Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.55/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A 12 ounce bottle that I received for winning rowingbrewer's "Guess My Stats" LIF earlier this month. I cannot say "thank you" enough for including this WANT of mine. A 2011 bottle poured into a DFH signature glass...
Pours a beautiful caramel, mahogany color with some copper hues when held to the light. A inch or so of thick, frothy, cream-colored head grows above the surface and lingers for a long time when considering the alcohol content of this one. Numerous strands of wet lacing cling to the glass as it settles.
It smells of wonderful hazelnut, toffee, toasted malt, caramel, floral and spicy hops, a bit of vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. There is a lot going on in the nose, and it blends together superbly.
The taste begins with the hops, and then the malt takes over. Hazelnut, toffee, and caramel dominate the middle of this brew, before notes of vanilla, oak, and bourbon shine through in the end. Very well done. A warming alcohol sensation comprises the exhale.
The mouth is very rich, yet smooth after the prickly rush of initial hops. It finishes slightly dry, but not at all sticky, and the carbonation seems spot on. As far as feel, this is phenomenal.
Overall, one of the best American barleywines I’ve ever had. The hops seem a bit faded, which is perfect for me. For comparisons sake, fresh Bigfoot has a bit more hop character to it than I prefer, and I picked the perfect time to open this one as they have mellowed precisely. Again, a big thanks to rowingbrewer for this one. I need to acquire more of this now.
Serving type: bottle
09-24-2011 01:04:52 | More by eclipse54
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