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Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series) | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series)Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bitterness: 40 IBU
Alcohol by Volume: 9.4% ABV
Original Gravity: 20┬░ PLATO

Released: September 2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,745
Reviews:
229
Ratings:
588
pDev:
15.47%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
136
Trade:
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Ratings: 588 |  Reviews: 229
Reviews by Avagadro:
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3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: copper in color, free of haze, little head formation or retention.

S: almost no bouquet to speak of. A couple wisps of honey are barely detectable.

T: malty sweet with a touch of hoppy bite. Caramel, vanilla, and honey are the main players of this brew.

M: full body, slightly sticky, and low carbonation.

D: nothing too impressive, but interesting nonetheless. give it a try if you feel like paying a premium price for a mediocre brew.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers Reserve Barrel Aged Brrrbon

Appearance: dark red, medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: bourbon sweetness with a floral maltiness.

Taste: bourbon sweetness and malted faint hop.

Mouthfeel: medium and rich.

Overall:
This has a great aroma and a nice taste. It has that bourbon sweetness.

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Photo of JTomczak
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Adrianized
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear copper with only a small head that clings to the glass.

S- Malty, lots of bourbon, vanilla and oak.

T- Malt backbone with a pretty stong bourbon flavor. Still has a slight burn of alcohol.

M- Medium body, leaves a nice sticky bourbon reside.

O- Overall an okay beer, but probably not worth going crazy to seek out. Either way, I enjoyed it... more so on the second glass.

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Photo of jbaakko
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of camartin27
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

The brothers are continuing their quest with this reserve series. Tawny clarity, a beautiful head rests on top. Oak and alcohol are the first to the nostrils with clean solvent, trace vanilla and toasted wood. Full-bodied slickness. Barrel flavor has a slight chokehold on this beer, tasting a whole lot of wood; toasted, watered-down bourbon to faint vanilla and a dry pull on the palate. Modest hop profile, and the maltiness is quite dry. Expected more of an alcohol presence between the barrel and higher alcohol. Mellow up front but warming in the back. A bit more malt to back up the barrel flavors would have worked. Wood seems to take over.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours hazy copper with ruby hues into my snifter with less than a finger of head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malts, earthy hops, lots of oak, notes of bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit.

T - Bourbon is much more present here, very woody, caramel malts, vanilla, toffee, and some spice with kind of a boozy finish.

M - Feels a little thin with the big woody flavors.

O - This is decent and has potential but just not quite on the mark.

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Photo of Lucnifter
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jdhilt
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an off-white, one-finger head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose, flavor is bourbon, vanilla and hints of sweet caramel, higher ABV is hidden. Expensive at $13.00 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of ronniebruner
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything told me that this would be a great and amazing brew. At $10.99 for a 22oz bottle, it had better be! Widmer is the only American brand in which Id risk this purchase, but wow! Widmer has outdone themselves again! This is by far the best new beer I have tried in a long time. This beer pours a beautiful dark amber color. The aroma of the bourbon barrels mixes well with the light citrus and vanilla aromatics. There is little head, no carbonation, and the perfect taste. If there ever was beer perfection, this is it!

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Photo of jhlosito75
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of budgood1
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out of the 22 ounce bomber a clear but darker shade of mahogany. a very thin head and sparse lace. bourbon nose...very light with a malty sweetness accentuated by some noticeable citric hopping. taste is a boozy snooze fest of high ABV amber ale like qualities with corn whiskey nuances and wooden notes. not sure if the booze flavours are from the barrel aging or the 9.4% ABV. some bitterness leads to an off putting aftertaste. light bodied for an ale of this sort. uneven mouthfeel. uninspired finish. something isn't working here. drinkability is only acceptable for the fact it's winter and this high ABV barrel aged ale has some definite warming qualities to it.

wow...how disappointed am i?? this is not a good beer and for the price i am doubly disappointed. not recommended.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cold and rainy, so what's better than this, right (ok a bunch of things, but you get the point)...

Pours a ruddy amber with a quickly-disappearing finger of soapy head. This settles into a rim of persistent bubbles and leaves very little lacing. Very little carbonation. Nose sure does carry bourbon whiskey, that's for certain. It's very nice...A certain sweetness in the nose too, so I suspect this'll be very alcoholic (9.4% ABV actually) and probably bitter. Flavor is characterized by bourbon, malt and brown sugar. Extremely robust. Most will not be able to handle it. It's like Jack Daniels fell on top of a keg of beer and it exploded into your face...The two flavors seem to compete more than they mesh. One moment, it's like a nice barleywine, the next like a glass of JD.These two flavors wrestle with each other until the finish, which is heavily whiskey-soaked, and bitter from some hops and alcohol. This is a big beer for big beer lovers. If I had to attach this beer to a popular Internetz girl, I'd equate it to Jordan (fka Katie Price) - enormous upfront, but it's more nuture than nature, if you get the drift, and it's kind of a mess. Insanely expensive at $10.99/bomber.

What I like most: The bourbon soaked aroma.

What I like least: the price and competeing flavor profile.

Verdict: crazy, alcoholic and fun (like Jordan) but not worth it.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Suds
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ultra-clear, deep copper in color, with a very slim head, this beer has a boozy, malty aroma. Some woody, smoky aroma, but very distant. Vinous, semi-sweet, warming, and malty. The beer has a distinct vanilla flavor. Mouth-filling, smooth, and very enjoyable. This is surely a sipping beer. Solid bitterness, but hop-restrained. The beer becomes more enjoyable and intriguing throughout the bottle. Very good.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated Aug-20-11.

Poured a clear lighter shade of amber with a thin layer of tan foam that receded quickly and didn't leave much if any lacing. Smell was light elements of bourbon wood- vanilla and cherries and a bit of alcohol. Taste was quite the same with vanilla and cherry elements, mild maltiness reminds on this is a beer and not the leftover watery remnants of an inexpensive Kentucky bourbon on the rocks.. Mouthfeel was medium and held together okay however my overall impression was as somebody else mentioned 'bland'. There is just enough of an initial hint of bourbon elements to get a person excited...but like that...it's gone.

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Photo of Needmorebeer312
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yemenmocha
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours barleywine-like in appearance with larger tan head than expected. Nose has some woody toffee notes, and perhaps a whiff of mixed nuts. Alcohol warmth is noted right away on palate with the bourbon influence revealing itself right away. Some of that woody toffee comes through on the palate as well, but not terribly sweet. Black tea flavors there too. Finishes semi sweet with boozy quality.

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Photo of TicoCali
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz dark brown bottle. Fall 2010 release.
Served in an Allagash stemmed goblet.
It pours an impressive deep oxblood color with a fair-sized beige head, along with a substantial amount of lacing.
The aroma, to the style, is relatively mild. Smells of sweet malt, chopped green hardwood, peat, citrus and a little smoky bourbon are all quite subdued. A faint whiff of orange liquor seems a bit peculiar, though not at all unpleasant.
Tastes of doughy, brown bread and burnt caramel are front and center. Sharp grapefruit bitterness, a mildly astringent medicinal harshness and metallic bite balance the malty sweetness.
The bourbon taste is certainly there, but not as a main flavor profile.
It's a pretty nice strong, bourbon barrel-aged ale, but the price ($12.95) is out of whack. Would the rating be higher if it were $9.95? No, but it would have been a far more reasonable value.

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Photo of Prospero
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of thefluker
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 588 ratings