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

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3.61/5
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585 Ratings
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

Added by BarrytheBear on 09-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,379
Reviews:
229
Ratings:
585
pDev:
15.51%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
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21
Gots:
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Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10 Feb 2012
I will start by saying I think this beer was a bit past it's peak, which is confusing because it was a bit hot too.

Appearance: Orange/red body under a 1/4 inch eggshell head with lacing that sticks to the glass well.

Smell: Bourbon and Oak predominate giving way to butter, oil, and toffee, all this is followed up by something a bit weird, like smokey peanuts.

Taste: Oily/buttery bourbon supported by roasted malts and oak. The peanut comes back here with a bit of burnt malt and a smokey flavor. If it ended here the beer would be much better, but all of this gives way too a hint of cardboard then a hot alcohol finish.

Mouth: Slips and flows on the tongue but the great body is hindered by the slight bite from the hot alcohol finish.

Overall: Complex though a bit too smokey and burnt. In all honesty this has probably just aged a bit too long, which makes sense given that it's a shade under 10%... I so wanted this beer to be excellent, but sadly it disappoints

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Photo of mercatonero
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint

A - Clear light copper hue with a wispy, white, one-finger head. Dissolves into some pretty decent lacing of tiny bubbles, but after a while was left with a completely flat looking beer with zero bubbles anywhere.

S – Powerful woody aroma. Some esters of vanilla and sweet malt as well.

T – Taste follows the nose. Whiskey, vanilla, oak, ash, and sugary malt. Some hint on winter spices like juniper, cinnamon, clove, and ginger. Slight amount of piney hops rolling around in the finish. Finishes hot. This brew just revels in its 9.4% abv. Overall the bourbon character pretty much slaps you in the face, and the overall flavor is brash.

M – Low carbonation. Thin bodied, and I found it a little sharp and syrupy. Kind of hangs on the palate.

O – Huge bourbon punch both a plus and a minus. At times this tastes like decent bourbon that someone just poured some beer into. Overall, everything doesn’t really come together very well. A solid idea, but probably could have been better executed. My bet is that this beer is a little young. Would like to taste this once it has had a chance to age and mellow and lose some heat.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. What appears to be a brewed/bottled on date of Nov 14, 2011 in teeny tiny white font on the label.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, reddish-amber body with a foamy, off-white head. Little bitlets of lacing on the descent.

Smell: Moderate bourbon wafts in between notes of resinous hops, toasted grains, juniper berry, light-colored brown sugar, and week-old lemon rind.

Taste: Toasted bread malts with some crystal sweetness with an edge of brown sugar and quickly dunked into (and out of) Kentucky bourbon. Two lone drops of pineapple juice. A little hint of spruce tips. Remains fairly resiny (though this is boosted by the tannins), with some muted citrus, and a scant grassiness. Moderately bitter. Very, very subtle vanilla and toasted coconut. Still closes out bittersweet like the standard Brrr, but now with some drying, tannic oak action enduring into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Slightly smooth stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: It's ultimately just OK, I certainly don't feel as though I got my thirteen bucks' worth with this one.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dirty Brown color with a moderate haze to it. Pours a 1 finger head that quickly vanishes. Not too much going on here.

Smell - Caramel, Vanilla, Bourbon with a touch of brandy, oak and figs. Smells pretty sweet and there's also a sort of a "creamy" smell to it, almost like an Irish Creme.

Taste - Caramel, Bourbon, and Oak are all pretty powerful. In fact, it almost tastes like straight up bourbon! The figs and sweet malts just add to that overall sweetness that comes with bourbon. The Oak also adds a distinct dimension to what is already a complex flavor. Aftertaste is pretty much straight oak and bourbon, like I have just finished a couple shots of bourbon

Mouthfeel - It's fairly light in body and the carbonation is very subdued, this gives it a very creamy feel. For a beer that's 9.4% ABV, it's pretty easy to drink!

Overall - Some will be not like the sweetness due to the bourbon present. Otherwise, this is a great bourbon style ale that offers something unique and enjoyable to those looking for something a little different.

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Photo of MeadGuyfromMD
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of MichaelBuck
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mhaugo
2/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of arizcards
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in late January 2011 for $10.99. Sat in the Wine Cooler since purchase.

Beer poured a garnet color with not much of a head. 3.0
Nose was pretty strong bourbon upon initial pour but has faded after about 10 minutes. 3.5
Taste is a big dose of warming bourbon to go on top of the big malt base. Oak and vanilla are present. Northwest hops have faded over time and are just a hint in the back of the palate. 3.5
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and not really smooth. 3.0
Overall this is not a bad beer but definitely not worthy of the price. 3.5

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Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2/10/2012

On tap at Churchill's.

A: Dark orange and transparent. The white head fades quickly.

S: A pleasant blend of caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon (faint). There's earth and a dash of grapefruit. Smells nice but it's not very expressive. Takes a lot of coaxing and swirling to bring out the aroma. Butterscotch comes to mind.

T: Caramel and restrained bourbon notes. There's a lower moderate bitterness and a little citrus. Vanilla is faint. Alcohol is quite strong.

M: Upper medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and sticky.

Overall: A decent barrel aged Strong Ale, though a bit inexpressive.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber dated 10/2010 poured to tulip.

Poured from 22oz bomber dated 10/2010 to pint glass. The beer pours a deep ruby copper color with a two finger lighter tan colored head. Good retention and lacing throughout. I am enjoying this aroma: nice blend of vanilla, caramel, oak, figs, and a hint of bourbon. The flavor very much follows suit though the bourbon is a bit more pronounced on the tongue. The vanilla, caramel, and fig flavors blend well with a medium bitterness. Coats your palette. Medium bodied and adequately carbonation. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. Aging seemed to mellow the bourbon flavors but not as much as I anticipated. A brew I look forward to every year :)

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper-amber with purple highlights. A large light tan head dissipates quickly to leave some good oily lacing.

Smell is bourbon and wood, sweet and pungent.

Taste is close to smell, bourbon and it's barrel, not much beer flavor though. A touch of char on the after taste rounds it out.

Beer texture is smooth and full bodied, yet for some reason difficult to drink.

I still have no idea what kind of beer this is. The barrel and bourbon are so forward as to hide the beer. If you like the hard alcohol aspect, this could be good, but I didn't find this all that great.

DOA

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Photo of mkvi
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
2/5  rDev -44.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium red-orange amber, thin head dissipates quickly, minimal lacing. Aroma dominated by bourbon with sweet malt. Taste follows, with bourbon dominating, decent wood notes, vanilla and faint hops. Light to medium bodied. The bourbon is nice, but the elements aren't that well integrated. The vanilla leaves a slightly diacetyl taste. Overall a satisfactory, but not noteworthy effort.

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Photo of cycoduck
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Prospero
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter with just the lightest had on top. I let this one sit out of the fridge for a good 25min to warm up some. The aroma is somewhat light but I am getting some malts, booze and some cherries.

Oh man, the bourbon and wood are for sure there. There is some sweetness that is like a caramel chew but it really doesn't stand out. The wood flavor is pretty much from the beginning to the end. Though it isn't harsh, like take the smell of those balsa wood planes when you were a kid and make it a flavor. Kind of awesome actually.

There is hardly any carbonation and it very drinkable. Was so glad to see this again for 2011. It is just one of those winter seasonals I don't mind paying for. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of StoicBeast
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of rogerthegill
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 585 ratings
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