Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mjn5036:
4.03/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into my Piraat snifter. This beer pours a thick looking, dark honey color with bright ruby colored highlights. A massive, thick, sticky, off-white head rises up out of nowhere in a beautiful cascading effect. The head lingers around for approximately seven minutes before receding into a white cap floating on top and a ring around the circumference. Soapy lacing is sparingly left around the sides of the class.
The nose on this beer is a lot of bourbon, caramel, roasted malts and toasted grains and maybe some bittering hops. Slightly floral and definitely sweet to the nose, this one smells great.
Taste is heavy on the bourbon, and like the nose full of caramel. Toffee and brown sugar make an appearance making this beer sweeter than I thought it was going to be. The lack of astringent, over the top hops found in the other big American barely wine is nice. There is quite a bit of boozy notes in the taste as well. This one could use a little time.
Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, like sipping on liquid caramel. It is actually fairly hot on the palate, possibly from the alcohol, possibly from the bourbon barrel aging. Like I said, I think some time will certainly help mellow this beer out and bring out some more of its subtle complexities. I didn't realize the abv on this bad boy was 11.5% until I pulled it up on here. With this alcohol content the heat isn't much of a surprise, and this is actually fairly drinkable considering that.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2011 01:52:53 | More by mjn5036
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3.84/5 rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a Great Lakes snifter. The pour is reddish, coppery-amber color with a fair amount of clarity and a very thin layer of foam that doesn't stick around for long (common for barrel-aged beers). The nose is quite sweet and boozy. I get notes of vanilla and bourbon, but the hops and some fusel alcohol notes assert themselves over the subtler toffee notes.
The beer has a full body and a nice slick feel. There's a brief bready sweetness up front that is quickly overpowered with hops and a sharp boozy heat, lending the beer a slightly metallic, medicinal tang. The heat intensifies towards the back of the palate and drowns out the caramel-like sweetness of the malt, which is fighting like hell to break through but doesn't quite make it all the way to the fore.
Beers like this are difficult for me to rate. It's clearly a well-crafted product with an abundance of intense flavors and marvelous aromas. Unfortunately, even though I enjoy American Barleywines, I'm just not a huge fan of aging these in bourbon barrels. I find that the bitter hop flavors clash a bit on my palate with the sweet, boozy notes and the malt is not allowed to work its magic. (Now English Barleywines - good gracious! Those are custom-made for bourbon-barrel-aging!) Nevertheless, I continue to try these as I come across them (or as wonderful traders - like Ri0 - bless me with their generosity) in hopes that my palate will eventually accept them.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 01:04:41 | More by deadonhisfeet
3.93/5 rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2013 version - 12 oz bottle
A - Dark Orange hue, very nice
S - Massive bourbon notes on the nose for me, very boozy...
T - Once again, massive bourbon notes.. this beer is very, very hot, trying to taste the underlying barleywine but it's hard to, lots of booze in this one
M - Smooth and a little sticky, this one sits on the palate nicely
Overall, the bourbon is really up front on this one. Very hot, very boozy. A very good BBBW, but probably not a top 250 beer for me. Definitely not on par with the Sucaba/DDBA from FW that I've had the pleasure of trying... but still this is a very solid beer
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 02:56:54 | More by Kramerbarthomer
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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