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

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529 Ratings

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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 19
Gots: 123 | 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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With heavy bourbon overtones, the Barrel Aged Brrrbon carries an immense abount of caramel and vanilla along with heavy boozy overtones through a malty-rich body that stablizes the bourbon attack.

Pouring a deep amber color with a medium haze, the beer has a chesnut-like appearance. A sturdy and froathy off-white head caps the tumbler. Stubborn retention leads to pockets of foam and lace along the insides of the glass.

Strong caramel aromas are met with malt richness, light nuttiness, and then the heavy scent of distilled spirits. Where caramel sweetness is prevailant, a cherry-like ester helps with added complexity.

Dense malt sweetness in the form of straight caramel is heavy handed, but accents well the attributes of bourbony alcohol flavor along with oak, medium toast (bread crust and mild buttery nuts), and sweet vanilla. Again, the welcomed cherry esters help with added complexity, however more of this would have really rounded the beer. Somewhat one-dimensional, the beer begins and ends with caramel and bourbon flavor.

Rich malty richess and unresolved caramel sweetness lead to a sweeter texture, just shy of cloying by the complex bourbon tanins/intensity/warmth in the finish.

An aggressive bourbon barrel aged beer that is akin to Lexington's Bourbon Barrel Ale. Where BA Brrrbon has a more heafty malt base, the bourbon character lacks in taste but makes it boozy- more than it needs to be.

BEERchitect, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep see-thru amber with a fat and fluffy off-white head. Lacing and retention are pretty good.

The barrel elements- oak, vanilla, bourbon- are rather restrained in the nose. Vaguely fruity and hoppy. I taste some of the prickly hoppiness of Regular Brrr, but it's somewhat neutered. I'm not sure the base beer has the malt profile to hold up to barrel-aging. The body seems on the thin side, the bourbon is so subtle as to not add much to the equation, and the barrel notes are more raw wood than buttery/oak/vanilla. A decent beer for sure, but something seems to be lacking. Regular Brrr is certainly superior.

PDXHops, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewing this from notes that I took a while back Poured this into a pint glass. This one pours with an amber body with ruby highlights. Not much head on this, just a thin layer of off white foam that doesn't retain.

Toasty malts and syrupy toffee with a dark raisin aroma to round it out. Kind of a spicy cinnamon aroma in the background. Really only a faint hint of bourbon. Kind of a toasty flavor with a weak caramel finish and kind of an overly ripe boozey dark fruit flavor. Just a bit of bourbon. Honestly, the taste was a bit medicinal.

Medium sticky body on this with soft carbonation. Overall, this was a bit of a let down. I didn't care for it. I wonder how the regular version is though.

Bendurgin, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly disappeared and left delicate lacing in the center of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the edge.
S: There are light aromas of bourbon in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of bourbon dominate the taste although these are not very strong. The strength of the bourbon flavors becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There are hints of alcohol in the finish.
O: This is a good choice if you are looking for a beer that has bourbon flavors but isn't very overpowering.

metter98, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Suds
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ultra-clear, deep copper in color, with a very slim head, this beer has a boozy, malty aroma. Some woody, smoky aroma, but very distant. Vinous, semi-sweet, warming, and malty. The beer has a distinct vanilla flavor. Mouth-filling, smooth, and very enjoyable. This is surely a sipping beer. Solid bitterness, but hop-restrained. The beer becomes more enjoyable and intriguing throughout the bottle. Very good.

Suds, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz dark brown bottle. Fall 2010 release.
Served in an Allagash stemmed goblet.
It pours an impressive deep oxblood color with a fair-sized beige head, along with a substantial amount of lacing.
The aroma, to the style, is relatively mild. Smells of sweet malt, chopped green hardwood, peat, citrus and a little smoky bourbon are all quite subdued. A faint whiff of orange liquor seems a bit peculiar, though not at all unpleasant.
Tastes of doughy, brown bread and burnt caramel are front and center. Sharp grapefruit bitterness, a mildly astringent medicinal harshness and metallic bite balance the malty sweetness.
The bourbon taste is certainly there, but not as a main flavor profile.
It's a pretty nice strong, bourbon barrel-aged ale, but the price ($12.95) is out of whack. Would the rating be higher if it were $9.95? No, but it would have been a far more reasonable value.

BeerResearcher, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of beerandcycling88
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

beerandcycling88, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of PainkeepBrewing
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Impression after multiple bottles over course of past 6 months. All served from boxed 22oz bottles into snifters.

A - Hazy amber, nice head with nice lacing on glass as it is consumed.

S - An almost sour nose with a lot of alcohol and bourbon. I enjoy the bourbon scent but if I was judging this beer on aroma alone I'd be disappointed.

T - Yesss. Caramel, alcohol, bourbon, alcohol, in that order. Very pleasing alcohol and bourbon notes, though the bourbon is what really shines here. Aftertaste is a smooth whisky that lingers for a couple minutes after last sip.

M - A little thin for my liking as far as barrel aged beers go, though I'm used to stouts, not aged winter ales that are relatively thin to begin with.

O - When I go to review this beer, I find myself nitpicking and finding reasons not to give it an "excellent" review, but I like it enough to have bought numerous $10-12 bottles throughout the last 6 months and recommend it to many friends. I really love the bourbon taste in this beer and the overall package.

PainkeepBrewing, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up at Goebbels in Wichita, bottled in October

Pours a chill-hazed amber with a sliver of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Slight Bourbon notes

T: Follows the nose, some toffee. a touch of vanilla & boozeyness up front. Apricot notes as this warms along with slightly boozey toffee, oaky dryness, with woody hops & vanilla. Finishes with oaky dryness, a touch of honey & boozey vanilla, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied, fairly smooth carbonation, nice warming sensation to this

Drinks easy for the ABV, a nice take on the style. Not the best barrel aged beer I've had in a while, I would certainly buy this again if the price is right

russpowell, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of harrymel
2.42/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasting @ huck's. Bottled 08.2010

A: Honey with a drop of blood orange in it - that's the color. Excellent clarity with a small, single finger of loosely packed light latte head which dissipates nearly immediately. Left with necklace of the same. Little lacing.

S: Candied pecans, maple syrup, bourbon, malts, smells quite sweet. Not nearly as boozy as six months ago.

T: Apples, booze, booze. Still dominated by the barrel here. Caramel malts. All pretty watered down IMO.

M: watery. Low carbonation. This has lost a tone of body in the last few months. Too bad.

O: This beer is drinkable, but the overall craftsmanship for a BBA is lacking IMO. The vanillla tones aren't there, oak tones gone, absent body, still very boozy.

From notes verbatim on 10/28/10

A: Deep cherry ale with small whipped egg white bubbles. Dull clarity. Good head.

S: Cloves, allspice atop a sweet bread nose. Unimpressive.

T: Cherry, wood, Rye bread, still really hot for the ABV.

M: Nice carb feel, not too much bubbles. Numbs the tongue.

D: Needs plenty of time in the bottle. They shouldn't have released this yet. Too young.

harrymel, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of Nesued
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Nesued, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of HattedClassic
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Poured one finger of light head, which dissipated very quickly. The beer pours a nice clear amber red. The beer leaves some light to no lacing.

Smell: Bourbon dominates the nose with piney hops adding a little bit of variety. I could also smell a hint of vanilla mixing with the bourbon to create an interestingly sweet smell.

Taste:The bourbon definitely dominates the palate in this case. I can get some hint of hops balanced by some malts but the bourbon is the first and last thing that you taste. The hops and malts tend to act the Robin to the bourbon's Batman. Unfortunately, the bourbon gets really strong towards the end, which covers up the hops.

Mouthfeel: The drink has some very light carbonation and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability: I think that the Brrbon is fairly drinkable. I think the drink is a little unbalanced with the bourbon taking over too much of the taste. However, I would not say the beer is undrinkable but the bourbon makes it harder to finish the bottle because of the strong bourbon taste. Otherwise, I thin it is a fairly okay drink for a cold winter day.

HattedClassic, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of broken22
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Walking into my beer store I see this display with these nice boxes of beers. I am always intrigued when a company spends the little extra money to package their beers. I have had Widmer beer before but cannot remember whether or not I enjoyed it. That really doesn't matter because I will more often than not buy the fancy beer in a box. I guess I'm a sucker for the packaging.

After opening the lil beer present box I pour this thing into a nice Duvel tulip glass. The beer has the look of a strong IPA which is a dark apple cider color. The smell of this beer is a nice and fruity almost a little coconutty. Its not not really strong and I really have to take a good whiff to smell it. At this point I'm surprised I was expecting a completely different smell because of the bourbon barrel aging.The taste is good. This beer is very much staying true to the style by relying on the malt character and using very mild hops so they are all but non existent. The smell of the coconuts I was getting is definitely the bourbon I thought I was not smelling. I can definitely taste the subtle alcoholic notes. The mouth feel is full bodied.

This beer is pretty good. I thought it was going to be a dark beer for some reason. I am curious if they were using Alagash Curieux as their inspiration because I can see some similarities. Good beer and since it is a limited release you should pick one up an try it soon before its gone.

broken22, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.8/5  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...


comfortablynumb1, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of HoopTime
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours with almost no head, just a very thin bit of lacing at the edges. Color is a cloudy amber, with copper tones

S - Strong smell of medicinal bourbon, yielding to a slight hoppy citrus nose that is quite unimpressive.

T - The bourbon dominates the rest of the beer, never really allowing other flavors to come forward. Tends to the malty side, with enough hops to keep it from being syrup sweet but not enough to break through the bourbon.

M - Not much there. A light fizziness from the carbonation when it hits the tongue, but thin with no body of any substance.

D - At 9.2 abv, can't classify it as a session beer. And really, not sure I'd want more than one if I had other options.

Overall, a disappointing brew that fell well short of my expectations. The beer base is of such insignificant flavor that it doesn't ever come through the bourbon taste. Maybe I am spoiled in that my first exposure to bourbon barrel aged beer was the wondrous Gothika collaboration between Bullfrog and Bavarian Barbarian. That set the bar very high for me when it comes to bourbon beers and this one does the limbo well beneath that standard.

Some have suggested this might be better aged longer. That might be so. But I don't see me looking for a second bottle to find out.

HoopTime, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice amber/copper color, with very minimal head, moderate carbonation, and doesn't stick to the sides of the glass at all.

S - Smell is a little anemic with the majority of my olfactory waft coming from bourbon, caramel/toffee malt, and candied plums with a slight medicinal aroma. Overall,the aroma is light in the nose,maybe this would have been stronger when it was fresh?

T - Agreed with an earlier opinion that this really does remind me of an English style barleywine on the palette. The taste is mild and the flavors match the nose with the addition of the oak barrel nuance that I didn't get so much in the nose. Strong oak tannin on the palette.

M - Thin bodied, boozy effervesence, and with an almost clean finish. I wouldn't expect this from a beer stamped as a high gravity bourbon beer.

D - Meh.

I really feel bad because I had higher expectations for this beer and the taste is like a watered down glass of oak, bourbon, and light caramel. For what I paid for the bottle, I'll have to finish this one. Widmer Brothers, no offense with this review, I'm going to give this one another go around on the next batch because I really enjoy bourbon beers. This one just 'ain't doin' it for me. (sorry to say)

jzeilinger, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of zachary80
2.4/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Average looking white head, diminishes but leaves good lacing. Body is clear, a amber/brown color.

Smell is strange. Light maltiness, some unknown fruity aroma (orange, peach?). Some spiciness, maybe something floral too. Whatever hops were used don't have much of a presence.

Flavor shows just a touch of bourbon, very disappointing for being a -bal beer called Brrrbon. Somewhat sweet, a little spicy.

Body is too thin, especially for the style.

Overall it's very drinkable for the abv, but not that enjoyable.

zachary80, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of CraftBeerBarney
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brrrbon is amazing. This is why I love barrel age beer and think bourbon barrels are probably my favorite after having tried a variety. I am not a bourbon drinker but something about the way the flavor of the spirit compliments the flavor profile of the imperial red brrr really hits the spot. The nose and the first sip of the beer are the absolute best because your pallet is overwhelmed with all of the flavors. A little pricey but anytime you age something that'll run up the cost. Cheers!

CraftBeerBarney, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of ByTor2112
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ByTor2112, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Ale and Witch

A - It pours a shiny and translucent auburn-mahogany with a cute little foam cap; it is all too tidy for a -bal IMHO.

S - The nose is best summarized as a whiff of whiskey atop a beer that is most akin to a watery cream soda. Never having had Brrr, I cannot comment on relative differences between base and -bal, but it seems like a mellow barrel and a bland beer mated. Still, relative to all beers it smells like middle-of-the-pack.

T - The olfactory is the same as the gustatory, except that the blandness is increased. There is some basic oak, cracker-y malt, diacetyl butteriness, and some vanilla sweetness. Again, cream soda is apt as a parallel.

M - Mehhh. Kinda weak.

D - Easily drinkable, just really not worth seeking out. Or paying MSRP, either, if you will.

ktrillionaire, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of MadeInOregon
1.9/5  rDev -47.4%
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
Photo of burnheartsMKE
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a big, expansive bubbled-head. Dissolved quickly. Nose brought about familiar bourbon barrel-aged notes, but I got an additional peach gummy ring candy aroma which intrigued me because I loves me some peach gummies.

First sip was all mellow bourbon flavors, a nice bittering, a little burnt sugar, then nothing. Really? At 9.4% I'm not even tasting booze, no depth, not much of anything at all. Disappointed, this is lacking...

As it warms even less... I was really hoping for more.

I have another bottle which I hope will mature a bit over the next year, but really, I don't even get a hint of enough body to actually believe much will aspire.

At least I got a nice buzz - so, really, there is no complaint.

burnheartsMKE, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of djaeon
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crisp reddish brown, with little head. Looks good to me.
The bourbon is present in the aroma, but not overpowering. There is also a hint of winter spices. Nothing that makes me say "wow, that smells great". But not bad either.
You can taste that it was bourbon barrel aged, but again, it's not overpowering. It doesn't have that rich, woody, deep bourbon flavor. More of a mass produced, bourbon from a plastic bottle type of taste. That's the first thing that came to my mind anyway. The winter spice flavors were also there, but not as up front as I would like. I would've liked there to be more vanilla, clove, etc. Still tasted good though.
Feels crisp and clean in the mouth. An easy drinker. Despite the 9+% ABV, it would be easy to have more than one. The alcohol sneaks up on you.

djaeon, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received from drgonzo in the Black Booty BIF, thanks Paul!

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy, deep copper with an offwhite head that does not last. Some lacing evident.

Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, no hop aroma, some sweet malt, and a "woody sourness."

First sip is a light bourbon booziness, vanilla, oak tannins, no hop flavor. Some caramel maltiness if you strain to hunt for it. The bitterness that is there doesn't have a hop character, but is more of a tannic bitterness from the wood, like a dry wine. The finish is long, with a dry, tannic bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full, slick, with a dry tannic feel. It sucks the moisture out of you mouth, and not in a good way.

Overall drinkability is good, but I'm left feeling a little empty, because the base beer (winter warmer) doesn't really show up here.

JamnesCameron, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle opened by Jared. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a moderate brown color with a thin tan head and not much in the way of retention of lacing. Thin collar as the head falls. The nose definitely packs in the brrrbon, but that's unfortunately about it. There's some slight malt character in the background, but nothing all that complex about this. The taste is comprised mostly of brrrbon along with some sweetened malt and perhaps a touch of dark fruits. Mouthfeel is a bit boozy and medium. Drinkability is decent, though there's really nothing at all special about this.

Thorpe429, Feb 09, 2011
Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.