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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,976
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 693
Gots: 587 | FT: 67
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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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.

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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.

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2011 Vintage

From a bottle, pours a very murky brown with ruby hues. A very thin and wispy head sits on top and there is a fair amount of clumpy sediment.

The smell is dark fruit, sweet malt and a fair amount of bourbon. Even after 3 or 4 years, this still has great barrel character. A little bit of hop content and vanilla still hang around.

The flavor is fruity, berry, not much bourbon at all. This is very mellow, balanced, in line with an aged barleywine. The barrel has faded considerably. Nice citrus hops with a faint taste of vanilla sweetness. This is in a great spot right now. Mouthfeel is clean, refreshing. Not much booze on the flavor.

Drink any 2011's you have now.

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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!

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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.


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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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