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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,657
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 631
Gots: 516 | FT: 46
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Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged for 1 year in used bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: Atron67 on 03-02-2008)
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Jordy777

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-18-2013 05:29:59 | More by Jordy777
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TheBeerDad

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

12-18-2013 05:15:17 | More by TheBeerDad
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Lurkerson

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

12-18-2013 03:32:28 | More by Lurkerson
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A dense tan colored head was poured about a finger tall into a snifter glass. Head retention was good for such a high gravity beer, a thin coat of lacing was left on the side of the glass as it was being consumed. Alcohol legs can be shown when swirled. The beer is a dark mahogany brown color, very murky with not much light coming through.

S: Big nose composed of prunes, raisins, plums and other dark stone fruits. A woody character melds with the complex malt profile so well it seems very organic. Fairly moderate dank and dark piny hop aroma.

T: Very complicated malt profile similar to the aroma. Prunes, plums, raisins, tobacco and pomegranate. The balance is on the malt side with a moderate sweetness, almost a syrup like flavor, but there is a medium bitterness at the beginning with an earthy, pine flavor. Last but not least the oak, vanilla, slightly coconut flavored barrel flavor develops throughout and melds very well and naturally. Very tasty.

M: Big warming sensation from the alcohol on this one, definitely a sipper. Big body with moderate to medium carbonation. The woody/oaky tannins are left on the pallet giving a slight drying sensation.

O: A big malty barley wine with an organically natural tasting barrel flavor thats great for sipping on a cold winter night. Cheers CW, keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 01:40:24 | More by guityler83
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TasteTester

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-14-2013 20:24:06 | More by TasteTester
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Brewski

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-14-2013 05:58:50 | More by Brewski
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Rimbimhoot

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-14-2013 04:39:40 | More by Rimbimhoot
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BrotherDylan

California

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon. Then some more bourbon. And why not, grab a third helping of bourbon. I swear there is a pretty dam good barley wine somewhere in this beer.

It poured flat and thick with a bursting aroma of a bourbon soaked whiskey barrel. its ruby red and carmel like. It looks like bourbon juice.

the flavor is ripe with dark fruit, vanilla, wood spice, bourbon, cream, and a little oxidative sherry flavor. No hop flavor but some stringent hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is by far the best part of this beer. Its got a wood coarseness that drys the beer out nicely and accentuates the hop bitterness.

bottom line, if you like strong beers that overwhelm you with oaky bourbon flavors, buy more than one of this guy.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 04:06:03 | More by BrotherDylan
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-14-2013 00:58:08 | More by kbuzz
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-11-2013 03:39:03 | More by BillRoth
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 2013 release with about 6 months aging. Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks for the trade, CVM4.

A: Tawney amber. A tan fourth-finger head that dissipates fast. No lacing to speak of.

S: Heavenly malts rush in with bourbon, oak, leather and caramel. Wow!

T: A superb malt/bourbon concoction. Sweet, sinful. Brown sugar and molassas combines with a great malt backdrop (drinks like an English barleywine). The 11.2% comes on strong and literally knocks you on your ass. Sit and sip. Excellent.

M: Medium with light to medium carbonation.

O: One of the better barleywines out there. I bet aging makes this one unbeatable. Share with friends.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 15:37:55 | More by brewskifan55
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johntfox

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-09-2013 06:06:47 | More by johntfox
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kevanb

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Central Waters snifter. 2013 vintage.

The beer pours a super dark, rich, brown color, hues of caramel and khaki with a thick beige head that has decent retention, settling nicely into a surplus of film around the rim of the glass, yet yields just a spot or two of lace. The aroma is really lovely, lots of burnt marshmallow, brown sugar, rich toffee, sweet grain, light oak, smooth bourbon with mild vanilla. Super sweet, but very complex and rewarding. The flavors resonate well, incredible marshmallow character initially, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, chewy oak, smooth and subtle bourbon, vanilla is mild with a nice smooth malt finish. The body is where this beer stumbles, lots of zippy carbonation, a bit unpleasant at times, that is a little too lively. It coats mildly well, but could do with a much richer and smoother feel. The finish is easy, a bit peppy but still fairly smooth and warming.

Verdict: A delightful Barrel Aged Barleywine from Central Waters, and one of their finest products. The body really doesn't do this beer justice as the flavors are so spot on, perfect marshmallow toastiness. It reminds me a lot BB4D, which is one of my favorite beers to date.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:32:52 | More by kevanb
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Beerlover

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16%

12-06-2013 23:51:14 | More by Beerlover
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Eighty

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

12-05-2013 18:26:59 | More by Eighty
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prender1482

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

12-01-2013 08:48:46 | More by prender1482
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NooseJustice

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-01-2013 03:15:56 | More by NooseJustice
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bschinelli

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

11-29-2013 20:13:51 | More by bschinelli
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13%

11-29-2013 19:16:01 | More by vinny21bal
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SourAddict

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-26-2013 14:46:42 | More by SourAddict
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goalie33

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

11-26-2013 02:33:37 | More by goalie33
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Lare453

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

11-24-2013 23:45:37 | More by Lare453
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RobinLee

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

11-24-2013 05:09:15 | More by RobinLee
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-22-2013 05:16:07 | More by XmnwildX12
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm having this at midnight, April 3, 2013. I have four 4-packs I bought last December, sitting in storage at 60 deg. for 4 months.

And either I didn't recognize its greatness when it was new, or this little bit of age made this stuff golden. I'm this close to going back downstairs for another one. Aargh--

Good thing I've got a Weyerbacher Insanity in the fridge . . .
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UPDATE
This is a "2013", drinking it 11-21-2013, so eleven months of aging.

A clear reddish-caramel in a tulip glass, with very little white head even with an aggressive pour (hence the 11.5% alcohol). Lacing is sparse, but with serious stick-to-it-iveness and dripping legs down the glass.

How I miss this aroma. Brings me right back to snowy April of last year. Bourbon in the nose seems nicely muted compared to my memory of it. I remember the bourbon being pronounced in the aroma. The vanilla, too. Oak and char and melted butter. Simple syrup. Brown sugar and raisin. Yeah, baby.

In the mouth the aging is instantly evident, with the hop bitterness knocked way back (though there's still a ghostly, earthy pine bitterness on the back-end, for sure). The flavor is wonderfully round: soft sugar cookie, ice-cream-caramel swirl, fig and prune, then the bourbon. I put more in the glass, and pie crust fills my nostrils. Plus Juicy Fruit Gum and marshmallow. It's massively toffee sweet, and yet the mild hops and tannins from the oak--not to mention the brightness of the still-respectable boozey ABV--bring balance. It drinks like Dogfish Head 120 minute.

Despite a fairly significant carbonation, the smoothness makes me want to cry. It gives the feel of a super-syrupy moscato di asti. Definitely more an English Barleywine profile, at least after the aging. How astonishing to experience true beer nirvana. I feel like I did two years ago sipping a JW Lees Harvest Ale for the first time.

CW's detractors denounce them as a one-trick (bourbon barrel) pony. Not only is this wrong (duh, Illumination? Exodus? La Petite Mort?). But even if true, this is bourbon-barrel aging at its very best. The barrel aging doesn't dominate, it elevates this brew. I'm looking forward to opening a cellared CW Bourbon Barrel Stout to compare it to their non-barrel aged Brewhouse Coffee Stout I like so much.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 03:32:12 | More by martyl1000
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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