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

Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series)Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series)
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Winter Warmer
Ranked #213
Ranked #43,364
3.64 | pDev: 15.38%
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series)Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series)
Notes: Bitterness: 40 IBU
Alcohol by Volume: 9.4% ABV
Original Gravity: 20° PLATO

Released: September 2010
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Reviews by BigPlay1824:
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BigPlay1824 from New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass

A: Pours a beautiful amber color with a thin head that dissipates quickly, leaves a slight amount of lacing

S: Strong alcohol scent, deep whiskey notes dominate the scent, very slight underlying sweetness

T: Great tasting brew with very nice whiskey notes that are not offputting at all

D/M: Slight carbonation tingle, warms the pallet and the body as it is sipped sue to the whiskey notes, smooth on the pallet, drinks quite easily

Dec 21, 2010
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megahurts4 from Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.

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

May 27, 2011
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JTomczak from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Oct 31, 2013
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Adrianized from Connecticut

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

May 19, 2011
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jbaakko from California

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Jun 26, 2013
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kjkinsey from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Oct 21, 2014
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camartin27 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Oct 17, 2013
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Feb 04, 2011
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StoneBrewFanatic from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Nov 10, 2011
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Lucnifter from California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Sep 14, 2014
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Jan 15, 2011
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ronniebruner from Arizona

5/5  rDev +37.4%
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!

Dec 17, 2010
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jhlosito75 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Jun 16, 2014
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budgood1 from Minnesota

2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
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. disappointed am i?? this is not a good beer and for the price i am doubly disappointed. not recommended.

Dec 23, 2010
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SolomonGrundy from California

2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Oct 29, 2010
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Dan269605 from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +3%

Dec 07, 2014
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Suds from Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Apr 03, 2011
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JackieTH from Minnesota

3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
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's gone.

Dec 09, 2011
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Needmorebeer312 from Washington

3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jan 06, 2015
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yemenmocha from Arizona

3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Nov 25, 2010
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TicoCali from California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Oct 27, 2012
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Dec 27, 2013
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BeerResearcher from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Mar 27, 2011
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Prospero from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Feb 01, 2012
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thefluker from Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Sep 15, 2013
Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 592 ratings