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

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222 Ratings
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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:
2
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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 45
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice looking brown color with a thin white head on top. The lacing and retention were minimal. The smell of the beer has a mixture of cocoa and malt with some spice on the nose as well. The taste of the beer has nice levels of complexity to it. The chocolate notes come up strong in the beginning then in the finish there is a moderate heat from the peppers. The flavors blend pretty well together in my opinion. The mouthfeel of the beer is medium bodied. There is a nice amount of carbonation and even with the heat of the peppers it remains very drinkable. Overall I like this beer a lot, I wouldn't mind drinking this one again.

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Photo of sjstraub
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest.

A - black with a soft, brownish head that has good retention

S - sweet, nutty, caramel

T - cinnamon, nutty, caramel, chocolate, very faint cayenne heat in the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This was an intriguing beer. It tasted like mole, and drank like a unique big bodied, full flavored brown ale. The spices were inviting and warming. This beer has notes of stout, brown ale, strong ale, winter warmer, etc. This beer refuses to be pigeon-holed. If I can find it, I will definitely have it again.

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Photo of Brewery1337
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark Amber.
S - Nutty, with hints of chocolate and chilies. Cinnamon notes are hidden a bit in the background.
T - Nutty and slightly sweet. Spicy after note.
M - Decent carbonation. A bit thick.
O - A little boring. Certainly not worth the price. Won't be buying again.

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Photo of maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Widmer bottle pulled off the shelf. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Pour is very dark with red highlights. Send out a search party for the nose, just about had to snort some to pick up anything, faint spices, chocolate.

SXNW is unmistakably a beer with chiles. The chile heat is the defining characteristic, but the heat is passing rather than of the buildings/sticking/hot varietal. Chocolate rides side saddle, but, well, that's about it. Simple. Growing on me as I sip. As is the warmth of the chiles, which finally begins to adhere to the walls of my oral cavity.

Not much complexity in the DNA of this organism, but hey, I don't want War & Peace in a glass every night. Good beer.

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1/5  rDev -74%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin off-white head that dissipated immediately to a hint of foam around the glass. Aroma of nuts, roasted malt, chocolate and a hint of sharp chile. Flavor follows with mellow nuts, light chocolate, dark malt and light chile spicing, slightly earthy. Medium bodied with little carbonation. An interesting flavor combination that is perfect for the fall season. The dominant pecan and chile flavor is seems more southwest by southeast to me, but whatever.

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Photo of brewdude1982
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Poured a dark, clear reddish brown, with a finger of tan bubbly head building. It dissipates fast , leaving no lacing.
Smelling the beer, I notice pecan nuts, brown sugar, honey, spice and booze.
This order is pretty much confirmed during the tasting.
A heavy sweet sipper beer, beautiful for the winter season. Would enjoy this one again
With a book and an open fireplace.

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Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Had this at World Beer Fest' in Naples yesterday. Poured chilled into sample glass.

Pours a very thick, rich, dark brown heading to black. Quarter inch light brown head.

Aromas of nuts, chocolate, spice and wood.

Nice blend of flavors in this one. It is very thick and sweet but not cloying. The woody, earthiness from the pecans and the spices in the background all blend together to balance out the chocolate and coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel is heavy and sweet with moderate carbonation.

Very impressed with this beer. Seemed like each sip brought out a different combination of flavors. Would definitely try again.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at Skuter's UCLA vs. USC viewing party.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nuts, cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a mild chile flavor and very minor heat with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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