infoman411 (21) - Stamford, Connecticut, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 Seasonal BARREL AGED BRRRBON is an amazing beer, enjoyed it today at the Foodie Festival in Westport CT. Its one of the more impressive offerings from one of the most impressive craft brewers nationwide. One of the highlights of an event that featured a diverse variety from Widmer, BluePoint, Goose Island, Southern Tier and a host of locals.
Widmer Brothers states: FOLLOWING THE INITIAL BREWING PROCESS OF BRRR, THE BEER WAS GIVEN A FRESH CHARGE OF HOPS DURING SECONDARY FERMENTATION AND THEN PUT INTO KENTUCKY BOURBON BARRELS AND AGED FOR FOUR MONTHS. AFTER BARREL AGING, THE BEER WAS ALLOWED A TERTIARY FERMENTATION FOR FINAL CONDITIONING BEFORE RELEASE.
Nice auburn copper pour.
Frothy with sweet smell reminiscent of oak with vanilla. Little bourbon smell mild not overpowering. Texture is slick with taste of sweetness coupled with some alcohol but not negative. Solid hops composition with a little bit of a burnt earthy smell and feel. Finishes spicy like the Falconer IPA but not as hoppy just peppery smoothness. Really enjoy the texture and taste of this beer. There’s essentially no cloying bitterness as its nicely hopped but maintains a 40 IBU and its potent at 9%.
It’s not hot like a bourbon but if you don’t like bourbon or whiskey you probably won’t like this but I highly recommend it as one of my favorites from Widmer where I think the SXNW and the Pitch Black and the Falconer IPA are spectacular.
koleminer20 (2439) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle shared by Gustav. The pour is a thin caramel tinted amber with a thick bubbly egg shell colored collar. The aroma is pretty decent. There is a sweet malt and a string hop. Light vanilla and bourbon are present. There is a hint of metallic on the back end. The flavor is interesting. There is a big malt and some light hops. It’s like a subdued Bigfoot. I like it. The hops are toned down and the sweetness comes through a little more. The mouth feel is lighter and well carbonated. The aftertaste is all sweet malt, bourbon, and a hint of vanilla and oak. Interesting brew
ebone1988 (1371) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with koleminer20 and Gus. 2013 vintage. Aroma is caramel, toffee, bourbon, barrel, hops. Appearance is dark red, copper brown, light tan head. Taste is very subtle. Some caramel, toffee, some earthy hops, some booze, mostly intensely subtle. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, some booze and caramel in the aftertaste. Overall, I’d say this is past it’s prime. Good, but not great.
Rask0lnikov (743) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
660 ml bottle as barrel aged Brrrbon ’12. Ruby brown colour. Modest white head. Hints of vanilla, hints of bourbon, hints of marzipan in the aroma. Hints of bourbon, slight taste of almonds and nuts. Slight marzipan. Slight oakiness, marzipan and bourbon in the end. Well balanced, rather medium bodied, rather medium carbonated good beer.
Maakun (3919) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at THT. Hazy dark golden with small off white head. Loads of sweet bourbon, vanilla, sweet caramel, loads of spices, oak, figs. Over medium sweet and light bitter finish. Over medium bodied. Massive barrel notes but very nice beer.
sjogro (2719) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from bottle at THT May. Almost clear reddish amber, white head. Sweet caramel malts. Vanilla, bourbon. Sweet, light bitter. medium body. Low carbonation. Pretty nice.
deanso (8982) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle shared at the May THT.
Thin ring white head. very hazy amber pour. Very good
kermis (11000) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at THT. Hazy amber brown with a ring off white head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla and malt. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Above medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Skinnyviking (8689) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at DØE Ølfestival 2016. No head. Hazy amber body. Sweet fruity malt honey artoma with bourbon, vanilla and wood in the background. Alcohol dominated bitter sweet fruty flavor with a long finish and a low carbonation.
BuckeyeBoy (5964) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 vintage I had this one last year and was amazing another year in the cellar didn’t help. Looks like it peaked at 4 years. Pours out a amber topped with a sand head. nose is caramel vanilla light bourbon barrel notes. Taste is starting to feel age a little cardboard but still with the sweet caramel malt and bourbon.
JohnGalt1 (1663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 8, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 vintage provided by buckeyeboy... Cool to see one of these again.. Thanks Jeremy!!
pretty thin ... lite caramel and bunches of a mash-up of odd wood/whiskey/ and bits of dried fruit..
9.4% isn’t readily available, but the overall brew is thin like a bigger amber that has some obvious barrel work... caramel and minor pick-up toasty malts.. I wish the hops had any play at all... really.. I wish anything with depth played ball tonight.... just nothing except the EtOH to really write home about.