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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,834
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 654
Gots: 520 | FT: 56
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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4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle
Hop forward barleywine. On the thinner side as a standalone barleywine but in a nice way(similar to the Barrel aged stout) that is complimented nicely by the barrel aging.
It comes across like a lighter fw Sucaba or bcbbw to me(and not as good as an overall brew) but very nice if you want something similar and "lighter" (maybe not the best descriptive word). O well, recommended!

Cfeezy, Apr 11, 2014
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Saudereth, Apr 07, 2014
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4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Local Option. Pours a cloudy amber with a substantial head. The nose is sweet vanilla and rich caramel toffee: at this point, I'm ready to take a bath in this stuff. Taste delivers what the nose promised: lots of sweet vanilla bourbon up front, then transitions into caramel maltiness, and finishes with a strong tart hoppiness. Very tart and hoppy on the end. Mouthfeel was a delight: chewy, creamy, and somewhere between medium- and high-carbed. A fantastic BA barleywine: it has all the best aspects of a english-style BA barleywine up front, and the intense hoppy tartness you see in american barleywines provides a great contrast at the end. So good I had to order another!

blankenhoney, Apr 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Stone snifter.

Pours dark brown with heavy burgundy tints. Small light tan head that settles to a soapy froth. Plenty of light shows through the beer.

Aroma is big fig and prune primarily, followed by bourbon heat, oak, creme brûlée, brown sugar, and brandied raisin. Smells good and on aroma alone is way above average.

On the palate you get a booze bomb! Heavy bourbon, oak, caramelized sugars, vanilla, fresh fig, burnt raisin, and dark bread. The barrel dominates a bit. I think time can only help bring out the base beer. Aftertaste thins out and is mostly oak, bourbon, and a sugary sweetness.

Body is medium to heavy medium. Carbonation is good. Has a bit of a syrupy feel.

This promises to be one of the elite with the appearance and aroma but falls short in the flavor category. The oak and bourbon heat dominate the palate. Some dark fruit and sugars present themselves mid palate but then fade to just sugar, oak, and bourbon. Still a very good Barleywine, just not in the same league as Sucaba, MOAS, etc.

MarcWP, Apr 07, 2014
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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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