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

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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 53
Gots: 118 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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: 512 | Reviews: 73
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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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