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RATINGS: 138   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.”


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2753) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2013
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Appearance: 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.
Nose: 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.
Palate: 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.
Final Thoughts: 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpringsLicker (3126) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 29, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1535) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 28, 2013
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, I’d buy a bottle if one came my way.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2693) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2013
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 it’d be.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2287) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2013 Bottle shared by Rob at local tasting, pours a light hazy brown, poured a lot lighter than I was expecting, the aroma was really sweet with a lot of sweet malt and caramel with a little bit of the rum coming through, the flavor has more of the rum on the front end with some molasses and caramel sweetness in the finish, not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 23, 2013
22oz bottle. Clear amber/brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of sugary malt, dark fruit, toffee, alcohol and some leather. Flavor is sweet and sugary with warming alcohol, toffee and fruity yeast esters. Medium to light body with a thin mouth feel. Not a bad beer but just kind of thin and alcoholic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
justsayswell (53) - Missouri, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Pours a murky brown with a billowy tan head. Aroma is hazelnut and mtallic caramel. Taste is sweet caramel. Full bodied, muted carbonation. Really smooth. Molasses, coffee, oak. Light, bitter booziness in the finish. Solid.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
vamp666 (15) - - AUG 30, 2013
Great tasting Ale. Dose not have strong after taste. I think this would go great with a steak. Good times!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2013
on tap, amber brown with frothy foam, nice aroma of chestnuts, madeira wine, flavor is brown sugar, plums, aged balsamic, madeira, smooth finish


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