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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,939
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 692
Gots: 559 | FT: 62
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Atron67 on 03-02-2008

Aged for 1 year in used bourbon barrels.
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Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, muddy red-brown body. Egg-shell colored head. Slight retention with real spotty lacing.

S: Lots of caramel, warm, toasty malts cap a delicate bourbon notes of vanilla and oak. Only slightly boozy which is a plus. Real enticing.

T: Simply outstanding. Lots of caramel malts with the same delicate bourbon presence from the nose. More vanilla than oak. The more I tasted this the more I was getting a rich alcohol-baked cake taste. Sweet without being overbearing. A real winner.

M: Nice hearty body with a silky feel. Low-medium carbonation. Well hidden booze.

D: I am absolutely pumped that I managed to snag 8 bottles of these. Will drink one or two more this year with the rest to age a range of years. I really can't imagine a much better american barleywine... Kudos to Central Waters.

Photo of claytong
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - dark auburn with hints of mahogany. head was small on a controlled pour, lacing stayed.

smell - off first smell, things are a bit mixed. oak dominates, bourbon comes in with heat, and then a bit of vanilla extract and lots of malt.

taste - malts come in too strong with a plain wood taste. bourbon just brings heat and not much bourbon. a bit too fresh i think.

mouthfeel - medium bodied and medium carbonation, drank with lots of other barleys so i felt a sweetness overload.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Jimmys
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip. 2013 vintage.

A: dark orange/ terra cotta hued body. slightly hazed. head pours a bit underwhelming with a light brown/orange/white hue. retention is limited, but present. spots of lacing left behind.

S: dark fruit. plums. a lot of bourbon oak. a LOT of oak. but good, the wood is welcomed and works great with all this sweetness. no hop aroma at all, not that I mind one bit, this thing is all about big beer and bourbon.

T: holy hell, the first sip is fucking rocket fuel. straight ethanol. hope a few more sips will get me better acquainted. ahh, that's a little better. bourbon warmth/flavor for sure. similar to the nose, lots of bourbon-y oak flavor. a little bit of caramel sneaks out when it can. lingering brown sugar and alcohol heat.

M: carb is mellow and works well with this big guy. full bodied to the gills.

D: this would definitely be a prime candidate for cellaring. as soon as I took my first sip I thought maybe I opened this too soon. oh well, live and learn. regardless, there are some really good aromas/flavors going on here that im sure would develop some nice complexities over time. grab a few if you can.

Photo of thampel09
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of vande
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Drucifer
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
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

Photo of vinny21bal
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Woha! Big Beer Bananza!. Thank you big time to NFLMVP for a chance to sample this huge brew.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a toasty caramel with wild lively carbonation that reminds me of the finest big malt DIPAs. Thick and churning like a lava lamp. The Head is nice two fingers of white small lace but I don't need everything.

The smell is like WOW a pint of bourbon. So smooth deep and entrancing, I have a feeling this beer is going to be great! Notes on vanilla periodically shine through the oaken bourbon and toasted marshmallow sweetness. Man would this be great at a campfire in the fall.

The taste is just amazing, everything is working, big beer malt, mild hoppyness, great heat, this is what the Doctor ordered. I can't wait to share some oh my preciouses little stash with my closest BA Buddies. This extreme elixir will be the hit of the tasting.

The mouthfeel is very good, it could use a tad more body or maybe a little chewiness but if that is all I can say is wrong everything else is right.

The drinkability is GREAT. Big beer, big alcohol and HUGE flavor. I wish I could get more, I'd buy it by the case.

Thanks again to NVLMVP, It was a lot more then a quick beer run and some postage. Greatfull I truly am, I great freind you are.
Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

Photo of PopnLoads
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of thebouch01
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Fargrow
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of MastaShonuf
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Mikeypnh
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of kbuzz
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Roguer
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful dirty nut brown brew, fairly dark in the glass, topped by a decent creamy tan head. Retention is so-so; lacing is bubbly but sparse.

Huge malty notes of caramel and toffee erupt from the glass, chased by vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon is much stronger on closer, careful sniffs, but not overpowering; there's plenty of room for pecans and walnuts, prunes, chocolate, vanilla, and a complete toasted malt bath.

Flavor follows the nose, with an added bite from earthy and herbal hops. Bourbon up front; followed by caramel, toffee, and toast; and finished with vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak, and some alcohol heat.

Long wet finish allows vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon to dance across your gums and tongue in waves. Brew is relatively thin up front, but with a silky wetness that coats your mouth. Lots of alcohol heat, but it's not unpleasant.

This beer tastes like they took the malt boil, poured it into a bourbon barrel, added some green hops, and called it a day. It's absolutely delicious.

Photo of millelacsmark
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of KJ2013
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of IpeeA
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.77/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,939 ratings.