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Widmer Brothers Reserve Kill Devil Brown Ale

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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common

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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aged in Puerto Rican rum barrels, and brewed with Sweet Barbados and Blackstrap molasses, palm sugar, and Calypso hops, Kill Devil’s flavor and name were inspired by the ingredients used by Caribbean distillers.”


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5472) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Tallahassee, Fl. - New Leaf Market - 22 oz bomber - fire sale at $4.49 per. Deep dark chestnut brown pour with a tight of-white head that clings to the edge of the glass for a while. Aroma has a slight boozy hint to it, some soft creosote notes,a bit of brown sugar. Flavor is full-bodied with some brown sugar notes, a touch of molasses, some light chocolate and just a touch of bourbon-like booziness. Mouthfeel has a nice thick richness to it. Pretty solid - but glad I waited till they lowered it from $13.99 or whatever it was.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (6306) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
On tap at Widmer, pours a hazy amber with a small beige head. Aroma reveals rum barrels upfront, with notes of dried dark fruit (raisins) and caramel. Flavour brings out a rum bomb, with very far back secondary notes of raisins and other dried fruit. Boozy, but well-balanced and drinkable in small amounts. Decent beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bacterial (1521) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bomber on sale for $6, which turns out to be a decent deal. Hazy light brown pour with some white head. Brown sugar and slight rum nose. Taste is pretty nice, though the bitterness from the hops kind of over shadows the subtle rum / molasses / sugar / barrel character.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4342) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2014
Tap at Mason Lounge, listed as a Barleywine, so sort of rated from that perspective. Amber-copper body, looks filtered. Lots of rising carbonation bubbles meet an off-white, creamy head. The molasses smooths out the already malty beer. Adds some sweetness too. Creamy and smooth, this would be a fun beer to bring to a tasting. Almost has some Cream Ale tones incorporated into the rich amber malt. Vanilla touches. Quite nice, well executed.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RedSox2004 (1234) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Clear reddish amber with an small off-shite head and minimal lace. Aromas of molasses, dark fruit and brown sugar. Caramel malt seetness up front, accompanied by molasses, smoke and a rummy alcohol burn. Medium body, minimal carbonation, somewhat thin mouthfeel, and an alcohol burn in the finish. Might have liked this more if I liked rum. But I don’t.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nsanders (490) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Bomber. Medium orange brown with light lacing. Sugar cane, stoney/minerally, light rum notes, and a light woodiness. Taste has a lightly dry sweetness. Body is lighter with an oily feel. This beer seemed like a watered down dark rum.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (1978) - Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Rich amber/orange color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, molasses, & caramel; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel/toffee, molasses/syrup, and some rum notes; Overall, on the sweet sweet - decent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4395) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Dark brown with no head. Light molasses aroma. Flavor of molasses and dark sugar. Light rum. A bit vinous. Not sure if it’s hop vegetal or green wood taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisSc (184) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 21, 2014
22 oz bottle in Minneapolis. 1+ year old Appearance: cognac in color. No head. Aroma: Sugar cane, smells very sweet. Taste: Very sweet. Palate: Medium/full body. semi long finish. Overall: Decent beer. Very sweet. I don’t get a lot of complexity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chuckstout (247) - Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2013-Oak vanilla, molasses, brown sugar. Pours a brilliant orange/red with a orange off white head. Nice body with a lot of barrel character big mouthfeel and warming character.


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