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

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: shand on 09-07-2012)
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Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of srhoadsy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of pjs234
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of olliegaff
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of richbrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jtd1969
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of bgramels
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of doucmehu
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of thegerm87
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of Devonben07
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of patjohnfive
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Cjalbers
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Kromes
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Cramerican
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of JHS123
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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).

Photo of aubrey
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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. :-)

Photo of kew
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SortaAmbivalent
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

SXNW (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.