Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Aroma: caramel, bread, alcohol,woody.
Appearance: brown, cloudy, tan foam, frothy.
Taste: medium sweetness, virtually no bitterness.
Palate: medium body, thin feel, soft carbonation, subtlely bitter.
Overall: I don't think this is an American barleywine. It's more akin to a British barleywine. A nice barleywine, not too unlike Weyerbacher's Insanity though thinner; not unlike Lost Abbey's Angel Share but half the price. I picked this up in Pennsylvania last week but only got one. I'lll buy more if I get back down there sometime soon.
Serving type: bottle
10-14-2013 22:05:24 | More by Odysseyalien
4.13/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This is the 2012 vintage.
Appearance: medium amber-brown hue with a huge haze and a thin finger of tan foam. Looks pretty decent for the style!
Smell: big, rich malty aroma with lots of great dark-fruit complexity: dates, raisins and cherries especially, with a generic alcoholic fruitiness to boot. On top of this are some very nice vanilla and only tangentially bourbon-y notes; quite well put-together indeed.
Taste: strong, strong, strong. More of those great malty, fruity flavors right up front with an approachable bourbon character and plenty of alcohol burn. This might be a good one to mellow out with age, although this January 2012 bottle is still hot to trot. Tasty, but dangerous!
Mouthfeel: plenty of body, but relatively light carbonation, so not a huge creaminess. Still, pretty nice.
Overall: I like this beer, although it is hard-hitting in the strength department. I'd say, though, that it needs more than just one or two years to mellow.
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2013 22:54:28 | More by flagmantho
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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