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

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

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BA SCORE
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311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.43%


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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MasterSki

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2013 22:00:57 | More by MasterSki
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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 15:59:56 | More by NewGlarusFan
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cosmicevan

New York

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

super solid extra from an IP swap recently. enjoyed from a central waters snifter.

a - brew pours a watery crimson brown. real nice reddish highlights when held to the light. the khaki colored head was gone as fast as it formed and lacing was spotty.

s - nose is really nice with lush caramel and toffee. barrel adds some hints of chocolate, but leads with the nougat.

t/m - taste is rich and full. my mouth coats with a boozy tingle as the toffee and caramel dominates my taste buds. the beer is chewy and wonderful.

o - overall, excellent beer. a great take on a great style. would love to have more of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 01:39:10 | More by cosmicevan
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got this awesome brew from BeerFM Andy many months ago. Rock on!

Served in a Boulevard tulip.

A: Poured a dark, bark brown color, with some ruby poking through around the edges. Head? We don't need no stinking head! However, we got one…….. about 1/8 head worth.

S: Chewy, caramely, nougat center in this bourbon, coconut-infused bad boy. Nice! This was a caramel tiramisu.

T: So smooth and delectable, with a strong bourbon character that played section leader to the rest of the trumpet section. Bourbon, grape juice, and tons of malty goodness.

M: More carbonation than I was expecting, but that made it all the more drinkable. Think Winter Warmer. Nothing sweet or cloying.

O: I loves me some BBA Scotch Ales! This was truly an awesome one!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 01:20:58 | More by Chaney
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep dark rich near black chocolate color, with the slightest hints of red around the outside of my BCBS snifter when held up to the light. A full and perfect, dense finger of mocha colored head still has about a half a finger of depth 5 minutes in. Thick outer ring on top of the slightly dissipated head crawls up the perimeter of the glass.

S - Extremely scotchy and peat aromas, rich molasses, malty boozy aromas, oak, vanilla. Smell is a bit faint overall but wonderful.

T - Caramel, mollases, scotch, peat really really wonderful - i almost get a raisin like taste as well. As the initial sweetness begins to subside oak vanilla and a bit of boozyness take shape. The initial sweetness taste is probably damn near a 5. The boozy/oaky/vanilla give it a relatively (key word) clean finish. Doesnt linger too long, alcohol is minimally warming but does not burn in any way. This is just fantastic.

M - Thick, creamy, minimally carbonated. Soooo friggin good. The lingering taste on my lips begs for another sip.

O - I think I covered this, its frigging fantastic

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:17:25 | More by MacQ32
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zac16125

South Carolina

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
2013 vintage

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
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kojevergas

Texas

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!

B

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 05:28:49 | More by kojevergas
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

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
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Bartos

Florida

4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A - Dark brown, opaque body

S - Delicious bourbon aroma, some sweet notes of wood, caramel, chocolate and toffee; Aroma is complex and balanced

T - The taste is quite nice, but doesn't match the aroma. The scotch ale overpowers the barrel aging. Tastes thin and not well developed. Like it need more time to age to allow for that boozy barrel flavor to come through. Alot of heat on this one.

M - Definitely medium-bodied, and perhaps a bit thin

D - Smells great, lets you down on the taste. Doesn't live up to its description or hype. Felt that it needed more barrel aging. Probably would have liked it better in a blind taste test (not knowing it was barrel aged) or if I hadn't smelled it first.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 19:43:51 | More by Bartos
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NCalement

North Carolina

4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 21:32:18 | More by NCalement
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dirtylou

Washington

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 19:01:41 | More by dirtylou
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An awesome 12oz bottle from a trade, split with my brother into tulips.

A: Dark, clear brown with lots of mahogany. Some light tan head and lace.

S: Smoke, caramel, bourbon, and bready malt. No hop presence at all, lots of sweeter malt. Notes of brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, and toffee.

T: Sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, lots of caramel and brown sugar, a smoky sensation on the tongue, bready caramel malt. Almost no boozy burn in this beer, sweeter but definitely balanced by the faintest hint of smoked malt.

MF: Thinner full body with sweet sensations, low booze, medium-to-low carbonation. A bit sticky too.

O: Really nice, this is right up there with Backwoods as the finest Scotch ale I've had. Barrel character is nice, the touch of smoke is really welcome with the sweetness of the beer. Just balanced enough, but plenty of nice bourbon flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 17:42:00 | More by Scotchboy
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from the bottle and Dunderbaks in Tampa, FL. Reviewed from notes.

A- Pours from the 12oz bottle into a goblet with a brown body and some red at the edges. Tiny off white head forms but falls quickly to a small ring, no lace to speak of.

S- Smooth whiskey and malty scotch ale balance. Whiskey isn't overpowering but balanced into the malty, somewhat buttery base brew.

T- Really close to Backwoods Bastard to me. Base brew of dark red fruits, brown toasted malts, caramel and some toasted nutty hints. The whiskey matches that in a smooth manner with nice vanilla, fresh medium toasted oak, spicy Bourbon pepper and some sweet feel from the vanilla hints.

MF- Creamy and super silky smooth on the palate. Medium level of carbonation but like a soft pillow when agitated, compliments the rich flavor quite well. Nice warmth remains on the palate in the finish.

I'd love to side by side this and Backwoods some day but during the day I had this in Tampa it reminded me a ton of one of my favorites. Mouthfeel is something special and the Wee Heavy and Bourbon balance is great.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 04:11:58 | More by cbutova
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GJ40

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 12:51:36 | More by GJ40
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pour a fairly dark brown color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is impressive in this beer, with considerable caramel, vanilla, light chocolate and noticeable bourbon. The flavor profile is every bit as good, if not better, with the bourbon, vanilla and chocolate dominating. The beer is pretty rich and sweet, but not overly so (though it's a near thing), and this beer is pretty much dessert in a glass. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, sweet, bourbon infused finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can certainly tell that it's up there. My guess is that it's up in the 9% or 10% range, though the beer is so rich, it's hard to tell (it could be even higher than this, though I don't think it is).

Really a well made, delicious beer.... it's a bit sweet, but there's so much going on with the flavor profile, I really didn't mind. Can't imagine drinking more than a single bottle, but regardless, this is an impressive beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 21:39:24 | More by johnmichaelsen
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 21:49:18 | More by rhoadsrage
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MCain04

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 04:23:01 | More by MCain04
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MasterfulIdiot

Georgia

4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 very many bourbon barrel aged scotch ales, but this really blew me away! Thanks a lot to coirm for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:28:18 | More by MasterfulIdiot
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, 2013 notch on side, poured into Huna snifter.

Opaque, ruby-tinged elixir, thin khaki head quickly dissipates to thin rim, wisps of lacing.

Very complex blend of toffey, licorice, vanilla and bourbon. Oakey background.

Bourbon up front but not overpowering, smooths as the brew warms. Sweet caramel, vanilla, malt and oak body. Nice.

Medium body and carbonation. Smooth.

Another well done brew by CW.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 22:01:52 | More by CaptCleveland
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown color with a hint of red, decent light tan head with good lacing

S-toffee, caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla, very fragrant

T-caramel malt, toffee, nutty, vanilla, well-integrated bourbon

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth and rich

O-enjoyed this a lot, right up there with Backwoods Bastard

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 02:31:19 | More by MDDMD
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errantnight

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking dark, dark brown with moderate head and retention and no real lacing to speak of.

Aroma yields deep, roast and caramel notes, almost a char with a big honey and vanilla sweetness through the middle.

A bit thin on the body, which lessens the impact, although despite being a touch watery this does have an elegant, lingering finish. Warming and a touch bitter at the finish behind a wall of complex sugars, vanillin, and dried fruit.

Really nice, a touch more body would elevate this.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 05:21:39 | More by errantnight
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 16:15:48 | More by sweemzander
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured a deep reddish brown/black with a finger of off white head, slight bit of lacing left behind. huge vanilla/oak aroma, molasses, bourbon, wet pecans, butterscotch, toffee. my good lord this tastes like a syrupy worther's candy drink.. delicious toffee/butterscotch flavor, tons of vanilla and oak, a nice bourbon overall flavor - this is a fantastic tasting beer. medium body (finally a scotch ale that doesn't feel watered down) with a low amount of carbonation.

one of my favorites of the style i've ever had a chance to try. a delicious sweet candy-like liquid bliss of a beer. do not let this one out of your sight, if you see it buy it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 16:46:55 | More by facundoCNB
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%
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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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky mahogany, tan head has good retention and lacing.

S/T - Big caramel sweetness. Vanilla, oak noticeable but not overbearing. Nicely incorporated.

M - Full body, warming, touch of booze, medium carbonation.

O - Not always the biggest fan of bourbon barrel beers, but this one I enjoyed, with the flovors melding nicely together, balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 17:34:13 | More by garuda
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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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