Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.95/5 rDev +18.4%
Served into an Ikea brandy snifter. Appearance is nearly black with tinges of amber. There is a small brown head that fades quickly.
Smell is really interesting. There's a dark fruity sweetness that reminds me of red wine, and lots of oaky booziness. There's some weird tartness that actually smells a lot like blue cheese. In fact, once I've made that connection, blue cheese is all I can smell here. Which is actually really awesome - I love blue cheese. :)
Taste has lots of dark fruitiness. The blue cheesy tartness is still there, but less prevalent than on the nose. Lots of booziness that works really well with the flavors.
Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect - nice and thick, but not syrupy.
Overall, this was just an incredible beer. Maybe it's just that I haven't had any other bourbon barrel aged scotch ales, but this really blew me away! Thanks a lot to coirm for the bottle!
11-15-2013 03:28:18 | More by MasterfulIdiot
4.81/5 rDev +15.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a Central Waters tulip.
A - Despite the higher alcohol this beer is sure to contain, the creamy light khaki head sticks around for a while, dotting the tulip with specks of lace as it falls to a halo above the incredibly dark mahogany-brown colored beer.
S - The classic aroma of Central Waters' smooth-but-ever-present bourbon barrel-aging is there but mellow as always. The aging gently contributes alcohol warmth and oak to the rich caramel malt and dark fruit nose for an inviting and captivating smell.
T - This beer's rich, caramel malt profile is simple at first, opening up with deep complex notes of mocha, tobacco, and leather as it warms, bringing dark fruits like raisin and plum into the mix. Oak is subtle while bourbon is warming and a little more forwards, marrying suggestions of vanilla perfectly with the malt profile!
M - Silky smoothness crosses the palate upon first sip but this viscous, full-bodied beer's sweetness is kept in check flawlessly by faint roasted malt bitterness and warming, dry alcohol creating the perfect balance and feel.
O - Central Waters' rich, malty scotch ale is the perfect candidate for barrel aging, and who else does barrel aging as well? Ready to drink fresh, the barrel-aging is balanced perfectly and brings relaxed, soothing additions to the beer, not flagrant booze, for another stellar addition to their "Brewer's Reserve" collection and an exceptional transition from fall to winter when the big barrel-aged stouts come out.
09-12-2013 01:54:00 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.8/5 rDev +14.8%
A-Deep brown color....nice tan head and lace
S--Huge bourbon aroma...sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, nougat, oak...
T-Tough to match the aroma but this comes close....I debated hard between a 5.0 and 4.75 and settled on the later as I feel the aroma also helps the flavor as you drink it....on its own the flavor is big on the bourbon, vanilla, toffee and caramel....much the same as the aroma but not as intense....just a hint of dark fruits as well...light peaty malts emerge late...
M-Nice velvety lush feel to this....I'd call it high side of medium bodied or light side of full bodied...splitting hairs....
OThis is an elite offerings. One of the my favorite beers of all-time. These fuckers do the bourbon barrel aging right....
09-06-2013 06:45:02 | More by ZAP
4.79/5 rDev +14.6%
Had at Minocqua Beer fest on tap in sample glass.
A) Dark brown leather, bourbon, and a good amount of red around the edge and light coming through the glass. It's a very pretty beer with coco colored head.
S) Bourbon very intense, alcohol, soda bread, malt,
T) bourbon perfect balance too. Malty finish and little fusal alcohol after taste
M) Not as thick as I expected Medium carbonation not
O) Great on tap, wish I remembered this one more, but I'll wait to buy in bottles.
07-29-2013 15:59:56 | More by NewGlarusFan
4.68/5 rDev +12%
12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours a deep chestnut brown color. Minimal tan froth.
(S)- A big nutty toffee and boozy barrel aroma. A great underlying sweetness. Ever so slightly leathery on the finish.
(T)- A superb nutty toffee and leather that meets a deep sweet yet spiced oaky barrel character. Sexy.
(M)- Just a super sexy mouthfeel. Extremely smooth for the style and extremely well balanced despite its ABV and barrel aging. Just the right amount of carbonation. Very dynamic.
(O)- An absolutely killer BA scotch ale. Easily might be the best in the style I have had thus far. . . maybe even better than Founders Backwoods Bastard, but to confirm I might have to do a side by side
10-30-2013 16:15:48 | More by sweemzander
4.61/5 rDev +10.3%
Poured into a Tulip.
A- Pours a murky brown color with a fast head that dissipates quickly. The lacing is nice and it looks rich and thick.
S- Bourbon, toffee, vanilla, burnt sugar, and caramel. The booze is apparent on the back end. As it warms leather, tobacco, and molasses begin to show up. Very nice.
T- Caramel, toffee, marshmallow, and bourbon. Booze, leather and vanilla are found on the after taste. Slight oak throughout. This is one of the best barrel aged scotch ales I've had, what a treat.
M- Perfect. It has good carbonation with heavy body. Very drinkable and booze is hidden well. Leaves you wanting more.
O- Another gem from Central Waters. One of the best scotch ales I've ever had and its shows that they really know their barrel aging. Want more.
01-11-2014 21:32:18 | More by NCalement
4.59/5 rDev +9.8%
Pours dark brown with a very faint red hue. Head is tan and dissipates somewhat quickly.
Smell is great, dark fig and date like fruity notes over a great toffee, caramel malt. Nice hints of bourbon and oak are also present near the end.
Date like fruit is the first flavor to hit the tounge followed by a nice bourbon alcohol bite with hints of oak in the exhale. Malt is rich and caramel like.
Mouthfeel is great. Has a medium body, caramel like thickness and medium carbonation.
Overall this was a great scotch ale. I would love to put some of these away. I have had some great experiences aging some central waters bourbon barrel brews and I'm sure this will be no exception.
08-31-2013 00:51:05 | More by Fcolle2
4.58/5 rDev +9.6%
This is a fantastic beer. The bourbon barrels worked overtime on this majestic offering. The nose is as expected with rich toffee and a classic bourbon scent. The smooth, almost creamy beverage is a comfortable on the tongue. The flavor is sweet, with a sense of higher abv than the beer offers. The nice tingle in the back of the mouth is reminiscent of a well aged bourbon. This one is a case purchase and store.
08-07-2014 03:51:00 | More by fischgaard
4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
12 oz bottle at Top Hops from frigde into snifter at bar
Warmed with hands for a while
A- Deep, dark brown
S- Bourbon, Carmel, sweet notes typical of a scotch ale.. amost butter scotch. Smells so good as it warms.
M- Great balance of the bourbon barrel with the base beer. You still get the scotch malts and sweetness, but amplified in the perfect way by the bourbon
M- Creamy and just on the prefect side of heavy
O- This is a great beer. So glad I had it and would always try it again.
08-20-2014 01:33:49 | More by PBRmeasap1980
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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