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Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 650
Gots: 516 | FT: 50
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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Photo of pirmannt1
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

pirmannt1, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of jjayjaye
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%

2009 vintage. Pulled from the cellar in celebration, with much anticipation. Many thanks to maximum12 for this one....geez, seems as if that trade was a hundred years ago..but man, was it a great one!! Cheers my friend!!!

Pours a cloudy dark iced tea color with translucent edges and a ruby hue against a white light. Visible effervescence sustains a shallow off eggshell collar briefly while a nice amount of spotty Belgian lacing adorns the glass. The smell is aggressive, and with high standard, quite classic. A vanilla character from the oak treatment adds nicely to the vibrant sweet malty caramel butterscotch toffee brown sugar molasses notes. Really nice!! The flavor is very pronounced... and sweet. The full bodied texture vividly supports the overall experience. The initial mouth feel was exceptionally well carbonated..especially for a beverage of this style. Full bodied without being syrupy, the texture REALLY adds a ton of value to this one. The flavor is quite NICE as it reflects the nose yet has a surprisingly black licorice thing going on, especially in the really enjoyable aftertaste. I REALLY ENJOYED considering this one!!! Again..many thanks to my long lost Minnesota connection!!

jjayjaye, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of RichH55
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

RichH55, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of PDXHops
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

Big ups to Ryan011235 for sending this excellent beer my way. 12 ounce bottle poured into an oversized snifter.

Frankly, this wasn't much to look at. Even an aggressive pour into the middle of the tulip yielded just a few bubbles and the barest wisp of a head that was gone in an instant. No head, no lace.

All is forgiven with the first sniff though. Rich, decadent malty nose, full of toffee, cream and well-integrated bourbon. Tastes as advertised, which is to say, damned delicious. Medium-thick with a smooth, coating feel that works well with the general warmth of the beer. Not a lot of carbonation is delivered, but then again, not a lot is needed. The bourbon is perfectly integrated; I can't imagine that aging this would make it any smoother. Buttery toffee, caramel and sugared whipped cream provide the sweetness, while fruitiness comes from raisins and baked apples. Can't quite figure out the hops; at times they seem to impart flavors both citric and earthy. Some charred oak weaves in and out.

Overall impression: Forget what it looks like, just close your eyes and enjoy. Excellent example of barrel-aging.

PDXHops, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of vande
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

vande, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of sprucetip
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%

2010 vintatage. Kind of a chestnut brown color, definitely darker than amber. Backlighting reveals good activity and chunks of yeast. If I hadn't poured the the last half ounce, I think it would be pretty clear. Very little head and no lacing.

Boozy esters, oak and bourbon are strong. I also get some light vanilla and caramel malty sweetness.

The taste is a little more balanced, but the barrel and bourbon are dominant. The sweet malty backbone is more prominent, and there is some vanilla and mild hop bitterness.

Strong warming, good carbonation, full body, and some lingering bitterness. Burns a little bit. Still pretty hot I guess.

Despite the misperceptions listed above, this is a really good beer that I'd like to have again, with a little more age on it if possible. Just my second beer from Central Waters, and I look forward to more.

sprucetip, Oct 24, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

VonZipper, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of Bartos
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Bartos, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of IndyDad
3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

IndyDad, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

freduardo, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.75/5  rDev -13%

ObeMaltKinobee, May 01, 2012
Photo of CityofBals
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

CityofBals, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev -7.2%

sideshowe, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of antoines15
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

antoines15, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

12oz bottle, 2010 version. Thanks to justn. Had the 2009 a while ago but jusr a taste.

A- Lighter than expected. Amberish. Moderate creamy peanut-butter-cookie head. Slight lacing, good retention.

S- Caramel toffee bourbon goodness. Rich, almost butterscotch (good though). Barleywine is in the background but there... faint raisins or figs.

T- In a word- awesome. I think bourbon bal-aged barleywines are my kryptonite. The flavors work so well. The bourbon and wood notes are most noticed... very woody actually. Smooth and sweet caramel, a bit of a spicy wood note, vanilla and burnt sugar, mild creamed coffee (light roast).... and finally we get to the barleywine. Dried fruit, booze. I'm having a hard time picking out more than that but its all good. Lots of flavors at work and the barleywine is a perfect springboard for the other flavors in play.

M- Finesse- Really one for the record books. Is it hot? Yes. But not out of control or messy. I'm curious what some time would do to this as I'm really digging it now.

D- Moderately high- Rivals any other bal-aged barleywine I've had. Impressive stuff. If you have access to this stuff, consider yourself lucky.

ShogoKawada, May 15, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

BeerThursdays, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Evan
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Evan, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of daledeee
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

I poured this into a snifter style glass and found it to be a very dark reddish brown with an off white one inch head.

The nose is enough to make you love this beer. Apricots and burnt sugar are WAY up front. There is also some spice charred wood and malt.

Taste is as good as any barley wine I have ever tried. Very malty with not much hops, but nicely balanced. Some type of hops that remind me of the Belgian style(Question mark) some sweetness in the background. Alcohol is warming. I think I will leave some of these a while and maybe that finish will smooth out. Just a little strong on the "chemical" taste at the end.

daledeee, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of ucsbmullet
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

ucsbmullet, Aug 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

Rand_ale_Thor, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

PHBoiler, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of Bendurgin
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

Shared by Andy. The bottle says 2010 on the neck and poured into a tulilp. Pours a clear honey amber color with no head here.

Rich aroma full of caramel, milk chocolate, toffee raisins and bourbon lingering in the background. Fruity and rich in the aroma, really well done here. The pallet gives a rich caramel and toffee flavor on the pallet with some raisins and hints of chocolate. Sweet on the finish with a noticable bite from bitter grassy hops.

The body is good; nice and full with somewhat sharp carbonation.

Really a rocking BA barleywine here. I will require more of these.

Bendurgin, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of cfrances33
4.18/5  rDev -3%

Bottle thanks to yamar68, poured into HF stem.

Pour: Ugly, muddy copper, with barely a finger of head that diminishes to a rim. Nice sticky legs, alcohol definitely there.

Smell: Toffee and bourbon up front, with some chewy raisins and vanilla. A hefty oak presence lends an almost smokey character.

Taste: A lot of barrel here, both with bourbon characteristics and a significant oak presence. Nice toffee and very chewy dates and figs. Some vanilla. Ends extremely woody, almost smokey, and any lingering taste is gone.

Mouthfeel: I can't decide if this is too sweet, or has too much of an alcohol presence. As it warms, these concerns are alleviated as it all blends together.

Overall: A very nice barrel aged barleywine, but not in the same league as KH, Sucaba, and Leon.

cfrances33, Oct 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

doughanson78, May 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

BuckTuckian, Feb 21, 2014
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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