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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

363 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 35
Gots: 89 | FT: 12
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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gatornation

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 00:43:46 | More by gatornation
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CCutch

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-17-2013 13:14:24 | More by CCutch
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-17-2013 11:10:08 | More by plumcrazyfx
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-17-2013 02:24:29 | More by jera1350
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-17-2013 01:07:05 | More by nickapalooza86
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-16-2013 18:01:33 | More by Gotti311
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Listers

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

08-16-2013 17:27:38 | More by Listers
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lowbit

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

08-16-2013 03:41:05 | More by lowbit
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-16-2013 02:10:41 | More by Canada_Dan
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-15-2013 16:57:00 | More by RobertColianni
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Steve_Oldrati

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-14-2013 02:05:12 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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MarkFy

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-13-2013 23:36:54 | More by MarkFy
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-13-2013 13:34:20 | More by cnbrown313
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-11-2013 05:00:31 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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DangerDawg

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-11-2013 01:50:30 | More by DangerDawg
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bcm75

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-11-2013 00:03:30 | More by bcm75
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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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mychalg9

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-10-2013 03:37:34 | More by mychalg9
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vic21234

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter, cooled in the fridge for about 30 minutes before serving.

A- Pours a dark brown, borderline black with a small amount of light being let in along the top. A small amount of cream colored head quickly fades to the sides of the glass. Lacing is also apparent.

S- The smell is heavy on bourbon and oak. I also get some caramel and toffee notes as well.

T- Starts very smooth with caramel malts. Notes of toffee and dark fruits come about as well. The bourbon and oakiness are prevalent and work well with the other flavors.

M- Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, very nice sipper with slight alcohol warming with each sip.

Central Waters has yet another fine BA offering here. I plan to age 2 of my bottles to see how it develops.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 00:07:10 | More by vic21234
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joedevivre

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

08-09-2013 16:06:23 | More by joedevivre
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-09-2013 11:18:21 | More by enelson
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striker2160

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-08-2013 23:14:29 | More by striker2160
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 21:10:21 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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BobCobb

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-08-2013 05:06:01 | More by BobCobb
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jschott75

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

08-08-2013 01:06:02 | More by jschott75
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.