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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

199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of ONUMello
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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

ONUMello, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of heytomcat
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

heytomcat, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -22.5%

rderedin, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of VinceMig
4/5  rDev +3.4%

VinceMig, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of bigbeers84
3.25/5  rDev -16%

bigbeers84, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of Reappropriated
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Reappropriated, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

valkyre65, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of Vermonthiker
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Vermonthiker, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Ohiovania
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Ohiovania, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of NikD
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

NikD, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

GraduatedCashew, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of camartin27
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

camartin27, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Xandrose
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Xandrose, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Zach122
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Zach122, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of dragomni
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

dragomni, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of DrewskiWhit
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

DrewskiWhit, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of TruePerception
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Widmer's SXNW, ale brewed with pecans, spices, cocoa nibs, and green chilies. 9.3% ABV

A: Very, very dark red, almost black. Honeyed brown in the dimple. Almost no head.

S: Raw cocoa, pecans, and sweetness from the chilies swirl together nicely, neither seeming to overbalance the others.

T/MF: Lot of sweet, dark cocoa flavor. Pecans highly present, but secondary. Just a hint of spice from the chilies. Well balanced. Quite smooth, texturally.

This would make a very nice barrel-aged beer. Rum, perhaps?

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

TruePerception, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Chisfinest84
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Chisfinest84, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

BEERchitect, Sep 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Roguer, Sep 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

DrewLikesBeer, Sep 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Boston_Steve, Sep 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

DerekMorgan, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 8/8/2012. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about a half inch off-white head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like chocolate, sweet spices, nuts, and some chilies. The brew tastes like nuts, chocolate, dark fruit, sweet spices, chilies, and some dark bread. The chili spice does linger and get stronger as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick, but also thin as well. Wish it was thicker. Overall, I liked this brew. There was more heat in it than I expected, it's a nice, flavorful beer. $11.49 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Aug 24, 2013
SXNW (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.