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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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197 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 6
Gots: 27 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Released April 2012, #6 in the Brothers' Reserve Series.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 04-27-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

NickThePyro, Dec 24, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

jk3, Dec 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

adkieffer, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of swungomonkey
3/5  rDev -19.4%

swungomonkey, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Zorro, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Apostlebrews
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Despite my best efforts to stay objective, I approached this beer with fairly low expectations. Every review I have seen or heard has been sub-par; most bloggers' reviews have cited disappointment and letdown. And then I tasted Kill Devil for myself and remembered an important fact about craft beer: like art, beer speaks to each person differently based one's palate and personal preference.

But in case you still don't trust your own palate, I'll lend you mine for the moment.

I picked up a bottle of Kill Devil from Beer:30 in Jacksonville. The aroma is incredibly sweet. There's definitely a hint of rum, but the sweetness is pretty overpowering.

Like the aroma, the taste is very sweet. I was actually a bit surprised at how sugar-forward this is on the tongue. Reminds me of sugar cane juice I drank in Egypt. Beyond the sugar-forward introduction in your mouth, there are heavy amounts of molasses and caramel flavors that are followed by an unmistakable rum profile, which is my favorite part about this beer. The rum comes through even more as the beer warms and the low-moderate carbonation also helps create a solid rum finish. I recommend letting this one sit for about 10 minutes after you've taken it out of the fridge.

This is a sugar-rum-molasses-malt-bomb in a glass. It's really quite enjoyable and really serves as a nice winter warmer. The 9.5% ABV brings a good amount of heat that picks up as the glass warms. The biggest problem I have with this beer is the amount of sugar that comes through. Although I really enjoyed the taste, I'm not sure I could drink more than a glass due to its sweetness.

If you like rum, brown ales, fun dip, or rock candy, this beer is right up your alley.

You can read more of my reviews on my beer blog: thebeerapostle.com


Apostlebrews, Dec 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Screper, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

bconsidine, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

ehammond1, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

SBoyar1, Nov 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

herman77, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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, Nov 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

mmilyko, Nov 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

RuckusDu, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a red mahogany amber with a thin light tan head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass and patchy foam. Nice aroma of sweet caramel malt, vanilla, oak and nuts. Flavor follows, caramel malt, brown sugar, light vanilla and a hint of rum. A bit boozy and warming. Medium bodied, slightly syrupy. Flavors are pleasant and well integrated, but not intense enough to cover the alcohol, so it finishes a bit on the hot side. Enjoyable rum flavor, but high ABV could use more intensity in the supporting flavors.

LiquidAmber, Oct 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Brewsed, Oct 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

EricCioe, Oct 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

BeerBaron238, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy brownish-red with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, toasted coconut, brown and residual sugars, oak, vanilla, molasses, with a touch of dark fruit and booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of rich sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, toasted coconut, and vanilla. Through the middle, some oak and rum comes through with some more residual sugars, molasses, and a hint of dark fruit. The finish is a mix of sweet caramelized malts, brown sugar, toasted coconut, oak, vanilla, rum, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice imperial brown ale with some great balance and complexity from the rum barrel aging.

ngeunit1, Oct 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

TheStashRide, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, bottled on April 5, 2012. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with a half inch light tan head. The head fizzled away quickly, and there wasn't much lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, it smells like molasses, brown sugar, caramel, nuts, vanilla and some rum. It tastes like molasses, burnt sugar, rum, vanilla, and a bit of chocolate. However, the taste isn't quite as nice as the aroma is. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's thinner than I thought it would be. It also has low/moderate carbonation. I think it's a decent brew overall, but at $12.99 a bottle I probably wouldn't buy it again at that price. With that being said, it's worth trying.

bluejacket74, Oct 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

MystikCelt, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a reddish brown color with a thin white head on top. The head settles and doesn't leave much behind on the glass. The smell of the beer is loaded with wood-like aromas from the barrel aging. There is a sweetness on the nose and hints of spice too. The taste of the beer gives off some elements of rum, there is a sweetness to this beer for sure. Not major bitterness at all here. The flavors of spiced caramel come to mind a little bit. The mouthfeel was moderate, just about medium bodied and carbonated enough to keep it alive on tongue. Overall this beer was average to me, kind of glad I didn't buy a whole bottle though.

Knapp85, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Passed on this one may times in the bottle store @ ~ $13/bomber. $4.99 on-tap @ Brewforia got me to bite. Served in a chalice.

A: Very dark brown with a small light khaki head and decent lacing/legs. Many people have commented that this beer is lighter red and transparent but this was not my experience out of the tap.

S: Interesting that there is a roast quality to this thing right off the bat...definitely some notes of coffee in there, as well as hints of brown sugar, cocoa, molasses, and dry nutty sweetness. Alcohol seems fairly well hidden.

T: Moderate suggestions of coffee here too...faint roasted bitterness, cocoa and mocha, graham cracker, hints of molasses and brown sugar, light spirit-like presence on the finish, but the barrel presence is really very light, and the sweetness is very subtle.

MF: Medium thinner mouthfeel, there is a light alcohol presence, cleaner finish.

O: I wanted to like this one but it left me wanting more. A brown ale brewed with molasses and date sugars and aged in rum barrels should have more vanilla qualities and a more well-rounded aroma and flavor profile. I didn't think it was bad, but I thought it could be better.

Scotchboy, Sep 26, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

crownrl28, Sep 25, 2012
Kill Devil Brown Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.