Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
Appearance-Pours a clean, thin, rusty brown liquid with a light white head and poor retention and no lacing.
Smell-Bourbon oak barrel, vineous, acidic with some biscuity sweetness lurking behind.
Taste-Lots of oak barrel, fresh grapes, honey, caramel sweetness with a floral and spicy boquet of hops bringing up the rear. Bourbon barrel and some wine notes linger for a long aftertaste.
Mouthfeel-Dissapointingly thin body, carbonation is already on the lower side and it's still quite young.
Drinkability-It's probably unfair to judge this one at so young an age. Likely these flavors will get better with some time in a cellar. That being said, some other young beers that are similar aged were much smoother. Surprisingly smooth flavor for a high alcohol beer.
11-10-2010 07:05:46 | More by olmatty
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
Vertical pour of the 10' 11' 12' from 22oz
Clean amber with a nice white head
10' soft oak, vanilla, weak bourbon.
11' big caramel, vanilla great balance and aroma. Honey, toffee, sweet oak
12' big bourbon and oak sweet caramel
10' fell off, not a lot of barrel presence. Light vanilla and caramel.drink em if you got em.
11' this is the best of the batch. Huge caramel and vanilla. This style really highlights the bourbon notes. I think it's a bock? Great malt sweetness gives a long finish and really masks the abv.
12' just a little harsh. The bourbon bite was more pronounced than the previous pours,as to be expected from a barrel aged beer. Nothing a little time can't render.
I have to say the 11 was the hit of the tasting and the creamy mouthfeel with the big body and killer finish made for a great sipper.
02-22-2014 08:06:13 | More by Beermasterjarrett
3.1/5 rDev -14.1%
A: Deep orange/copper color, mildly cloudy. Practically no head at all with lots of lacing.
S: Bourbon, wheat, malts, and peppery spices. Big bourbon and alcohol lift in the aroma.
T/M: smooth and mild bourbon flavor right off on the initial sip. Relaxing caramel malt character with a subtle amount of hops and wheat barley. Bourbon and mild caramel sweetness on the finish. Light gravity on the overall body with high carbonation.
D: Not a terrible brew, but not very impressive. Nice balance between the bourbon and the winter warmer, but the body overall was a bit watery, and the overall flavor was too simple for my taste.
07-28-2011 23:24:11 | More by YouSkeete
4.15/5 rDev +15%
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!
11-29-2011 02:12:12 | More by hoptualBrew
3.05/5 rDev -15.5%
Appearance: Dark golden-brown. Small beige head that dissipated quickly. Good looking beer.
Smell: Very mild Bourbon aroma with some mild fruity notes.
Taste: Semi spicy musky taste with possibly some faint Bourbon notes. I get some hops in the fairly dry finish. Very subdued and thin tasting.
Mouth-feel: Light body with a modest level of carbonation. Very thin feeling.
Overall: I'm missing the flavor and body of the beers I usually drink. The beer doesn't have any objectionable characteristics but it faults are "sins of omission". My tastes gravitate to upfront flavorful beers. I just find this one lacking.
11-07-2011 04:31:28 | More by IKR
3.3/5 rDev -8.6%
10 Feb 2012
I will start by saying I think this beer was a bit past it's peak, which is confusing because it was a bit hot too.
Appearance: Orange/red body under a 1/4 inch eggshell head with lacing that sticks to the glass well.
Smell: Bourbon and Oak predominate giving way to butter, oil, and toffee, all this is followed up by something a bit weird, like smokey peanuts.
Taste: Oily/buttery bourbon supported by roasted malts and oak. The peanut comes back here with a bit of burnt malt and a smokey flavor. If it ended here the beer would be much better, but all of this gives way too a hint of cardboard then a hot alcohol finish.
Mouth: Slips and flows on the tongue but the great body is hindered by the slight bite from the hot alcohol finish.
Overall: Complex though a bit too smokey and burnt. In all honesty this has probably just aged a bit too long, which makes sense given that it's a shade under 10%... I so wanted this beer to be excellent, but sadly it disappoints
02-28-2012 14:47:18 | More by 2378GCGTG
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
barrel aged brrrbon "11
Pours a deep orange with a red tint when held to the light. Forms a good size finger n a half head that hold very little retention. You can see the carbonation through the beer until the head subsides. Leaving no lacing behind on the glass.
Alcohol is mainly what is smelt. and i think im picking out very mild hints of caramel
sweet with caramel. finishing/ leaving behind the bourbon flavor in back of throat.
Overall all i'd have to say it a decent beer, but not worth the $12.99.
11-13-2011 03:48:26 | More by rtaps
3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
poured from a 22oz bomber, dated 8/30/10
nice, deep tan color. understated head, recedes to a not-quite-covering-the-glass film.
huge bourbon and oak aroma, a little malt and even less vanilla; however, it works for me.
taste - wow, this is a crazy dry beer. i was initially wondering if i'd get through the bottle, but it seems to work. the oak is hu-freaking-mongous, the alcohol is big; no joke - i've had boilermakers with less fuzz on 'em! but everything seems to still come together. there's not a huge malt backbone, and the mouthfeel suffers a bit as a result.
I'd like to definitely give this another run. maybe pair this bad boy with some fish tacos, or jamaican jerk chicken.
06-08-2011 05:06:38 | More by robbrandes
2.9/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
12-11-2010 16:44:14 | More by PBoegel
3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
Received as a Christmas gift from my step-daughter. 22oz bottle. Boxed. Kudos for thinking "beer" as a gift. Big points there.
Appearance - Pours a rich amber color. Clear so as to see the lack of any major carbonation contributing to the head retention. The initial pour caused the formation of a two-finger off-white head that left very nice lacing as it retracted to a thick ring. Good points here for initial presentation.
Smell - Sweet bourbon nose comes through right off the bat (odd that I would use that word....since I'm drowning our softball loss this evening with this beer.... only went 2 for 4 with only singles...). Anywho, back to beer, not softball. Some vanilla notes as well. Some woody qualities as well.
Taste - What you picked up in the aroma, is present in the taste. Big bourbon feel, some caramel, vanilla and nice wood components. A slight bite at the finish, but not much to really mention beyond a passing thought.
Mouthfeel - Moderate mouthfeel. About what I would expect for a 9-10% ABV BA offering. Not overly dense, but enjoyable.
Overall - Enjoyable. In the line up of bourbon barrel aged beers, this is on the lighter side. An easy drinker that, with it's moderate ABV, is worth enjoying.
03-17-2011 01:25:35 | More by Nesued
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
02-23-2011 16:23:06 | More by ByTor2112
5/5 rDev +38.5%
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!
12-17-2010 04:55:49 | More by ronniebruner
Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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