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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,657
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 631
Gots: 516 | FT: 46
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-26-2012 15:46:31 | More by DersOne
Photo of TWStandley


4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my KTG Snifter. 2012 Vintage.

Poured a semi-hazy brown/red color with an off white head that was big at first but dissipated quickly.

I will admit, the smell was a bit off-putting. Smelled somewhat like grain alcohol, with a faint smell of vanilla and oak.

Taste was phenomenal. Well balanced. Great bourbon flavors including vanilla, oak, and plums/raisins. Slight alcohol taste, combined with a bit of brown sugar and belgian candy sugars. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is a bit warm, but given the 11.5% abv, not overdone. Definetely thick, with a bit more carb than most barleys I have had, but awesome none the less.

Wow, great great great barleywine. Glad I have a few more. Awesome use of the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 00:15:07 | More by TWStandley
Photo of shleepy


3.6/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 2012 bottle into snifter glasses.

A: Lightly hazy medium-brown. Small head.

S: Pleasant, subtle notes of vanilla and sour berries.

T: Vanilla, toffee, light liquoriche. Almost gives away the alcohol in the finish / aftertaste, but stops just short.

M: Creamy texture. Very heavy body - definitely a slow sipper.

O: I'm not generally a huge fan of the super-heavy beers, but I appreciated this one as a kind of nightcap, sipping it over a long period of time.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 06:10:51 | More by shleepy
Photo of oline73


4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring with some carbonation wisps on top of the pour.

Smell: Caramel malt sweetness with some hot bourbon and mild vanilla, and dark fruit notes.

Taste: Quite smooth, but still hot because it is young. Bourbon heat with dark fruit and vanilla notes. Warm alcohol with a very slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side and a bit syrupy. Tingly, smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a smooth beer given how new it is. Nice flavors from the barrel, I would definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 01:46:50 | More by oline73


4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-24-2012 23:01:47 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-24-2012 22:20:01 | More by aliving1
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz 2012 bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a hazy light brownish-amber color with a nice light cream 2 finger head though hold tight. Very Foamy lacing with great retention.

S- Vanilla, toffee, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, booze, ripe plum, little oak and raisin. This is an amazing smelling beer.

T- Follows the nose nicely. Lots of rich vanilla, toffee, dark fruit and oak. The alcohol is a little hot but still smooth with a crisp burn.

M- Viscus and smooth. Light carbonation with good drinkability. Not a session beer by any means but not to heavy where it's a one and done.

O- This is by far one of the top barrel aged Barley Wines in my opinion. It has all the components that I look for in this style. With some age I believe the heat will be subdued and this will truly become an amazing offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 11:24:52 | More by lanamj
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-22-2012 22:28:25 | More by BrokenStones
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New York

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-22-2012 01:12:13 | More by jbuddle
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5/5  rDev +16%

04-21-2012 22:40:25 | More by redliner8
Photo of nrs207


4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-21-2012 20:20:13 | More by nrs207
Photo of nathanjohnson


4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-21-2012 17:41:14 | More by nathanjohnson
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-21-2012 00:37:21 | More by davesway10
Photo of inlimbo77


4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle of the 2012 vintage. Poured this into my Pinocchio's (Media, PA) brandy snifter.

A: Pours a murky (initially), ruby orange kinda color. It clears out as it warms up. Not a ton of head, but there is carbonation. Wouldn't expect that much head at an ABV this high. See some bubbles off the bottom of glass. Definitely some alcohol feet. Nice lacing.

S: Lots of bourbon notes. Vanilla, toffee, caramel and booze for sure. Digging in you get some char and woodiness. Pulling some sweet malt too.

T: I get a little hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. It's mild for sure. Then you bombarded by those sweet malt and bourbon notes in the mid palate. They actually just sit there on your tongue for a while. You get that caramel and toffee note that comes with the barrel. Sticky sweet malts. It doesn't taste boozy but you do get a nice warmth in the back of your thought that grows. I actually didn't know the ABV, but really can't believe this was 11.5%. It's there, but just in warmth not boozy flavors.

M: It's full bodied, even though looks can be deceiving. A little chewy.

O: It's a solid beer. A for me, for sure. Central Waters barrel program is killing it for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 18:44:13 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of djmichaelk


4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, courtesy of alefish (thanks!), into a 7venth Sun snifter. 2012 vintage.

A - Pours a fairly clear dark auburn, with a finger of off-white head that quickly recedes to a thin cap. Good lacing, though.

S - Toasted coconut, a bit of hazelnut, toffee and brown sugar, and vanilla. Some barrel-aged barleywines stray into suntan-lotion territory, but this does a nice job of staying away from that.

T - Caramel, toffee, and just a little bitter dark chocolate at first, then vanilla and nuttiness. The finish is more American Barleywine, with the bitterness from the hops shining through.

M - Thick and creamy, with a velvety carbonation that compliments the flavors nicely. Bitter but not too drying.

O - This one went pretty quickly, in spite of the ABV. It's not quite at the level of Abacus or MoAS, but it's pretty close, and a a third (or quarter) of the price. Amazing that they can keep the cost so low. Well worth seeking out. (And glad I have another 4-pack on the way!)

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 05:47:54 | More by djmichaelk
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-18-2012 00:28:15 | More by daleyke
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-17-2012 05:27:00 | More by daysinthewake
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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!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 02:18:42 | More by Scotchboy
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-17-2012 01:28:35 | More by stouts4me
Photo of herman77


4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky dark amber/muddy brown. Small of white head. Very minimal lacing.

S: Lots of bourbon, sweet carmel malt, toffee, vanilla, oak and raisins.

T: Big hints of bourbon up front. Vanilla and oak dominate followed by a rich carmel/toffee malt. The integration between the maltiness and the bourbon is really good. Nice warming alcohol in the finish that lingers. I'm sure it mellows with age, but the heat from the bourbon works really well with this right now.

M: Fuller body, smooth and soft carbonation. Chewy and thick, love it.

O: Very impressive. Pretty damn good drinkability too considering what it is. Bummed I only picked up a single of this and I need to try the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 23:07:13 | More by herman77
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-16-2012 16:19:31 | More by egrace84
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-15-2012 23:27:06 | More by antoines15
Photo of Pellinore1


4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-15-2012 22:27:46 | More by Pellinore1
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3/5  rDev -30.4%

04-15-2012 22:06:27 | More by Pasatron
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5/5  rDev +16%

04-14-2012 23:55:09 | More by SnatchyMcPants
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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