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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,801
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 655
Gots: 524 | FT: 54
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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4/5  rDev -7.2%

inflatablechair, Dec 12, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice reddish amber color with a one finger sticky head bthe smell is caramel bourbon and a nice boozy sweetness. The flavor follows suit and is almost like a bourbon county stout but a Barleywine. The flavors a bold and the bourbon is in your face and hot. Mouthfeel is warm medium thick and delicious. Overall a very good Barleywine can wait to have it with some age on It.

rowingbrewer, Dec 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

starrdogg, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

curly31989, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review input from notes.
Thanks to hu5om for the bottle

Poured into snifter. Rusted copper colored body, free of haze and sediment. Modest one finger white head is set atop. The head recedes rather quickly leaving minimal lacing behind.

Deep caramel and burnt sugar aromas are heavy in the nose. Brown sugar, toffee and vanilla scents emerge with warmth. The bourbon is more subdued than what I would expect.

The flavor provides a nice combination of warm bready malt, caramel and raisin up front. As the beer works its way back on the palate stronger vanilla and burnt sugar flavors emerge. The bourbon is not heavy in flavor but provides a decent amount of heat. The heat is not off putting but could use some time to mellow.

Full bodied Barlerywine, carbonation is on the lower end. The texture is slightly chewy but the beer falls far short of syrupy. The finish is long and pleasant.

Very enjoyable beer, one I wish I had immediate access too. While CWBBBW would struggle to compete with the top tier barrel aged Barleywines, it is an impressive beer none the less. A bit of a fuller body, slightly more depth and heat dialed down it would be spot on. Excellent beer, worth seeking out.

kzoobrew, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

Amyliz4, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

nmann08, Dec 04, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe this one made its way from BarrytheBear's cellar to mine. Thanks for the opportunity!

A - pours a caramel bronzed copper color with a pretty thin, film-like head

S - the nose consists of the barleywine notes I love - caramel malts, toffee, some dark fruit, with hints of bourbon and vanilla

T - Starts off with caramel malts up front, which give this a nice jumping point for the rest of the beer. These move to some vanilla and a touch of burnt malt. Ends with a little bit of piney bitterness but it ultimately overwhelmed by some bourbon heat. Pine lingers on the palate on the exhale. Nice!

M - full and creamy, complements the beer nicely

D - solid barleywine here. The barrel aging is really well integrated into the flavors here and elevates this to a solid barleywine. I wish I had a couple more bottles of this!

birchstick, Dec 02, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A good friend shared a bottle of this with me, and he has been upgraded to great friend!

I love a good barleywine, and this is the top of my list right now. When we opened it the nose was almost sweet like candy, with a pour of dark copper into a snifter. Both were more than I was thinking we would get out of this one and each one was spectacular. The head on this was pale, minimal and did not last long, but it did leave a small ring around the top of the brew.
So smooth and sweet on the tongue which brings back the thought of sweet sugary candy. Very little carbonation to get in the way and it has the Bourbon flavor that kinda smacks you in the tastebuds. Fantastic! Sip it slowly and make it last. Thats easier said than done cuz this beer is extremely easy to drink.


BeerHunter76, Dec 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -30.4%

PhineasGage, Nov 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

warbird07, Nov 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

spoonhawk, Nov 23, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light bourbon notes with the typical vanilla notes and some sweet caramelized malt notes. Taste is a nice mix between some sweet, though not overly so, notes of caramelized brown sugar with some notes bourbon and vanilla. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Easily drinkable with good balance and level of complexity.

Phyl21ca, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

Otis77, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

denimdemon, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

Diomede, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Kaydogg, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

bigdaddypolite, Nov 20, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

thewimperoo, Nov 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

jjheinrichs, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

tmarq9, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16%

Photekut, Nov 17, 2011
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,801 ratings.