Kill Devil Brown Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Kill Devil Brown Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)Kill Devil Brown Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Brown Ale with black strap molasses and palm sugar aged for four months in Puerto Rico rum barrels.

Added by msubulldog25 on 04-27-2012

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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of kbrees
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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

A: pours a dark brown that glows red where the light shines through into a snifter with a small off white head that fades quickly to a collar around the glass
S: smells of molasses, brown sugar and spice from the rum barrels
T: tastes of molasses, brown sugar and some spice with a few hints of lightly roasted malt. swallow brings more molasses, a slight woodyness and spice with a bit of alcohol heat
M: a little less than full in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation. It doesn't feel quite right on the tongue. it feels thick as you sip but as it sits in the mouth it feels much lighter. slightly drying finish
O: a good idea with less than optimal execution. It's close but it can't quite tie everything together or strike a good balance of flavors. The concept always got my interest because the flavors sounded like they should lend well to each other but the price kept me back. I finally bit the bullet but wish I would have left this one on the shelf.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Vitacca
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of tdm168
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - dark brownish amber with a big, white, brownish head that has good retention

S - huge caramel aroma and some bready notes

T - molasses, caramel, brown sugar

M - sticky, medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This was a nice beer. It truly was a big, bold, double brown ale. The maltiness was deep and complex, rich and sticky. The ABV was also very well hidden. This was a solid beer that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of csustar001
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of AOShabaz
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- ruddy orangish brown very little head that doesn't linger light lacing.

Aroma- strong rum molasses cinnamon yams carmel and vanilla

taste- Slightly metallic, carmel rum oak tobacco prune. Its a little buttery not as deep and rich as some of the special offerings from firestone, but tasty the ale gets a bit more nutty as it warms and it finishes with slightly herbal hops.

Mouthfeel- full bodied despite a lighter color for a brown ale IMO. some warmth from the alcohol and a little lighter on the carbonation.

Over all- like I said this is a tasty brew but it lacks the depth of some of firestone's offerings. of course i am much more of a whisky guy than a rum guy. I would order another on ebut i would pare this with turkey mashed potatoes and gravy.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Ravencrest
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice rum barreled brown ale.

Presentation: Post recycled cardboard box with a brown and gold band noting name, main characteristics and intent of the brew, as well as a general overview of the brewery, and the scope of the Reserve series. Contains a 22 oz brown capped bottle. Screen printed label with gold framing and typography designed around the descriptive text of the brewery and this beer release. Notes Oregon pride, main description, and limited release #6. Displays 9.5% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a snifter.

A - Clear deep amber/brown pour, with a frothy short lived head that leaves a fair surface memory ring, with minimal splashes of lacing.

S - Lightly boozy nose, touches of molasses and malt… rummy notes emerging in the finish...

T - Nice complex sweetness, soft rummy notes over sugar, dash of spice and a distant nutty hint.

M - Medium body, medium/low carbonation with a nice creamy feel over a light warmth.

O - This was a nice sipper, not overtly complex but with a good range and long flow.

Notes: Certainly nice, and it is stimulating to see this rum barrel aging trend emerging. Worth the exploration if one if intrigued by these flavors. Socially as an after meal sipper it worked pretty well.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a semi transparent brownish amber, the head with a vigorous pour about half a 1/3" in size in an off-white color with slight yellow tint to it. Settles with even lacing.

Smell: Light light maple scent right off the nostrils it feels sweet. Light rum as well but keep in mind this is awfully light I mean light.

Taste: This beer has a strong maple finish right off the bat that make you think it more well suited to have with dessert. Rum is evident in this brew with a sweetness that comes pretty quite appetizing.

Mouth: It's tough to decide what is the weakest property of this beer. It's either the mouth or the scent not that is that bad but it comes off with a light carbonation and feels a touch flat. Another thing I didn't like is that the after-taste dissipates f'n quick.

Overall: This beer is good, but at what it's priced you must either love Widmer Brothers brewery or love brown ales. I would have taken my fourteen dollars and spent it on one of my regular favorites. I will not tell you to avoid this but proceed with the right head in mind. Salud!

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Photo of doughanson78
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of swungomonkey
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Zorro
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored ale with a small yellowish head.

Smells a little sweet with a syrup on toast aroma. Molasses and rum are in this. Caramel and vanilla also detected. Still this isn't that aromatic a beer.

Starts out very sweet. Molasses and hops with a touch of rum. Brown sugar and a woody hop flavor. Strangely alcohol doesn't standout at all despite the rum flavors.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall it is a boring beer.

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Photo of Apostlebrews
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Despite my best efforts to stay objective, I approached this beer with fairly low expectations. Every review I have seen or heard has been sub-par; most bloggers' reviews have cited disappointment and letdown. And then I tasted Kill Devil for myself and remembered an important fact about craft beer: like art, beer speaks to each person differently based one's palate and personal preference.

But in case you still don't trust your own palate, I'll lend you mine for the moment.

I picked up a bottle of Kill Devil from Beer:30 in Jacksonville. The aroma is incredibly sweet. There's definitely a hint of rum, but the sweetness is pretty overpowering.

Like the aroma, the taste is very sweet. I was actually a bit surprised at how sugar-forward this is on the tongue. Reminds me of sugar cane juice I drank in Egypt. Beyond the sugar-forward introduction in your mouth, there are heavy amounts of molasses and caramel flavors that are followed by an unmistakable rum profile, which is my favorite part about this beer. The rum comes through even more as the beer warms and the low-moderate carbonation also helps create a solid rum finish. I recommend letting this one sit for about 10 minutes after you've taken it out of the fridge.

This is a sugar-rum-molasses-malt-bomb in a glass. It's really quite enjoyable and really serves as a nice winter warmer. The 9.5% ABV brings a good amount of heat that picks up as the glass warms. The biggest problem I have with this beer is the amount of sugar that comes through. Although I really enjoyed the taste, I'm not sure I could drink more than a glass due to its sweetness.

If you like rum, brown ales, fun dip, or rock candy, this beer is right up your alley.

You can read more of my reviews on my beer blog:


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Kill Devil Brown Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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