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

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411 Ratings
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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 37
Gots: 98 | 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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Photo of adamdarcy
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

adamdarcy, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

The beer comes in a copper reddish rust color.

The aroma has caramel sweetness, sweet dark fruit, slight bourbon, and woodiness.

The flavor follows with the sweetness of bourbon, caramel, and dark fruit in the front. The woodiness of the beer attacks on the middle. A good amount of woody bitterness and drying.

An incredible brew that has lots of similarities to Backwoods Bastards with a hint more mouthfeel and sweetness.

dar482, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

12 oz bottle at Top Hops from frigde into snifter at bar

Warmed with hands for a while

A- Deep, dark brown
S- Bourbon, Carmel, sweet notes typical of a scotch ale.. amost butter scotch. Smells so good as it warms.
M- Great balance of the bourbon barrel with the base beer. You still get the scotch malts and sweetness, but amplified in the perfect way by the bourbon
M- Creamy and just on the prefect side of heavy

O- This is a great beer. So glad I had it and would always try it again.

PBRmeasap1980, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

jerefreakinmiah, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of osant37
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

osant37, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown body. Medium off-white head. Settles to a thin collar.

Smell - Bourbon, but it's kinda light. Oak and vanilla are stronger. Toffee malt. Light butterscotch.

Taste - Bourbon permeates throughout and comes off stronger. Oak also persistent. Sweet toffee flavor. Butterscotch is pretty strong here. A little overwhelming. Finishes woody with a bourbon aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. A little sweet. Slick and creamy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - It's very slick and the butterscotch flavor almost takes over. The bourbon keeps it pretty interesting, though.

Alieniloquium, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

JoeMans, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Vermonthiker, Aug 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

JohnnyWasa, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Mplsmetro57, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

BarrelAgedG, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

NateSharpless, Aug 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

CavemanRamblin, Aug 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

sunofneurot, Aug 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

sneaks2210, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of fischgaard
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer. The bourbon barrels worked overtime on this majestic offering. The nose is as expected with rich toffee and a classic bourbon scent. The smooth, almost creamy beverage is a comfortable on the tongue. The flavor is sweet, with a sense of higher abv than the beer offers. The nice tingle in the back of the mouth is reminiscent of a well aged bourbon. This one is a case purchase and store.

fischgaard, Aug 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

RKing44, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

DanforthPewter, Aug 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

WI-Beer-Man, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar, but upon closer inspection the edges are dark reddish brown when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a a thin tan head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon and vanilla are present in the nose.
T: The initial taste has some flavors of caramelized malts, but most of the taste and the entire finish us dominated by the bourbon.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight bits of warming are present in the finish.
O: This beer is really pleasant to drink, but there seems to be a bit too much bourbon and you can't taste much of the scotch ale. It isn't clear how much alcohol is in this beer from the label, but it doesn't get in the way of the taste.

Note: 2014 vintage

metter98, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

smithj4, Aug 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

campfirebrew, Aug 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

BoozerBrad, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of ksimons
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very dark mahogany color with a fingers worth of tan head that leaves a layer of lace around the top

S-lots of bourbon, vanilla sweetness, and caramel malt

T-not as much bourbon in the taste as the smell, very sweet tasting with vanilla and caramel and maybe even a bit of milk chocolate. Not sure what the ABV is on this, but alcohol is well hidden, no alcohol burn.

M-medium to full body, light carbonation

Overall really nice smell, nice body, and a good blend of flavors. Would happily drink again.

ksimons, Jul 26, 2014
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.