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

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409 Ratings
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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 37
Gots: 99 | FT: 13
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

jera1350, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

nickapalooza86, Aug 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Gotti311, Aug 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Listers, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

lowbit, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Canada_Dan, Aug 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

RobertColianni, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Steve_Oldrati, Aug 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

MarkFy, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

cnbrown313, Aug 13, 2013
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

DangerDawg, Aug 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

bcm75, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

MasterSki, Aug 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

mychalg9, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of vic21234
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

vic21234, Aug 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

joedevivre, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

enelson, Aug 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

striker2160, Aug 08, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev -3.6%

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).

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

BobCobb, Aug 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

jschott75, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

mcc1654, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Archemedies, Aug 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

geekrot, Aug 05, 2013
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.