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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Widmer Brothers - Brothers Reserve Barrel Aged Brrrbon Fall 2010

Dead Soldier 
Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Brothers Reserve Barrel Aged Brrrbon Fall 2010
Widmer Brothers
929 N. Russell
Portland, OR
Est. 1984

Brain Damage Quotient = 9.4 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 22.0 (3 oz. sample)

Postmortem Brew Review
Dark amber brown color.
Caramel notes along with a distinct presence of bourbon smells.
Small head with creamy bubble layer that dissipates slowly.
Soft oak and bourbon tastes mingle to sweetness with a dry finish.
Slight alcohol warmth in finish.
Smooth carbonation, smooth drinking. 

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
This blog post was done live at the first ever Beer Blogger's Conference, held in Boulder Colorado. 108 bloggers were in attendance, from over five hundred identified blogs. Luminaries of the craft beer world also attended to serve as presenters and keynote speakers for the event. A "speed round" of blogging was held by 12 brewers, each bringing an exemplary brew to blog. 12 beers, 12 blogging tables and 60 minutes were allotted in a fun, free-for-all session. 

Round #8

Rob Widmer
Brothers Rob and Kurt founded their brewery in 1984.  This was a time in microbrewing's infancy. They have tended to their craft quite nicely creating one unique tasting beer after another.  This is one of the first of their bigger beers I have been able to sample.  I found its bourbon flavor made for a great taste experience.

Rob was our presenter today.  He explained to us the barrel aging process.  Rob stated that over one quarter of the barrels came from Maker's Mark and many of the rest from Jim Beam. The flavors of the bourbon and the oak really shine in the taste of this beer.  It's like a hand crafted boilermaker.

Enjoy this while it lasts. Once one of their specialty series is gone, it's gone! So don't miss out.

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