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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,705
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 650
Gots: 516 | FT: 50
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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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Big thanks to Zander for a few bottles of 2013 and 2012.

Pours about 3 fingers of head. Dark Maroonish brown

Smell- Bourbon, fig, booze

Taste- Plenty of carbonation, medium heat. The sweetness of the bourbon really adds to the traditional ABW flavor. Incredibly drinkable for 11.5% and a powerful beer. Compared to BA Numbskull this just has that donkey kick oomph in it. This is a big beer, just my liking.

Mouthfeel- high carbonation, medium build, flavor attack

Overall- Amazing beer and a perma-want

03-09-2013 03:46:47 | More by OneBeertoRTA
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-08-2013 23:20:41 | More by ejimhof
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5/5  rDev +16%

03-08-2013 18:19:19 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.54/5  rDev +5.3%

Served from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance- Cloudy Amber/brown with little to no head. Good lacing.

Smell- Caramel and vanilla (bourbon), some mild chocolate, light booze, no hops, and light maltiness.

Taste- Ohh very smooth vanilla bourbon notes. Lots of caramel and malts. No real hop presence here. Can't taste the booze, but can feel it go down.

Mouthfeel- Full body and smooth with mild heat at the back of the throat.

Overall- This is great, very smooth and flavorful. Nice extra from a recent trade!

03-08-2013 17:20:46 | More by Seanniek91
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-08-2013 05:21:47 | More by harrylee773
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-08-2013 03:14:05 | More by TX-Badger
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-07-2013 23:20:47 | More by EliSpitzner
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-07-2013 07:17:27 | More by dhbiker0889
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-07-2013 02:23:18 | More by Jballn
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

03-07-2013 01:31:11 | More by RWNay
Photo of kodt


4.28/5  rDev -0.7%

2013 12oz bottle poured into New Belgium Snifter

A - pours a deep amber, thin tan head.

S - bourbon is prominent, sweetness of caramel and fruit.

T - Lots of flavor, sweetness, malty, and a good amount of bourbon heat coming through.

M - Enough flavor to compliment the alcohol. Medium carbonation.

O - Great barleywine, perfect for sipping. A bit boozy, but I like that.

03-06-2013 21:14:05 | More by kodt
Photo of Jparker37


3.98/5  rDev -7.7%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter glass. Bottled in 2013 is all that is described. Excited to judge this versus the y2k barleywine.

A - Hazy brown in color with some amber highlights. Smaller vanilla colored head from a gentle pour. Left some bits of lacing.

S - That barrel smell is beautiful. Toasty malt holds up well to those smells though. I get some cigar tobacco mellow tones.

T - Has a short bit of caramel and toasty malts early on but the barrel flavors begin to take over. Midway through some hops try to peek in but are overwhelmed by the huge whiskey barrel flavors. A lot of the toasty oak and spicy booze warmth last well into the aftertaste.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation, a touch of sweetness early that dried up at the finish.

O - This beer seems a little young and could use a bit of time to really tame down and let some maltiness come through better. The booziness is getting a little too much for me. All in all, the beer has complexity and I would love to age one of these bottles to see what it can morph into.

03-06-2013 02:16:06 | More by Jparker37
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-05-2013 05:54:29 | More by JeffTheJuice
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-05-2013 03:53:54 | More by DaveAnderson
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-04-2013 21:13:45 | More by avschmitt
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

03-04-2013 15:50:17 | More by Gotti311
Photo of wyatt13


4.18/5  rDev -3%

2013 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Half Acre snifter.

A - pours a dark toffee or burnt caramel with a half finger off-white head that dissipates quickly.

S - bourbon and oak are most noticeable, with a nice sweetness of caramel & dark fruits.

T - wow, great barrel character here. Nicely balanced with the base beer without being overpowering. Also manages to rein in the sweetness. A bit of heat on the aftertaste, but it doesn't detract too much.

M - sticky, but not too thick. Lots of carbonation here for a barrel-aged beer.

O - really liked this one. Nicely warming without impeding the drinkability. Great for a snowy winter day.

03-04-2013 02:36:39 | More by wyatt13
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-03-2013 22:49:12 | More by savagepanda
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-03-2013 22:17:25 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

03-03-2013 16:50:36 | More by mendvicdog
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-03-2013 00:31:22 | More by GeePee
Photo of CaptCleveland


4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

12oz bottle from a couple of awesome MN BA traders!

Ruby red elixir poured into Hoppin' Frog snifter. Clear liquid, minimal lacing, thin, white rim hugs the edge.

Wonderful complex aromas: oak, vanilla, dried fruit, bourbon, caramel. Could sniff this all night.

The caramel and vanilla are right up front, then comes a nice bourbon bitterness that really balances the brew. The bourbon pleasantly lingers.

Medium body, smooth, sticky, like toffee.

This really hits the spot. Complex melding of flavors. Was thinking of sitting on a couple, but really drinking well right now.

03-02-2013 21:42:21 | More by CaptCleveland
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-02-2013 15:29:21 | More by Kunstman
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-02-2013 03:09:56 | More by jodan
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4.34/5  rDev +0.7%

A - Nice tawny ruby color. Small to medium sized, tight, creamy, smooth, off-white head. Average retention leaving a very nice layer of lace.

S - Strong toffee/caramel backbone. Interplay between vanilla and dried cherries and dates. Aroma is very fruity with touches of alcohol and bourbon. Slightly sweet with just that subtle hint of booze in the back.

T - Oaky flavors off the bat, with subtle notes of vanilla in the back. Gives way to a nice dried fruit flavor. Cherries, dates, raisins providing a definite sweetness. Strong toffee and butterscotch malt throughout. Finishes on a slightly tart and boozy note with bourbon and caramel flavors sticking on the tongue.

M - Medium body. Average carbonation. Slightly wet and slick feel.

D - Pretty drinkable, although it is more of a sipping beer. Flavors meld nicely. Bourbon is definitely present but it doesn't overpower or have too harsh of a burn. Strong malt backbone and fairly sweet but nowhere near cloying.

Notes: Much more of an English BA barleywine in my view. Nice for a sweet sipping beer that definitely presents bourbon flavors but isn't too harsh. Nor does it necessarily rely on the bourbon (although I'm not sure if it'd be anything special as a regular barleywine). It's a nice treat, but it isn't anything earth-shattering for the style.

03-02-2013 02:54:42 | More by FreshHawk
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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