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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 TempeBeerMan
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint

A - Clear light copper hue with a wispy, white, one-finger head. Dissolves into some pretty decent lacing of tiny bubbles, but after a while was left with a completely flat looking beer with zero bubbles anywhere.

S – Powerful woody aroma. Some esters of vanilla and sweet malt as well.

T – Taste follows the nose. Whiskey, vanilla, oak, ash, and sugary malt. Some hint on winter spices like juniper, cinnamon, clove, and ginger. Slight amount of piney hops rolling around in the finish. Finishes hot. This brew just revels in its 9.4% abv. Overall the bourbon character pretty much slaps you in the face, and the overall flavor is brash.

M – Low carbonation. Thin bodied, and I found it a little sharp and syrupy. Kind of hangs on the palate.

O – Huge bourbon punch both a plus and a minus. At times this tastes like decent bourbon that someone just poured some beer into. Overall, everything doesn’t really come together very well. A solid idea, but probably could have been better executed. My bet is that this beer is a little young. Would like to taste this once it has had a chance to age and mellow and lose some heat.

Photo of starshockey9
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this in December so this is from my notes. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A The beer poured an amber color, with little head.

S Right up front the beer has a strong bourbon smell, mixed with oak overtones. Other then that not much else here.

T Again very strong bourbon taste especially as it warms up. There is no complexity here just bourbon and some woody flavor from the barrels.

M The beer is surprisingly light. Not terrible but not good either.

Overall this was an enjoyable beer, I enjoyed drinking it but it had no complexity whatsoever, just bourbon. It was worth trying but for how much it costs it really wasn't worth it for what I got.

Photo of Marti403
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jayluf
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of cbarrett4
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured the 2010 batch from tap at Belmont Station.

Time does wonders for this beer. Pours a nice brown/dark amber clear hue though the head is almost non-existent and quickly vanishes to a thin lace.

The aromas center on bourbon cask, vanilla, cinnamon, and dark fruit. Rather light and a little muddled though...

Flavors are subtle with a lot of influence from the oak aging, very faint dark fruit (black cherry?), some toast and hints of caramel.

Texture is velvety and liquor like. Really nicely balanced. Subtle bitterness, some alcohol noticeable but not too over the top.

Overall a very good beer, but not one that I will be buying regularly or even ordering on tap if there are other interesting selections. I do like the effort here though.

Photo of JustinQ
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of 1Adam12
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber color. Hints of Vanilla, malt, and bourbon. Bourbon bomb. I love bourbon forward beers, but there is so much bourbon that theres not room for much else. Some malt, maybe a hint of vanilla and citrus. Carbonated, light mouthfeel. Good, but not up to the pre drink expectations I had on it. Might still get another bottle to age, but then again...maybe not.

Photo of thefluker
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of bilhelm
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JLeege
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter

Appearance- Pours a clear deep amber with a 2 finger slightly off white head. Decent lacing.

Smell- Actually smells fairly hoppy. Some caramel and sweet malt undertones. Oak and vanilla.

Taste- Subtle bourbon notes, vanilla, caramel. Some subtle hops. There is also something I am having trouble putting my finger on, it may be coconut!?!?

Mouthfeel- Light and crisp, sort of cola like

Overall- Alcohol is hid well. This is not bad, it is very thin in the body, thats the only real knock on this beer. Could be thicker, have another bottle to age, in about a year we will see whats up.

Photo of TwoForty
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jrpapajcik
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Dave2234
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of MatthewPlus
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of pwsoldier
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber, incased in a pretty cool box, into a Ballast Point pint glass...

A - Pours amber with a one finger tan head on a fairly agressive pour. Head dissipates at a good pace, and the lace is minimal...

S - Sweet caramel and Bourbon are only notes I pick up...

T - Caramel, Bourbon, toffee, and a hint of vanilla. Ends on a pretty smooth hop bitterness. This one is smooth, but I was hoping for a little more of a Bourbon kick. Bourbon is really mellow...

M - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation...

D - Glad I got a chance to try this one, but nothing to special to be had here. Definitely something I would try again...

Cheers...

Photo of incubuscience
1/5  rDev -72.2%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dirty Brown color with a moderate haze to it. Pours a 1 finger head that quickly vanishes. Not too much going on here.

Smell - Caramel, Vanilla, Bourbon with a touch of brandy, oak and figs. Smells pretty sweet and there's also a sort of a "creamy" smell to it, almost like an Irish Creme.

Taste - Caramel, Bourbon, and Oak are all pretty powerful. In fact, it almost tastes like straight up bourbon! The figs and sweet malts just add to that overall sweetness that comes with bourbon. The Oak also adds a distinct dimension to what is already a complex flavor. Aftertaste is pretty much straight oak and bourbon, like I have just finished a couple shots of bourbon

Mouthfeel - It's fairly light in body and the carbonation is very subdued, this gives it a very creamy feel. For a beer that's 9.4% ABV, it's pretty easy to drink!

Overall - Some will be not like the sweetness due to the bourbon present. Otherwise, this is a great bourbon style ale that offers something unique and enjoyable to those looking for something a little different.

Photo of ryanonline
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brownish read with a very hazy attribute to it. Thin and whispy off white head does not stick around, it is a barrel aged beer anyhow.

Smells unique, a somewhat spicy yet hippy nose with a mild whiskey aroma, with a very sweet up front scent that is somewhere between toffee and caramel. Hops are sort of piney.

Cinnamon, malt, peppermint and piney hops right out of Tue gate yield to a very present whiskey flavor, almost scotch like in its sweetness. I'm not a huge fan of the "Bourbon" taste I'm getting off of this.

The mouthfeel is rather thin with some alcohol heat and almost no carbonation to go with it.

Not very drinkable, to aggressive.

I'm a bit disappointed, the scent really implied that this beer had potential. I personally, however am not a big fan.

Photo of t420o
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2013 Widmer Barrel Aged Brrrbon

A- pour yields a 1-1/2 finger off white/light tan head. Recedes quick leaving spotty lacing. Beer is ruddy brown with copper hues. 3.5

S- at cellar temperature the smells are very subdued. Some light bourbon, brown sugar, light spice, light hops. Doesn't improve much as it warms. 3.25

T- at cellar temp it's got bourbon in the forefront. But it is not the rich bourbon, it's a bit hot and the alcohol shows a lot. There is a nice wood presence. Base beer is alright. Caramel malt, a certain spice, perhaps from the hops (?). The flavors come together more as it warms. 3.25

M- very thin. Carbonation is a bit higher than I like and am used to in a barrel aged beer. 3

O- nothing impressive, but good enough. Could improve with age, but with the vast amount of great bourbon barrel aged beers out there, I won't buy more to find out. 3.25

High C

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Grinky
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of gregshead
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a copper color with a finger of head that dissipates quickly.

S: Bourbon and Caramel/Toffee Smell.

T: Reminds me of a barleywine with a bourbon shot dropped it in. Caramel and coffee taste with a bourbon bite to it. Alcohol heat is more prevalent as it warms up.

M: Very little in carbonation present. A little on the syrupy side.

D: Don't get me wrong. I love bourbon barrel beers. But if I want something like this, I'll grab either a bourbon barrel stout for more pronounced bourbon taste or a barleywine.

Photo of myteam24
4.5/5  rDev +25%

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