Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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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.
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
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
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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