Barrel Aged Brrrbon '12 | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Barrel Aged Brrrbon '12Barrel Aged Brrrbon '12
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Barrel Aged Brrrbon '12Barrel Aged Brrrbon '12

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BrewMakeMeFeel on 02-24-2014

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 4
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, aged in Kentucky Bourbon (are there other kinds?) barrels, and thoughtfully aged for a couple years before being released up here north of 49.

This beer pours a hazy, medium bronzed amber hue, with one finger of weakly puffy, foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some boiling seascape lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of fruity (of the white wine grape, Poire Williams, and orange Stoli sort) caramel malt, soft grainy barrel notes - astringent wood, dry vanilla, and boozy rye - faint and muddled winter seasonal spices, the only one showing its face being a hint of metallic cinnamon, and a further bit of musty, leafy dryness. The taste is still quite fruity, with some mixed cold melon essences complementing the established orange, grapefruit, and sugary lemon suspects, as well as the underlying bready caramel sweetness, which all seem to hold off the gritty Bluegrass state booze barrel character (wood, spice, vanilla, repeat) with both style, and aplomb, the blended savoury spices still underwhelming in their isolation, but enjoyable all the same.

The carbonation is pretty low-key, the frothiness of the plain and banal variety, the body a decent enough medium weight, and generally smooth, with a slight airy creaminess evolving as it warms. It finishes on the sweet side, but more from fruit than any native caramel malt or barrel-borne incursions.

A surprising version of this venerable American style of brewing, as the barrel character seems to have wilted over the intervening couple of years, ceding its influence to a rather pleasant and engaging fruitiness, one that seems to have zero problem letting the big ABV in the door, but not so much as to cause any real ruckus, y'know? Easy-drinking, tasty, lightly spiced, and warming - what else do you want in a winter bevy?

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Photo of DOCRW
2.76/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Indiana_Brones
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jellikit
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Appearance: copper. Clear. Thin, fuzzy head. Thin lacing.
Smell: musty like an old, dusty room. Whiskey.
Taste: weird. Slightly malty, slightly hoppy. Doesn't mix well. There is a strange aftertaste. Then bourbon. Lots of bourbon.
Mouthfeel: medium low carbonation. Big body. Sweet.
Overall: didn't go over well for me. I like some of Widmer beer. I like Brr for a easy to get beer. But this is too much bourbon that doesn't blend with the beer.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

With a splash of malts and a spice of hops and then a patient maturity from bourbon barrel aging makes the annual hodge-podge of a beer style something kinda magical. As the Widmer Brothers venture into their 2012 version a distinctive bourbon flavor hits home. And now with another half of a decade aged in the bottle, the taste is simply sublime.

Toffee, bourbon and citrus steer the nose toward the glass even as the ale is pouring. Medium mahogany in color, the beer's shy sepia head folds back into the near nearly as quickly as it builds. Its bold malt taste leads with caramel and toffee along with a nuttiness of peanut brittle and nuances of chocolate.

As the sweetness settles on the middle palate, the hop spice resonates with a piney bitterness and the brightness of gently muddled citrus peel. Strong bourbon flavor dominates the late palate with its own caramel, vanilla, oak, char and coconut character. Spicy and boozy, there's a syntheticness to the beer's bourbon character that seems somewhat forced.

Full bodied and sweet from head to tail, the malt centric beer has a sugary maple succulence that hits home for the winter season even while the hop's curacao liquor character rivals for balance. A long bourbony aftertaste simmers long in aftertaste with a candied taste of wurther's originals.

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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep reddish amber color, moderate carbonation and head.

Smell: Distinct wood essence from being aged in bourbon barrels, with notes of sweet malt.

Taste: Hits you with the bourbon flavor right away, giving way to smoky malt flavors and slight bitterness from hops, and ending with noticeable, lingering warm alcohol taste. Overall flavor profile reminiscent of whiskey (not surprising considering the bouroun barrel aging).

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin mouthfeel considering strength, though not watery. Smooth feel on the palate.

Overall: An interesting seasonal, very strong whiskey-like flavors and a noticeable alcohol afterburn. Bourbon flavor works well with smoky malts. An intense beer for when you're in the mood for that kind of thing; not to be taken lightly, but a good antidote for a chilly winter night.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChrisP802
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Barrel Aged Brrrbon '12 from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 67.5% out of 100 with 40 ratings
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