harrymel (614) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
From the box: Kill Devil Brown Aleís flavor comes from the use of ingredients traditionally used by the Caribbean distillers. Sweet Barbados and blackstrap molasses provide touches of toasted sugar, black licorice and blackened toffee while the palm sugars invite notes of subtle sweetness. As the beer conditions in Puerto Rican Rum Barrels, the vanilla and subtle oak flavors and aromas develop and integrate themselves with the Calypso hopís soft tropical and stone fruit aromas.
Look: Brown ale, excellent clarity and a quickly dissipating light coconut foam.
Smell: initially of copper. Then I dive back in trying to get something to justify the $13 price point; getting some licorice, and grape nuts (the cereal kids donít want). Hints of warm cola. Very disappointed with the nose here. Maybe a hint of molasses/brown sugar toward the end of the beer, maybe.
Flavor: metal, hot dog water, raisin, cardboard. This is a really simple beer. I am starting to get the feeling that maybe by "aged" they meant "ran through" the rum barrels. The oak is evident as well, but in the raw, cheap red wine way - not the aged in quality barrels way. Itís really tannic to me.
Feel: Among the thinnest "barrel aged" beers Iíve had, really thin. Moderated carb, semi dry finish (being generous as the tannic character makes the beer linger).
Overall: Iím disappointed in this beer. Iíve been duped before, and Iím beginning to feel like Widmer must have the best fucking marketing team out there, because I keep buying their spendy beers hoping their IPA experimental quality will spill into their more adventurous products - alas, this is not the case.
Serving type: bottle
Westchesterco (669) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a bottle it is aclear amber with a slight head it has the aroma of beer and tastes of caramel and raisins and lingers on the palate
Iphonephan (2231) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear amber with an off white head. Malty nose. Flavors of caramel and butterscotch. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, bitter finish.
DenverLogan (626) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap Aug 27th at Cedar Creek Pub. Pours amber with small head. Aroma of funky fruit, sour mash, celery, straw hops, earth, slight wed cardboard. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of big malts, caramel, roasted malts. Overall flavorful and tasty, complex with a caramel finish.
raradel (276) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Love the style! What a great concept. Really good effort at it too. Sweet and light brown with just enough body. Sweet, needs a little balance, but the rum casks help.
alobar (2509) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a chestnut brown color with a minimal creamy tan head. Aroma of molasses, dark fruit, and rum. Molasses flavor with toffee, dark fruit, and hint of alcohol and touch of hop bitterness. Bit of alcohol warmth as well. Nice beer.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Polished burnished dark browns under a khaki head which fades slowly into a broken patchy blanket. Lace tries to crawl up the sides of my glass.
Chocolate dusted nuts with raisins and date cake in the back. Melted toffee and caramel weave in and out of each other. A gentle generic woodiness in the back along with a touch of brittle black cacao. Tickle of brown spices on top.
Medium weight with a wonderfully silky mouthfeel. Heat and spice gently tickles the back of my throat before settling into my chest. Rum raisins and rum dates drift along a river of melted sugars which also leaves the lips sticky with rum, burnt sugars, toffee, and treacle. A nice dry bitter finish of grape skins, nuts, cocoa powder, and cinnamon sticks. As it warms, the flavors melt together seamlessly. Thirst-inducing.
For me, the Reserve line of beers from Widmer is where they really shine. As a style, the brown ale is very underappreciated here in the US and it pleases me (and my tastebuds) to savor this delicious example from Widmer. May I have another please.
SpringsLicker (2938) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear dark brown pour with a minimal tan head.
Aroma of caramel, brown sugar and a bit of alcohol.
The flavor is sweet, no hop flavors, all caramel and brown sugar that was hinted to in the aroma.
I was expecting more perhaps, but no flaws, no excitement either.
mcox90 (1374) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at NH Brew Fest. 4 oz. sample. Pours a hazy dark brown with a 1/4" white head. Aroma includes rum, molasses & dark fruits. Flavor is sweet with the molasses and dark fruits being predominant, but there is a bitterness from some earthy hops. Medium bodied. Nice, Iíd buy a bottle if one came my way.
madvike (2383) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by rschnake...thanks Rob! - Pours rosy amber with a thin white head. Nose is sweet booze--whiskey and light bread. Taste is sweet caramel, light warm booze, raisins, and smooth malty sweetness. Thinnish with light carbonation. Better than I thought itíd be.