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

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BA SCORE
82
good

520 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 18
Gots: 122 | 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:
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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2/5  rDev -44.4%

JAHMUR, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of jnikkel
4/5  rDev +11.1%

jnikkel, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. 2011 vintage bottled on 8/12/11.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent two fingers of off white head that quickly fade into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: Smells a lot like bourbon. Has a fair amount of woody oak and vanilla along with caramel and toffee malts that are lightly roasted. Also some light hints of the typical winter warmer spices of cinnamon and ginger. A little bit of alcohol. Oak and vanilla stand out the most.

Taste: Big taste of bourbon, oak, and vanilla up front. Caramel and toffee malts come towards the finish along with some light hints of winter spices. Also a little taste of alcohol. The oak and vanilla flavor is pretty strong while the malts and spices are subtle. Somewhat sweet but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Feels thin for such a high abv barrel aged beer but it is easy to drink and the alcohol heat is mild considering.

Overall: Quite an interesting take on a winter warmer. Oak and vanilla flavors are nice. Could of been a little more full bodied.

MattyG85, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of JackieTH
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated Aug-20-11.

Poured a clear lighter shade of amber with a thin layer of tan foam that receded quickly and didn't leave much if any lacing. Smell was light elements of bourbon wood- vanilla and cherries and a bit of alcohol. Taste was quite the same with vanilla and cherry elements, mild maltiness reminds on this is a beer and not the leftover watery remnants of an inexpensive Kentucky bourbon on the rocks.. Mouthfeel was medium and held together okay however my overall impression was as somebody else mentioned 'bland'. There is just enough of an initial hint of bourbon elements to get a person excited...but like that...it's gone.

JackieTH, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

BMart, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Birdlegs
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Birdlegs, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of bagpiper2005
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Clear red-amber in color. Small ring of tan head with minimal lacing left on the glass and OK retention.

Smell: Rather subtle aroma with a definite bourbon note up front. Underlying tones of vanilla and some other sweetness which I can't make out. Will move on to the taste to figure it out.

Taste: Once again, bourbon notes are more or less the forefront in this brew. Small hint of vanilla on the palate, and a slight spice note. The finish is very warm and very alcoholic. A bit bland overall, however.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Kind of thin given the ABV. A bit of smoothness despite the alcoholic back end.

Drinkability/Overall: It's an alright beer. The taste is pretty good, and it's definitely warming. It's palatable, but it doesn't blow me away by any stretch of the imagination.

Final Notes: Just doesn't live up to the intense brew that a good winter warmer should. It has the ABV but not the bold, assertive flavors to back it up. Quite enjoyable otherwise. Not worth the hefty price tag, but you might want to check it out if you're a fan of bourbon.

bagpiper2005, Dec 06, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

brotherloco, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of hoptualBrew
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the 2011 vintage shared with my buddy at Hurricane Wings in Estero - thanks to Chris, the owner, for shoutin this one out to me as a recommendation.

Poured into Unibroue tulip a moderate burnt woody brown with a mellowed light tan head. A good amount of legs hang out on the glass. Smell is bourbon forward to say the least, literally smells like a mild version of Maker's Mark with a sweeter note. Taste follows through the same, but balanced way more than I thought from getting the nose. Sweet malts, vanilla, oak, bourbon all give equal parts to combine for a smooth & tasty bourbon barrel aged brew. Body was spot on too, moderately full but light enough to not overwhelm one with heaviness from body & taste.

Overall, the bourbon was spot on in this one & for its price and availability - you need to get some. Was $13 at the bar, but I had seen it for $10 at bottle shops. Solid price @ both places!

hoptualBrew, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

jfstilling, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 11/22/11 notes. Had on tap at FireWorks in Arlington, VA. Poured in a snifter.

a - Pours a reddish brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, light spice, and lightly roasted malts. Bourbon is very strong but I'm definitely enjoying it in the nose.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, spices, vanilla, alcohol, and some roasted malts. Bourbon again is strong but a little too much for me here in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth here.

o - Overall a decent beer, but a bit too strong for me. I think with some time on it it could be a lot better, and would age it if I had it in a bottle.

mdfb79, Nov 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Diomede, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

waiting4lunch, Nov 22, 2011
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2/5  rDev -44.4%

GrindFatherBob, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

xnicknj, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

CoryR, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of peacebone116
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bomber poured into Delirium snifter on 11/18/11.

A: Nice clear honey colored body with quickly fading white head.

N: Oak and vanilla bourbon are the primary scents.

T/M: This beer has an incredible flavor while cool. The bourbon really dominates the flavors, with a wonderfully strong vanilla and booze note. The alcohol is incredibly warm. The beer really does lack a middle, however, with a very weak body. The mouthfeel is a little light considering the style and richness of the booze, which is really most noticed by the lack of malt.

Really not a bad beer, but it does seem to miss the mark with regard to the middle--the beer could use a stronger grain presence. I really do enjoy the intense bourbon flavors though, so this some what makes up for the lack of body.

peacebone116, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage sampled at a group tasting of several new releases. Pours a pretty orange-tan color with just a hint of a creamy white head. Aroma is big on the bourbon, with strong notes of wood, vanilla, and a spicy note of caraway or anise. Palate is rich and sweet, with a lightly fruit hop profile mingling with the assertive malts and the strong bourbon edge, leading up to a very warm finish. This is a very nice beer right now, but I think a few months of aging will round out the edges and make this an excellent beer.

ElGordo, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

goalie33, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

SubpoenaDeuces, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

millelacsmark, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

tat2dhllblly, Nov 15, 2011
Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.