Tasting: April 24, 2013
Beer #: 459
I say bourbon-barrel aged blank and you say what?… stout -right? That’s what I thought when I bought this bottle of Widmer Brothers Brrrbon – but I was surprised to see a copper-colored ale flowing out of the bottle. But bourbon influence isn’t just for stouts and I’ve seen plenty of heavy ales use the barrel for added complexity. I guess if I had to categorize the base ale – it would resemble more of a Scotch ale. Think Founder’s Dirty Bastard which is further aged in bourbon-barrels to yield Backwoods Bastard.
This one has sweet molasses and only a wisp of bourbon vanilla influence. Some mossy earthiness tucked in the back. A tad bit boozy for the 9.4% ABV. Not much in the way of complexity here. A very simple and somewhat overpriced ale ($12.99) — 83 points.