SXNW (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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2.99/5 rDev -22.7%
A: 1-finger, white frothy head after pour; settled to nothing after a minute or so. Maroon color; about 80% opaque.
S: Faint; chocolate, molasses, licorice. Something tickles the nose, but I can't put a finger on what it might be; bourbon and spices?
T: A bit weird and not to my liking; bitter and musty. Qualities of the aroma became less noticeable, and I'm left with an interesting oaky/earthy aftertaste.
M: Creamy and bitter. Quite carbonated.
O: I tried to appreciate this, but couldn't. Strikes me as such an average beer with no outstanding qualities. Lacks depth in flavor and smell and perhaps what really threw me off was the awkward imbalance of oak/earthy flavor and the rest, which was faint.
05-24-2013 03:40:27 | More by TofuDC5
3.4/5 rDev -12.1%
A handsome brown-tinged red in the tall tulip. The head, alas, doesn't seem to last so well, but the lacing renews itself when you swirl the glass. A little oily in the mouth, but not so syrupy.
This brew has a fair amount of heat with just a twinge of chile flavor. It's sweet but sharp, hot and spicy. Overall, it's a nice blend of flavors without any of them standing out too much. The Mexican chocolate-cinnamon combination is not one of my favorites, but it merges with the dark caramel, roasted malt, and what tastes like dried red chiles rather than the fresh green ones. Between the alcohol and the heat, it's a slow sipping affair.
From the 22 oz bottle bought at Barons Marketplace on Point Loma Blvd.
02-08-2013 06:03:39 | More by mactrail
3.43/5 rDev -11.4%
Bottle I brought to share at Skuter's UCLA vs. USC viewing party.
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nuts, cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a mild chile flavor and very minor heat with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells.
11-18-2012 01:32:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.45/5 rDev -10.9%
Poured very dark, nearly opaque. Very deep, rich red with no sediment or bubbles when held to light. Moderate, white head that quickly dissipates to a ring.
Sweet aroma, strong hits of cocoa/chocolate and toffee, as well as toasted nuts. Not as "spicy" as the label suggests.
Good mouth feel, soft and smooth. Carbonation is perfect, slowly fading into the mild chili heat that sticks to the back of your tongue. Did leave my mouth feeling a touch sticky.
Lots of nice little flavors to pick out here. Starts with the nice smooth chocolaty sweetness followed quickly by some spice; this transitions to a subtle roasted malt flavor, and finally the last little lingering taste of chili spice. The aftertaste is very nutty and pleasant.
Overall, I was pleased with the taste which offered some complexity, and a nice transition through flavors. While there are a lot of things here I like,it is not something I will go out of my way to have again; it is a tad overpriced, and nothing really stands out as exceptional.
10-08-2012 04:38:11 | More by Samuel906
3.45/5 rDev -10.9%
Bright, bold and going in a lot of directions- Widmer Brothers' latest Brother's Reserve offering reveals everything from pecans, spices and chili for an ultra-complex taste upon a sweet and malty perch.
Very dark brown, the ale stops short of black showing that its something more porter-like than stout. A strong ivory-white head climbs up the snifter but then fizzles out rather quickly, regenerating only slightly with a swirl of the glass. With no real lace and terse retention, its a testament to the chili oils that impede its foam character.
Robustly sweet aromas of maple, peanuts, and toffee round out for a hearty scent of brittle with a slightly burnt sweetness in scent. Candy-like and spicy, the Strong Ale begins to take on cola and root beer proportions. With no real chili character, only a slim vegetal note exists with grass and green beans.
Its flavor is heavy with toast, molasses, brown sugar, and a hint of maple. Quite nutty, everything from cashew, peanut and pecan gives a taste similar to "Cracker Jacks" ballpark candies. But the finish is spices similar to cola with peps of cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg, and chicory. All the while, a spiciness builds to meet the intensity of alcohol. But unlike alcohol flavor, the capsacin resists fading and continues to intensify. Its fruit flesh still comes across as much like cooked green beans as it does chili peppers.
Its early texture gives the impression that the beer will be full and sturdy, but it lightens considerably in the middle for something that favors drinkability over sipping. But as the ale falls flat, it the creaminess retreats and leaves the brunt of candy-like sweetness for which the middle and late palates must contend. This causes the ale to seem of flat cola toward the end before the chili and spice saves it.
Its understandable to take the experimental flavors of the Pacific Northwest ales and reel in the Mexican cocoa and chili combinations. But the ale really needs a more boisterous body to prop up all of what's going on with the additions.
09-18-2013 19:34:15 | More by BEERchitect
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
Large format bottle into a dfh snifter
A nice jet black with a small light tan fast dissipating head. Light lacing
S light cocoa, sweet, tin,
T malt, fresh ground grain, light cocoa, tiniest bit of green pepper and a bit of Cayenne, little cinnamon, little bit of nuttiness
M thick, creamy, soft, smooth
O not bad, but nothing I would drink frequently... Probably wouldn't buy another.
10-27-2012 01:51:15 | More by Lare453
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
A: Nice box display, pours a dark coffee brown with a 1 inch head of tan bubbles.
S: Smells of lightly roasted nuts, cocoa and some heavy roast malts.
T: The aroma was underwhelming and slightly less than I may have expected with so many non beer ingredients listed on the label. The flavor of this beer on the other hand actually displayed a lot of these ingredients. Most prominent is the cocoa and a rich caramel toffee flavor. Green chili's at the end and a nice warming chili flavor as well that will make your throat a little toasty. Dark bakers chocolate and cocoa nib flavors that are bittering rather than sweet. The backbone of this of course is a nutty old ale flavor with some pecan presence that is beaten out by the chili and toffee flavors.
M: Medium body with a lot of carbonation that is slightly prickly.
O: Overall, this is pretty tasty and has a lot going on. I am reminded of a chili chocolate bar that I had once that tasted very similar. There are very few unattenuated sugars left behind which is a nice change for a beer of this volume. Well Done
10-28-2012 17:11:24 | More by alpinebryant
SXNW (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.