Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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3.79/5 rDev -9.3%
A new barrel-aged beer from CW! Picked up a single. Tasted 27 August 2013, reviewed from notes.
Pours dark brown, the color of "black" coffee. Clear brown at the edges. One finger of medium tan head, okay retention, not much lacing. Decent.
Smell is sweet bourbon, rich and grainy, and backed by a hefty sweet malt base. It's really nice, kinda popping out at me. It comes on strong, then lets the complexity shine through. Like a little brother to Backwoods Bastard (which it certainly can't match, but it's in the same league at least).
This stuff is potent, with a hefty kick that makes me think the ABV is up there. Makes me wince a little, too. Flavors are hard to dig out of it. Really earthy, black mud, and the bourbon seems to bring alcohol more than anything else. Mostly lacking the brightness that I want from the barrel. Moderate to high bitterness in the back, which I think is alcohol.
Medium-heavy body, carbonation that starts out too low and slowly raises up to peak at only a little too low. Needs more vibrancy.
Tasty stuff. There are other, better, bourbon-barrel scotch ales around, but not many. I'd definitely drink it again, though only when I'm in the mood for such a thing.
08-28-2013 04:01:22 | More by zeledonia
4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter
A: Pours an opaque, dark mahogany color with a light tan head that fades to almost nothing over the course of a minute.
S: The sweet scent of coconut and vanilla leap out of the glass. Almost reminiscent of a macaroon. Followed by toffee and candied walnut. A mild, sweet bourbon and a hint of oak join the aroma as the beer warms.
T: Caramel and toffee lead, followed by fig, cherry and vanilla. Bourbon is apparent in the mid-palate which combines with mild alcohol to counter the overall sweet flavor. Some roasted notes. Oak tannin builds in potency during the sip, further countering the beer's sweetness and leading to a relatively dry finish compared to the rest of the beer.
M: Medium bodied with low, fizzy bubble. A little sticky.
O: I am surprised by how sweet the beer manages to be while still remaining balanced. The first things I notice are all sugary: vanilla, coconut, caramel, toffee, candied nuts, etc. Even the bourbon is sweet. But then a light roasted flavor, oak tannin and relatively small, sharp carbonation come together to keep it from being cloying. Still sweet, but not quite a dessert beer. Great take on a scotch ale.
08-28-2013 01:08:03 | More by WankelEngine
4.09/5 rDev -2.2%
12oz into a snifter.
A: Pours pretty much black, a little darker than most scotch ales, with a nice tan head.
S: Nose brings smooth bourbon, light roast, egg cream, some moderate notes of chocolate and fig.
T: Taste brings thick, pleasant bourbon, drying charred oak tannins, caramel, a bit of raisin, toasted grain, slight smokiness.
M: Thick-bodied with moderate carbonation, very creamy. Spot-on.
O: A very nice barrel-aged scotch ale. More on the dark, roasty side than I'm used to for scotch ales, but a good beer nonetheless.
08-27-2013 00:41:00 | More by Etan
3.68/5 rDev -12%
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.
08-23-2013 05:29:51 | More by homebrew311
4.06/5 rDev -2.9%
Appearance - very dark with a caramel colored head that recedes quickly leaving no lacing
Smell - lots of Oaky deliciousness. Hints of vanilla come to mind as well. Just a great smelling beer. Lots of bourbon as well!
Taste - musky, wooden, oak flavor with a bourbon finish. Wow this little bottle packs a punch! Nicely done
Mouthfeel - leaves a bit of bourbon on the tongue with some bitterness.
Overall - job well done. Nice balance to this complex beer
08-22-2013 03:38:28 | More by beatenbyjacks
4/5 rDev -4.3%
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
08-18-2013 00:43:46 | More by gatornation
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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