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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,932
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 692
Gots: 554 | FT: 60
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 lunarbrew
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 12oz bottle.

The beer pours clear amber red with about an inch of cappuccino-colored head. Head died quick with only a little lacing. Sweet, smoky, fruity and exciting. I can clearly smell honey, vanilla, and oak. A full, rich nose. Flavor is pretty boozy at this point. Not a ton of heat, but there is a huge bourbon flavor. The flavor also matches the smell, but I love that the barleywine is not too sweet. Very good profile which will be amazing with some age. Creamy, medium-bodied, and leaves syrup on the tongue. Already and very good beer. I can't wait for the booze and heat to mellow out. It will be fantastic.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mnphish
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MCain04
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Half Acre 12 oz snifter. $15/4pack.

A: Dark dark ruby body with a light tan head of less than a finger with quick dissipation leaving a rim of foam and a small amount of lacing.

S: Bourbon-forward with sweet malty notes, vanilla, and some hops on the nose that complement well.

T: Sweet malts are the first on the palate, vanilla and oaky notes, and the barrel characters blend nicely into a bourbon finish. Lots of heat on the back end of this. A little bitter and dry on the finish, representing some of the hops of the brew.

M: Very smooth, medium carbonation, sticky and dry finish. Very nice and drinkable.

O: A fantastic barleywine that is complemented very nicely by bourbon barrel aging. Best bourbon barrel aged barleywine I've tried to date, although I do have Sucaba and barrel-aged Bigfoot waiting in my cellar. I inherently hate Central Waters for their terrible customer service, but they make a damn good BBBW

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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 SadMachine
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 3/14/13

A- Pours a deep amber with ruby hues, a decent sized head with impressive retention for being barrel aged. Also excellent lacing is left in the glass.

S- The aroma is incredibly alluring, instantly bringing to mind ripe figs, raisins, sweet prunes, caramel, toffee, thick dark breadiness, and maybe a hint of dried apricot. There's also smooth vanilla from the bourbon barrel, and definitely some hefty booze in the aroma.

T- The taste is a malt lover's dream, with thick breadiness, toffee, dark honey, and caramel dominating. The vanilla is mild, but it is present just enough to mellow this out alongside the bourbon. The fruits noticed in the nose are present, but you have to search for them in this complex brew. Lastly there is just a bit of earthy/spicy hop bitterness to prevent this from being overly sweet.

M- The mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and chewy, with only slight carbonation. It has a bite of bitterness and booze at the end, but it fades to mellow bourbon/vanilla aftertaste.

O- Overall this is one of the better BA Barleywines I've had, and I can't wait to have some more!

Photo of nicnut45
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into arrogant bastard snifter. 2013 vintage

A- A muddy red pond water appearance. Almost no head on an average pour. A slight tan head bubbles to the surface.

S-Upon warming, she really starts to come to life. Carmel, bourbon, peppercorn, floods the nostrils. Digging a little deeper, I catch a whiff of scotch tape. Weird I know, but I smell it none the less.

T-This is way too bitter and harsh if your just pulling it out of the fridge. Needs to warm up a bit. Upon warming shes a bit alcoholic, and bitter as wormwood. Hot and spicey down the gullet with a soothing burn. The hot alcohol covers up the subtle flavors that will reveal itself with time. Flan, caramel, and alcoholic sweetness are major flavors now but give it 3-4 years and I think she will really shine.

O- Lay her down and I think this will be great in a few years. She is surely hot to say the least and strongly bittered to boot.

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4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage served in a snifter. This amber-ruby beauty pours w a half-finger of khaki head that recedes quickly and is retained w decent legs and spotty lacing. The aroma is of burnt brown sugar, figs, and rum-soaked raisins w a hint of vanilla. The flavor is caramel, smoky bourbon, and a lot more hops than other reviews would have led me to believe. I'm sure this ages well, but this is pretty hot fresh. Still very very good, and worth the acclaim.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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