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

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BA SCORE
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83 Reviews
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Reviews: 83
Hads: 546
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.28%
Wants: 73
Gots: 116 | FT: 15
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Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  ABV ?

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tourdot on 07-15-2013

Cherrywood smoked Scotch ale aged in used 12 year old bourbon barrels.
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Photo of groovy24
3.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2013 Fresh
Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into a Central Waters snifter

Appearance: Opaque with ruby color on the edge

Smell: Straight up bourbon...masks any other potential aromas

Taste: Again, a lot of bourbon with hint of burnt caramel/toffee

Mouthfeel: A little thin with good carbonation

Overall: The bourbon is overpowering the base beer here. I'll sit on a few of these and see if that will fade over time (421 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe glass)
2013 vintage
A- This beer pours a dense opaque brown body with a fizzy tan film that sticks to the glass before quickly sliding back in.

S- The toffee and bourbon barrel aroma is soft and turns to more of a wooden pencil aroma as it opens.

T- The sweet caramel oak flavor has some nice hints of paper straws with a soft alcohol finish. There are some sweet malt flavors that linger and dry cola, green raisins and more pencil flavors come through as it opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a hint of alcohol heat but more would actually cut the sweetness nicely.

O- This beer had some very nice flavors of barrel and malt sugars but the odd flavors of pencils really got in the way of enjoying the rest of the beer. (746 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
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!

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Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark color, almost stout like darkness, with two fingers of dense head that had excellent retention. The head settles to a creamy cap. Thick coating of lacing is left down the glass.

Very pleasing aroma. A lot of barrel comes through with heavy doses of bourbon and vanilla. Other things that come out is caramel, wood, and earth. Pick up some alcohol as well.

This beer is a little harsh in flavor. Booze upfront with a somewhat unpleasant wood flavor. Bourbon is represented but it does not meld into the beer very well. The finish is a particular disappointment as it ends with a bitter, harsh astringency.

Feels full with a carbonation that seems to change character. Feels smooth and creamy at the front of the mouth, but as it works its way back, it livens up.

Has some great qualities, but fails where it matters most. Still a worthwhile drinking experience but it is no Backwoods Bastard. (900 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Darkness glass. Appearance is a deep dark amber with minimal light passage. Some tan head upon pour with moderate retention. The nose starts with mellow bourbon notes, mainly vanilla. Some malt base is present at the back, a touch of smoke and peat paired with caramel. Taste starts out with smooth vanilla and a bit of oak. The oak seems to add some acidity to the flavor, not sure if this is intent all or what. Light bitterness present next with strong caramel and a metallic twinge on the finish. I can't help but perceive the beginnings of the infected flavors I experienced in Peruvian Morning. Perhaps this is just from some astringency from the oak, As it stands, this is a tasty brew, but I'm not sure how long this one will hold up. (754 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (bottling code is 19013, suggesting July 9 bottling which makes this 13 days old) poured into a Bell's snifter today, 7/22/2013.

Sniffing the beer does not give me any reason to think it is a particularly complex one. Yet, the smell of sweet bourbon is dominant. There is a small bit of vanilla and oak in the background. Not smelling a whole ton of the base beer itself. This is basically the bourbon barrel and nothing else.

It pours a very dark cola coloured body, with a substantial cream coloured head starting at 1cm and dissipating to a thick collar within minutes. Not much lacing to be seen. A very dark body for a scotch ale, I thought.

The taste itself manifests as an initial but brief malt sweetness, making me think toffee and caramel that is quickly followed by a charcoal bourbon sweetness that can't help but dominate the malt portion of the beer. There is a good creamy vanilla flavour accompanying the bourbon, but not a whole ton of wood or oak.

The feel on this beer is substantial. A thicker medium body with decent carbonation. It feels creamy and smooth, but of course it is not a full bodied beer. Despite that, I think that it does the job. It is a resinous, somewhat syrupy beer that coats the palate in charcoal bourbon sweetness.

I don't drink bourbon but I don't mind bourbon (e.g. BCBS). If I wanted straight up bourbon, I would invest in a good bottle of bourbon. The bourbon is strong here but it is at the expense of the base beer, which I can barely taste. I can't help but think that Central Waters just threw Slainte into used bourbon barrels as a money grab. Slainte is a fine scotch ale on its own, but it does not get much of a chance to shine here. As a style comparison, this is nowhere close to being in the neighborhood of Backwoods Bastard or BA Big Sound. As a local comparison, I consider Shaggin in the Wood to be significantly better. I can't recommend this beer to most, but if you enjoy a strong bourbon flavour, this is probably your beer. (2,010 characters)

Photo of MCain04
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into Crooked Stave snifter. Reviewing this bottle, which was a gift from a friend. I have been boycotting CW purchases for the past 10 months, but I'll try this beer knowing that I didn't give CW any money.

Pours a medium-dark brown body with a tan head of minimal depth, quick dissipation with resultant rimming, not much appreciable lacing.

Some toffee and bourbon on the nose. A little vanilla and oak. Not the most aromatic.

Taste is pretty one-dimensional with caramel and toffee malts, not too bitter, a little bit of bourbon, not much oak and vanilla on the taste.

Mouth is light-medium bodied. Smooth with moderate carbonation. A little thin.

Overall, it's a decent brew but I wouldn't get it again. (734 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown body. Medium off-white head. Settles to a thin collar.

Smell - Bourbon, but it's kinda light. Oak and vanilla are stronger. Toffee malt. Light butterscotch.

Taste - Bourbon permeates throughout and comes off stronger. Oak also persistent. Sweet toffee flavor. Butterscotch is pretty strong here. A little overwhelming. Finishes woody with a bourbon aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. A little sweet. Slick and creamy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - It's very slick and the butterscotch flavor almost takes over. The bourbon keeps it pretty interesting, though. (646 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A new barrel-aged beer from CW! Picked up a single. Tasted 27 August 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours dark brown, the color of "black" coffee. Clear brown at the edges. One finger of medium tan head, okay retention, not much lacing. Decent.

Smell is sweet bourbon, rich and grainy, and backed by a hefty sweet malt base. It's really nice, kinda popping out at me. It comes on strong, then lets the complexity shine through. Like a little brother to Backwoods Bastard (which it certainly can't match, but it's in the same league at least).

This stuff is potent, with a hefty kick that makes me think the ABV is up there. Makes me wince a little, too. Flavors are hard to dig out of it. Really earthy, black mud, and the bourbon seems to bring alcohol more than anything else. Mostly lacking the brightness that I want from the barrel. Moderate to high bitterness in the back, which I think is alcohol.

Medium-heavy body, carbonation that starts out too low and slowly raises up to peak at only a little too low. Needs more vibrancy.

Tasty stuff. There are other, better, bourbon-barrel scotch ales around, but not many. I'd definitely drink it again, though only when I'm in the mood for such a thing. (1,205 characters)

Photo of zappoman
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 3.5
A dark, murky brown. There are fine bubbles coming to the surface. There was minimal head, but I poured about 5 oz into my snifter.

Smell: 4.5
Smells like whiskey/scotch mixed with a bunch of caramel. There is a huge licorice scent. It smells so sweet! A lot of malty, barrel-aged beers also have a chocolate scent, to me, apparently. Spoiler... the smell ended up being better than the taste!

Taste: 4
At this point, the bottle is getting to be around a year. The flavors are melded, but not muddled. The base beer is more apparent compared to the last time I had this beer, around 3 months ago. The scotch and its peet (or the cherrywood smoked malt) balance with the caramel flavor of the scotch ale. This is kind of in the barrel-aged barleywine territory with the caramel and barrel flavors.

As the glass warms up, the beer ends up tasting like a toasted marshmallow (with the burned coat and gooey filling... hey, you... get to salivating!), with bourbon. There is more heat from the barrel flavors or alcohol in the warmed up beer. There is also a slight tea or grassy flavor that appears, later on. There is vanilla, but also chocolate!

I cannot detect the hop presence, nor a yeast note. What is the ABV?

Mouthfeel: 3

Scotch ales tend to have that soda-like carbonation for me. This beer foams up in the mouth very easily, thickening the mouthfeel. There is a stickiness, for sure.

Overall: This beer is good to great, but the smell was the best part. I like how the flavors work in tandem, with nothing being too overwhelming. Now, I must try Backwoods Bastard one of these days in order to compare! (1,635 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of maximum12, thanks again!

Pours a deep dark brown color with a really thin white head. Really still looking as well.

Aromas are of coconut, bourbon, and toasted oak. Smells good, not much in the way of beer notes here though.

Taste is of bourbon, brown sugar, and coconuts up front. Notes of oak, roasted nuts, light booze, cola and a general warm feeling from the alcohol. Tasty and complex beer.

Mouthfeel is a on the thin side, but it's smooth and soft.

Overall, a very tasty beer with a few minor flaws. (531 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar, but upon closer inspection the edges are dark reddish brown when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a a thin tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon and vanilla are present in the nose.
T: The initial taste has some flavors of caramelized malts, but most of the taste and the entire finish us dominated by the bourbon.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight bits of warming are present in the finish.
O: This beer is really pleasant to drink, but there seems to be a bit too much bourbon and you can't taste much of the scotch ale. It isn't clear how much alcohol is in this beer from the label, but it doesn't get in the way of the taste.

Note: 2014 vintage (877 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark brown color with black cherry striations a fast receding tan head leaves a small fresh cap
S-bourbon and wood with hint of vanilla and toffee
T- smooth bourbon with creamy vanilla malts caramel butterbread in the back
M- bourbon is up front but it also has a smooth creamy malt taste that mellows the alcodolheat
O- another great BB offering from CW this one is outstanding (389 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Deep, dark copper with no head. Very murky with no clarity.

Nose
Caramel, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, nuts and cocoa.

Taste
Copious amounts of caramel and candy sugars. Notes of nuts, peat smoke, toffee and cocoa nib. Has a good bourbon presence that adds to the sweetness. Hints of charred oak and vanilla.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, silky and smooth.

Overall
Spot on Scotch Ale + nice barrel aging = a quality beer. (464 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle dated 2013. Thanks surge 1311.

A - Black with a moderate beige head.

S - Bourbon with vanilla and brown sugar.

T - Bourbon and vanilla with some malt complexity to support it. A hint of lactose.

M - Fairly thick but feels lighter from a presence of fine bubbles.

O - Good flavor and decent depth and complexity. (343 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (1,046 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this on August 4, 2013 as an after steak and 4wheelin' (quad) excursion in Imlay, NV.

Looked like a sturdy brown ale, kind of dirty looking, but far from unappealing or unprofessional. Thin brown head on it, of a lighter variety color.

Aroma was impressive, minimal peat, a nice mellow bourbon and wood barrel existence, mild. Very mild, but very appropriate and inviting. Taste, wow, its damn good too. I don't know why, but I thought this would be all "scotchy" but its actually a very malty, mellow existence. Equal parts everything kind of beer. Except hops. Almost none of those, as per style. Stays away from too much dark fruit and subsequent bitterness those entail. The non sweet caramel and toffee is a nice touch too.

Subtlety is strong in this one (oxymoron). (783 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served lightly chilled.

A) Dark brown with a bit of a shimmer. A finger of tan head, which slowly settled to a collar. Spotty lacing, and some traction on the swirl.

S) A pleasant amount of vanilla on the nose. A whiff of caramel as well. The oak barrel is also noted, along with just a little alcohol.

T) Starts out with malt and vanilla sweetness, followed by a nice touch of bourbon, blending well with a woody flavor. Finishes slightly sweet with just a little alcohol heat.

M) Lighter medium body, with lighter carbonation. Some light alcohol warmth, but really a nice smooth sipper.

O) Highly enjoyable offering from Central Waters. Admittedly, I wasn't the biggest fan of their regular Scotch Ale, but doggone it, they aged it in some bourbon barrels, and it tastes fantastic. (880 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very dark mahogany color with a fingers worth of tan head that leaves a layer of lace around the top

S-lots of bourbon, vanilla sweetness, and caramel malt

T-not as much bourbon in the taste as the smell, very sweet tasting with vanilla and caramel and maybe even a bit of milk chocolate. Not sure what the ABV is on this, but alcohol is well hidden, no alcohol burn.

M-medium to full body, light carbonation

Overall really nice smell, nice body, and a good blend of flavors. Would happily drink again. (508 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - very dark with a caramel colored head that recedes quickly leaving no lacing

Smell - lots of Oaky deliciousness. Hints of vanilla come to mind as well. Just a great smelling beer. Lots of bourbon as well!

Taste - musky, wooden, oak flavor with a bourbon finish. Wow this little bottle packs a punch! Nicely done

Mouthfeel - leaves a bit of bourbon on the tongue with some bitterness.

Overall - job well done. Nice balance to this complex beer (459 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, split in Charlotte

Served in a NODA snifter - kind of a muddy brown body and not much carbonation. This will instantly draw comparisons to Backwoods Bastard, which I tend to favor. This will also draw comparisons to the other barrel aged beers in the CW arsenal, which I also tend to favor. The body is a little thin and the barrel flavors are spot on, but could be turned up a notch in my opinion. Nice toffee notes throughout. (442 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz into a snifter.

A: Pours pretty much black, a little darker than most scotch ales, with a nice tan head.

S: Nose brings smooth bourbon, light roast, egg cream, some moderate notes of chocolate and fig.

T: Taste brings thick, pleasant bourbon, drying charred oak tannins, caramel, a bit of raisin, toasted grain, slight smokiness.

M: Thick-bodied with moderate carbonation, very creamy. Spot-on.

O: A very nice barrel-aged scotch ale. More on the dark, roasty side than I'm used to for scotch ales, but a good beer nonetheless. (536 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%

2013 bottle as a trade extra. Pours murky brown amber color with a small off white head that recedes quickly. Beautiful bourbon aroma with plenty of vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, brown sugar. Flavor is lots of brown sugar, raisins, vanilla and marshmallow finish, bourbon, toffee, oak, a tad of metallic oxidization. Big body, some booziness, medium plus carbonation, smooth long finish. Nice brew and deserved love in the style. (430 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Local Option. Served in a chalice.

A - A big tan foam settles to a thick cap and glass-coating lacework. Very dark brown, opaque body.

S - Massive bourbon aroma, large doses of vanilla and coconut, light wood, some sweet toffee and treacle; definite Scotch Ale character that punches through the barrel flavors. Nice balance, not overly cloying, and not overly boozy either.

T - The taste is quite nice, but doesn't match the aroma. A bit more milk chocolate, caramel, and nougat and less of the vanilla and coconut flavors. There's a touch of astringent wood in the finish, but the alcohol is well-hidden on the whole.

M - Definitely medium-bodied, and perhaps a bit thin although without an ABV it's hard to tell. A tad watery, but with lots of residual stickiness after a moderately tannic, oaky finish. Perhaps a touch of light alcohol warming here.

D - Smells great, although I think a 12oz bottle would be a pretty hefty serving; it took me awhile to work through my chalice. Still, it's pretty nice stuff and a definite return to form for Central Waters after some middling and 'off' beers. (1,112 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Another spectacular offering from Central Water's bourbon barrel series...

I am not a huge fan of Central Water's regular scotch ale and you can definitely taste that base beer come through in this barrel aged variation. In my opinion though, Central Waters could age just about anything in bourbon barrels and I would drink it. (I say somewhat sarcastically)

The smell and taste of the bourbon is ever present and very familiar as it is a similar taste to everything else in their bourbon barrel series. I have had some barrel aged beers that just aren't that great but CW seems to have the process down as their bourbon taste is overpowering but subtle at the same time. The maltiness of the base scotch ale blends quite well with the bourbon but as I said at the start of this review, I am not the biggest fan of the Slainte' (the regular scotch ale) so I am left wanting a little more on the finish of each sip.

At the end of the day though, Central Waters knocks another one out of the park in their Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Series. (1,047 characters)

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.