Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev -5.5%
A dark, murky brown. There are fine bubbles coming to the surface. There was minimal head, but I poured about 5 oz into my snifter.
Smells like whiskey/scotch mixed with a bunch of caramel. There is a huge licorice scent. It smells so sweet! A lot of malty, barrel-aged beers also have a chocolate scent, to me, apparently. Spoiler... the smell ended up being better than the taste!
At this point, the bottle is getting to be around a year. The flavors are melded, but not muddled. The base beer is more apparent compared to the last time I had this beer, around 3 months ago. The scotch and its peet (or the cherrywood smoked malt) balance with the caramel flavor of the scotch ale. This is kind of in the barrel-aged barleywine territory with the caramel and barrel flavors.
As the glass warms up, the beer ends up tasting like a toasted marshmallow (with the burned coat and gooey filling... hey, you... get to salivating!), with bourbon. There is more heat from the barrel flavors or alcohol in the warmed up beer. There is also a slight tea or grassy flavor that appears, later on. There is vanilla, but also chocolate!
I cannot detect the hop presence, nor a yeast note. What is the ABV?
Scotch ales tend to have that soda-like carbonation for me. This beer foams up in the mouth very easily, thickening the mouthfeel. There is a stickiness, for sure.
Overall: This beer is good to great, but the smell was the best part. I like how the flavors work in tandem, with nothing being too overwhelming. Now, I must try Backwoods Bastard one of these days in order to compare!
06-04-2014 21:29:57 | More by zappoman
4.46/5 rDev +6.7%
12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau tulip.
A: Pours a dark shade of brown with minimal tan head.
S: Bourbon, toffee, caramel, and a little buttery.
T: A nice bourbon presence up front that complements, rather than overpowers. Notes of toffee, coffee, dark fruit, and once again that buttery characteristic.
M: Medium-light body, the CW norm. Normally I would prefer a heavier body, but this is smooth as silk.
O: So drinkable it's crazy. I think I even prefer this to Backwoods Bastard.
05-22-2014 01:52:37 | More by d5001986
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.