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Widmer Brothers Reserve Ginger Barrel Aged Brrrbon

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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 321   ABV: 10.7%
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Our brewers added fresh chopped ginger to a few select barrels of our Barrel-Aged Brrrbon ’13, an imperial version of our Brrr Seasonal Ale aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels, for this limited edition brew. The addition of ginger complements the oak, vanilla, and caramel flavors of the beer and results in a smooth winter warmer perfect for the season.

MALTS: Pale, Caramel, Carapils, Dark Chocolate
HOPS: Alchemy, Simcoe, Cascade

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (1737) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - APR 8, 2014
Aroma: Huge Ginger, Apple, Mild Vanilla, Mild Bourbon Appearance: Brownish/Orange Hue, Passes Mild light, White Head, Decent Lacing Taste: Ginger, Virgin Bourbon, Mild Vanilla, Mildly Boozy Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckeyeBoy (2453) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 5, 2014
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out a copper topped with a cream head. Nose is ginger spice and barrel. Taste is as the nose with plenty of the spice some barrels some grapefruit peel bitterness and a little soap after tast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (933) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
Golden brown with a good sized fluffy off-white head. Aroma is fresh ginger, bourbon, caramel, dates. Medium-full bodied, smooth on the palate with a reasonably sweet character, some ginger burn on the finish. Taste is ginger, honey, caramel, bourbon, dates.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (1367) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2014
On tap at Engine 15 in JAX. Very smooth, considering the ABV and the substantial dose of hot ginger. Someone got carried away with ginger, this dominates but, thankfully, does not completely mask other aspects of the ale. Most notable is medium roast malts. Ultimately, too much ginger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scouser (228) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Pours hazy brown color with no head or lacing, an ugly beer. Nice aroma of ginger and caramel. Tastes of ginger, caramel, alcohol, and tangerine. It’s actually a nice tasting beer. Pity it looks like Swamp water.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcartamdg (1662) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Pours a hazy brown with a thick off white head. Aroma of ginger and bourbon. Taste is bourbon foward with a ginger finish. Light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Gray waxed bomber from Whole Foods. Pours turbid cherry-wood-colored with off-white head. Nose is heavy ginger, caramel malt, hops. Tastes very gingery, very tangeriney and grapefruity, with some oak, caramel malt, and hops. The hops get buried in the oak and ginger in this one. This one would be a great saute liquid for hunan pork, but it doesn’t make a great beer. In fact, it finishes rather harsh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3217) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2014
(bottle - 22 oz) Cloudy copper pour with a thin white head. Big gingerbread aroma with some light bourbon and bitter hops. Flavor is ginger but a bit too much of it. Can’t really get much else besides the ginger and a touch of bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1019) - Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2014
On draught for Zwickelmania 2014 during Widmer tour. Copper color. Aroma of freshly grated ginger root. Taste is of citrus hop, sweet dark malt, with an overwhelming ginger flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10343) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Waxed bomber from Malt & Vine. Fabric pull tab is quite effective. Pours deeply dark copper with a yellow/beige head. Aroma is ginger with something like brown sugar. This smells so like it should be next to sushi and ginger! Very near full bodied. Flavor is ginger and dark malt, but the combination is not quite either of those. The bourbon aspects are rendered quite subtle, and the brown sugar aspects are "gingery". This is very fun stuff. There’s a burn which might be ginger! It doesn’t seem like alcohol or hop. With a little exposure there’s a dry astringent development which could be wood. Probably is. Ginger rules here (love ginger), but there’s a lot of other things. I’m really enjoying this.

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