Gentlemen's Club - New Oak Aged
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Old Ale
3.75 | pDev: 13.33%
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 properly cellared bottle. Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium to dark orange-red with a thin ivory head the dissipates to patches wih light lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt, plums, light orange and stone fruit, mild oak. Flavor is biscuit malt, plums, orange, light cherry and oaky vanilla, some aged hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Another lost bottle from my cellar. Probably should not have cellared this for 5 years, but it has survived satisfactorily. The flavor is kind of a hybrid between an American barleywine and an old ale, but rather subdued. The age has mellowed this out quite nicely; it's not as hot as the bourbon version I reviewed fresh, but the flavor seems dialed back, much like that ale. Not a full flavored strong ale, but doing pretty well after being aged beyond its expected life. I enjoyed this despite wishing for more robust flavor. This one has two entries here, both named slightly different than the bottle label. This one has more reviews, so I'm using this one. "Aged on New Oak Spirals", as in the picture.

Sep 03, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy caramel amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of oaky vanilla are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of oak and toffee also has notes of caramel and vanilla. Hints of alcohol and fruits are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a little warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is really heavy on the oak and toffee, so if you don't like these flavors it might not be your cup of tea, but if so it is a pleasant sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

Mar 03, 2015
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ryannosaurus from Arizona

3.07/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

May 30 '13 bomber poured to tulip.

Hazy red-amber. 1 finger of head that goes away immediately, no lacing.

Smell is big on butter scotch, some fig and yeast, light oak notes

Flavor is hot alcohol, raw woodiness, sweet and buttery on the backend. Oak replaces hops in the bitterness dept and does it well, decent balance

Mouthfeel is medium-thick, kind of cloying with scant CO2 to liven it up

Pretty expensive bottle ($19), which caught my eye due to the Cigar City collab (they are not distributed here, so my first taste of anything CC).A very interesting brew, very woody and rough even with nearly two years age on it. Either it isn't quite my thing or it needs far more aging.

Feb 27, 2015
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Gajo74 from New York

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber brown color with a rapidly rising, thumbnail length foam head. The head soon dissipates but leaves a modest layer of creamy foam.
The aroma is caramel and toffee like, with bready malt and a hint of alcohol spice. This is complimented by a fruity aroma that consists of raisins, figs and prunes.
The taste is characterized by a caramel and toffee like sweetness that has a silky and smooth texture. Medium to full bodied with a gentle carbonation and soft, velvety mouthfeel. Rich and creamy with bready malt flavors that are complimented by the fruit highlighted above in the aroma. Although the alcohol is well masked enough so as to not make it too boozy, there is a nice touch of bourbon. Midway, a balancing doze of oaky flavors, alcohol spice and hops bitterness add a nice balance.
I thought this was a delicious and complex big beer that is nevertheless drinkable and accessible. I wish I could find it more often.

Oct 11, 2014
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seedyone from New York

3.75/5  rDev 0%

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. As part of a Widmer/Cigar City barrel aged set. Smooth & tasty. All buttery on the nose & tongue. Less corn than the bourbon barrel. The ABV & price will keep this in check but it is definitely one for the books & bucket list.

Sep 07, 2014
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Second of the $8.99 bottles I dragged back from CA, split with my wife after drinking lake water for five days. I'll bet this tastes better. Then again, maybe not. Lake water is awesome, though the bog-stained is probably .25 worse than the clear, deep lakes.

Pour is the same lazy red as the rye whiskey aged version. Nose is a bit of malt, caramel, pumpkin spicing, but not much of any of them. Quiet in the glass.

Gentlemen's Club - New Oak Aged turns a nice trick of being lovely opposites rotating around the same glass. Sunless pale sweetness & citrus peel hit jarring against a harsh slap of fusel alcohol that's just this side of grandpa's moonshine. Mid-palate brings sharp baking spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, an almost Belgian candied sugar dollop, and a good dose of alkeehol. Wood really hits on the finish, drying. I could have used some drying in my tent this weekend. Half a bomber is good. Three quarters would have been half again as good.

Superior in every way to the rye whiskey aged version, which appears to have taken all of the nice, sharp edges off of this brew. Which is excellent. Wonder which side of the fence the bourbon version will fall on?

Sep 02, 2014
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srandycarter from California

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Red amber, clear beer. Not much head, just a ring. Tight bubbled cling lace.

S - Spicy, reminds me of the holidays a bit. Oaky.

T - Oaky, malty - sweet and harsh.

M - Lots of sweet smashed by lots of oak and some hops, wood is predominant character.

D - One is enough. Too oaky and high ABV for more.

Jun 27, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, spice, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is solid but slightly boring for a barrel aged beer.

May 18, 2014
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mhaugo from California

2.45/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle decanted into a snifter. 9.5% ABV. Served at 55F and allowed to elevate to room temperature.

Appearance: Dark mahogany, no head, relatively clear, and a body full of floating chunks (2.25/5).

Aroma: Wood, wood, with a hint of wood. Maybe a little too much wood. There are some raisins and molasses in there as well. I also get a bit of oxidation or staling. That’s odd for a new beer (2.75/5).

Taste: WOOD! Holy shit. It’s like licking a Home Depot. It’s hard to identify any other flavor the wood is so dominant. I’m honestly trying to provide a balanced review here, but all I get it wood (2.25/5).

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation. Definite warmth from the alcohol, and an harsh puckering from the wood (2.5/5)

Overall: So… anyway. There’s a lot of wood in here. I would suggest that it is a bit over-the-top. There also appears to be a touch of staling or oxidation, which I assume is intentional, since this beer just came out not too long ago and I bought it cold. Maybe there’s a good beer in there, but behind the light staling and the heavy-handed oak, it’s tough to tell. Overall a disappointment (2.5/5).

Apr 19, 2014
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nickfl from Florida

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a small off white head. The aroma is full of oak, grapefruit and cherry with some dark malt in the background. Cherry and molasses with notes of oak and light grapefruit in the background. Medium thick body, moderate carbonation and a slightly sweet finish. Not bad, but not something I would drink again. I think they got more or less what they were shooting for but an old fashioned flavored beer is kind of an odd Idea. The aroma is kind of nice, but the flavor profile ends up being precariously close to cough syrup.

Feb 23, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With several overlapping elements of bourbon cocktails and ale, it seems that the collaborative efforts of Widmer Brothers and Cigar City is going after the character of Manhattan Old Fashions. With booze and fruit front and center, what's there not to love?

As the ale opens with its classic rusty haze which adorns the reddish-brown ale, the appearance of Olde Ale is well captured. Its creamy khaki-stained head builds upon the beer and caps it confidently through the first half of the session. Faltering above its won weight and alcohol, its foam after which collapses, trailing with spotty lace.

Sweetness, booze and fruit all align upon the nose- starting with caramel and toffee before moving to citrus, cherry, date, prune and fig. Finishing with spicy alcohol, soft vanilla and a notion of dry oak, bourbon aromatics are easy to imagine.

To taste, the ale's malty-rich sweetness takes center stage with coffee cake, caramel, toffee and a pep of cocoa. But as the ale travels across a fat middle, its fruit really opens up with those citrus zest, dried pitted fruit, apple, grape and cherry flavors- providing a culminating taste of fruitcake. Its oaken finish seems soaked in bourbon, especially with the linger of caramel, spice and vanilla.

Malty-rich on the palate as well, its highly bready texture is long and dense. Even as the alcohol and citrus attempt to pierce is weight, the beer remains malt-balanced. A mild vinous sherry note rides along the taste and provides subtle but complex balance.

Gentleman's Club is a highly enjoyable ale, but a slow sipping one. Where it doesn't share the more complex and traditional British versions, nor does it shed its weight in order to prefer a sense of drinkability as do those either, but it trends American Barleywine, but with Olde Ale and Old Fashion influence.

Feb 20, 2014
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Joshpu from California

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber to a snifter.

A: Poured a dark amber with lots of floating chunks.

S: Definitely need to let this beer warm up. Smell is not that big at first, but then opens up to oak vanilla, slight fruit, sweet caramel malt smell and alcohol.

T: Sweet caramel/toffee malt forward, candy, alcohol on the end. Considering the list of fruit in this beer, I don't really taste it as much as I thought I would, mostly just a malt bomb.

M: Medium bodied. Average carbonation, actually pretty light on the mouth. Alcohol is present and cleans the palate too fast, just too thin.

Overall its an above average beer. It's tasty and enjoyable at times, but I wouldn't seek this one out again. Unfortunately for me it's a big malt bomb. After half a glass I get bored of the flavor.

Jan 08, 2014
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barleywinefiend from Washington

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy crimosn color with good carbonation presenting a nice dirty white cap, faint lacing and a rig of bubbles clinging to the sidewalls

S: The nose is pretty stellar and promising. Lots of candy with some dark fruits, cherries, loads of vanilla and coconut. The bourbon is pretty nice and is not overbearring on the nose.

T: Big wallop of vanilla and coconut coupled with a sweet candy, toffee, caramel presence upfront. A blend of dark and fresh fruits play second fiddle with a little bit of chocolate to finish it off.

M: Well carbonated for the style, low, sordove a mdium-full mouthfeel, some sticky sweetness but not cloying or overly done

O: A good rperesentation of a "Old Ale" which really pushes the limits on calling this an "Old Ale" since the ABV is a measure higher and Old ALes should not or typically would not have been aged on American Oak. This should really be classified as a Specialty/Wood aged beer.

Nov 25, 2013
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BethanyB from New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, dark copper, with a large, creamy, off-white head.

Smell: Toasty malt is paired with a ghost of slow-churned vanilla-bean ice cream, and faint, tropical fruit esters that become darker and more reminiscent of cherries and plums as the beer warms. Some earthy notes are also exhibited. Surprisingly, no alcohol notes are perceived.

Taste: A thin background of roasted chocolate malt. What dominates are dark fruity esters--dates, plums, figs, and raisins. This type of balance is appreciable in that it is typical for the style. Again, the presence of alcohol is oddly absent.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy, medium-full, with mild carbonation. The alcohol warming is (un)surprisingly mild. A light bitterness hangs around in the finish.

Overall: A good beer, but one that ultimately disappoints. Its branding promises a roaring 20's prohibition-like atmosphere that can't exist without some obvious presence of alcohol, which is also a hallmark characteristic of the Old Ale style. I feel that the absence of this quality is a fault that detracts from the enjoyability of this beer, as well as the celebration of its history.

Sep 29, 2013
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a deep brownish amber with half a finger of tan head weak retention, solid lacing.

S - vanilla oaky bourbon, light citrus notes, almost licorice like.

T - exactly as it smells, definite citrus qualities, rather boozy, very much reminiscent of watered down whisky.

M - lighter bodied, decently carbonated, quite drinkable

O - a little weak IMO. Quite bourbonesque, not a whole lot else going for it

Sep 23, 2013
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John_M from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the bier stein the other day.

The beer pours a fairly dark, copper amber color with faily good head retention and light lacing. The nose is very sweet and malty, and was dominated by an aroma of cherry cough drops and vanilla. The flavor profile is just more of the same in this sweet beer, and I confess I found it a bit heavy and cloying on the palate. Mouthfeel is fairly fully, with a long, malty, slightly hot and boozy finish.

Tried this side by side with the other two Gentlemen's club beers the bier stein had on offer, and found very little diference between any of them. All of them were dominated by a considerable amount of sweet malt and vanilla. If anything, this particular version was even maltier than the bourbon and rye whiskey versions I sampled, with more of a vanilla presence. Once again though, the difference was pretty subtle. My feeling is that if you've tried one Gentleman's club old ale beer, you've pretty much tried them all. Needless to say, I'm kicking myself for deciding I needed to try all three of versions that were on tap at the Bier Stein.

Jul 15, 2013
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mdfb79 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a collaboration with Cigar City.

"Drawing inspiration from an Old Fashioned cocktail recipe and the Gentlemen’s Clubs where the cocktail was first served over 100 years ago, this collaboration beer brings together two breweries from opposite ends of the country and ingredients from the home states of both breweries. Using an Old Ale recipe as the base beer, Gentlemen’s Club was brewed with cherries and oranges, Alchemy, Sorachi Ace and Pacifica hops, and hand-selected specialty malts to mirror the qualities typically found in an Old Fashioned cocktail. The beer was aged on three different woods: bourbon barrels, rye whiskey barrels and new oak spirals, resulting in three unique versions of the beer, each offering a slightly different take on the same age-old recipe."

From 06/26/13 notes. Had an 8 oz. pour of this on tap at Pony Bar in NYC on the UES, side by side with the Bourbon and New Oak versions. Listed as 9.5% on the menu.

a - Pours a hazy reddish-brown color with one inch of off white head and low to moderate carbonation. Looks exactly like the bourbon version.

s - Smells of toasted coconut, oak, caramel malts, tropical fruits, oak, toffee, toasted malts, some sweet sugar, and molasses. I think this is the best nose of the three by far...much less fruit than the other two and more coconut and caramel. Seems like some light bourbon in it too.

t - Tastes of toffee, caramel malts, toasted malts, whiskey, oranges, cherries, oak, light tropical fruits, bread, some burnt malts, and sugar. The taste again is probably the best, but close to the whiskey version, with less fruit and lots of caramel and toffee.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is very smooth and creamy, and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is creamier and better than the bourbon version, similar to the whiskey version.

o - Overall this was by far the best variation to me. This one had a very similar mouthfeel to the rye version, a slightly better taste, and a much better nose. Tons of caramel malts and toffee and much less fruit, this one also seemed to have a little whiskey to it. Worth getting, especially if you are only getting one of them.

Jun 27, 2013
Gentlemen's Club - New Oak Aged from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 94 ratings