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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,629
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 631
Gots: 511 | FT: 48
Brewed by:
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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South Dakota

3.15/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Bourbon Barrel Barley wine pours a deep redish color, with a nice white lacing head. There is a very full sweet wine like smell, very bousey. The taste has a strong wine like grape flavors, and a strong wood like flavor, very strong alcohol flavor. Its way to booze to enjoy another one, and hard to drink. Overall a very interesting barley wine. Might need to be aged for a while.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 03:11:33 | More by vette2006c5r
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3.2/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2010 Vintage, should have reviewed fresh, but didn't.

A: A thin, less than one finger head sits on top of a ruby red, hazy beer. No Active carbonation. I didn't expect much in terms of head or carbonation, but this beer just isn't impressive.

S: Sweet, fruity, slightly alcoholic. Sort of a fruit candy. Mambo's? No, Now and Laters. This smells like a Now and Later. And the alcohol is fading away. No hops, no grain. It is actually rather port-like, yet distinct. I like it, but it's a bit too light.

T: This is quite the mess. There's an almost acrid sharpness and it has a soapy taste to it, but soap has never touched this glass. Bourbon and Malty are not words I would use to describe this beer. Acidic, sharp, thin, those are more what I would say. Boozy even. This has been cellared quite well, and beers which are even older have come out of the cellar just fine. I think this got oxidized and it's just yuck.

M: Good, actually. Slight carbonation, but smooth

D: No, not something I'll cellar again. I liked the fresh version much more.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 20:37:52 | More by mdwalsh
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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 version: 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

murky plum color, with half a finger of off white head. Dies down quick to a ring of foam with wisps of foam on top.

Smells of caramel, toffee, a little figgy, vanilla and bourbon. A hint of spicy/resinous hops as well.

Tastes of caramel, raisins, toffee. Followed by oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Then a tobacco bitterness. complex and interesting, but everything seems a bit muddled to me.

Creamy, medium carbonation, medium body. A bitter finish that is hot and not very enjoyable for me, and I don't mind hot.

Worth trying, I'll have to try another to see if I notice differences. I was expecting more w/ such great reviews.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 04:39:22 | More by buffs9
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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

08-22-2013 02:37:20 | More by WiscoBrewsco
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

04-17-2014 20:02:15 | More by james582
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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

03-26-2014 02:50:23 | More by Lochnessmonster
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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

02-20-2013 01:55:18 | More by mmcnaughton
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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

02-18-2014 03:16:38 | More by BradleyR
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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

06-10-2014 05:09:38 | More by Dawgboned37
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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

05-21-2013 01:31:20 | More by thegerm87
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3.3/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a 2012 version, drank on 2-21-2013

Pours a deep caramel body. White head is minimal and the lacing is thin. Small collar around the glass.

Sweet aroma. Caramel and sweetbread. Vanilla and bourbon. A bit woody. Some faint hops

Thin flavors, but they are good. Vanilla, caramel, wood, bourbon and earthy pine. Sweet baked caramel is ever present. The bourbon barrel provides smoothness. Yet it doesn't mesh well with the other flavors. The hops have faded, to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 08:19:01 | More by Mebuzzard
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3.3/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to AgentZero for this.

12zo bottle into my Rochefort glass, 2010 version.

Pours a murky light to medium brown, very light for a bw. Not much carbonation, light tan around the sides, poor lacing...Nice aroma, malty to start nice caramel and dark fruits with lots of wood and bourbon mellowing it out. Light cherry finish with a little more wood...The first thing on the taste is tons of wood, very bitter wood, too strong. The second is less wood but its still too much, at the end a bitter wood/grain alcohol finish. Not very sweet, not super complex. The taste is a big disappointment. Maybe needs a couple years to chill out...The feel is ok, very warming, lastin feel...Tough to drink because of the wood.

Overall, can't believe this a top 100. Not a great beer, has potential down the line maybe. This is unbalanced and totally too woody.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 21:09:16 | More by jrallen34
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3.43/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a copper color with good carbonation and a small white head.

S: Mainly bourbon, hops, booze and caramel

T: I get some dark fruits, caramel, oak, vanilla,the bourbon increases from begininng to end leaving a very prounounced bourbon feel on the end.

M: Tends to be a bit thin for my liking, syrupy end leaving an aftertaste

D: Good but would not want another

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 00:36:49 | More by barleywinefiend
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A rising pour managed to bring out the head on this one, albeit only a finger deep, though it did leaves some strands; the liquid itself was a tawny brown color

Smell: Pure wort, with a grainy raisin character

Taste: Grainy fruit cake, up front, with a bourbon accented bitter character that develops by mid-palate; rum-soaked raisins appear as well; after the swallow, the the flavor grows increasingly resinous and boozy; a minty apsect appears in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full body with low carbonation and considerable warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: This beer didn't resonate with me as well as it did for other reviewers; I thought it was too boozy and had an astringent character that cut through both the sweet malts and the hops; I like a bourbon barrel beer where the bourbon adds a subtle element; in this beer it was neither subtle nor dominant and, in an odd way, I forgot that there was a bourbon element to the beer in the midst of the tasting

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 01:36:04 | More by brentk56
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

03-20-2014 21:51:23 | More by schmidtmattsays
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

03-31-2012 14:21:02 | More by fiedler84
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

08-15-2012 02:38:28 | More by GRG1313
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

03-30-2013 17:34:44 | More by JonNunes
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

06-26-2013 02:06:18 | More by Brewzma
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

11-15-2013 13:36:59 | More by scotv
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a reddish brown with pink/red highlights. Initially has 2 fingers of head that reveals webbed lacing. Has moderate carbonation and good clarity.

N: Sweet bourbon, candy sugar, toffee, booze, booze, booze and hints of coconut.

T: There is quite a bit of heat on this. Upfront there is a huge alcohol presence of whiskey along with dirty oak and caramelized brown sugar. Mid-palate brings in molasses, burnt sugars, tobacco, hints of blackberry and suggestions of fig. Finishes very earthy with leather, tobacco, charred wood and notes of coconut.

M: Full bodied, silky, sticky and very warming.

O: Big, sweet, burnt, sugary and boozey. The whiskey character is a little too forward which is obscuring the base Barleywine. Surely some aging is in order. Overall it's a rather tasty English Barleywine even with the booze.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 00:42:52 | More by justintcoons
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

11-15-2013 00:46:39 | More by FullObs
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

01-19-2013 22:00:38 | More by brystmar
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

01-27-2014 13:40:02 | More by Devman171
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

03-24-2012 01:11:11 | More by 2dogbrew
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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