Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.5/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I picked up a fair amount of this on a recent WI trip - now that it has a couple month's age on it, it is time to try it again.
A - Bright red color - fairly high clarity. The head faded pretty quickly but it remains an attractive beer.
S - It smells like a vanilla-cherry kool-aide with a bit of bourbon added it. I mean that in the best possible way. It smells delicious, with very little heat present.
T&M - Very rich and full bodied, especially as it warms from cellar temps. Packed with sweet roasty barleywine flavor with quite a bit of bourbon - especially on the finish. If anything it makes it a little harsh, but age has the potential to make this world class. Other than the bourbon burn, the flavor are very well blended. I love the way the vanilla oakiness comes out.
D - A sipper for sure, but the balance makes it very difficult to stop sipping.
I cannot believe how good this is for the price. I wish I bought more!
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2010 03:03:08 | More by dougofthefuture
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,658 ratings.