Gentlemen’s Club - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdfb79 on 06-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 5
Photo of mdfb79
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a collaboration with Cigar City.

"Drawing inspiration from an Old Fashioned cocktail recipe and the Gentlemen’s Clubs where the cocktail was first served over 100 years ago, this collaboration beer brings together two breweries from opposite ends of the country and ingredients from the home states of both breweries. Using an Old Ale recipe as the base beer, Gentlemen’s Club was brewed with cherries and oranges, Alchemy, Sorachi Ace and Pacifica hops, and hand-selected specialty malts to mirror the qualities typically found in an Old Fashioned cocktail. The beer was aged on three different woods: bourbon barrels, rye whiskey barrels and new oak spirals, resulting in three unique versions of the beer, each offering a slightly different take on the same age-old recipe."

From 06/26/13 notes. Had an 8 oz. pour of this on tap at Pony Bar in NYC on the UES, side by side with the Rye and New Oak versions. Listed as 9.5% on the menu.

a - Pours a hazy reddish-brown color with one inch of off white head and low to moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of tropical fruits, caramel malts, bourbon, oak, toffee, toasted malts, some sweet sugar, and molasses. Lots of fruits in the nose, and caramel. The bourbon is there but not overpowering at all.

t - Tastes of tropical fruits, oranges, cherries, sweet dark fruits, caramel malts, toffee, bourbon, oak, toasted malts, bread, some burnt malts, and sugar. Taste has even more fruits to it than the nose, especially as it warms up.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is smooth and easy to drink. Doesn't like around 10% ABV at all.

o - Overall a good barrel aged old ale. It is very fruit forward which surprised me, and the bourbon does not dominate, though it is there. Easy to drink and a good beer, I thought going in this would be my favorite variation and it actually ended up being my least favorite of three, and the fruitiest. Worth checking out on tap; in bottles it would depend on the price for me.

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the bier stein the other day.

The beer pours a fairly dark, copper amber color with faily good head retention and light lacing. The nose is very sweet and malty, and was dominated by an aroma of cherry cough drops and vanilla. There was at most a hint of bourbon in the aroma profile I thought. The flavor profile is just more of the same in this sweet beer, and I confess I found it a bit heavy and cloying on the palate. Mouthfeel is fairly fully, with a long, malty, slightly hot and boozy finish.

Tried this side by side with the other two Gentlemen's club beers the bier stein had on offer, and found very little diference between any of them. All of them were dominated by a considerable amount of sweet malt and vanilla.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a dark caramel amber with slight ruby tones. A eigth inch odd-white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, boubon, vanilla, oak, light stone fruit and orange, slightly boozy. Flavor follows aroma with caramel malt, boozy bourbon, toffee, light stone fruit and mild citrus, vanilla and oak. Hot and a bit ethanol forward. Finishes with a grassy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a slick creaminess. A hot, but otherwise moderately flavored ale that leaned more towards a barleywine than an old ale, because the biscuit and toasty malt of the latter are subdued here. There is some moderate complexity and a decent balance of flavors, but this tastes young and alchohol forward. Nice oak and moderated bourbon barrel flavors. I may pick up another bottle of this to see how it ages.

Photo of pkalix
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

rusty amber, lighter-colored than anticipated. probably thinking 'stout' when I saw bourbon barrel aged.... everybody's bb-aging everything these days... or blending everything, it seems....
fruits and alcohol, then bourbon on the smell.
taste is alcohol heat. liquid is thin, but the alcohol is very prominent. and not the bourbon. for $20, I expect WAYYY better than this. very one-dimensional. I get the slight toffee in there, the vanilla. somewhere there is some fruit, I guess. but I kind of feel like i'm nursing a cheap brand of no-name whiskey. not much to understand or know of it, and not certain if that taste was intended to be there, ya know?
it looks pretty good. it has a nice color and some good foamy stuff around the edges. but there isn't much else to hang the hat on here. alcohol HEAT is too prevalent and I feel i'm drinking the cheap sh*t... and yet this one cost $20 at Huntington beach total wine. very disappointed... article says it was brought out june 5th, and yet there are only three actual reviews on BA? is that the same as a restaurant never having any customers? I bet ratebeer has it at 96 like everything else... too expensive to dump; i'll choke it down, take whatever buzz I can get from it, and kiss my frig because there is better stuff in there to wash down the bad taste. glad I did this one first!!

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. As I'm all aboard the barrel ageing train these days I could not pass this by.

Aroma is reminicient of a bourbon barrel aged ESB from Breckenridge of Colorado I had a few months ago. Massive buttered popcorn aroma.

Mostly butter but unquestionably distinct. I assume the corn came from the bourbon in the barrels.

The alcohol is well masked & lucky for me the ABV& price are probhibative so the silk smoothness' seduction can only go so far.

Gentlemen’s Club - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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