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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch AleBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

360 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 32
Gots: 90 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  ABV ?

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Cherrywood smoked Scotch ale aged in used 12 year old bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: tourdot on 07-15-2013)
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

S - The darkest malt qualities come off as a overripe red cherries. Little bit of nuttiness along with vanilla. Woody. Alcohol hides well even at serving temperature. Some sweetness as well.

A - Small tan ring around the glass. Very dark for a Scotch ale, nearly opaque except on the outer most sides when held to light. No lacing.

T - Malt shows intensity. Theres pronounced caramel, burnt sugar, and flashes of raisin qualities. Huge vanilla flavor midway from the barrel. There's sweetness all along in the background. Once those vanilla/raisin/alcohol flavors hit, they continue throughout and well after the finish.

M - Full body, medium-light to light carbonation, sweet

O - Tremendous smelling beer, excellent complexity. Ran a little to dark for me to think this is a traditional Scotch ale pre-barrel aging. Flavor showed fantastic barrel character but ran a little heavy on sweetness. Feel was smooth and full.

Judgement - Another recommended Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Aged behemoth.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 02:10:34 | More by Jparker37
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Ncpogs

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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robear

Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into 4oz Stone inverted triangle taster

Appearance: Dark ruby brown.Thin layer of foam quickly dissipates completely. No particularly impressive in the glass. You can tell it's a Scotch Ale, but I was expecting a bit more foam.

Smell: Caramel, leather, cherries, but all muted really nicely by a punch of bourbon. Something vaguely metallic, possibly driven by the malts.

Taste: Same level of bourbon as BBA Stout. A ton of sweetness. Sweet cherries, figs, maybe even roasted plantains hiding in there. I gotta say, the bourbon is a little bit strong right now, but the toffee and caramel flavors remind us that this is a Scotch Ale.

Mouthfeel: I swear this is thicker than last year. It has more body than BBA Stout for sure. Remains thick without getting chewy.

Overall: So glad I picked this up again. I didn't fall in love with it last year, but this fresh bottle is fantastic. If it's in your market, it is well worth the $13-ish 4-pack price. I'd rank it ahead of this year's BBA Stout but just behind BBA BW. Would be awesome if this were aged in some Highland barrels.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2014 03:29:34 | More by robear
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a medium dark brown, slightly hazy, with a small quarter inch or so head, and no real lacing.

Smells absolutely incredible, very sweet bourbon forward, lots of vanilla, some chocolate, root beer, coconut. Just awesome.

The taste is similar, but not quite as good. Still tasty, though. An over-riding bourbony rootbeer flavor. There is the aforementioned vanilla, chocolate, and coconut, a tiny bit of oak. Very sweet and silky flavor- doesn't taste much like a traditional scotch ale, but still tastes good..

Medium bodied, a bit thicker than some of CW's other main line of BA beers. There is a low level of carbonation. This is one is really drinkable.

CW brings it again, it seems like they can't miss on their barrel program.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up in trade from @FlandersNed

Drank this at nearly room temp and was fairly well blown away. This viscous concoction pours a dark amber, with minimal head and oily lacing. The nose and taste are an explosion of vanilla and caramel and just the right amount of booze. This brew was good enough that I actually had regret after drinking it - I should have shared it with a buddy. One hell of a good scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Appearance: Pours a very dark caramel color with some carbonation that sticks to the side of the glass. Off-white head that retains decently.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, vanilla all come right on through. And the bourbon. Who can forget that? Some peatiness. Pretty complex.

Taste: Very much an in your face beer. The bourbon and peat smack you right away, followed with the sweetness of carmel and vanilla. This is a beer that means business.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick, somewhat syrupy. Little boozy aftertaste.

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Serving type: bottle

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S - Bourbon, caramel-toffee, vanilla.

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D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.