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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: 632
Gots: 517 | 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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WreckDiver

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -30.4%

03-26-2012 00:28:56 | More by WreckDiver
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Cyclone8

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16%

03-25-2012 22:58:40 | More by Cyclone8
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

03-24-2012 01:11:11 | More by 2dogbrew
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Scout11

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

03-23-2012 03:37:29 | More by Scout11
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russwbeck

Virginia

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

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 02:35:50 | More by russwbeck
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theholdsteady

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-22-2012 23:06:12 | More by theholdsteady
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stealth

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-22-2012 05:48:26 | More by stealth
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter and served between 50-55 degrees.

Pours a ruby amber with an off-white two finger head. Aromas of oak, dark fruit and hints of bourbon and booze are clearly present. Caramel malts dominate at first and become much more pronounced as this brew warms along with black cherries, plum, and fig. The finish is slightly sweet with bourbon notes and booze. Heavy body supported by huge malt backbone, syrupy with a perfect amount of carbonation. Overall, a wonderful BA barleywine and the perfect sipping brew. I'm laying a few down in the cellar to enjoy next winter.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 04:25:42 | More by chanokokoro
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engberg88

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +16%

03-21-2012 02:13:19 | More by engberg88
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

03-20-2012 02:25:00 | More by TonyTalon
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otrejo

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

03-19-2012 21:06:00 | More by otrejo
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baybassboy

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-18-2012 04:54:20 | More by baybassboy
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ericjubeck

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-17-2012 03:01:52 | More by ericjubeck
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Agold

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ber is a ruby red rusty color. Short just off white head recedes to a film and then a ring around the glass fairly quickly. Aroma is very caramel and burnt sugar forward, with some coconut and vanilla from the bourbon barrel. There is also some toffee and a bit of fruitiness. The flavor is very sweet. Bourbon and caramel forward with some nice biscuity malted milk ball character. The main attraction here however is the big sweet caramel paired with a more vanilla and coconut bourbon character. Mouthfeel is big, heavy and sticky, but a nice bit of carbonation lifts the beer up and keeps it from being cloying.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 06:52:53 | More by Agold
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

03-14-2012 01:51:00 | More by MaseFace
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 03-12-2012
Freshness: Bottled 01-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is a hazy, reddish-brown color, with a small off-white head. Head retention is low, with a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Aromas are strong and pleasant; the first smell I got was the bourbon booziness, followed by sweet caramel malts and molasses. Other smells include oak, spices such as cinnamon, and dark, ripened fruits.

Taste is very rich -- heavy on the malts and packing quit a bit of alcohol heat. The whiskey is prominent and also features wooden and oak notes from the barrel-aging. Also get spicy flavors and earthy hops, but the bitterness is in the low to moderate range, maybe more like an English barleywine than an American version. I will say the hop character became more pronounced as the beer warmed up, however.

Thick mouthfeel, with medium carbonation. The finish is malty, sweet and boozy from the whiskey, but a little harsh.

Overall I was very impressed with this potent barleywine; a pleasant sipper for the end of the day!

Thanks to Duff27 for this one!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 04:33:48 | More by sommersb
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-13-2012 04:03:16 | More by tripledbrew
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Grinnerman

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-12-2012 01:47:05 | More by Grinnerman
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ASUBeer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-12-2012 01:36:26 | More by ASUBeer
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AaronBurr

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-11-2012 03:10:42 | More by AaronBurr
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-11-2012 02:29:07 | More by sbricker
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to my lone beer buddy ncketchum. This was a nice selection, and I appreciated the bottle. Poured this out into a CBS snifter.

A) Foggy brown, perhaps a finger of head, which settles quickly to a collar. There was some alcohol traction.

S) Nice aroma... Sweet layers of roasted malt, brown sugar, a bit of vanilla, and bourbon.

T) Sweet malt, vanilla/caramel, simmering brown sugar, hint of hop bitterness. This has a woody bourbon finish with some alcohol heat to the aftertaste.

M) Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, rather smooth, with an expected alcohol tingle.

O) I don't drink a lot of barleywines, and this was my first barrel aged for sure. Having said that, I found this quite impressive, and would certainly seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 23:08:28 | More by RoamingGnome
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

3.75/5  rDev -13%

03-10-2012 18:43:35 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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jkane101

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-10-2012 18:38:26 | More by jkane101
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-09-2012 03:53:26 | More by eawolff99
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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