Review of Widmer Brothers Barrel Aged Brrrbon ’11

14 Jun

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Barrel Aged Brrrbon ’11 produced by the Widmer Brothers Brewing Company located in Portland, Oregon.

I haven’t had a whole lot of experience with Widmer Brothers, so I don’t really know what to expect with this brew.

I checked on their website,, and found this description.

Barrel Aged Brrrbon ’11 is a smooth winter warmer and the first release as part of the Alchemy Project. 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.

Ok.  Let’s give it a pour.


This brew came in a 22 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 9.4%.

It poured a semi-hazy, caramel/amber color.  The crown was off white, sized well, kind of smooth and soft.  The retention time was decent and the lacing looked alright too.  Some clear alcohol lacing was noticed on the sides of the glass as well.

The nose released a medium strength waft of Bourbon.  Hints of caramel and toffee with a slight flutter of vanilla. Tones of lightly toasted breads were also accounted for.  A very insignificant amount of wood and/or oak began to protrude as the brew warmed considerably.  The fragrance was very meek and docile.  I was expecting much more from the bouquet to tell the truth.  Oh well.

The flavor discharged an intermediate relish of Bourbon.  Some caramel and toffee malts added some sugary, sweet connotations also.  A very, very light note of vanilla bean was noticed along with a very subtle amount of wood/oak.  To be honest, the woodiness was really only noticed at the very end of the glass.  All in all, not too bad, but not extremely potent for a barrel aged beer.  It did have a few of the proper characteristics nonetheless.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Smooth, a touch chewy, yet not extremely dry.  It did have some very nice warmth though.  The carbonation was of medium strength and an ok amount of flavor was left behind after each sip.

Well, this beer was just kind of mediocre for me.  It just seemed way too muted and relaxed for a Bourbon barrel beer.  I think it would be a great introductory beer for someone if they were interested in exploring a Bourbon barrel beer for the first time.  It was straight forward and easy drinking.  Even though it does go down relatively easy for a beer of this size, I think it would still be best when had during the cooler months.  Either way, give the Widmer Brothers Barrel Aged Brrrbon ’11 a try if you have yet to do so and see what you think. Be sure to leave a comment if you wish too.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.5 out of 5

Grade:  B-

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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Country: USA, Widmer Brothers


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