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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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very good

187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: shand on 09-07-2012)
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11-06-2012 04:37:24 | More by Rhettroactive
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11-05-2012 07:47:53 | More by Cramerican
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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).

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2012 01:51:57 | More by JHS123
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-04-2012 03:44:38 | More by aubrey
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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. :-)

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 04:35:05 | More by KickbacksSteve
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-29-2012 20:55:59 | More by kew
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10-29-2012 01:53:23 | More by SortaAmbivalent
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3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 17:11:24 | More by alpinebryant
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-27-2012 03:38:59 | More by TicoCali
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3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 01:51:15 | More by Lare453
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-26-2012 01:08:37 | More by hardcor33
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

10-24-2012 01:07:48 | More by HipHopinHooligan13
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

10-22-2012 02:14:52 | More by JMBSH
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

10-20-2012 12:46:07 | More by cdwil
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

10-20-2012 02:47:32 | More by Lob
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

10-20-2012 02:21:41 | More by GTB
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

10-19-2012 12:26:17 | More by Jman_01
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

10-17-2012 02:56:13 | More by jnoelani
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4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-10-2012 20:24:08 | More by wbumgarner
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4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

10-10-2012 00:40:23 | More by uziangis
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3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 04:38:11 | More by Samuel906
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10-08-2012 01:39:44 | More by Molnar
SXNW (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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