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

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527 Ratings

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 19
Gots: 123 | FT: 3
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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4/5  rDev +11.1%

pwsoldier, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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...


comfortablynumb1, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of MatthewPlus
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

MatthewPlus, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of jayluf
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

jayluf, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of jrpapajcik
4/5  rDev +11.1%

jrpapajcik, May 03, 2013
Photo of incubuscience
1/5  rDev -72.2%

incubuscience, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of NuclearDolphin
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

NuclearDolphin, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of ryanonline
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

ryanonline, Oct 12, 2011
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

t420o, Mar 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

TimH, May 19, 2012
Photo of gregshead
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

gregshead, Nov 20, 2010
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Dave2234, May 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

thefluker, Sep 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

mnphish, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

JayAre46, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of olmatty
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

olmatty, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of MadeInOregon
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.

MadeInOregon, Feb 22, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Beermaine, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Grinky, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Harvey98, Oct 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

DSkilling, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Beermasterjarrett
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Beermasterjarrett, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of IKR
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

IKR, Nov 07, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

YouSkeete, Jul 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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!

ronniebruner, Dec 17, 2010
Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.