Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,856
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 661
Gots: 520 | FT: 57
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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of IpeeA
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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!

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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.

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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of russwbeck
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage, reviewed in 2012

A: It pours out of the bottle a muddy brown to deep red and rests inside my Deschutes snifter with about a finger of light brown head. The head isn't a fan of the party and checks out pretty quickly, leaving to lacing behind.

S: The smell is pretty nicely balanced. It seems to have a mellow about it normally reserved for aged beers. Deep caramel malts, some booze that hints towards being too offensive, bourbon, and vanilla.

T: The boozy aroma that only hinted towards offensive on the smell is more so on the taste. Underneath it lays a creamy, smooth maltiness that's blended nicely with bourbon and vanilla. I think I'm getting some roast at the very end as well. The taste is too much from the barrel and just not as integrated as the aroma seemed.

MF: A bit thin with lower than average carbonation. The booze hurts the drinkability, but nothing strange hangs around on the palate.

O: This was a nice little beer, but nothing special. I got it as an extra in a trade, so I'm not really in any place to complain! I'd say it falls on the side of an easy-drinking Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, but it isn't really special

2013 Vintage, reviewed in 2013

A: The body is more clear, but also more dark than Y2K. The pour is a dark brown with a thinner head, about one finger in height. The retention has gone down as well as the lacing. 3

S: The sweetness has been taken up another notch! Big notes of vanilla, toffee, and dark fruits really take over with a bit of booze thrown in. The roast, which carried the aroma of the base beer, is all but gone. I think the barrel took the nose up another notch, but I'm worried the taste will be too sweet. 4.5

T: The taste is of chewy caramel, vanilla, and hints of bourbon. It is very sweet, but the bourbon and booze actually provide some balance. The finish is delicious vanilla mixed with toffee. The roast has gone, apparently, as I don't get any with this beer any longer. 4

MF: The mouthfeel is crazy smooth with a boozy finish. It's damn drinkable, which when considering this is a very high ABV and I had it directly after normal Y2K at 10%...I'm feeling pretty good. 4

Value: This trade was definitely worth it. Both this and the base beer are tasty offerings. 4.5

O: This beer definitely improved in the bourbon barrels. The taste was more balanced, easier to drink, and overall more enjoyable. Both are good beers, this one is just better and I would seek it out again. 4

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz 2012 vintage bottle born in January of this year, poured into a New Belgium Globe. Huge thanks to laymansbeerfan for this one.

A: Pours a prototypical murky dark copper, with minimal tan head but excellent spotty lacing and alcohol feet.

S: Intense to start off - bourbon is prominent, dark sugary caramel sweetness, raisins and dried figs...very malty, and it smooths out as it warms...bits of oak and vanilla as well.

T: Alcohol is definitely there but it isn't overwhelming...bourbon, sugary caramel, dried figs dipped in brown sugar, oak, toffee, hints of vanilla, earthy notes.

MF: Alcohol heat definitely sits in your throat...medium to full mouthfeel, with good bitterness and a creamy body.

O: Intense beer, definitely like how the alcohol plays with all of the flavors, but it makes it hard to kill this bottle. One-and-done for me tonight.

Thanks Aaron!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of sprucetip
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintatage. Kind of a chestnut brown color, definitely darker than amber. Backlighting reveals good activity and chunks of yeast. If I hadn't poured the the last half ounce, I think it would be pretty clear. Very little head and no lacing.

Boozy esters, oak and bourbon are strong. I also get some light vanilla and caramel malty sweetness.

The taste is a little more balanced, but the barrel and bourbon are dominant. The sweet malty backbone is more prominent, and there is some vanilla and mild hop bitterness.

Strong warming, good carbonation, full body, and some lingering bitterness. Burns a little bit. Still pretty hot I guess.

Despite the misperceptions listed above, this is a really good beer that I'd like to have again, with a little more age on it if possible. Just my second beer from Central Waters, and I look forward to more.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,856 ratings.