Bourbon Barrel Scotchtown | Center of the Universe Brewing Company

very good
25 Ratings

Brewed by:
Center of the Universe Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeastLU on 03-10-2013

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by mhaugo:
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #76 (May 2013):

Very well done. From start to finish, this brew lends a very pleasant character without missing a step. Complex yet still very approachable, the barrel aging really elevates this beer and draws us in for another sip right away. Shocked to see that this is a one-off … seriously, guys—bring this one back.

STYLE: Scotch Ale
ABV: 7.0%

LOOK: Hazed amber brown, tiny-bubbled lacing

SMELL: Malt sweetness, wood, melon rind, dark bread, clean alcohol, faint vanilla, plums

TASTE: Smooth, super creamy, full bodied, full malt jacket, bready, toasty, dried grass, faint caramel, peppery, modest hopping, woody, very warming, drying finish

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Photo of BeastLU
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on tap at the brewery.

A - typical scotch ale look.

S - great malt notes but the barrel really takes over.

T - Here is where this beer really dominates. Literally the most barrel flavor that I have ever tasted. It's delicious. The scotch ale doesn't over power any of the wood notes like a stout does. Unreal.

M - what I expected from the style.

O - one of the best scotch ales I've ever had, along with one of the best represented BA beers I've tasted.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of yamar68
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to cw577enfield for this one. Disclaimer: I'm not a big fan of Scotch ales.

Nice swampy red body with a very healthy looking pillow of creamy white head.

Strong but smooth caramelized dessert sugars, root beer, mellow bourbon, vanilla, metallic malt aromas, brown sugar, cream... definitely doesn't carry that overbearing Scotch ale aroma that I was anticipating.

Pleasant bourbon flavors, faint tobacco, lots of oaky vanilla. Alcohol presence is pretty well integrated. The earthy peat and malt flavors or more subdued which is something I can definitely appreciate.

I haven't had the base beer, but I was expecting a big malt bomb taken over the top via barrel aging. Not the case. It's fairly well balanced and approachable.

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Photo of Drifter1
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattyb79
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Purchased in VA. I really like bourbon-barrel aged beers and really enjoyed this beer; however, the bourbon was a bit too much for the alcohol and body of the style. It overpowered the taste of the scotch ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Get the hints of bourbon barrel aging on the nose, but was looking for a bit more in the taste. Great scotch ale otherwise, malt backbone and smooth finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of MacQ32
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this one in my fridge for quite a while, bottle date shows February (2013 I'm sure).

A - Pours a deep amber with several fingers of caramel colored head. Appears quite oxidized. Good retention, half a finger lingers after 10+ minutes, huge thick lacing huge the side of the glass, huge.

S - Lots of dark roasty malts, sweet oak and booze, quite woody.

T - Sweet molasses, caramel, slight tart flavor. Nice vanilla bourbony hints, little boozyness but very tame.

M - relatively light bodied, very smooth, decent carbonation. Easy to drink, i dig it

O - Overall really nice sweet bourbony flavor, quite drinkable, alcohol is there but nicely subdued.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of LeeEvolved
2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

Not as good as the base Scotchtown. Barrel notes almost smell artificial and the bourbon taste is very subdued.

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Bourbon Barrel Scotchtown from Center of the Universe Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 25 ratings.
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