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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,745
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 650
Gots: 521 | FT: 51
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 cfrances33
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to yamar68, poured into HF stem.

Pour: Ugly, muddy copper, with barely a finger of head that diminishes to a rim. Nice sticky legs, alcohol definitely there.

Smell: Toffee and bourbon up front, with some chewy raisins and vanilla. A hefty oak presence lends an almost smokey character.

Taste: A lot of barrel here, both with bourbon characteristics and a significant oak presence. Nice toffee and very chewy dates and figs. Some vanilla. Ends extremely woody, almost smokey, and any lingering taste is gone.

Mouthfeel: I can't decide if this is too sweet, or has too much of an alcohol presence. As it warms, these concerns are alleviated as it all blends together.

Overall: A very nice barrel aged barleywine, but not in the same league as KH, Sucaba, and Leon.

cfrances33, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of stortore
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

stortore, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Norseman
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Norseman, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of doughanson78
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

doughanson78, May 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

BuckTuckian, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of kbuzz
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

kbuzz, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of JoeMans
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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

oso, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of coz
4/5  rDev -7.2%

coz, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev -7.2%

sbricker, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of TheBishopco
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

TheBishopco, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep copper color, slight haze, nice head that dissipated.
S: deep bourbon and roasted malt, some heat
T: deep bourbon taste, bourbon dominates over roasted malt, a bit too much bourbon that makes it unbalanced for the style
M: warm, roasted, full

wisrarebeer, May 13, 2013
Photo of KeefD
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head that had a lasting cap but no lacing. Aroma is lightly oxidized, plenty of sticky sweet malt, a bit of hoppiness, rounded out by a touch of oak. Taste is mucho oak, vailla, caramel, and dark fruits galore. I can definitely pick out some raisins and over-ripe fruits in this one, a nice kick of piney hops, loads of caramel. Very sweet and becomes even more so as it starts to warm. Bourbon wasn't very present, but the musty, wet oak barrel was. Carbonation is nearly absent, smooth, sippable, delicious. This one tastes pretty good but there's just a touch of oxidation in the nose and in the flavor. Not sure if the bottle was starting to go bad, but it had just a hint of that oxidized cardboard taste. Still pretty darn good and I hope the other bottle I picked will age gracefully.

KeefD, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of scotv
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

scotv, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of alpinebryant
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark garnet color with a strong tan head and heavy lacing

Smell of dark fruit, healthy rich bourbon, oak , strong candy aromas and caramel mixed with toffee.

Taste is spot on for a barleywine although there is not a strong hop presence as is seen in many American Barleywines. Like I just stated, very weak hop presence which is probably all but overshadowed by the delicious bourbon and oak flavors. There is a great purple plum flavor in here mixing with cotton candy and caramel. Medium mouthfeel and a stronger carbonation than most have for the style. Finish is mostly graham cracker pie crust / slightly buttery.

Very nice, wish I had more.

alpinebryant, Mar 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Zuidman, Apr 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

cestlavie, Oct 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

zrab11, Jun 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

thampel09, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of axeman9182
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle if the 2011 edition, allowed to warm for 20 or so minutes before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine pours a completely opaque mahogany, with a towering pile of light tan foam sitting atop the beer. Its shoots past four fingers in height, settles back down to about that, and just sits there. It legitimately took five mininutes for the foam to recede, and leaves gobs and gobs of lacing down the side of the glass. The nose is very heavy on caramelized sugar and toffee, with the only evidence of the time spent in barrels being a light touch of vanilla that stays in the background. The flavor brings the barrel aging a bit more into focus. Toffee and lightly burnt sugar are still the foundation of the flavor profile, but the vanilla secondary note from the aroma is joined by a pleasant, mild bourbon taste. The mouthfeel is solid, a full, rich body paired with carbonation that just keeps the beer from being syrupy, yet lets the malt shine. I love me a barrel aged barleywine, and this is one of the better ones I've had.

axeman9182, Sep 06, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

JVan, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Yeti1979, Aug 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

KJ2013, Jan 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Eighty, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of cdkrenz
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Loud light brown head standing about an inch tall. The body a deep purple to reddish dark brown color with a thick haze. It appears dense.

S - Apricot, anise and alcohol soaked yeast.

T - Sweet black licorice with pungent fruity notes. There is a pungent hops here that really makes this special.

M - Smooth feel with a light bubbles texture. It goes down bitter-sweet.

~ This is a good beer. I've been a fan of the Central Waters brand and I have to say, "they haven't let me down here either." I'm thinking they may never let me down. I appreciate that. Thanks CW.

cdkrenz, Apr 16, 2009
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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