlafly33
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of Rick778
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of beertunes
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Photo of tripledbrew
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of champ103
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.

Photo of bum732
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bland....blah....weak nose...weak taste...so not worth the $$$ or effort..faint hint of bourbon....thin appearance...thin taste

nice ABV%...all I can say

Photo of mjsheehan08
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
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. 

Photo of budgood1
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of tut2528
2.88/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of PBoegel
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of Ryanm1
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.

Photo of Sunhunters
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of GetTheYayo
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of illidurit
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.