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

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

407 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 38
Gots: 99 | FT: 12
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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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a medium dark brown, slightly hazy, with a small quarter inch or so head, and no real lacing.

Smells absolutely incredible, very sweet bourbon forward, lots of vanilla, some chocolate, root beer, coconut. Just awesome.

The taste is similar, but not quite as good. Still tasty, though. An over-riding bourbony rootbeer flavor. There is the aforementioned vanilla, chocolate, and coconut, a tiny bit of oak. Very sweet and silky flavor- doesn't taste much like a traditional scotch ale, but still tastes good..

Medium bodied, a bit thicker than some of CW's other main line of BA beers. There is a low level of carbonation. This is one is really drinkable.

CW brings it again, it seems like they can't miss on their barrel program.

GreesyFizeek, Jul 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

facesnorth, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

BeerBucks, Jul 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

TheOakKing, Jul 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

hansenm72, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%

Picked up in trade from @FlandersNed

Drank this at nearly room temp and was fairly well blown away. This viscous concoction pours a dark amber, with minimal head and oily lacing. The nose and taste are an explosion of vanilla and caramel and just the right amount of booze. This brew was good enough that I actually had regret after drinking it - I should have shared it with a buddy. One hell of a good scotch ale.

Mantooth, Jul 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Carb-Overlord, Jul 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

ToddBeans, Jul 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

FriedCheeseCurds, Jul 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

MattSharpless, Jul 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

JJ_17, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

bcrossan, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of don1481
4.4/5  rDev +5%

12o bottle bought at Discount Liquor. Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark caramel color with some carbonation that sticks to the side of the glass. Off-white head that retains decently.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, vanilla all come right on through. And the bourbon. Who can forget that? Some peatiness. Pretty complex.

Taste: Very much an in your face beer. The bourbon and peat smack you right away, followed with the sweetness of carmel and vanilla. This is a beer that means business.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick, somewhat syrupy. Little boozy aftertaste.

Overall: $3.49 for a bottle well spent.

don1481, Jul 08, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

Bottle opened on 4.23.14

A - Pours a very dark brown-amber with a fluffy dark tan head that bubbles away slowly.

S - Bourbon, caramel-toffee, vanilla.

T - Caramel, then some bourbon heat, malty finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Lots of bourbon presence, a touch of heat as well.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

KAF, Jul 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Hopmagnet, Jun 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

ajevne, Jun 25, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev +5.3%

2013 bottle. Bottlecap and seal in good shape. Dark brown pour with a one-finger tan head. Cloudy appearance with lots of visible sediment throughout the beer, not just in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma features lots of sweet bourbon. A bit of sourness in the background. Nose is decent and reminds me of CW's BB Barleywine. Taste is sweet & bourbon up front that really pops. Some tanginess on the sides. A little roasty in the finish. Mostly the taste is about the sweet & bourbon. Mouthfeel is nice, pretty thick, a little syrupy. Below average carbonation. Overall it's a nice beer. 1.5 years of age haven't altered it much, from my recollection. Lots of sweetness, a little roast. Nice barrel presence.

foobula, Jun 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

mhind52, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

green_plastic, Jun 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Tanger112, Jun 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

JJWIGHT, Jun 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

ThreeTens, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

orangesol, Jun 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

MCMASTERSANCHEZ, Jun 12, 2014
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.