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

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 543
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.28%
Wants: 73
Gots: 114 | FT: 14
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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 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 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 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 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 John_M
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,003 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 HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 4.23.14

A - Pours a very dark brown-amber with a fluffy dark tan head that bubbles away slowly.

S - Bourbon, caramel-toffee, vanilla.

T - Caramel, then some bourbon heat, malty finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Lots of bourbon presence, a touch of heat as well. (302 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 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 BeerFMAndy
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Central Waters tulip.
Vintage 2013

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. (1,526 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.... (738 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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 (704 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (798 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured into Tulip glass.

Appearance: black cola bodied beer with a thin cap of white head resulting from a hard pour. The cap drops quickly to a thin ring around the outside of glass. 3.75

Smell: This is like most central waters barrel aged offerings its fairly barrel forward. A nice bourbon note that is mellow and smooth while still being the main focus of the beer's nose. The bourbon is sweet, woody, and did mention... smooth? If you could smell smooth it would smell like this! A slight hint of dark fruits and smokey malts. Also getting notes of milk chocolates and vanilla. Really digging the nose of this beer. 4.75

Taste: Substantially big bourbon notes start this beer off. The taste is both sweet and woody just like the nose of the beer expressed, but the bourbon has a little bit of a burn to it. So thats interesting enough, that the bourbon is mellow in the nose, but got a decent amount of a booze kick that I would say is just short of a moderate booziness. In the middle of the beer the bourbon notes recede and thats when some chocolate and vanilla flavors begin to surface. The beer finishes with a hint of smoke and fruitiness that is overshadowed by more sweet and woody bourbon notes. 4.25

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Mouthfeel is slick, sticky, slightly creamy and silky too. The beer drinks at its ABV; its got a decent amount of booziness that could be mellowed out a little bit more. 3.75

Overall: On the negative side...the base beer got lost in the overall effect of this beer. It is hard to tell that the beer is a barrel aged Scotch Ale. The barrel notes hide most of the Scotch ales smells and flavors. On the positive side... the barrel notes in this beer are stellar as always with anything that Central Waters puts in bourbon barrels. So I guess its kind of a draw. I still really enjoyed this beer, but in my opinion it needs two tweaks:

1. the scotch ale needs to be more promintent player in the beer, in other words more balance of barrel aging with the base beer.

2. More time in the barrel to mellow out the boozey burn found in this beer, a perfect example lies in what central waters did this year with all the barrel aged offerings... 2013 vintages of the CW brewers reserve beers (Bourbon Barrel Stout, Peruvian Morning, Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, & Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout) in the barrel for a full year instead of the 6 months (which is what they previously practiced). This made such a remarkable difference in the quality of CW's final product is was really impressive to speak honestly. 3.75 (2,586 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the only beer I had more than once at the recent Autumn Brew Review & I ran home with intent to try it out of a bottle. 12 ounces of more CW bliss. I hope.

Dark reddishness flows out of the narrow neck & into a nice glass. Carbonation is very low. Nose has a distinct coconut flair, along with plenty of barrel & an underlying sweetness. Sweet.

Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale continues a great tradition; I hope CW never runs out of barrels to stick stuff in. The bourbon is front & center, kicking the snot out of my palate & setting my tongue on fire. Liquid caramel, slight smokiness, sweet malts, oak staves slapping around the inside of my mouth, vanilla. Layers, onion boy. The scotch malts, or whatever they are, set up a serious camp in the back of my throat & just lounge. I've given them squatting rights. Thick enough that I'm loving to sip on this, except that sips shouldn't be two ounces each.

This kicks ass. I can feel the bourbon leaching out of my pores, like after a good garlic pizza, I probably smell like it. The base beer is overshadowed, but it's so good, who cares? Excellent beer; for the equivalent of $6/bomber, how can you beat it? (1,185 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,088 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with off-white head. Lots of bourbon upfront, some caramel, toffee, and malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more bourbon. (161 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

The beer comes in a copper reddish rust color.

The aroma has caramel sweetness, sweet dark fruit, slight bourbon, and woodiness.

The flavor follows with the sweetness of bourbon, caramel, and dark fruit in the front. The woodiness of the beer attacks on the middle. A good amount of woody bitterness and drying.

An incredible brew that has lots of similarities to Backwoods Bastards with a hint more mouthfeel and sweetness. (429 characters)

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 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 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 andrenaline
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark cola colour with a thumb of head with some retention and lacing. Sweet bourbon, caramel, toffee, burnt toast and leather. Boozy bourbon and caramel notes dominate, hints of peat, chocolate, molasses and burnt cocoa. This stuff is awesome. So much flavour. Definitely a memorable brew. (294 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)

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.