AND I’M BACK IN THE GAME!
Yup, I’m back from Vegas and back to my LIBA duties. Many thanks to all the guest reviewers who held down the fort in my absence. Also many thanks to my readers who commented on the guest reviews…it looks like the reviews were a hit.
But now I’m jealous and ready to get back to drinking good beer myself!
Tonight I’m drinking a bottle of Widmer Barrel Aged Bourbon Ale. Before I get to the review, a couple of event related notes…
Tomorrow is the LIBA Beerup in Hudson, MA. After having to postpone the event I’m psyched that it’s finally upon us. We have nearly 90 RSVPs, so I’m positive the turnout will be awesome. Look for a recap post about the event early this coming week.
The second note is a heads-up about a special guest post that is coming up – authored by my mom!! She had the pleasure of attending a beer tasting at the Hill Farmstead brewery in Vermont. The brewery is small but is up and coming, as evidenced by a recent Boston Globe article. Mom has written up a recap of the event which I’ll be posting in the coming days, along with a number of pictures she took.
But without further ado, let’s get to the damn beer already (right?).
This Widmer Bros brew is one of their limited releases and was only available this past fall. The beer is actually the Widmer Bro’s Brr Winter Warmer which is then aged in bourbon barrels.
A winter warmer + bourbon combination sounds frickin fantastic. Let’s do this.
The color is way different from any other bourbon barrel aged beer I’ve tried – most have been stouts and this one is technically a strong ale.
A nice serving of head and tons of lacing…delicious looking beer.
The aroma is oaky and spicy as is the flavors. There is a malty sweetness as well. All the flavors are well balanced; no single one dominates.
The 9.4% ABV is barely noticeable, hidden by the dark malty flavors and spiciness. Despite being having a big complex flavor, I’m finding the beer quite drinkable.
This brew is an awesome marriage of winter warmer and bourbon. VERY unique. Two LIBA thumbs up!