Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4.47/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a snifter on 7/19/10
Many thanks to levifunk for the Central Waters brews
Plum colored; dense with highlights of ruby. It's striking just how closely the color of the beer matches the color of the label on the bottle. Poured a one finger head that stayed for a few minutes but ultimately dissipated to a skim & bubbles, plus one string of lace. Swirling revives ephemeral retention & coats the glass with splotchy lace.
Cracking the bottle, bourbon & vanilla were well apparent. Once in the glass, it's no different. Bourbon, charred oak & vanilla are all at the front of the nose. Booze is appreciable, but doesn't seem like too much; rather befitting, actually. While the barrel notes are more notable, I'm amazed at how well they lead in to the aromatic aspects of the base beer. Notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar & toasty sweet bread notes. Maybe a touch of butterscotch. Hints of dark fruit; raisins & prune. Faint wisps of earthy hops.
One sip tells me this will be slow going. A quick, sharp prelude of whiskey hits upfront, giving way to the sweeter aspects of the beer rather quickly. Toasty brown sugar, caramel, toffee & a touch of hops provide a steadfast platform upon which the barrel aging can shine & indeed it does. After the whiskey teaser & malts subside the barrel swoops back in during the latter half of mid-swallow. Bourbon, a hint of vanilla & lots of charred oak finishes this one out. I must say this has the most distinctive charred note I've encountered in a barrel-aged beer, which I think is great.
Full bodied, though I'm trying to decide if the heft of the beer or its intensity makes it seem so formidable. My inclination is the latter. Carbonation is at the lower end of the spectrum. Grittiness makes this a beer inclined to hang around. Some heat is apparent, though seemingly never too hot (or slick, for that matter). Quite warming, though. As mentioned above, bourbon & charred notes linger for quite some time.
Ah, what's left to say? Central Waters did an outstanding job with this one. I have to surmise this will do extremely well with various years on it. For some folks it might be too brash at this point, but I certainly enjoyed it as is. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2010 01:00:32 | More by Ryan011235
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3.91/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A- Ruby amber. Tan cake like head
S- Huge bourbon and toffee. Lots of vanilla as well. Cheesecake like sweetness detected in the aroma.
T- Rich, true to form English style barlywine. Lots of vanilla again, subtle hops, earthy wood, brown sugar, caramel. Warms really well in the finish. It is pretty damn good, but not big on the aftertaste.
M- Little bit of a bite initially, but settles in. Creamy, silky, yet late bitterness. An interesting tingling or numbing effect.
O- right there with Sucaba.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 03:27:33 | More by Bosoxfan20
4.41/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a pleasant looking dark brown. About one finger of light brown head, with decent retention. Leaves a small amount of lacing. Not quite as dark as I expected. A little bit of sediment becomes visible when you get closer to the bottom.
Aroma is sweet malts and booze/bourbon. Lots of caramel, hints of vanilla.
Very syrupy. Sweet. Caramel malts. The caramel sweetness is sensational. Just the slightest hint of citrus. A little bit of alcohol warmth, but overall the booze is masked nicely. The bourbon isn't overpowering. A little bit of vanilla. There is a hint of oak that they are aged in. This is definitely a sweet one. But the sweetness pairs itself with the high ABV to create a formidable taste combo.
Mouthfeel not as heavy as I expected it to be. This one is very syrupy. Not a whole lot of carbonation.
Overall, this is one tasty brew. Like I said, not as heavy as I expected it to be. The alcohol doesn't hit as hard as you might expect from an 11.5%er. Wonderfully sweet. One of the best caramel flavors you'll ever see. I'm not normally a huge fan of bourbon barrel aged beers, but this one is a must-have.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 02:03:31 | More by majorbase2
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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