SXNW (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
11-11-2012 15:32:07 | More by Sammy
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
11-08-2012 00:18:06 | More by Kromes
4.5/5 rDev +16.3%
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).
11-05-2012 01:51:57 | More by JHS123
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
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. :-)
10-31-2012 04:35:05 | More by KickbacksSteve
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
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
SXNW (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.