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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Bourbon Barrel Barleywine AleBourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale

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Ratings: 1452
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%


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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waltersrj

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Murky, Ruby Red color with an initial 1-2 finger off white head that quickly dissipates into tiny bubbles around the glass' edge.

Nose: sharp grapefruit hops, toffee, sweet caramel, slight cherry, slight chocolate, vanilla and oak...charred oak.

Taste: Starts out with an aggressive grapefruit fused bourbon taste. The citrus grapefruit rhind intermingles with vanilla, charred oak, toffee, toasted coconut and bakers chocolate. This changes into a smoother bourbon taste mixed with alcohol and marshmallow. Thus ends with a very powerful grapefruit hop taste and a lasting, smooth bourbon tinge.

Mouthfeel: Dry with medium carbonation and slight alcohol burn.

Overall: Awesome. A great mix of smooth bourbon, malt richness and that great "American" hop tinge. Truly well crafted barleywine with a bourbon finish.

Thanks to splax23 for this one!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 04:14:10 | More by waltersrj
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brow1901

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No dating on the bottle but I'm assuming it isn't a vintage bottle. Poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a deep crimson red bordering on brown in color with an off white head. The head is bigger than other barley wines I've had and it sticks around for a while.

S- Nice but not overly impressive smells, notes of dark fruits especially raisons or prunes. Smells strongly of oats. Also the smell of wood, doesn't remind me of oak for some reason. Some alcohol scents.

T- Burbon sticks out in the mouth, it isn't too aggressive though, its really pleasant and warming. Very smooth flavor of wood (now I taste oak, weird). Not an overly sweet beer but not much on the hops in this one. The dark fruits provide the slight sweetness.

M- Very smooth, like velvet. Slight carbonation keeps the beer alive. Slickness in the throat.

D- Not the most drinkable BW I've ever had, but overall it's such a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 21:53:37 | More by brow1901
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dougofthefuture

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a fair amount of this on a recent WI trip - now that it has a couple month's age on it, it is time to try it again.

A - Bright red color - fairly high clarity. The head faded pretty quickly but it remains an attractive beer.

S - It smells like a vanilla-cherry kool-aide with a bit of bourbon added it. I mean that in the best possible way. It smells delicious, with very little heat present.

T&M - Very rich and full bodied, especially as it warms from cellar temps. Packed with sweet roasty barleywine flavor with quite a bit of bourbon - especially on the finish. If anything it makes it a little harsh, but age has the potential to make this world class. Other than the bourbon burn, the flavor are very well blended. I love the way the vanilla oakiness comes out.

D - A sipper for sure, but the balance makes it very difficult to stop sipping.

I cannot believe how good this is for the price. I wish I bought more!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 03:03:08 | More by dougofthefuture
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pulled a 2012 bottle from the cellar, giving this about 15 months on it.

A: Nice deep amber, viscous and sticky on a swirl, respectable tan head that rings the glass for quite some time.

S: Big blast of sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol. Very rich.

T: Vanilla, brown sugar, candi sugar, caramel, rich malt and a hint of pastry dough.

M: Barely heavy and a little sticky, prickly carbonation, significant alcohol heat. No real bitterness to speak of.

O: Fantastic BA Barleywine in the smell and flavor department. Big sweets are not cloying, as the bourbon really cuts it and the body isn't over the top. Could definitely use some more time to let the alcohol settle down though. Glad I still have a couple left, I will revisit them in a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 04:39:44 | More by doucmehu
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AJacob81

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage served in a snifter. This amber-ruby beauty pours w a half-finger of khaki head that recedes quickly and is retained w decent legs and spotty lacing. The aroma is of burnt brown sugar, figs, and rum-soaked raisins w a hint of vanilla. The flavor is caramel, smoky bourbon, and a lot more hops than other reviews would have led me to believe. I'm sure this ages well, but this is pretty hot fresh. Still very very good, and worth the acclaim.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:01:08 | More by AJacob81
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass , deep mahogany color to this beer , thin head with little lacing , might have been some residue in the glass or just might be on par for this brew.

The aroma is outstanding , the heavy malty sweetness hits you at the start , then you pick up on the hints of vanilla , oak and the bourbon with a whiff of alcohol at the end. Just makes your mouth water

The mouth on this beer is the best I've had in a Barleywine , it is not to heavy and not too thin with just the right amount of carbonation

The taste is just flat out spectacular , the malty sweetness hits you at the start and rides all the way through this brew , you can taste the flavors of the malt , the bourbon barrels and the hops really working together to make wonderful taste.

Overall this was my first ba barleywine , and I'm hooked , I will for sure be on the hunt for more of this great brew , just an outstanding beer

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 18:24:51 | More by ubenumber2
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my KTG Snifter. 2012 Vintage.

Poured a semi-hazy brown/red color with an off white head that was big at first but dissipated quickly.

I will admit, the smell was a bit off-putting. Smelled somewhat like grain alcohol, with a faint smell of vanilla and oak.

Taste was phenomenal. Well balanced. Great bourbon flavors including vanilla, oak, and plums/raisins. Slight alcohol taste, combined with a bit of brown sugar and belgian candy sugars. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is a bit warm, but given the 11.5% abv, not overdone. Definetely thick, with a bit more carb than most barleys I have had, but awesome none the less.

Wow, great great great barleywine. Glad I have a few more. Awesome use of the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 00:15:07 | More by TWStandley
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airohead2001

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

glazeman, thanks.

A - Typical barleywine. Thick looking dirty red/copper/brown with a thin film for a head that resolves to a few bubbles that line the walls of my glass. Looks good, but nothing special.

S - Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, buttery toffee, roasted cashews, malted vanilla milkshake, tiny amount of hops, pecan pie, and harsh booze. This is the best smelling barleywine this nose has ever smelled. Perfect.

T - Harsh and boozy, but delicious. Caramelized sugar up front with tons of bourbon. Some bitter hops in the middle and some dark roastiness as well. Just a hint of dark fruits and a ton of bourbon in the finish. Best barleywine I've ever tasted.

M - A bit too bubbly for such a rich bourbon bomb.

D - This is an incredible beer, but it has a ton of booze and a ton of heat. But honestly, despite the heat, it is good enough that I could seriously drink it all night long.

This beer blew me away. By far the best barleywine I've ever had and also one of the best beers in general that I've had as well. I've wanted this one for a while and it surely did not disappoint

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 21:24:48 | More by airohead2001
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Hophead717

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012, poured into my CBS snifter.

A: Deep, cloudy ruby, with a thin head that dissipates almost instant. Par for the course for the style.

S: Bourbon, brown sugar, red fruits, hints of dates, raisins, and figs intermixed. Some alcohol. This nose is intense!

T: Bourbon, figs, other dark fruits. Very sweet upfront, midsip, and in the finish, with the figs and bourbon standing out. Moderate bitterness also plays into the finish, probably from the hops. I wasn't expecting this dimension to the beer, to be honest. Delicious beer, though super sweet and highly bourbony--be advised!

M: Medium-body with moderate to high levels of carbonation. Not too carbed though, so it still works well!

O: Awesome. One that I look forward to having again soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 00:17:09 | More by Hophead717
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TK5150

Maine

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.

A- Pours a nice opaque burgundy color with a small beige head. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Looks just like a barleywine should.

S- A nice shot of caramel, vanilla, barrel, and alcohol. The caramel and vanilla show nicely.

T- A big shot of caramel and bourbon hit me first. Loads of raisin and dark fruits appear after...grapes as well. The flavors come in waves. Lingering bitterness.

M- Full bodied, with a surprisingly spritzy carbonation.

O- A very nice barleywine; recommended. Would like to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 19:54:06 | More by TK5150
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TheDTrain

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow 11.5 abv! A very sweet barley wine. Pours a cloudy mahogany with great amber highlights. Taste is hot from the bourbon but gets overpowered by the sugars. As it warms, the awesome flavors of burnt caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and bourbon whiskey really shine.

The sweetness is a bit fatiguing and could be toned down a notch. This one will probably get better with age. Nevertheless, a great barley wine that will keep the D train warm along the tracks.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 13:14:18 | More by TheDTrain
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hu5om

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

split 12 oz in 2 6oz tasters with newk340
a- translucent rosy amber, little foam

s- wood, smoky, ripe dark plum, slight heat.

t- bourbon smokiness, ripe, ripe fruit, a bit of heat with sweet malts lingering

m- low/med. carbonation. active boozy tingle on the palate, but not as much as i'd expect with the abv as it is. a gorgeous lingering sweet smokiness.

d- any time, any place, i'll drink this. i traded away way too much, but i hope everyone is enjoying it. god knows i did. definitely belongs in the top 100. it's in my top 10 easily. yum. super delic. call your sconsin ba's and get yourself some!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 03:23:37 | More by hu5om
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Scrumtralecent

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark amber with a slight off white head that lingers on the sides.

S - First impression is a musty, earthy barleywine, with some notes of bourbon. Little vanilla and oak make their way through as well. The bourbon is actually a little overpowered by that barleywine. As it warms, the aroma becomes more intoxicating, really quite enjoyable.

T - Quite the alcohol kick in the taste. They don't shy away on this one. The barleywine has a bitterness to it, and the bourbon seems to play onto that. A good malt backbone that works well with the oak characteristics. Like the smell, quite earthy and musty, but with a little hop pizzazz left since it's fresh. A big and bold taste, but maybe not the most balanced.

M - Quite hot on the mouthfeel, definitely a sipper. Carbonation was good, just the alcohol burn kind of hurts the mouthfeel.

O - Overall, if alcohol burn isn't a deal breaker for you, this is a good beer. Great for a cold winter night like tonight, warms you up. I'll definitely sit on one and see where it's at later, but a hot barleywine fresh, along with some nice barleywine as well as barrel notes in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 09:15:26 | More by Scrumtralecent
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Ungertaker

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage (obtained from a random stranger in an in-person trade as we passed eachother in the street at Darkness Day) poured into a Deschutes snifter.

A- Burnt toffee color with a white one-finger head that dissipates to a thin, bubble-laden ring around the glass.

S- Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and a slight hint of chocolate.

T- Bourbon throughout with caramel and oak at the start which transitions smoothly to chocolate and a boozy alcohol burn at the finish.

M- On the thin side of medium. The carbonation is spot-on, not overdone.

O- My experience with Barleywines is limited, but this is one of the best I have tasted. I would love to try one with a little more age on it, as it seems this will only get better.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 02:56:48 | More by Ungertaker
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bigaltemple

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. 2013 Vintage

Pours a dark amber with ruby highlights at edges. Mild, 1/4", tan head disappears immediately leaving only a thin collar. Some spotty lacing.

No mistaking this has seen a barrel. First impression is all bourbon with heavy vanilla and oak notes. Caramel malts and dark brown sugar start to sneak past. Very light earthy hops bitterness is buried in there as well.

Very boozy. Barrel is quite prominent in each sip. Lots of oak. Some caramel and vanilla sweetness mingle with the alcohol. Very low on bitterness. Drinks like a full bodied brew, but seems just a touch thin to me. Very dry finish. Definite sipper.

Thought it was very good. Wouldn't mind having more to open every few months to note any mellowing/changes.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 03:33:19 | More by bigaltemple
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bierbrauer

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased locally, ($9.99/4). Bottle dated early January 2012. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Very cloudy copper, with ruby tones; 1-1/2" off-white head that settles pretty quickly and leaves very sparse, thin lacing with a thin ring around the inside of the glass; a few tiny bubbles rising at top; remains cloudy as it warms.

S: Caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla, black cherry; prominent alcohol heat.

T: Pronounced sweet caramel and black cherry; bourbon; slight oak; gentle bitterness.

M: Full bodied & mouth-coating/chewy, low carbonation; rich and smooth texture; persistent alcohol warming; neutral finish.

O: Warming helps release the qualities of this American barleywine, as cellaring likely will, as well. One of the highest ranked WI brews on BA, it is balanced and has real substance and depth, making it one to seek out and sample.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 00:26:54 | More by bierbrauer
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine oured from a 2011 bottle into 3 tasting glasses and was kind enough to share!

A - Pours a deep mahogany reddish / brown with a very minimal head. Appears thick and viscous when poured.

S - Bourbon smell is definitely present and dominating. There are also some subtle floral notes too.

T - The sweetness and the bourbon flavors really go well together! I can also pick out some dark fruit flavors too. The bourbon flavors really start to come out as it warms up too. Sweet / spicy / bourbon... delicious. It tastes a little boozy, which I expected at 11.5% ABV, but the sweet flavors balance it nicely.

M - The mouth feel was thick and chewy. I liked it, but I would have preferred a little bit more carbonation. All in all, it has a nice feel though.

O - One of my favorite barrel aged barleywines to date. I wish there was more of this around, but I am glad I got to try it. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 13:35:57 | More by cnbrown313
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SummitVA

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear deep auburn with ruby highlights on sides of glass. Light pop when opened, quarter inch white rocky head when poured. Steady carbonation.

S - Booze foremost. Licorice, then vanilla (and vanilla, then licorice after the glass warms to room temp), and wet oak. Lovely caramel and burnt sugar. I'm getting very little alcohol in the nose, strangely enough.

T - Bourbon and huge malt. Some dark caramel flavors, but little crystal sweetness. A little plum and date in the finish, along with a firm herbal bitterness. Alcohol far more apparent here; it is the last, lingering note, and it warms throat.

M - Medium bodied, but a good deal thinner than I was anticipating. Without bigger body, the alcohol in the finish tends to overwhelm.

O - Really happy to have had this at long last. A lovely, complex sipper. That being said, very glad to have another bottle that I can sit on for a year to see if the alcohol heat lessens.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:03:00 | More by SummitVA
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mobius387

Florida

4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, poured into a snifter glass

appearance: pours a ruby-purple color. actually you know what, its almost the exact color as the bottle label. uncanny, great looking brew for a barleywine

aroma: some fantastic smells of cherry and bourbon as well as a light malty nose. hints of vanilla round it out

palate: 11.5% and representing. its a little hot in the mouth, not one for sitting and letting flavor seep in. big body too

taste: just fantastic cherry and malt flavors with a light bourbon flavor to it. their BBS was bourbon strong, and this is bourbon light. all tied together with some chocolate smoothness, with some vanilla to it as well. amazingly robust for a barleywine

overall: flat out fantastic. i thought BBS was going to steal the show this year, but this one is better. another beer by CW that will fail to get the hype that other breweries like goose island or founders gets, but they make a beer that is easily as good as these breweries make. im excited to see how this one ages

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 23:16:33 | More by mobius387
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mjn5036

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Piraat snifter. This beer pours a thick looking, dark honey color with bright ruby colored highlights. A massive, thick, sticky, off-white head rises up out of nowhere in a beautiful cascading effect. The head lingers around for approximately seven minutes before receding into a white cap floating on top and a ring around the circumference. Soapy lacing is sparingly left around the sides of the class.

The nose on this beer is a lot of bourbon, caramel, roasted malts and toasted grains and maybe some bittering hops. Slightly floral and definitely sweet to the nose, this one smells great.

Taste is heavy on the bourbon, and like the nose full of caramel. Toffee and brown sugar make an appearance making this beer sweeter than I thought it was going to be. The lack of astringent, over the top hops found in the other big American barely wine is nice. There is quite a bit of boozy notes in the taste as well. This one could use a little time.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, like sipping on liquid caramel. It is actually fairly hot on the palate, possibly from the alcohol, possibly from the bourbon barrel aging. Like I said, I think some time will certainly help mellow this beer out and bring out some more of its subtle complexities. I didn't realize the abv on this bad boy was 11.5% until I pulled it up on here. With this alcohol content the heat isn't much of a surprise, and this is actually fairly drinkable considering that.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 01:52:53 | More by mjn5036
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znichols

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nutty, dark auburn color. Very faint little head that is gone in seconds. Not a ton of lacing but this beer has a mystique look to it. Slightly hazy, i'm expecting this to pack a punch.

S- Wow, big, sweet maltyness with a heavy bourbon backing. Ripe cherries, vanilla, oak, and citrus hops round out the aroma. The smell on this thing is real nice.

T- Holy cow! This is a great Barleywine. Be warned, this is a sipper! Tastes like Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, subtle coffee, brown sugar butter, Booze, and earthy wood. The finish is soft, grassy hops and alcohol. There is a ton of flavor here and its just about as good as you're gunna get with a Barleywine. Moderately bitter.

M- Heavy mouthfeel with a sticky texture. Little carbonation with a slight cloying finish. Very nice, though.

O- This is a really good Barleywine. All the big, sweet, malty, biscuity, hoppy flavors are present in mass quantities. The touch of oak and bourbon finishes it our really nicely. For how hefty and boozy this beer is, its pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 05:28:52 | More by znichols
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nicnut45

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into arrogant bastard snifter. 2013 vintage

A- A muddy red pond water appearance. Almost no head on an average pour. A slight tan head bubbles to the surface.

S-Upon warming, she really starts to come to life. Carmel, bourbon, peppercorn, floods the nostrils. Digging a little deeper, I catch a whiff of scotch tape. Weird I know, but I smell it none the less.

T-This is way too bitter and harsh if your just pulling it out of the fridge. Needs to warm up a bit. Upon warming shes a bit alcoholic, and bitter as wormwood. Hot and spicey down the gullet with a soothing burn. The hot alcohol covers up the subtle flavors that will reveal itself with time. Flan, caramel, and alcoholic sweetness are major flavors now but give it 3-4 years and I think she will really shine.

O- Lay her down and I think this will be great in a few years. She is surely hot to say the least and strongly bittered to boot.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:31:31 | More by nicnut45
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atremains

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - lively amber-brown with hazy white swirl capping. Not much head or lacing.
S- bourbon and a lot of caramel
T- bourbon is very tasty and balanced well. Bready, caramel, and slightly hoppy.
Mf - nice and full bodied, chewy, gratifying.
D - well balance beer with some very redeeming qualities.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 02:54:43 | More by atremains
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dgugliuzza

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage...poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter

Vibrant orange color with one inch of thick tan head. Beautiful pour with a more stunning color contrast. A film of creamy head sits atop the body. Very unique for a barrel aged beer.

Smells of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Astringent alcohol presence. Caramel and toasty undertones with a hint of molasses. Fantastic sweet malt and oak bourbon aromas.

Oak bourbon flavor invades the palate. Sweet toasty malt is superbly balanced by bitter oak. Caramel and vanilla notes ties it all together.

Creamy and smooth, medium mouthfeel. Has adequate carbonation. Pleasant warming alcohol finish. This is definitely one to be sip and uncover all the amazing complexities.

A unique and boldly flavorful brew. Full on bourbon oak profile with sweet toasty malts. The only knock is the astringent alcohol presence. Some more ageing should take care of that. Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 03:37:46 | More by dgugliuzza
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted blindly in the Blind BIF. Poured into Duvel tulip.

Apperance: Dark orange, bordering on brown. Decent finger and a half head on an aggressive pour, lots of carbonation bubbles. Light spotted lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt, oak, and a bit of a hop profile. Also a good amount of alcohol presence on the nose. Bourbon I do believe.

Taste: Really hot, the alcohol dominates the palate on this one. Bourbon barrel for sure. Underneath I get some caramel, some sweet bread-y flavor, and a good amount of pine flavored hop punch.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, moderately carbed.

Drinkability: Very low - this beer is really hot and needs some time to mellow.

Overall: I do think there is a very good beer in here, but it is so masked by the alcohol that I'm having a hard time tasting what lies underneath. I'll get through it alright without a struggle, but I would lay this down for a bit before attempting it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 19:26:17 | More by cbeer88
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,452 ratings.