Saturday, December 1, 2012

Widmer Brothers Brewing Barrel Aged Brrrbon 2012

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Widmer Brothers Brewing Barrel Aged Brrrbon 2012.  As we nestle into the holiday season I plan to review a number of “Winter Warmers”.  What I found odd is that after purchasing this beer I couldn’t find it any longer.  Now all I can find is the Widmer Brothers Brewing Barrel Aged Brrrbon 2011 (and at a much steeper price). 

On the Widmer Brothers Brewing website there is no mention of the 2012, only the 2011.  Hmm… (looking at the bottle again…2012…).
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a beautiful ruby caramel color with a light tan head and incredible lacing.
Aroma: Candy sugar, caramel, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, citrus and pine.
Taste: Caramel and toasted malts, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon soaked oak and a slight hop bitterness for impeccable balance.
Overall: I was told this was a fantastic beer and my source was 100% accurate.  Widmer Brothers Brewing Barrel Aged Brrrbon 2012 isn’t easy to find (I’ve tried about a dozen stores now and can only find 2011 at twice the price).  At 9.4% ABV a bomber is a perfect nightcap.  
I’ve not sought out any of Widmer’s other offerings, but after this sensational beer I think my stance will shift and I’ll pick some up. I'll probably break and pick up a 2011 as I'm sure that another year of aging makes this one really shine!


Mark Harvey

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