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

Added by BarrytheBear on 09-24-2010

BEER STATS
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581
Reviews:
229
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
15.69%
 
 
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21
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass

S: hops and malt dominate the aromas, there's also some fruits present mainly apples and cherries. there is a slight burn of alcohol.

T: very bold bourbon and very strong alcohol. There is a quick taste of sweetness from the fruits described above and hops but almost all aspects are ruined by the intense alcohol character.

Now I know why this one hasn't moved off the shelves. Very disappointing. Everything seems off.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tulip

2011 edition

A - Nice copper color, half finger white head and some slight lacing

S - Not a lot of nose. Malt, yeast, some spices, wood, soil, some booze and a slight hop

T - Wood, whiskey, earth, winter and fall spices, slight vanilla, flowers, hop comes in and out, a bit of booze, roasted malts, sugar, nutty, an almost Belgian yeast note and lots of minerally soil

M - Medium minus body, no acidity, low complexity, medium minus balance and medium finsih

D - Very drinkable ale, a good starter for people who want to have a "big" or "bigger" craft brew. Okay for a winter warmer, nice and refreshing but not much else to ad

Final thought - $13 and only 9.4%. Way to high of a price for a beer that is just OK. I would get one a year if it was half the price

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3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from AJ's Fine Foods on North Central in Phoenix. 22oz into a chalice, 2011 vintage bottled August 21 of the year.

Poured a translucent brownish orange, with about a finger of white head. A bit of lace and a film of retention. Nose has some orangey hop notes that are a bit resinous, a touch of oak, vanilla and only a slight suggestion of bourbon. Taste has quite a bit of the same, orangey-like hop notes (which, as I move through the bottle, come across as more and more artificial), with lots of oak, butterscotch - almost along the lines of an Innis & Gunn. Some bourbon flavour, without any bourbon burn. A hint of spice, bitter in the finish with a dash of alcohol. Heavy medium body and carbonation is quite low, slightly more drinkable than some pure 'sippers' out there. Too sweet for my liking though, and lacks any real complexity to make this stand out. Despite the nice looking bottle and packaging, this was certainly not worth the $14 I dropped on this. 22oz ended up being too much, half of this was disposed of.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled last fall, 2010.

Server cool into a goblet, Bourrrbon is a striking red color with great clarity.

Aroma is sweet and boozy with obvious bourbon barrel influence.

Flavor is strong with heavy bourbon character. Unfortunately not a lot else going on. Burr is a great hoppy beer but this aged version doesn't have much depth.

Mouthfeel is smooth and the alcohol is subdued.

Overall not a bad beer if you like bourbon but otherwise not much to like.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, Fall 2010 (stamp on bottle says October 2010) vintage. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/copper color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is a bit boozy, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, coconut, caramel malt and some dark fruit. It tastes like bourbon, vanilla, caramel malt, coconut, and a little bit of sweet spices and dark fruit. But the bourbon flavor in this brew is stronger compared to the other ones. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating, smooth, and has moderate carbonation. Aging this brew for a little more than a year certainly hasn't hurt it. I thought it was good, now I might have to buy a bottle of the 2011 version to try.

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3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled last night at the Alehouse.

Pours a bright orange/amber color with a pretty good off white head.

Aromas are very bourbon forward, boozy, with some roasted nuts, light cola, and mixed spices.

Taste is a bit of a let down. Caramel malt sweetness, light cola, some nuttiness, and a general booziness. But it lacks complexity, and comes off as an odd mixture of booze and spices.

Thin, but smooth mouthfeel, but leaves a bit to be desired.

Overall, this is ok. I really enjoyed Brrr, but this treatment of that beer doesn't work all that well. I guess it's something to try once, but not something I'd like to revist.

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Barrel Aged Brrrbon (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 581 ratings.
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