1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine AleBourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,933 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,933
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.05%
Wants: 692
Gots: 554 | FT: 60
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,933 | Reviews: 551 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of freemanj
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of bonkers
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of prior2two
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MCMASTERSANCHEZ
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mythaeus
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of phishbfm
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: caramel, bread, alcohol,woody.

Appearance: brown, cloudy, tan foam, frothy.

Taste: medium sweetness, virtually no bitterness.

Palate: medium body, thin feel, soft carbonation, subtlely bitter.

Overall: I don't think this is an American barleywine. It's more akin to a British barleywine. A nice barleywine, not too unlike Weyerbacher's Insanity though thinner; not unlike Lost Abbey's Angel Share but half the price. I picked this up in Pennsylvania last week but only got one. I'lll buy more if I get back down there sometime soon.

Photo of bevoduz
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This is the 2012 vintage.

Appearance: medium amber-brown hue with a huge haze and a thin finger of tan foam. Looks pretty decent for the style!

Smell: big, rich malty aroma with lots of great dark-fruit complexity: dates, raisins and cherries especially, with a generic alcoholic fruitiness to boot. On top of this are some very nice vanilla and only tangentially bourbon-y notes; quite well put-together indeed.

Taste: strong, strong, strong. More of those great malty, fruity flavors right up front with an approachable bourbon character and plenty of alcohol burn. This might be a good one to mellow out with age, although this January 2012 bottle is still hot to trot. Tasty, but dangerous!

Mouthfeel: plenty of body, but relatively light carbonation, so not a huge creaminess. Still, pretty nice.

Overall: I like this beer, although it is hard-hitting in the strength department. I'd say, though, that it needs more than just one or two years to mellow.

Photo of JCam9981
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of PHBoiler
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of wesside89
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of tjdemon
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of PopnLoads
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Lunch
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of CCutch
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of yanosh
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of st9647v3
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of rxeight
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,933 ratings.