SXNW (Brothers' Reserve Series) | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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SXNW (Brothers' Reserve Series)SXNW (Brothers' Reserve Series)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by shand on 09-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
222
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.21%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
37
For Trade:
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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Eziel
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerOps
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jams1220
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of claybob43
4.95/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jfmared
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AGB
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep mahogany pour with a thin tan cap of foam. Brief retention, leaving a light surface ring. Deep brown and mahogany in the light.

Touch of muddled spices on the nose likely belie the intent of this beer as it seem to be about three years old. This wasn't known to me as of a recent purchase. More malted cinnamon up front which seques to a chili spice. Still subdued a bit.

Spices pop on the tongue much more than the aroma. An initial splash of chili spice subsides as the palate accustoms to it, then some light hints of cinnamon and chocolate. Later comes some nutty cocoa with a chili pepper charcter. Not spicy but evident on the chili. Again all components and subtle and a bit reaching. Still there is never any evidence of the ABV on the smell or taste.

Offers a pleasant feel with no real detectable sweetness and drinks easily with no real bitterness either. With warming there is a more lingering chili character. Overall an older beer than expected but still quite interesting and still relevant though I'm now intrigued how it was when fresh.

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Photo of imbuckeye
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PWehrung
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drpimento
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A bit of a disappointment. Small short lived head, no lace. Aroma's cocoa, a bit of spice. Flavor's like nose, a little sweet and nutmeat (which don't really work that well- off tastes) . Kind of forgettable for all the hoopla.

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Photo of Tylertut
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2Bstout
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SierraFlight
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ian_B
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AtrumAnimus
2.58/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one pours seemingly flat at first then gives to a fast rising head that is weak, settles very fast and leaves zero lacing down the glass. The color is a cloudy dark brown that is nearly impenetrable to light.

The nose is sharply sweet with a lot of sugary alcohol and reminds me of a very strong barley win. In fact I think it smells exactly like a rich barley wine.

The taste is somewhat cloyingly sweet and very off balanced in the complexities. Instead of having the potential complexities of these ingredients presenting themselves over the time is takes to cross the palate they are fighting each other for dominance and just confuse the palate. Not that enjoyable to be perfectly honest.

The mouthfeel is mostly alcohol and watery.

Overall a real disappointment.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Strong aroma has a malty core and notes of - each whiff seems different. I get cocoa, cinnamon, nuts, and even hints of chili peppers and caramel. Gets the old salivary glands in action. Pours a barely translucent chocolate brown with a good light tan head that doesn’t stick around too long. Flavor has malty, chocolaty, nutty, sweet syrupy, and earthy tones, plus a sharp chili pepper note. I like hot foods in the right circumstances, but I really don’t care for hot pepper in my beer. However, it is subtle enough that it doesn’t detract much from the rest of the taste. I get a firm undercurrent of hoppy bitterness as well. Texture is smooth, syrupy, and not too tingly, though the pepper provides a little "pins and needles" feeling. Overall, distinctive, delicious, interesting.

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Photo of jwerner23
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rand
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 22 oz bomber to snifter

A: Copper-brown in color with a ruby hue, a liberal pour yields virtually no head to speak of. No lacing either.

S: Sweet bouquet, bold. Toffee-malts anchor the aromas, with notes of oak and chalky yeast at the edge. Distinct molasses and cocoa, warming booze lingers.

T: Malty sweetness at the front of the sip, toffee-like and creamy. Caramel notes are easily parsed and very sweet, but the brew is nicely balanced by oak, booze and a touch of bittering hops. Suggestions of chalky cocoa and cherry phenols come through toward the finish, along with the added cinnamon. Closes long and sweet.

M: Strangely thin for the style and all of the flavors bouncing around your palate. It's not off-putting, but a little more viscosity might've driven home the nuances of the flavor profile.

By far the best beer I've had from Widmer. There's virtually no hype surrounding this beer, and it's a bit underrated - I wonder if the ubiquitous, and rather lame, Hefeweizen (which is really just a pale wheat ale) has damaged the brand among beer geeks. But if anyone gets a chance to sample it's worth a try - easy to drink and full of caramelly, full-flavored goodness.

Note: I just noticed that the last entry was 2012 - this brew is about 2 years old, and aging may have done a beer good, based on other reviews. Some of the nuanced aspects of the added ingredients may have waned, but the flavors are singular and tasty.

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Photo of AllanPatchin1016
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tranquilocigars
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of El_beer_hombre
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of Wiz99
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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SXNW (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 222 ratings.
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