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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,831
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 654
Gots: 523 | FT: 57
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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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Alcstradamus.

Pours a dark ruby brown in color. No head on the pour. Smell is bourbon, some very dark fruits and a little bit of alcohol as well.
Taste is more of the bourbon, but whatever the dark fruit flavor is coming through more in the flavor. It has the bite of cranberries, but could be dates as well. Really dominant in the flavor.
The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, and just a tad thin. Tastes more like a brandy barrel aged beer than a bourbon barrel aged beer.
Tasty.

FtownThrowDown, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of Treebs
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a Deschute snifter. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a nice combination of grapefruit and ruby with a one and half finger off white head forming on the pour. The head has some nice retention as well and it leaves some sticky lace. There is some slight sediment in the pour that takes some away from the look.

S: The smell is a mix of subtle bourbon with a malt sweetness. Some light caramel and vanilla come into play with minimal fruitiness. The alocohol is there ever so slightly.

T: The bourbon is very upfront with this one giving a nice warming sensation. It subsides to a nice caramel malt and a very light vanilla. There is some minimal oakiness with an addition of some subtle dark fruits. Very nicely done.

M: A little thinner and lighter then I would expect and not as sticky as I would like it. It does go down easy though even with the minimal heat. There is a slight drying finish to it.

O: A very nicely done BBBW. The barrel presence was solid and the heat really played nicely with the other surrounding flavors. I do wish the body of the beer was a little heavier though.

Treebs, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

GonzoHomebrewer, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of stortore
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

stortore, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

fthegiants, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of AdamP
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%

AdamP, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of JoeMans
4/5  rDev -7.2%

JoeMans, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of vande
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

vande, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Phillyz
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Phillyz, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of TonyTalon
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

TonyTalon, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Editing for the 2014 vintage

A - Dark brown orange hue, very nice

S - Massive bourbon notes on the nose for me, very boozy...

T - Once again, massive bourbon notes.. but the 2014 vintage is not nearly as boozy as the 2013 was. I'm enjoying this alot more.

M - Smooth and a little sticky, this one sits on the palate nicely

Overall, the bourbon is really up front on this one. . but the 2014 vintage crushed the 2013 vintage that I had about 3 months ago... maybe this beer is truly better fresh. An excellent BBBW

Kramerbarthomer, May 18, 2014
Photo of younger35
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew at Dark Lord Day from nflmvp. I like Central Waters and I expect this brew to be tasty as well. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish red with a decent enough half finger dark tan head that recedes very quickly. A thin collar is left with zero head and zero lacing.
Smell- The nose is big and bold and very candy like. Tons of brown sugar and toffee ooze out of the glass in a big sugary explosion. Cherries, grapefruit and prunes add a huge fruitiness behind the wall of red licorice. As it warms it gets slightly buttery and the barrel really comes though. Some vanilla, butterscotch and toasted marshmallow all peak their head in as well.
Taste- Starts with some rich butterscotch and toffee maltiness that like the nose is very sweet. Red licorice galore with a bit of hoppy fruitiness mixed in. Not really dark fruits but not really citrus or anything like that. Sort of a happy mix of raisins, prunes, and dark cherries with some mangos and orange peel hiding in the background. Very candy like, perhaps more than any beer I've had in a while. The barrel is lightly tannic and astringent but I don't get much of that woody goodness with all this sweetness. Finishes with a lightly sweet lightly warming linger.
Mouthfeel- Thinnish at times but nearing medium with a slightly sticky feel and extremely light carbonation.
Drinkability- The beer is honestly a bit sweet but not bad for it being as young as it is. I'm not 100% sure the sweetness will ever be toned down, even after some age, but everything should even out a bit. Definitely will only get better. Thanks very much Steve!

younger35, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of match1112
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

match1112, Sep 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Sep 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

plumcrazyfx, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of DCLAguy11
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

DCLAguy11, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of coldmeat23
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
VINTAGE: 2010

This one is a nice, golden amber color with honey colored tinting. It forms a thin head, which is the color of burnt caramel. This dissipates rapidly, but the lacing is spotty and nicely sticky.

Chunks of creamy caramel wrapped in flakes of toasted coconut sail in a boat made of toast and marshmallows down a stream of butterey goodness. This has tons of deep, rich, maltiness to it. A good deal of oak is present. Lots of sticky, dark fruit notes. Mild traces of vanilla.
This has all of the barrel characteristics that you'd find in a stout of this style, except that they are with a barleywine here. I think they may even blend better here than with a stout.

The taste follows the nose. It brings some charred oak notes along to the party. Caramelized sugar notes. Mild presence of hops combine with the woodiness, to help give a nicely dry finish.
Bourbon flavor is apparent, but alcohol presence is fairly well hidden.

This has a very nice full body, verging very close to being downright thick. The carbonation level is mild-to-medium. It is very smooth and has just a touch of light creaminess going on.

For 11.50%abv this is very drinkable. If I had a four pack of this, I'd probably be passed out by now, but I'd have a great time getting to that point. This stuff is tasty!

coldmeat23, May 27, 2010
Photo of doucmehu
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pulled a 2012 bottle from the cellar, giving this about 15 months on it.

A: Nice deep amber, viscous and sticky on a swirl, respectable tan head that rings the glass for quite some time.

S: Big blast of sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol. Very rich.

T: Vanilla, brown sugar, candi sugar, caramel, rich malt and a hint of pastry dough.

M: Barely heavy and a little sticky, prickly carbonation, significant alcohol heat. No real bitterness to speak of.

O: Fantastic BA Barleywine in the smell and flavor department. Big sweets are not cloying, as the bourbon really cuts it and the body isn't over the top. Could definitely use some more time to let the alcohol settle down though. Glad I still have a couple left, I will revisit them in a year or two.

doucmehu, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent beer, thanks to starrdogg for sharing.

A: Reddish orange hue with some golden lacing on the sides of the glass. Ok ring of head.

S: A nice bourbon vanilla oak infused prune/vegetable barley base. Raisin sugar also dominate nicely.

T: Awesome taste. Elegant mix of oak/bourbon with huge dark fruit spicy barleywine. Confectionary levels of sweetness and some nice bitters at the back.

M: Smooth and very nice, bitter back. Great.

D: A little heavy but nice!

Dreadnaught33, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of paco1029384756
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep burgundy color with a small off white head and a fine ring of lacing.

Scent of sweet malts, oats, oak, bourbon, caramel, sugars and a hint of alcohol.

Taste of caramel, sugars, bourbon, molasses, and oats. A heavy sweet flavor takes charge here, leaving room for little else, but this is still a worthwhile beer that I hope ages well.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied and smooth with low carbonation.

paco1029384756, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of millelacsmark
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

millelacsmark, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown-red with small yellow-ish head.

Tons of oaked vanilla, almonds, nutty, creamy, lactic. . . Odd, yet unique.

Lots of resinous raisin, sticky, biting, bitter, perky amount of vanilla, high bourbon heat, carbonation is a bit too much for me. A touch on the overly sweet side.

Recommended. but not overwhelming... Thanks for this one mr. parker.

chugalug06, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of hopley
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

hopley, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of IndyDad
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

IndyDad, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of BeerThursdays
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

BeerThursdays, Jan 20, 2013
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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