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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,629
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 632
Gots: 511 | FT: 48
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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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to nightfly for this awesome extra.

2014 Vintage

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 01:03:17 | More by stephenjmoore
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ajevne

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

06-25-2014 17:00:10 | More by ajevne
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yoitsarch

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-25-2014 01:06:38 | More by yoitsarch
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Gerberr

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

06-25-2014 00:05:17 | More by Gerberr
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FranzBC

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-24-2014 20:13:41 | More by FranzBC
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bowzer4birdie

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

06-24-2014 16:10:34 | More by bowzer4birdie
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Fargrow

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-23-2014 12:02:35 | More by Fargrow
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AirZombie

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

06-23-2014 02:39:30 | More by AirZombie
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CosmoHopHead

Kansas

4/5  rDev -7.2%

06-23-2014 01:59:41 | More by CosmoHopHead
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Quart2000

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-22-2014 20:05:07 | More by Quart2000
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mnredsoxfan69

Minnesota

4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 release, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my favorite tulip glass.

A dark amber pour, like grade A maple syrup, with half a finger of antique ivory head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring around the edge that leaves some spotty lacing on my glass as I sip it. I swirl the liquid in my glass and smell traces of bourbon, caramelized sugar and faint alcohol. Complex flavors wash over my tongue as I sip it: bourbon and caramelized sugar, vanilla, maraschino cherries, and just a touch of bitterness at the end with a long, protracted finish. Warm, almost hot on my tongue, creamy and strongly alcoholic, reminiscent of amaretto and rich bourbon mixed together.

Overall, I would put this up against any Belgian quad or dark strong for the beauty of its complexity, and overall taste. I've read that it gets even better with age. Well, I've got three more bottles and I may pick up more in the next week or so. This is heading for the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2014 06:01:22 | More by mnredsoxfan69
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wrightst

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-22-2014 01:43:26 | More by wrightst
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eblythe1

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16%

06-21-2014 06:41:01 | More by eblythe1
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witkovskym

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-20-2014 19:43:04 | More by witkovskym
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SixPack6

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-20-2014 19:38:31 | More by SixPack6
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Ncpogs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

06-20-2014 18:37:35 | More by Ncpogs
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Roland

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-20-2014 14:53:18 | More by Roland
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kjrod20

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-18-2014 17:48:08 | More by kjrod20
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green_plastic

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-18-2014 14:56:19 | More by green_plastic
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Jvrdz24

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-18-2014 13:25:59 | More by Jvrdz24
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LanePerson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-17-2014 12:08:01 | More by LanePerson
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xseanprimex

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-17-2014 10:14:54 | More by xseanprimex
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grrrah

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-17-2014 03:20:18 | More by grrrah
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mbw314

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-17-2014 03:08:35 | More by mbw314
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Tanger112

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-16-2014 18:05:06 | More by Tanger112
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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