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SXNW (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

SXNW (Brothers' Reserve Series)SXNW (Brothers' Reserve Series)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%


Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: shand on 09-07-2012)
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JHS123

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is cocoa with hints of spices and pepper. Malt is clearly dark chocolate with hints of roastiness.

Appearance is Jet Black black, black, black, black, cloudy, frothy, Its got a stout appearance but taste of a dark ale.

Taste is unique: Strong pepper brought on by the chilis coupled with chocolate. Can not taste the pecans but there is limited hoppiness its mostly a malty ale so really limited to no bitterness.

Palate: This is a full bodied beer with some alcohol undertones and a long chocolate finish.

I really have enjoyed this beer and this was the first time I have tried it on tap. Normally able to find it in 22% Bottle (Nicely boxed).

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2012 01:51:57 | More by JHS123
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shand

Florida

4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

SXNW pours a brown color with a small capped head. The aroma is excellent, with rich roasted malts, chocolate, cinnamon, and a touch of chili heat. The taste is also very good, this is an obvious riff on the chocolate/cinnamon/chili thing that's been popularized by Hunahpu's, and this is one of the better riffs on it that I've had. This one is less malty than the imperial stout takes on the style, instead offering a great rich chocolate flavor along with just the right amount of cinnamon and chili flavor. A touch of nuttiness adds some uniqueness to the finish, along with a lingering chili heat. The mouthfeel is lighter and velvety, and the drinkability is outstanding. This is another great brew from Widmer, who are really making a name for themselves recently.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 03:31:19 | More by shand
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Beige head, moderate retention. Clear, resinous lacing sticks to the glass. Body of beer is dark, dark chocolaty brown. Aroma includes vanilla, chocolate, toasted malt and coffee. Not picking up the chilies or pecans (actually I'm getting more of an almond) but I'm sure they are just dominated by the other smells. Taste is mainly coffee and chocolate malt. Still not picking up chili but oh well, very tasty regardless. Alcohol very well hidden for a high gravity ale. Excellent. Edit, slight tingling in the mouth and tongue after the fact. Still didn't taste the chilies, but now I feel them. :-)

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 04:35:05 | More by KickbacksSteve
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bcostner1

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip from a 22oz bomber. Dark brown with deep ruby notes. Nearly opaque; transmits little light.

S: Somewhat more subtle and muted than I would have thought give the number of ingredients with which this is brewed. Mostly what I'm getting is some cinnamon and a little bit of sweet chocolate. Not really picking up any of the pecans or chilies here. Overall it smells pretty good and I am appreciating what I am picking up here but I just wish that the aroma were a little more pronounced.

T: To have such a (IMO) muted aroma, the taste on this one is really great. The chocolate is dominant here and has a deep richness; reminiscent of hershey's syrup to me (delicious). Lots of cinnamon throughout and it really compliments the chocolate well. Getting some of the pecan nuttiness on the finish. The very last thing to come in..and it does so just subtly enough not to be overstated but also just potently enough to be appreciated...are the chilies. Not really a "burn" on the end but definitely a little bit of that chili pungency. I love the way this all melds together!

M: Great body...satisfying yet drinkable. ABV is well hidden but the potency will sneak up on you at 9.3%.

Overall, I thought this was a great brew. First thing I have ever had from Widmer Bros to be honest. It paired great with some roasted avocado and tomatillo enchiladas that my wife made too! Glad I picked this up...wish I had picked up 1 or 2 more to be honest. Great brew...give it a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 22:05:32 | More by bcostner1
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Kromes

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A black color with ruby edges. You can tell that the beer is clear as the ruby color is seen through the glass. A thin line of bubbles for a head.

Sweet roasted malts with some chocolate. There is also a smoky quality to the aroma. Almost like smoked peppers.

The initial flavor is of sweet smoky roasted malts and chocolate. No real bitterness in the beer, mostly sweet up front. There is a slight nutty flavor with some dark cherry. The finish is where this beer really shines. Lingering smoky malt, with chocolate, toffee and a spicy pepper feel left on the tongue with a slight pepper flavor. All of the flavors in the beer compliment one another. The flavors seem strange to be coupled together but in the end it's as if they belong together.

The beer is medium bodied, low carbonation, and sweet. I love spicy food and pour hot sauce on everything so the highlight for me is the lingering (but not over the top) hot pepper feel left on the tongue.

I've had a few chocolate pepper beers, but this one is better by far. If you see this, I would highly recommend picking it up.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 00:18:06 | More by Kromes
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was looking forward to trying this Widmer offering,a little off the cuff for them I think.Poured into a tulip glass a deep mahogany with amber tinge a 1/2 finger quick to fade off white head atop.Chocolate and raisin aromas with those toasted pecans underneath,the subtle spice that the label promotes is there and compliments everything well.Chocolate flavors at the onset but not very sweet,just enough sweetness,a little roast, earth,black licorice,and cinnamon melds into a great chili finish that lingers in the throat.I love complex and "different" beers like this,there are layers of flavor here that come at each sip.Great job here Widmer,this is probably one of their better beers in their profile,great to savor a Detroit Tiger victory with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 19:48:53 | More by oberon
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with a bit of brown mixed in and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is dark caramel malts, with some dark fruit, cocoa, cinnamon, clove, and other spices, pecans, chilies, a bit of coffee and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark caramel malts, dark fruit, cinnamon, other spices, and a bit of chili heat. Through the middle, the pecans come through with some cocoa, more spices, and some coffee. The finish is a mix of dark caramel malts, spices, pecans, cocoa, chilies, dark fruit, and a bit of booze.

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

D - Very drinkable. Nice overall balance and complexity. The pecans, spices, and cocoa are a nice touch.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 06:26:10 | More by ngeunit1
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half finger head with nice lacing on a deep amber clear body. Aroma of dark fruits, candied sugar, caramel and milk chocolate although this is a minor note. Flavors flow well but is more chcoolate dominat with very nice degree of sweetness with dark fruit taking a back seat on a bready and caramel malt base. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. I really liked this one. Widmer keeps surprising me with their brews. Certainly not as talked about as deserved.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2012 03:49:32 | More by kylehay2004
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with chilies, cocoa nibs, cinnamon and toasted pecans. Pours pitch brown (like a deep black/brown) with a rich brown head that dissipates to about 1 cm. Nose is cinnamon, a hint of chilies, those toasted pecans definitely come through and a bit of dark chocolate. There are also some notes of coffee, rich caramel and just a bit of dark fruit like plums. The
taste is heavier on the coffee than the smell. Coffee, caramel, dark malts with only hints of chilies, cinnamon and some sweet, nutty flavors. The aftertaste reflects the spice notes from the chilies and cinnamon and some of the dark chocolate. This is definitely one of the best Widmer Brother's Reserve brews I have had. I have generally been disappointed but they always sound so good that I can't resist. Love it, but it could be more flavorful up front. All the spice notes come in well after on the back end.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 07:40:57 | More by DonDirkA
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice looking brown color with a thin white head on top. The lacing and retention were minimal. The smell of the beer has a mixture of cocoa and malt with some spice on the nose as well. The taste of the beer has nice levels of complexity to it. The chocolate notes come up strong in the beginning then in the finish there is a moderate heat from the peppers. The flavors blend pretty well together in my opinion. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied. There is a nice amount of carbonation and even with the heat of the peppers it remains very drinkable. Overall I like this beer a lot, I wouldn't mind drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 23:35:09 | More by Knapp85
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AlTrombley

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I sell this beer. I have waited for a long time for a case to break so I could take one out of the breakage room. It never sounded very good (pecans with Chili's sounds bad) but I figured for free I would give it a try. I was REAL surprised how good it was. Just a hint of heat on the back end.... Very nice!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 02:26:55 | More by AlTrombley
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outdoor7or24

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into sniffer glass.
A: one finger khaki foam head, little lacing, some carbonation, dark reddish brown
S: sweet chocolate is really strong, toasted hazelnuts, booze
M: medium thick, coats the tongue
T: chocolate up front is very strong, hops, roasted nuts, toffee, chilie spice lingers at the end and warms up the tongue
O: impressive brew, profile gets more heat as brew warms from Chiles.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 04:35:08 | More by outdoor7or24
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arizcards

Arizona

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received this from a friend back in late October. Bottled on 8-8-12.

Beer poured dark brown, rather flat, with a off white head.

Nose is dominated by cocoa.

Taste is eclectic but very good.This is a well crafted blend of cocoa, chilies, pecans, northwest hops. It works very well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this was very fun to try...too bad i did not have it a year earlier!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 01:38:09 | More by arizcards
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jtd1969

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark black with tannish lacing. thick frothy head

S - Cocoa, some spice, chillies, a tad coffee

T - Big cocoa that is sweet and toasted nut finish, cinnamon, subtle heat appears later.

M - Medium bodied with med carbonation, tad spicy finish, smooth

D - Very complex beer, I can't decide if I like it or not. It is a very well made beer and worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 05:44:58 | More by jtd1969
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest.

A - black with a soft, brownish head that has good retention

S - sweet, nutty, caramel

T - cinnamon, nutty, caramel, chocolate, very faint cayenne heat in the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This was an intriguing beer. It tasted like mole, and drank like a unique big bodied, full flavored brown ale. The spices were inviting and warming. This beer has notes of stout, brown ale, strong ale, winter warmer, etc. This beer refuses to be pigeon-holed. If I can find it, I will definitely have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2012 14:38:06 | More by tdm168
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, a caramel roast and a small presence of alcohol. In the taste, dry licorice and boozy, with a small spice presence. A spice like bite and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice and licorice in the aftertaste. Spicy, roasty, and licorice, ok, but about average.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 19:25:38 | More by OWSLEY069
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HardTarget

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very cola like appearance, brown glass with reddish hue, a quick bubbly head that dies back to nothing. I blame pecans (oils kill head).

Smell: The cocoa nibs come through with a very chocolatey roasted barley smell that works. A whiff of heat which is odd, either the alcohol or the chile note.

Taste: A lot of flavors give a lot of complexity. The spices are strong but don't overwhelm everything else going on, mostly a pumpkin pie spice. There is a chocolate note in the sweetness, no real hop notes but it doesn't get cloyingly sweet. I get a bit of pepper heat which I assume is the green chile, and even a bit of pecan shell dryness at the end. Kudos for actually showing off 4 different flavors in one beer.

Mouthfeel: A bit toward the flat end, medium heavy body is slick and oily but manages to dry out encouraging the next sip.

Overall: A complex, flavorful beer. Expensive (about $12 for the bomber) so not something I would do often, but glad to have tried it out. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 21:08:39 | More by HardTarget
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srhoadsy

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at World Beer Fest' in Naples yesterday. Poured chilled into sample glass.

Pours a very thick, rich, dark brown heading to black. Quarter inch light brown head.

Aromas of nuts, chocolate, spice and wood.

Nice blend of flavors in this one. It is very thick and sweet but not cloying. The woody, earthiness from the pecans and the spices in the background all blend together to balance out the chocolate and coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel is heavy and sweet with moderate carbonation.

Very impressed with this beer. Seemed like each sip brought out a different combination of flavors. Would definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 17:48:01 | More by srhoadsy
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, clear reddish brown, with a finger of tan bubbly head building. It dissipates fast , leaving no lacing.
Smelling the beer, I notice pecan nuts, brown sugar, honey, spice and booze.
This order is pretty much confirmed during the tasting.
A heavy sweet sipper beer, beautiful for the winter season. Would enjoy this one again
With a book and an open fireplace.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 03:40:02 | More by Hopfenpeter
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Whole Foods, Santa Rosa taproom. I am a chile fan so I enjoyed this.chocolate nibs, cinnamon, toasted pecans, and green chilies, chocolate malts. Lots of heat in the finish. Creamy. Roasty aroma. I will try this again in the bottle to try the complexity later but the balance featured on tap was nice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 15:32:07 | More by Sammy
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metter98

New York

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cocoa nibs and pecans are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the pecans are a little more prominent and there are also some notes of green chilies, which aren't really spicy, but become stronger as the beer warms up and linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather in interesting and has a good balance between all of the ingredients (cocoa nibs, green chilies and pecans) and hides its alcohol rather well.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 02:44:49 | More by metter98
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a 1/2-finger head
S: Sweet, nutty, earthy
T: Dried than it smells. Fairly earthy/herbal which is nice. I can distinctly pick out the pecans, cocoa and chili mentioned on the bottle
M: Medium-bodied, smooth, well integrated alcohol
O: I would have loved to try this a bit closer to its release but just stumbled across the bottle tucked away in the back corner of a retailer's fridge. Overall though I enjoyed it quite a bit

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 00:28:57 | More by ONUMello
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin off-white head that dissipated immediately to a hint of foam around the glass. Aroma of nuts, roasted malt, chocolate and a hint of sharp chile. Flavor follows with mellow nuts, light chocolate, dark malt and light chile spicing, slightly earthy. Medium bodied with little carbonation. An interesting flavor combination that is perfect for the fall season. The dominant pecan and chile flavor is seems more southwest by southeast to me, but whatever.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 03:47:47 | More by LiquidAmber
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/8/2012. Pours slightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, toast, light roast, chile pepper, clove, cinnamon, herbal, brown bread, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, cocoa, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, toast, brown bread, light roast, clove, light chile, light nuttiness, light cinnamon, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Zero bitterness and minimal pepper heat on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, toast, light roast, brown bread, light nuttiness, light chile, light cinnamon, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of dark/bready malt flavors with moderate cocoa and light spice/chile notes; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced strong ale. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malts, cocoa nib, and light spice/chile flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. Would have liked more spice presence in the taste, but they have obviously faded due to age. Still a very enjoyable offering overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 22:56:24 | More by superspak
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beverage was served from the tap at The Ginger Man in Greenwich, CT. It arrived in a stemmed chalice, glowing a deep chestnut brown, with ruby hues around the edges. It held a one finger head of tan bubbles, showing okay retention, and only spots of lacing. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared active. The aroma gave roasty coffee malts, syrupy fig, fiery booze, dried chocolate nibs, clovey phenols, nutmeg, sassafras, metallics, licorice bitterness, and the vegetable sheen of green bell peppers. Our first impression was that there was nice syrupy sweetness to it, with a thorough robustness of authentic chocolate. The flavoring opened with dark roasted chocolate and coffee malts, smooth milkiness, dark cherry, fig, and independent dark chocolate dryness. The middle of the swallow peaked with more of this bittered raw chocolate, rich roasty malts, continued light cherry fruitiness, and a cutting flash of brown sugar sweetness. The finish came with the peppery spiciness of booze, chocolate malted milk balls, smooth toffee sweetness, bittered molasses spice, drying aromatic nutmeg, and the warmth of pecan pie. The aftertaste breathed of dark chocolate syrups, booze, lightly charred smokiness, tootsie roll darkness, and a flash of cayenne pepper spiciness. The body was full, and the carbonation was medium. A thick, syrupy coating followed initial coolness around the mouth, with a final astringent pucker of raw chocolate. The drying bite was quite prominent. There was nice slurp and sip, but no real froth of cream to the lip. The abv was appropriate, and warming, and while this guy was more of a slow sipper, it was easy.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the depth of flavoring. There was great complexity throughout the entire tasting, with heavy sweetness giving way to darker grain and that final flash of hot pepper spice. The latter actually left a palpable heat on the tongue, which went nicely with the warming character of the booze. The nose was equally as warming, spicy, and inviting, but just didn’t punch as much as the flavoring. The heavy feel contributed nicely to the hearty warmth of the experience, helping to keep things exciting and flavorful to the last drop.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2013 02:21:30 | More by TheBrewo
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SXNW (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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