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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,637
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 631
Gots: 512 | FT: 48
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%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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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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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

05-28-2014 17:55:14 | More by jdorlicz
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

05-28-2014 03:08:23 | More by BWCampbell
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MaximalC

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, burnt honey color akin to apple cider, with a thin cap of khaki foam. The aroma is absolutely delicious, consisting of dark fruit, toffee, molasses, currants, blackberries, bourbon, and alcohol. I'd strongly recommend taking a few minutes to sniff this straight from the bottle...

The taste is sweet and malty up front with bourbon in the middle, along with a hoppy twinge that attempts to make way for itself from middle to back. The sweetness is highly complex and difficult to pin down, but I'd venture to describe it as tasting of wine grapes, raisins, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, and caramel. Dark fruit isn't as present as the nose would suggest, but it does manage to emerge as the beer warms (particularly the currants). The resinous hops, which felt somewhat conflicted initially, also begin to meld better as the beer warms. The woody character of the bourbon barrels adds yet another layer of complexity. The finish is downright profound, as rich, warming alcoholic vapors envelope the back of the mouth and throat like dragon's breath. The immense staying power makes the finish a preternatural entity unto itself (not unlike the aroma). A candied stickiness lingers on the lips with each sip. The mouthfeel is fairly loose and slick for such a big beer, but it doesn't detract at all from the experience.

Overall, this is a damn fine barleywine that affords an extravaganza for the senses. From the seductive aroma to the bombastic taste, there are no false steps here. I appreciate how Central Waters didn't try to go too hop forward like some American barleywines, instead opting to let the malt and bourbon take center stage. A sipper though it may be, that only serves to prolong the enjoyment. The only other barleywine I've tried on par with this is Sucaba, so that comparison should pretty much speak for itself.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2014 02:06:23 | More by MaximalC
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4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I aged a 2012 for about a year and half to see what happens. I though the beer has initially rather harsh.

Appearance - The beer was golden brown color. It is a little lighter in color than I am used to for a bourbon barrel barleywine. No head or lacing was noted.

Smell - The bourbon is noted in a big way, with a certain level of sweetness to the aroma.

Taste - On the initial taste, the warmth of the bourbon bursts. This is still hot. Notes of grassy caramel, burnt malt, and dark fruits follow the burn. The aspect of this one I enjoy most are the caramel notes. The bourbon notes lack vanilla and really do not add much more than a burn. The aftertaste is pretty heavy burn. This bourbon barleywine is not as smooth as some of its counterparts. Aging did little for this one.

Mouthfeel - The barleywine lacked smoothness because of the burn. This also prevents me from suggesting this to be an easy drinker.

Overall - I much prefer Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout to the barelywine. It is far too harsh for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

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4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle from Homer321 poured on 5/21/14. Big thanks man! Pours murky brownish amber with a small creamy yellow khaki head. Big caramel toffee aroma with vanilla, raisins, dark fruits, sweet smooth bourbon, oak, very slight oxidation. Flavor is sweet caramel bourbon, oak, dark sweet fruit, and a huuuge vanilla marshmallow finish that lingers a good while. Plenty of carbonation and a chewy body with some nice booze bite.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2014 01:40:26 | More by BMMillsy
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,637 ratings.