Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.58/5 rDev +6.3%
Thanks to nightfly for this awesome extra.
A- Reddish-brown body with some sediment mixed in. I tried to keep most of it in the bottle, but some mixed in with the body. Thin tan head that settles quickly into a layer of bubbles.
S- Caramel, sweet sugar, vanilla, oak, sweet bread. Really robust aroma.
T- Big caramel, vanilla, sweet sugary syrup, hints of toasted malts, toasted oak, molasses. Crazy good flavor with just the slightest alcohol presence. Really nice, especially for a barely aged barleywine.
M- Full bodied, somewhat syrupy, big sweetness that coats the tongue. Medium to low carbonation is spot on.
O- Just a fantastic BBBW. Huge flavors, not too sweet, not too boozy, just terrific.
06-27-2014 01:03:17 | More by stephenjmoore
4.8/5 rDev +11.4%
Bottle received in a trade. Thanks jgam115! 1,100th rating or review!
Central Waters Brewer's Reserve- Barleywine Ale. Malt beverage aged in used oak bourbon barrels. Let's go!
Pours a murky brown, with some garnet hues. A small half inch head fizzy head descends quickly. Not a whole lot of lacing, and some visible carbonation.
Smells really incredible- I basically exclaimed "oh fuck" when I first smelled it. Strong brown sugar and toffee, some sweet sultry bourbon, and maple syrup.
The taste is similarly awesome. Just so many flavors from the clearly superior base barleywine, whatever it is, plus so many added flavors from the barrel aging. Strong maple syrup, some candied raisins and plums, brown sugar, toffee, sweet bourbon, rich, strong vanilla, light coconut, and some pleasant wood bitterness. There's a small amount of hop bitterness. The maple and vanilla flavor in this one is so strong, it almost tastes like it was made with them as adjuncts, which shows the strong brewing talents of the folks over at Central Waters.
This brew is medium bodied, but feels light and silky on the tongue. Really quite drinkable, which is a miracle, given the 11.5% ABV. The booze doesn't show up much at first, but as it warms, it becomes a bit spicy, but warming and awesome. Low carbonation, despite it's visible presence after the pour.
This is really awesome. It's barreled perfectly, it's got to be one of the smoothest barleywines I've ever had. It's decadent, and a rare treat to drink.
06-09-2014 21:49:13 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.39/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a murky, burnt honey color akin to apple cider, with a thin cap of khaki foam. The aroma is absolutely delicious, consisting of dark fruit, toffee, molasses, currants, blackberries, bourbon, and alcohol. I'd strongly recommend taking a few minutes to sniff this straight from the bottle...
The taste is sweet and malty up front with bourbon in the middle, along with a hoppy twinge that attempts to make way for itself from middle to back. The sweetness is highly complex and difficult to pin down, but I'd venture to describe it as tasting of wine grapes, raisins, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, and caramel. Dark fruit isn't as present as the nose would suggest, but it does manage to emerge as the beer warms (particularly the currants). The resinous hops, which felt somewhat conflicted initially, also begin to meld better as the beer warms. The woody character of the bourbon barrels adds yet another layer of complexity. The finish is downright profound, as rich, warming alcoholic vapors envelope the back of the mouth and throat like dragon's breath. The immense staying power makes the finish a preternatural entity unto itself (not unlike the aroma). A candied stickiness lingers on the lips with each sip. The mouthfeel is fairly loose and slick for such a big beer, but it doesn't detract at all from the experience.
Overall, this is a damn fine barleywine that affords an extravaganza for the senses. From the seductive aroma to the bombastic taste, there are no false steps here. I appreciate how Central Waters didn't try to go too hop forward like some American barleywines, instead opting to let the malt and bourbon take center stage. A sipper though it may be, that only serves to prolong the enjoyment. The only other barleywine I've tried on par with this is Sucaba, so that comparison should pretty much speak for itself.
05-27-2014 02:06:23 | More by MaximalC
4/5 rDev -7.2%
This beer is easy.
It's easy on the pocketbook ... under $4 for a barrel aged beer.
It's easy on the palate ... incredibly smooth. The bourbon aroma and flavors are there, but they are not overpowering. The underlying barleywine is more subtle than many barleywines ... a wonderful mix of flavors, but not something that knocks you in the face.
And it's easy to miss the alcohol in this one. Somehow that 11.5% ABV gets masked by the wonderful flavors. But the flavors call for sipping, not guzzling, so you should be OK.
Easy to love this one.
Serving from a 2014 bottle into a snifter.
09-02-2014 04:29:54 | More by VashonGuy
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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