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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 Drinkerofales
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper-amber with purple highlights. A large light tan head dissipates quickly to leave some good oily lacing.

Smell is bourbon and wood, sweet and pungent.

Taste is close to smell, bourbon and it's barrel, not much beer flavor though. A touch of char on the after taste rounds it out.

Beer texture is smooth and full bodied, yet for some reason difficult to drink.

I still have no idea what kind of beer this is. The barrel and bourbon are so forward as to hide the beer. If you like the hard alcohol aspect, this could be good, but I didn't find this all that great.

DOA

Photo of mkvi
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium red-orange amber, thin head dissipates quickly, minimal lacing. Aroma dominated by bourbon with sweet malt. Taste follows, with bourbon dominating, decent wood notes, vanilla and faint hops. Light to medium bodied. The bourbon is nice, but the elements aren't that well integrated. The vanilla leaves a slightly diacetyl taste. Overall a satisfactory, but not noteworthy effort.

Photo of cycoduck
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Prospero
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter with just the lightest had on top. I let this one sit out of the fridge for a good 25min to warm up some. The aroma is somewhat light but I am getting some malts, booze and some cherries.

Oh man, the bourbon and wood are for sure there. There is some sweetness that is like a caramel chew but it really doesn't stand out. The wood flavor is pretty much from the beginning to the end. Though it isn't harsh, like take the smell of those balsa wood planes when you were a kid and make it a flavor. Kind of awesome actually.

There is hardly any carbonation and it very drinkable. Was so glad to see this again for 2011. It is just one of those winter seasonals I don't mind paying for. Very enjoyable.

Photo of StoicBeast
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of david18
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a small draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. A very good beer, especially for a "Winter Warmer" which I typically don't like. The bourbon was very present and added a lot to this beer.

Color was lighter than I expected, a dark copper with a low amount of carbonation.

Aroma was a great balance of roasty malt, hops and the bourbon/barrel.

Flavor as well was very balanced and had a great warming to it without any of that crazy fruitiness or spiciness that you can get from winter ales.

A great beer drank at the perfect time of year for it.

Photo of DonDirkA
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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 buckyp
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of whatthehull
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tulip

2011 edition

A - Nice copper color, half finger white head and some slight lacing

S - Not a lot of nose. Malt, yeast, some spices, wood, soil, some booze and a slight hop

T - Wood, whiskey, earth, winter and fall spices, slight vanilla, flowers, hop comes in and out, a bit of booze, roasted malts, sugar, nutty, an almost Belgian yeast note and lots of minerally soil

M - Medium minus body, no acidity, low complexity, medium minus balance and medium finsih

D - Very drinkable ale, a good starter for people who want to have a "big" or "bigger" craft brew. Okay for a winter warmer, nice and refreshing but not much else to ad

Final thought - $13 and only 9.4%. Way to high of a price for a beer that is just OK. I would get one a year if it was half the price

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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