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

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

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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 66
Gots: 113 | 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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Ratings: 529 | Reviews: 76
Photo of MacQ32
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Photo of zac16125
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
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!

B

Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Bartos
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of NCalement
4.59/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of cbutova
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of MCain04
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.94/5  rDev +17.3%
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 any other bourbon barrel aged scotch ales, but this really blew me away! Thanks a lot to coirm for the bottle!

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of MDDMD
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of errantnight
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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

Photo of facundoCNB
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Jparker37
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of garuda
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of TheSSG
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, dense, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves splotches of lacing. Massive vanilla/oak aroma atop a slightly tart, acidity reminiscent of berries; almost a bubblegum-sweetness behind it all. After the pouring aroma subsides, agitation brings up a more sweet-dominated vanilla aroma. I know I'm describing this in an unappealing way, but it smells great (and I hate bubblegum, haha) Deep, deep burnt umber is practically black. Starts with a MASSIVE, assertive bourbon profile; vanilla and oak on top of sweet booziness. There's a nice sweet maltiness behind this all, though. There is a touch of floral hops and toasted malt that creeps in before the finish. The finish is a great vanilla with other remnants of oak.

This is pretty fantastic. While I'm NOT a big fan of their Scotch Ale, after the bourbon barrels, this is great. That sweet, toasted malt pairs WONDERFULLY against the vanilla from the barrels. I'd almost say the Scotch ale works better than a stout to highlight the bourbon barrels. If you like bourbon aged things or scotch ales, this is highly recommended.

Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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?

Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Poured as dark a brown as brown can get with the thinnest tan head that leaves no lacing. There was a small but noticeable amount of sediment. Oak and toffee dominate the nose, with the caramel from the bourbon coming on strong as well. Vanilla and butterscotch in the background, with light mocha detected. Big sweetness all the way down, light heat in the middle. Drinks like molasses, which leaves behind a long aftertaste of toffee. Feels like drinking a melted butterscotch candy. This drinks exactly like what I hope for in a BA wee heavy.

Overall: The beer is perfectly aged, not overbearing with bourbon smell and taste, yet always lingering around. Perfect palate is a great finish to a very well done beer. I loved it.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.