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: 479
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 41
Gots: 105 | FT: 14
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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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.

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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.

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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.

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.