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Kill Devil Brown Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Kill Devil Brown Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)Kill Devil Brown Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)

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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 6
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Released April 2012, #6 in the Brothers' Reserve Series.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 04-27-2012)
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1.63/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bottled 05APR12

From the box: Kill Devil Brown Ale's flavor comes from the use of ingredients traditionally used by the Caribbean distillers. Sweet Barbados and blackstrap molasses provide touches of toasted sugar, black licorice and blackened toffee while the palm sugars invite notes of subtle sweetness. As the beer conditions in Puerto Rican Rum Barrels, the vanilla and subtle oak flavors and aromas develop and integrate themselves with the Calypso hop's soft tropical and stone fruit aromas.

Look: Brown ale, excellent clarity and a quickly dissipating light coconut foam.

Smell: initially of copper. Then I dive back in trying to get something to justify the $13 price point; getting some licorice, and grape nuts (the cereal kids don't want). Hints of warm cola. Very disappointed with the nose here. Maybe a hint of molasses/brown sugar toward the end of the beer, maybe.

Flavor: metal, hot dog water, raisin, cardboard. This is a really simple beer. I am starting to get the feeling that maybe by "aged" they meant "ran through" the rum barrels. The oak is evident as well, but in the raw, cheap red wine way - not the aged in quality barrels way. It's really tannic to me.

Feel: Among the thinnest "barrel aged" beers I've had, really thin. Moderated carb, semi dry finish (being generous as the tannic character makes the beer linger).

Overall: I'm disappointed in this beer. I've been duped before, and I'm beginning to feel like Widmer must have the best fucking marketing team out there, because I keep buying their spendy beers hoping their IPA experimental quality will spill into their more adventurous products - alas, this is not the case.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 06:17:58 | More by harrymel
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2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

09-25-2012 21:30:21 | More by crownrl28
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

12-18-2012 14:09:15 | More by jk3
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2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, Alucard4!

Dark amber, nearly completely brown, with a very small light brown head. Leaves dots and irregular webs of stick down the glass.

The weakest aspect of this beer is its aroma. It's not particularly powerful, and what's here isn't particularly pleasant. It's got some sweetness, big grain notes, aroma of metals, and lots of burnt toast elements. Nothing special.

The flavor is better than the aroma, though the flavor too is nothing special. Sweet molasses, grain, mild nut character, and a little bit of booze. It's fairly simple and straightforward, while remaining generally sweet. I don't think this saw the barrel for too long.

Thin to medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

Nothing exciting; nothing good; nothing bad. A boring barrel-aged brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 19:03:19 | More by ehammond1
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

02-22-2014 07:48:33 | More by Beermasterjarrett
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

03-09-2014 15:42:54 | More by Karibourgeois
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

08-23-2013 00:10:36 | More by tfsimpkins
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-07-2014 03:54:18 | More by KCuff
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

07-01-2012 16:58:52 | More by Barrel-aged
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

02-08-2014 16:24:41 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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New Mexico

3/5  rDev -19.1%

05-19-2013 04:04:29 | More by sunkistxsudafed
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3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber/copper color that appears to be a tad flat. Hardly no head or lacing whatsoever. Smells of medium roasted malts and a small splash of booze. First sip is surprisingly dull as all the stuff that is supposed to be in this beer are only slightly present. There are some rum notes present in the finish but I shouldn’t have to hunt for the flavor. There are slight flavors that are rather sweet from the molasses and a bit of oak but seriously folks this tastes more like an average base beer with a few hints of pecans slipping thru.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 20:03:19 | More by ATLbeerDog
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

10-08-2013 01:33:31 | More by Beersnake1
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

03-12-2014 18:30:25 | More by ekfl
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

12-17-2012 04:55:04 | More by swungomonkey
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

04-19-2014 00:47:23 | More by mpenning13
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New York

3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a chocolate brown color with a short wispy tan head that settled into a light ring. Meh

The aroma is of brown bread, slightly nutty. Some brown sugar sweetness. Raisin pops through as well as an extremely subtle rum note. Decent but not super strong.

The taste is of a standard brown. Lightly toasted bread, caramel, and tea like flavors. The barrel aging tastes of cheap rum, mostly boozy without a good rum's deep sugary flavors. Really just no good depth of flavor here. The flavor is thin.

The feel is light, almost watery. The carbonation is prickly. Despite being light, the beer has a sticky finish. The ABV is a tad harsh.

There is some flavor here and nothing is gross so it is hard to kill this beer. However, for a rum barrel aged brew, it is quite lacking. Lacks major depth.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 03:19:57 | More by Gmann
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3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at Bier Thirty at least a week ago... Poured tonight into my slim tulip... thin tannish head .. the brew is the expected deep brown..

Nose is oaky with plenty of dry molasses notes and sorta raisin elements... a bit of nutty maltiness with warmth.

Pretty oaky.. some rummy notes when it is colder that dissipate as it warms..

Thick and malty.. the molasses punctuates the flavor with a bit of sulfur.. again a bit too much rum for my liking.. malty flavors are thick enough to pull from a deck of descriptors... toast, nutty, dark caramel, "brown malt".. etc. In the end, this is too sweet for me.. the residual sugars combine with the malty essences to just go overboard.

Palate is pretty heavy with a decent carbonation but not enough bubbles to help strip the lingering flavors away for even a second.

?? If I buy another, it will be to forget about it in the cellar for at least a year... I doubt it will do any good, but maybe the sugars die back a bit and the barrels come out.


Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 05:19:24 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S: A very raw mollases and earthy grassiness. A little wood in the finish.

L: Fairly clear brown, some ruby highlights. Not much head, some clear carbonation.

T: Toasty malt with an earthy sugary note. Low bitterness with some sugar like qualities finishing semi-dry and quick.

M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation. Alcohol detectable.

Interesting beer, don't really get the rum. I really wanted to like this beer since i love rum so much. That and i wanted to make a homebrew similar to this, good to know it doesn't really work.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 01:37:12 | More by bum732
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3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Was looking forward to this beer. Tried to enjoy this during Game 2 of the World Series. Poured out a bit lighter than expected. A nice 2 finger head formed so I forgave the pour colour. Smell is a bit absent A trend of underwhelm is happening with this beer.
The taste was off. This is a blend of barrel aged beer but all I get is metallic taste.

Overall I'm not as impressed with this beer as I had hoped. This isn't terrible just not the best representation of what I had expected

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 01:30:37 | More by Dicers
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3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored ale with a small yellowish head.

Smells a little sweet with a syrup on toast aroma. Molasses and rum are in this. Caramel and vanilla also detected. Still this isn't that aromatic a beer.

Starts out very sweet. Molasses and hops with a touch of rum. Brown sugar and a woody hop flavor. Strangely alcohol doesn't standout at all despite the rum flavors.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it is a boring beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 01:43:03 | More by Zorro
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District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

07-23-2013 04:50:51 | More by Rhettroactive
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

06-05-2012 00:03:15 | More by waller
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, strong sweet malt, sugar, hint of hops, and hint of nut. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong dryness. Tastes of alcohol, strong sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of hop, slight metallic notes, and a sugar. Overall, decent beer, strong body and aroma, but the metallic and sugar flavors hurt.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 10:46:08 | More by Tone
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

03-05-2013 02:51:07 | More by Vitacca
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Kill Devil Brown Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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