Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.24/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle into a snifter
Thanks to haveanother1 for sending this one over in a trade!
A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with 1.5 fingers width of tan colored head which dissipates down fairly quickly. Leaves a few small patches of lacing.
S: Interesting aroma. First notes are a big bourbon and big scotch-like peat characters. As silly as it sounds Ive never had a scotch ale thats actually smelled like scotch. I also get oaky vanilla from the barrel and caramel malt.
T: Caramel and roasted malt, herbaceous, bourbon oak, peat. There are some stout like characters, including cocoa. A bit of booze as well.
M/D: Smooth, carbonation on the lower end, ABV well masked (although Im not sure how big the ABV is since its not listed), drinkability is good for the style.
O: Scotch ale's arent my favorite style, but this one is really good. Definitely worth a try. Thanks again John for sending this one my way.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2014 01:23:36 | More by zac16125
3.64/5 rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I received this well-needed treat in the mail today as part of a trade with Duff27. Thanks, buddy! 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with classy navy blue label and unbranded pry-off pressure cap served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, whose work I've been impressed with in the past. Reviewed as a bourbon barrel aged scotch ale because the label identifies it as such. 2013 vintage.
Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of plump khaki colour. Nice thickness and creaminess without going overboard for a scotch ale. It's got an even consistency. Complexion could be shinier and sleeker. Head retention is average - about two minutes on the dot. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes, and what does is inconsistent.
Body colour is a predictable opaque dark black - not quite a jet black. No floating yeast particles or sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.
I notice no overt flaws. While not unique or special for a scotch ale, it's certainly an appealing one and I'm looking forward to trying it.
Sm: Bourbon seizes me from the get-go. It's overt. Warm booziness, lightly toasty oak, and vanilla are all here in spades. Of the bourbon notes, the vanilla dominates, which compliments the beer's malty sweetness well. Dark malts are abundant, with some toasted malt in there too. I also pick up a bit of sugarcane, maybe even some fleeting wisps of rum-soaked dark fruits. Cream. Raisin. A kiss of vinous character. There're plenty of residual sugars here suggesting a low attenuation yeast.
No yeast character itself comes through, through, and I don't find any evident hop profile either.
Overall, the bourbon notes seem to overwhelm the base beer. But the bourbon character is so en pointe I'm reticent to criticize. Let's hope the taste delivers.
I'd call it a pleasant if somewhat intimidating aroma of above average strength.
T: There's much more fruit in the flavour profile than the aroma suggested - light plum and prunes are most prominent. I also get some marshmallow hidden amongst the toasted malt notes. Dark malts. A kiss of sticky raisin. Unbecoming hints of vinous character are thankfully quite buried. Cream. Coconut. Ample residual sugars. Of course, bourbon is dominant here, but it's also well-integrated - moreso than the aroma suggested, anyway. There's plenty of bourbony vanilla as well as a bit of oak wood and some alcohol-induced warmth. I'm not finding as much of the typical scotch ale toffee as I expected to.
There's no obvious hop character here, which is apt given the style. The booziness found on the aroma is quite checked in the flavour profile. No yeast character is noticeable.
Overall, it's a balanced if somewhat timid bourbon barrel scotch ale, and while I do like it I don't think it's among the the best in its style. It's got a very cohesive almost gestalt build with lots of interesting elements, but they don't quite come together to form an exemplary brew. It's complex and subtle enough, with some nuance from the fruit and bourbon. Not the most intricate scotch ale I've had. Hard to dislike.
Mf: Lightly creamy. A bit supple. Smooth and wet. Has a nice body and presence on the palate. Good thickness. The texture doesn't seem to be a perfect match for the taste, but it does complement it nicely. Well carbonated. A bit sticky.
Not too rough. Not astringent, oily, gushed, or hot - though it does have some pleasing warmth.
Dr: It isn't the sipper I expected it to be, and I won't have any trouble putting the bottle down inside 20-30 minutes at a natural pace. This is another brew from Central Waters that strains against the upper limits of "good" without ever quite moving on to "great." Any fan of the style should give this a try, but I don't think it's quite on par with something like Founders' Backwoods Bastard. Really glad I got to try it.
The highlight for me was the unexpected marshmallow, which is seamlessly integrated and fits perfectly into the build. Constructively, more toasted oak would really make it better.
Thanks again, Duff27!
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 05:28:49 | More by kojevergas
4.16/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours deep reddish brown, medium light tan head, decent lacing built up around the glass. Aroma is sweet buttery raisin, red fruit, earthy toffee and hint of fudge, vanilla and bourbon finish. Taste is bourbon, toasted oak, brown sugar and cola, mild caramel sweetness, boozy bitter finish. Medium body, could use a bit more filling out.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2014 00:57:11 | More by jbaker67
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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