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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Bourbon Barrel Barleywine AleBourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale

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Ratings: 1467
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%


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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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09 vintage on tap at the old eagle tavern. First time, I will be back.

A- comes to me with a solid finger of light tan head that does hold for a second then settles leaving only thin ring and a few wisps on top. Murky brown orange in color with a good glow.

S- wow! What a nose. Tons of bourbon and vanilla hits with a deep roasty chocolate flourish. Bits of coffee and brown sugar and caramel with a touch of stone fruits.

T- opens up with a smooth semi sweet bourbon and brown sugar punch. The malts are nicely toasted giving a touch of nuttiness and bakers chocolate. Hints of fall spice and a great dessert bread touch. With a subtle but clean bourbon finish.

M- a few steps above medium in body with a bit of chew to it. Nicely carbed for the style and its lightens things up in the mouth just right. Great heat on the palate, I'm always looking for that right amount of heat in a bbbw.

O- amazing brew, plain and simple. One of the best bbbw I've ever had. The time down has done wonderful things to this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 01:13:22 | More by oglmcdgl
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mobius387

Florida

4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, poured into a snifter glass

appearance: pours a ruby-purple color. actually you know what, its almost the exact color as the bottle label. uncanny, great looking brew for a barleywine

aroma: some fantastic smells of cherry and bourbon as well as a light malty nose. hints of vanilla round it out

palate: 11.5% and representing. its a little hot in the mouth, not one for sitting and letting flavor seep in. big body too

taste: just fantastic cherry and malt flavors with a light bourbon flavor to it. their BBS was bourbon strong, and this is bourbon light. all tied together with some chocolate smoothness, with some vanilla to it as well. amazingly robust for a barleywine

overall: flat out fantastic. i thought BBS was going to steal the show this year, but this one is better. another beer by CW that will fail to get the hype that other breweries like goose island or founders gets, but they make a beer that is easily as good as these breweries make. im excited to see how this one ages

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 23:16:33 | More by mobius387
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don1481

Wisconsin

4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review of the 2014 vintage! WOOT! 12oz bottle poured into my pint glass.

Appearance: Dense, khaki colored head that subsides fairly quickly (albeit a little slower than most of the other high ABV beers I've been drinking of late) on top of a rich, deep reddish brown beverage. Hold it up to the light and see a fair amount of bubbles.

Smell: The moment I opened the bottle, I smelled the bourbon. Now that it's poured, this has a pretty complex nose to it. Notes of brown sugar, toffee, caramel, vanilla, raisins, malt, and a splash of the bourbon all dance together in this one. This smells beautiful.

Taste: YUM. The bourbon notes are the strongest here, but this has a good amount of complex sweetness to balance that out quite nicely. Definitely get the toffee, brown sugar, and vanilla here. I bet this is going to age spectacularly. Not hoppy at all, which I think allows the other flavors to truly shine here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth on the whole; not as smooth as say a Skull Splitter, but this goes down nicely. Body feels a little thinner than I expected. Carbonation doesn't really get in the way of this one, though, so no complaints there.

Overall: Woodman's only had 2 cases of this dropped off on Thursday; I bought two 4 packs and think I may need to go find more to age. I recently had a couple samplers of the BC Barleywine and this definitely is right there with it in terms of overall quality and complexity. VERY impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 22:46:14 | More by don1481
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Woha! Big Beer Bananza!. Thank you big time to NFLMVP for a chance to sample this huge brew.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a toasty caramel with wild lively carbonation that reminds me of the finest big malt DIPAs. Thick and churning like a lava lamp. The Head is nice two fingers of white small lace but I don't need everything.

The smell is like WOW a pint of bourbon. So smooth deep and entrancing, I have a feeling this beer is going to be great! Notes on vanilla periodically shine through the oaken bourbon and toasted marshmallow sweetness. Man would this be great at a campfire in the fall.

The taste is just amazing, everything is working, big beer malt, mild hoppyness, great heat, this is what the Doctor ordered. I can't wait to share some oh my preciouses little stash with my closest BA Buddies. This extreme elixir will be the hit of the tasting.

The mouthfeel is very good, it could use a tad more body or maybe a little chewiness but if that is all I can say is wrong everything else is right.

The drinkability is GREAT. Big beer, big alcohol and HUGE flavor. I wish I could get more, I'd buy it by the case.

Thanks again to NVLMVP, It was a lot more then a quick beer run and some postage. Greatfull I truly am, I great freind you are.
Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 06:42:05 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Central Waters was relatively new to me...until now. Pours a semi-hazy brown color with a definite red hue through out. A good pour but some sediment. A soft off white head with good retention and lacing, mostly hiding to the side of the glass through the tasting.

The nose is complex with malt and noticeable bourbon notes. To start the malt has some very nice malt complexity and a very nice melanodian caramel aroma. Some minor bready notes. There is a yeasty character but some very nice plum, raisin and fig notes come out. A noticeable woody aroma that leave more of a hint of bourbon but doesn't over power. Some minor alcohol notes but mostly clean.

The taste is very similar. A good malt base that really lends a complexity to it. Very nice kettle caramel notes that linger into the finish. Noticeable alcohol with some boarder line fusel notes in there as well. There are some yeasty notes but lighter than what the nose indicates. Some spicy, almost peppery aromas with a big sweet plum taste. Some minor raisin and pineapple notes as well. Very clean. The hops are limited but some minor citrus and earthy flavors.

The body is closer to big than moderate. A big plus is that the beer is so easy to drink. Overall a great barleywine. Thanks to flyingbison for the trade. A hidden gem for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 22:00:17 | More by Oxymoron
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 edition. 12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy ruby to chestnut color. Thin tan head disappears quickly. No lace.

Nice bourbon, boozy aroma, with just a hint of must. Caramel, fruit, and figs as well. A hint of alcohol. There is a lot going on in the nose here, and I love it!

Good amount of sweetness. Lots of caramel and figs here. Good notes of bourbon, without being overly boozy. Just a bit of tannins. Lots going on here too.

Good mouthfeel, with carbonation being on the lower side. Very complex all the way around. An outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 19:46:43 | More by Bierguy5
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Mgm54

New York

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type, 12 oz bottle, 2013 vintage, obtained in a trade with Stevedore, many thanks!

A - A deep amber, makes be think of caramel malt, maybe rum. 1cm tan head, still mostly retained after a minute or so.

S - Big notes of bourbon, caramel, and malt. Just wonderful, it smells like the candy of beer. Notes of vanilla bean as well. This smell makes be so happy, it truly deserves a 5.

T - Malty sweetness up front, with some bourbon heat coming next, then some hoppy bitterness (it is quite fresh!). Spicy notes coming from the bourbon.

M - Very smooth maltly booze, in the back end it feels a bit like bourbon

O - a wonderfully beer, I will be ageing my other bottle for a bit to see how the beer settles into itself. If you can get some, please do! This is my first Barrel Aged Barleywine, so maybe I am just a bit overzealous, but this is wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 03:19:38 | More by Mgm54
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vic21234

Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 Vintage. Was happy to get my hands on a 4 pack of this today.

A- Pours a dark red, almost brown color. A small amount of off-white colored head quickly fades.

S- Nice aromas of bourbon and dark fruits. Some sweetness and caramel is noted too.

T- Really nice stuff. Starts very smooth with tastes of dark fruits and sweet malts. Then comes the bourbon and oak notes, which takes over the back half of each sip.

M- Low carbonation, drinks hot, a great sipper.

This is a great barleywine. Drinking kind of hot right now but not a bad thing at all. I'm anxious to see how it mellows out.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 01:58:02 | More by vic21234
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KI9A

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh boy...can't wait to post his review, so I can look at what the others say about it!

A: Bottle pour, tulip glass. Beautiful deep mahogany. Puffy head.

S: Wood barrels, no doubt about that. Boozy, fruity, malty aroma. Nice.

T: YIKES! This is great. White vanilla-chocolate covered apples. Thats as close as I can explain it. Malts, maybe a grapefruity bitter finish. Very nice!

M/D: Clean for a barley wine. Nice bourbon finish, along with a little boozy heat. I am glad I bought 2 of these, one for now, one to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 00:08:51 | More by KI9A
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airohead2001

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

glazeman, thanks.

A - Typical barleywine. Thick looking dirty red/copper/brown with a thin film for a head that resolves to a few bubbles that line the walls of my glass. Looks good, but nothing special.

S - Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, buttery toffee, roasted cashews, malted vanilla milkshake, tiny amount of hops, pecan pie, and harsh booze. This is the best smelling barleywine this nose has ever smelled. Perfect.

T - Harsh and boozy, but delicious. Caramelized sugar up front with tons of bourbon. Some bitter hops in the middle and some dark roastiness as well. Just a hint of dark fruits and a ton of bourbon in the finish. Best barleywine I've ever tasted.

M - A bit too bubbly for such a rich bourbon bomb.

D - This is an incredible beer, but it has a ton of booze and a ton of heat. But honestly, despite the heat, it is good enough that I could seriously drink it all night long.

This beer blew me away. By far the best barleywine I've ever had and also one of the best beers in general that I've had as well. I've wanted this one for a while and it surely did not disappoint

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 21:24:48 | More by airohead2001
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joshuaseresse

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up in Stevens Point during the Central Waters Anniversary party. Even though I've had the 08-10 before, I chose to rate this because this is what I have the most of. As far as I'm concerned, the 2009 is the best year to date (and alcstradamus - Adam - can be quoted as saying "I like this better than Wooden Hell).. followed by the 2008 and then 2010/2011. Poured into my town hall snifter:

A - Pours a dark murky brown color, with a slight golden and amber hue. Pour produces only a slight foam cap but quickly dissipates into a very thin foam ring, and it seems to appear only on the left hand side of the glass...strange.

S - Wonderful tones of caramel, brown sugar and toffee. Smooth hints of sweet bourbon and a tiny bit of leather. Smells smooth and sweet, but all around delicious.

T - This one is pretty booze but its a really smooth bourbon flavoring. This one is new so I expect it to be pretty hot, but I can say for sure that if you give this one a few years it will be one of the best BBBW out there. Back to the taste. Nice sweet caramel and burnt brown sugar. Also flavors of toffee and candy. Once it warms the bourbon comes to the front and offers a nice sipping treat.

M - Like I said before, this one is pretty hot. A nice smooth carbonation that leaves the mouth slightly tingly. Its just so very good.

D - I'm giving this one a 5 on drinkability because it is just so all around amazing. When its cold, you are able to drink it somewhat quick and the flavors are slightly suttle and toned down, but when it warms, you can really just enjoy it, and the flavors and wonderful and the barrel aging that this brew has undergone really comes through. I love the flavors, smell and look of this beer. Just an all around amazing beer. Paul and his team have done a wonderful job with this and I hope they keep up the good work. This one only gets better with age folks, but enjoy one today and see how greatness is born!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 22:30:12 | More by joshuaseresse
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ChadQuest

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have a bit of a special review, as i will be drinking a 2010 & 2011 Side x Side, nifty.

Color is a clear mahogany redwood hue that is warm and inviting, just a thin collar with random bubbles floating around otherwise.

As you'd expect the bourbon has indeed toned down a bit on the 10, and a bit more stand out on the 11, i personally favor the sharper bourbon aroma of the 11 a touch more. Other notes are currants, pomegranate, vanilla and dark rich toffee.

This is one of those really exceptional beverages in my realm of perception. Such a chewy mouthfeel accentuated of exotic dark fruits soaked in bourbon, i swish every sip around after slurping it up, and just want to bite into it. The 10 has just a bit more viscosity to it, maybe from the tamed bourbon or from batch variation, but none the less it's got the thickness.

I would be splitting hairs to say so, but the 10 is drinking just a tad better, from age or batch variation it's hard to say, either year is world class on my palate, and i think this is one of the best bang/buck bottles in america, easily. I am going to start saving for next release now.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 04:46:18 | More by ChadQuest
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Alpar

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review # 2

A: Nice copper/ruby blend of color. The carbonation is not lost on this, foamy white head with a decent lacing filling the snifter.

S: Dark fruits, mostly plum with some hints of vanilla and caramel maybe even a bit of belgian style sugar in there. A very pungent punch in the face that doesn't disappoint.

T: WOW, really this is just insane! I am not a "Homer" at all but I have to say this is the best thing to come out of Wisconsin. Very strong alcohol burn but in a good way. First sip is very misleading but as it coats the mouth the beer definitely opens up and leads to a far more complex flavor than originally lead on. Vanilla, fruit, bourbon and alcohol all come in to a magnificent harmonious blend that is almost unbelievable.

O: Favorite beer of 2011 thus far and I am halfway through the year. This, for me, will be tough to beat. Damn near perfection to my pallet. Seek this one out if you are a barleywine fan.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 04:14:51 | More by Alpar
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eclipse54

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle that I received for winning rowingbrewer's "Guess My Stats" LIF earlier this month. I cannot say "thank you" enough for including this WANT of mine. A 2011 bottle poured into a DFH signature glass...

Pours a beautiful caramel, mahogany color with some copper hues when held to the light. A inch or so of thick, frothy, cream-colored head grows above the surface and lingers for a long time when considering the alcohol content of this one. Numerous strands of wet lacing cling to the glass as it settles.

It smells of wonderful hazelnut, toffee, toasted malt, caramel, floral and spicy hops, a bit of vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. There is a lot going on in the nose, and it blends together superbly.

The taste begins with the hops, and then the malt takes over. Hazelnut, toffee, and caramel dominate the middle of this brew, before notes of vanilla, oak, and bourbon shine through in the end. Very well done. A warming alcohol sensation comprises the exhale.

The mouth is very rich, yet smooth after the prickly rush of initial hops. It finishes slightly dry, but not at all sticky, and the carbonation seems spot on. As far as feel, this is phenomenal.

Overall, one of the best American barleywines I’ve ever had. The hops seem a bit faded, which is perfect for me. For comparisons sake, fresh Bigfoot has a bit more hop character to it than I prefer, and I picked the perfect time to open this one as they have mellowed precisely. Again, a big thanks to rowingbrewer for this one. I need to acquire more of this now.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 01:04:52 | More by eclipse54
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 17:20:46 | More by Seanniek91
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A dense tan colored head was poured about a finger tall into a snifter glass. Head retention was good for such a high gravity beer, a thin coat of lacing was left on the side of the glass as it was being consumed. Alcohol legs can be shown when swirled. The beer is a dark mahogany brown color, very murky with not much light coming through.

S: Big nose composed of prunes, raisins, plums and other dark stone fruits. A woody character melds with the complex malt profile so well it seems very organic. Fairly moderate dank and dark piny hop aroma.

T: Very complicated malt profile similar to the aroma. Prunes, plums, raisins, tobacco and pomegranate. The balance is on the malt side with a moderate sweetness, almost a syrup like flavor, but there is a medium bitterness at the beginning with an earthy, pine flavor. Last but not least the oak, vanilla, slightly coconut flavored barrel flavor develops throughout and melds very well and naturally. Very tasty.

M: Big warming sensation from the alcohol on this one, definitely a sipper. Big body with moderate to medium carbonation. The woody/oaky tannins are left on the pallet giving a slight drying sensation.

O: A big malty barley wine with an organically natural tasting barrel flavor thats great for sipping on a cold winter night. Cheers CW, keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 01:40:24 | More by guityler83
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badbeer

Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber brownish color with a beige head that has decent retention and lacing. Aroma just amazes me; I absolutely love their bourbon beers, haven't had anything else that compares. Sweet caramel, bourbon, and vanilla; just such an amazing aroma. Taste echoes the aroma. Whatever they do, the flavors just hit me perfectly. Thicker than medium body, somewhat light carbonation, but goes down very smooth. Another excellent barrel aged beer from Central Waters. Keep it up!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 00:26:02 | More by badbeer
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caskstrength

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle itself is dark glass, refreshingly simple label. Just announces itself as barrel aged barleywine, 2009, from Central Waters. ABV would have been nice.

Gourgeous maroon pour. Hold it up to the light if you want to see a beautiful looking beer. White head is just enough, dissapears and leaves a white ring.

Bourbon up front on the nose. Strong toffee. some dark fruit too, hops give some sweet citrus and rich pine. Need to start drinking this.

Taste is heavenly. If you like bourbon aged beers, you will absolutely love this. The magnificence of the flavors present here make me wonder if barleywines are even better suited to barrel aging than stouts. Dark fruit, oak, toffee and carmel coming through, but not too sweet. Subdued pine and citrus from the hops add to the complexity. Some booze in the mix too (it is 11.5%), but it really works with what's going on here and would be missed if it weren't there. Bourbon barrel backbone holding everything together, setting the tone for every sip, every smell.

One of those beers where after the first sip you know you're in love. Hard to drink slowly.

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2010 revisted on 12/23/10. Doesn't have the sweetness of 2009, but after a year the alcohol burn has faded and it's woody and dry with an appropriate bite. (early 2010 had solvents ruining things). Excited for the 2011 batch.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 22:18:48 | More by caskstrength
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours maroon amber color with a light head, one finger head,

Aroma is of bourbon, oak, vanilla, malts, and bitter hops. Very rich in aroma, great for the style.

Wow, this beer is amazing. Lots of bourbon up front followed by a big wood (oak) flavor. Some vanilla and other subtle flavors come through on the finish. Seeing as it is a 2010 it seems a little hot, but it is still very good. I have heard much about this beer, lots f hype, and it definitely lives up to the hype. Terrific beer by Central waters.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a little hot. Age could do this beer well, as I'm sure it will only get better. Medium carbonation, smooth finish.

Very drinkable for the style, I want to get a lot of this beer, and keep it forever.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 18:01:15 | More by pmccallum86
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly clear orange-amber, decent initial head, fading to nothing.

Smells of vanilla, malt, and bourbon, hint of cherry.

Tastes of sweet malt, cherry, caramel, brown sugar, oak, and bourbon. Boozy heat permeates. Nicely blended.

Smooth, nearly invisible in the mouth.

A nice sipper. It will be interesting to see how this ages.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 02:17:33 | More by Strix
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accordselux

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A beautiful dark ruby red with fading head due to the alcohol content. I think that the color may be a little too dark for a barleywine, but I know American style barleywines can be much darker.

Smells wonderful. Bourbon (and vanilla notes), caramel, and pitted fruit.

Taste- wow. I would give it a five except for the burn. A wonderfully aged bourbon barrel beer- full on, does not hold back. Caramel and cherry from the malt, but the alcohol does not hide here. I enjoy it- a bit more raw.

Mouthfeel- a good consistency for a barrel aged stout- again, that alcohol burn is persistent. Carbonation is good and keeps it lighter on the tongue.

Overall, a great example of a bourbon barrel aged barleywine in my backyard.

Liftbridge Commander is great for similar reasons. I sense a blind tasting coming up...

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 01:37:16 | More by accordselux
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biga7346

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip

N - Musty wood, tobacco, alcohol, cinnamon spices and candy like toffee or cotton candy, vanilla bean, faint suggestions of bakers chocolate, cookie dough and crystal malt.

T/M - A lactic and coating mouthfeel which is nice, some bourbon whiskey, wood, and suggestions of fudge, reminds me of like a real oakey red wine, dense malt backbone makes the beer real filling.

D - I love bourbon and vanilla notes in beer and this one doesn't disappoint, I could drink this all night but with the high ABV this is a nightcapper for sure. Extremely drinkable even with the big ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 03:45:08 | More by biga7346
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azdback

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Brurery Tulip. Very dark caramel colored. Cloudy with an off white tan colored head of about a finger. Head lays down rather quickly to leave minimal lace and a very small collar of the same color as the head.

Smell is just outstanding. Sweet caramelized sugar, vanilla, wood, bourbon, alcohol. This is exactly what I wanted this to smell like. Homerun!!

Taste is much like the nose. Sweet vanilla and carmel first, and the barrel coming in next with some charred oak flavors and some spice. A bit peppery on the swallow along with some mild alcohol burn. This is really good.

Mouth is bright and on the spritzy with medium/high carbonation. Body full rich and the finish is long and very wet. The alcohol burn is minor but needs mentioning.

Overall I really loved this beer. A great example of a Barleywine and on top of it they barrel aged this one to perfection. Thanks to TIMMYJ21 for this. Highly recommended you pick this up in a trade or off the shelf if you are so lucky.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 05:34:23 | More by azdback
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from 2010, poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to EliteDigger for getting me this one in an in-person trade a couple DLDs ago.

A: Pours a cloudy dark red-brown body under a finger of fine tan head that settles slowly into a ring and leaves plenty of delicate lace. Pretty good.

S: Wow that's boozy...in a good way. Huge barrel presence, with luscious bourbon and raw oak absolutely dominating. Walnut, raisin, and vanilla have supporting roles. Not too sweet, hugely complex, and simply amazing.

T: Toffee and bourbon right up front, followed by vanilla, coconut, dark fruit, and booze-soaked wood on the finish. Really harsh on the back end, but it's worth it.

M: Thick, creamy, a little sticky. Very nice.

O: Great beer. One of the most bourbon-forward beers I've ever had, even after a couple years. If it finished more smoothly it would be right up there with the very, very best.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 23:42:34 | More by woosterbill
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 3/14/13

A- Pours a deep amber with ruby hues, a decent sized head with impressive retention for being barrel aged. Also excellent lacing is left in the glass.

S- The aroma is incredibly alluring, instantly bringing to mind ripe figs, raisins, sweet prunes, caramel, toffee, thick dark breadiness, and maybe a hint of dried apricot. There's also smooth vanilla from the bourbon barrel, and definitely some hefty booze in the aroma.

T- The taste is a malt lover's dream, with thick breadiness, toffee, dark honey, and caramel dominating. The vanilla is mild, but it is present just enough to mellow this out alongside the bourbon. The fruits noticed in the nose are present, but you have to search for them in this complex brew. Lastly there is just a bit of earthy/spicy hop bitterness to prevent this from being overly sweet.

M- The mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and chewy, with only slight carbonation. It has a bite of bitterness and booze at the end, but it fades to mellow bourbon/vanilla aftertaste.

O- Overall this is one of the better BA Barleywines I've had, and I can't wait to have some more!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 04:24:17 | More by SadMachine
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,467 ratings.