maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear brown color with almost no head on it at all. Nose has a lot of spice in it - sugar comes through, and I get some cocoa notes (though that might be the molasses). Taste is slightly sweet and just a tad roasty. Very interesting and complex beer. bhensonb (15195) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours pretty dark brown with a 1/4 inch beige head. Lots of rum and treacle in the aroma. Full bodied. Flavor is massively treacle with rum and some citrus and arguably pear. It burns slightly. I’m thinking this massively flavorful ale will age well. Brilliant concoction. Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - SEP 21, 2012
22 oz. bottle- Pours hazy dark ruby red with a small tan head that reduces to a collar. Aroma is alcohol, rum, wood, vanilla, molasses, sweet and intense. The taste is creamy and smooth, alcohol warmth similar to when you drink rum, cocoa, vanilla, molasses. Body is full, carbonation is low, it leaves your mouth with this sweet velvety feeling, I love it.This is a great after dinner treat, wonderfully complex and inviting, one of the better Widmer beers I have had. ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2012
22oz bottle shard with Unclemattie. Pours a hazy brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of sweet malts, molasses, roasted malts, and booze. Taste is sweet and toasty malts with lots of sugar and molasses. Hints of rum from the aging. Nice sweet finish. pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2014 On draught at Bailey’s Taproom 4/20/13. Reddish brown color. Sweet pitted fruit aroma. Taste is smokey, boozy, with definite molasses notes. Warming finish. On draught at Widmer’s new Brewery and Pub 3/29/14. Barrel strength version, at 12% ABV. Opaque amber brown color. Aroma is dark rum and molasses. Taste is black strap molasses, with touches of rum and salted caramel. Viscous and smooth.
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2013
22 ounce bottle - $12.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Inabil1ty (25) - - AUG 11, 2013
Appearance: Pours a medium reddish-brown body, a bit garnet-hued, with a less-than-clear clarity. Medium-small, off-white head.
Smell: Toasty, caramel malts, a bit sweetish in scent, with faint, faint hints of chocolate. Also, varied, rum-dipped fruit (albeit light) hints of cherry, fig, and plum.
Taste: Brown sugar and darkened caramel, a resounding dark toasted malt with slight shards of chocolate, of roast. Medium sweetness. As with the aroma, there’s a good, pleasing fruitiness. Lightly herbal, earthy hops with a modest bitterness. Veins of rum, molasses noted. Sweetish, malty, smooth finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.
Overall: It’s good. I mean, everyone likes a nice, big, malty brown, right?
Everyone likes a brown ale.
Sweet molasses finish. Reminiscent of Lagunitas. Probably too exotic for daily use.
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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.
DenverLogan (1218) - LA, California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
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.
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. Cybercat (5835) - Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Pours a dark, bubbly chestnut with a fairly thick and frothy buff head. Malty aroma has a strong molasses overtone plus notes of toffee, rum and caramel. Satisfying flavor has malty, nutty, rum, toffee, licorice and caramel notes, plus a hint of oak; though on the sweet side it is not cloying, and the alcohol bite balances the sweetness nicely. Texture has average viscosity but good fizz. Noticeably better than last year’s Kill Devil reserve brown ale.
Earlier Rating: 8/31/2012 Total Score: 3.5
Strong aroma has a malty core and nutty, caramel, horehound and earthy notes. It pours a dark, slightly hazy mahogany; thick, fluffy, tan head, however, doesn’t stick around for long. Delectable flavor has notes of lightly roasted malt, caramel and molasses with hints of horehound and oak. Smooth texture has firm body and a fair amount of tingle. A lip-smacking ale worth catching during its limited release. If it’s not Widmer Brothers’ best, it is still worthy.