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

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Quadruple AleBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Quadruple Ale
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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #27
ABV:
11.9%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,304
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 5.73%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
282
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Central Waters Brewing Co.
 
Wisconsin, United States
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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Quadruple AleBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Quadruple Ale
Notes: Barrel-aged Quad is brewed in the spirit of collaboration. We combine traditional techniques and ingredients like Belgian candi sugar with American innovation and experimentation by the use of bourbon barrels.
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CHickman from New York

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottle, it pours reddish brown color with a 2 finger thick sand colored head that was packed with tiny bubbles, dissipating slowly and leaving decent spotty lacing. Smells sweet and malty with toffee, caramel, brown sugar, syrup soaked bread like French toast, Belgian sugar, bourbon, earthy notes, faint vanilla and a nice sugary sweetness. The quad sweetness is tamed by the bourbon, oak and mild spices.

Flavor has more floral notes, peppery spices and metallic aspects, along with more vanilla and then the same lineup as the nose: toffee, caramel, brown sugar, French toast, toasted grains, Belgian sugar, bourbon, earthy notes like tea leaf and then the addition of chalky yeast. nice balance between the malts and bourbon, it's very complex with a mild amount of heat from the ABV. Mild carbonation, a watery feel yet somehow it seems thick as it goes down. A fine slow sipper, but a notch below the Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout and Barleywine.

May 12, 2019
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper/brown color. 1 finger reddish/white head. The head retention isn't too good, and there's no lacing on the glass as it dissipates.
The nose is a nice fruity aroma. Some raisin. Some vanilla. There's also notes from the bourbon barrel. There's also a bit of a boozy aroma that compliments the other aromas.
Taste - The vanilla was the first taste that hit my palate. The raisin then hits. The barrel flavors are mixed in throughout.
Thick, full bodied. No alcohol burn, but quite boozy. It's also smooth going down.
Solid, and delicious quad. A good beer from Central Waters, and if you like quads, I recommend it.

May 06, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a large brown foamy head with good amount of retention and lacing. Aroma of candied malt notes with some vanilla, bourbon and some oak notes are also noticeable. Taste is a mix of caramelized malt with some candi sugar notes with some oak, vanilla and light warming notes of bourbon also noticeable. Body is about average for style with good amount of carbonation and some alcohol notes are apparent. Enjoyable mix of intense flavours but maybe a tad too sweet for my taste.

Dec 18, 2018
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a decent lace. Amber/red color. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Bourbon nose and flavor is bourbon, dark fruit. Higher ABV, 11.9%, stays hidden. Bottled in 2016. $4.70 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Aug 18, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly murked up hazel with a pinky of cream colored head. Okay lacing & head retention

S: Figs, slight Bourbon notes. Bourbon, vanilla & fig are more prominent once warm

T: Follows the nose, woody dryness, & a little vanilla up front. Bourbon asserts itself as it warms, leafy hops, a little sour cherry & figs. Fishishes with booze, cherry, barrel dryness & figs

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, even a little grainyness

Very nice Quad, the barrel aging brings a lot to the party!

Jul 23, 2018
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Garnet color with brown and orange hues. Cream-colored head starts at a finger and a half, then settles to a thin cap. Spotty and blotchy lacing.

S: Fruit and spice forward nose with hefty malt underpinnings and soft bourbon and oak notes. The malt and barrel shift forward a lot more as it warms. Plump sugar dates and figs, currant, and perhaps even some fleeting tropical esters. Pepper and clove, maybe cardamom too. Malt rides up in a big way and drops a thick ribbon of caramel and molasses on the palate, as well as nuts, cocoa, and bread pudding. Bourbon starts softly but comes well into focus with repeated sniffs. Corny sweet bourbon, dusty oak, coconut chips.

T: Fat malt backbone of caramel, molasses, bread crust, and cocoa. Generous pinch of pepper and clove. Sugar dates and figs, soaked in booze. The barrel owns things from the mid palate on. Sweet, corny, and peppery bourbon. Stiff oakiness. Dusty oak and mild char. This is how the beer finishes, with a big warmth.

M: Medium feel. Chewy and mildly slick. Stiff carbonation lifts and scrubs, and also amplifies the oak and tannins. Warming throughout.

O: This shifted drastically as it warmed to near room temperature. The barrel has its fingerprints all over this one, and it became dominating and perhaps even domineering. In the end I taste more bourbon barrel than quad. That's fine, as I'm a bourbon enthusiast as well, but I think the play here is to go for more subtlety- blend in more fresh quad or use barrels that have been cycled a good number of times. The nuance of the quad really gets lost here.

May 30, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear deep amber color with some beige foam. Aroma has lots of dried fruits like raisins and dates, also brown sugar, candied fruits, butterscotch, toffee and bourbon in the background. Taste starts slightly sweet and sugary with the dried fruit notes but gets quickly overtaken by an earthy, woody bitterness. Aftertaste lingers with bourbon and toffee flavor. Medium body and carbonation. A bit warm but the flavors are integrated really well.

May 06, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a chalice. 2017 edition, had 4/23/18.

Pours a somewhat hazy medium amber, with a half inch quickly dissipating head and some light soapy cling. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, figs, malt, dates, plums, some cherries and grapes, faint licorice. The taste also leads with bourbon, then malt, caramel, figs, dates, grapes, oak, some plums, light alcohol. Smooth, a good medium to full body, well carbonated.

A worthy member of the Reserve series. The bourbon is prominent and flavorful, but not dominant. The base is a solid traditional quad with a little bit of a lighter feel. Very enjoyable. Certainly well worth a purchase.

Apr 30, 2018
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear but dark brown and has a viscous appearance.

Candied sugar, dark fruit, and barrel character.

Sweet molasses and caramelly malts mingle with oak and bourbon.

Medium-bodied, low-medium carbonation, slight chewiness.

Overall, I have nothing bad to say about this brew.

Apr 28, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in NBS BIF 007 – Thanks Darwin!
2017 Vintage notched on label, stored at 42 degrees and served at 60 degrees in a hand-washed and hand-dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Dark brown, effervescent, opaque. When held to the light, it takes on a reddish cast and becomes translucent.
Head – Average (Maximum two cm, aggressive center pour), very light tan, slightly more dense than fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a three mm ring fed by effervescence and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – Narrow partial rings of tiny bubbles, connected occasionally by thin columns.
First pour – Medium brown, clear.
Aroma – 4.25 – Initially sweet “Dark fruit”, ends with some bourbon.
Flavor - 3.75 – A bit odd. While the sweetness and the “dark fruit” from the nose are certainly present, so is an unpleasant background taste I cannot identify. The bourbon barrels do not make their presence known. There is a bit of maltiness. No hops, no alcohol (10% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4 – The palate is exactly what is expected from a quad, therefore average. The olfactory combination of “dark fruit” and bourbon is quite good, as is the appearance – being able to produce passable lacing while having a 10% ABV and a past involving bourbon barrels is impressive. The flavor suffers from that unknown background flavor and the absence of bourbon barrels or any barrel, for that matter, supporting the fruitiness. If it hadn’t advertised BB aging on the label, I wouldn’t have missed it and therefore would have rated the flavor higher.

Apr 24, 2018
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl.oz. bottle. Sampled on April 1, 2018.

It has a handsome looking mahogany brown pour with a quick off-white head.

The aroma emits characters of sweet caramel malts, roasted barley malt, sweetness, a hint of dark fruit, and no alcohol given it is over 9% ABV.

Medium-full body.

Big malt sweetness in the taste and no alcohol. Yet, my head will feel it later. Dark fruits are there but muted. Molasses. Because the alcohol is not noticeable, this will get you inebriated.

Apr 01, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a murky reddish brown with a thin creamy off white head. The head fades quickly leaving a good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is borubon, caramel, vanilla and ripe dark fruits.

T - The taste is caramel, vanilla, toasted bread, apple, plums, oak and bourbon.

M - Medium/full body with low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish

O - A nice BBA quad. Smooth and fairly easy drinking.

Mar 28, 2018
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lovely brown with copper undertones and about a half finger of head. The sweetness of the malt with the sweetness of the bourbon compliment each other on the nose. The bourbon flavor is just right but the classic quad flavor notes are muted and this offering could use much more heft.

Mar 11, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light fizzy head that fades at a fair pace, light lacing, clear but dark mahogany brown color

Nose is loaded with bourbon barrel juice, like basically just bourbon and sweet buttery oak, some caramel candy, Belgian candi sugar, a little nutty toffee, dark fruits fig date little candied apple, juicy caramel cream, and vanilla oak barrel,

Taste fair sweetness, lots of Belgian candi sugar and caramel, a little toffee and toasted biscuity malts, with some fruity flavors again, a little candied apple and bits of fig and date again, of course there is plenty of bourbon again although less than the nose, some bourbon barrel juice, buttery oak, a little vanilla too, well rounded with a touch of alcohol, creamy buttery oak and caramel creams are a nice finishing touch, a touch drier but quite sticky finish, a bit more alcohol but not much

Mouth is med to heavier bod, a touch syrupy, a touch of warming alcohol, lighter but decent carb for the style

Overall this was an awesome beer, checked just about everything I expected it to for the style, loads and loads of bourbon but blended nicely with the beer itself, just wish I had a lot more of it. Seriously not sure how the rating is not much higher!

Mar 09, 2018
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Radome from Florida

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle bought in MA.

L - Medium brown color and a bit murky, but some orange highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Thin head fades quickly, but there is persistent lacing and a ring of foam around the edge of the glass when it is swirled. The murkiness and unimpressive head are typical of barrel aged beers, so I'm not docking the score too greatly.

S - Nice aromas of bourbon and oak. The yeasty and malty notes from the base beer are muted in comparison.

T - The base quad is evident in the raisin and prune malt notes as well as some fruity yeast notes. There is also a distinct bourbon flavor that complements the Belgian characteristics well.

F - Medium to full body is accentuated by the creamy carbonation. There is just enough hops bitterness to keep the malt sweetness in check. Moderate alcohol presence and a light burn in the slightly sweet finish.

O - A well-made, balanced, and enjoyable bourbon aged Belgian-style ale.

Mar 04, 2018
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Dark ruby red color. Clean body. No head.

S - Surprising amount of caramel and toffee. Cherries, figs, plums, raisins, oak, char.

T - More dark fruits here. A big alcohol presence isn't distracting. Cherries , red grape, and other vinous notes.

F - Not abrasive, alcohol warmth. Relatively clean finish.

O - This can hang with authentic examples from overseas.

Feb 22, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 9/13/2016. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red, light copper/brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, red apple, red grape, pepper, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of banana, coconut, molasses, herbal, leather, tobacco, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bourbon barrels, candi sugar, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, red apple, red grape, pepper, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of banana, coconut, molasses, herbal, leather, tobacco, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, cherry, apricot, red apple, red grape, pepper, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, molasses, leather, tobacco, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bourbon barrels, candi sugar, and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/spiciness balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from yeast/bourbon/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky/tannic, and slightly silky/slick/syrupy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 11.9%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged quadrupel. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, bourbon barrels, candi sugar, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV with the modestly spicy/tannic/drying finish. Very well rounded fruity/spicy yeast complexity, great malt/candi sugar balance, and amazing barrel integration; never boozy or overly tannic. Very well attenuated, not too sweet for the ABV. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Feb 03, 2018
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark garnet color with a ring of off-white bubbles in lieu of a head. Aroma smells of raisins, brown sugar, caramel, booze, and dates--pretty much what I look for in a sweet, dark beer.

The taste follows the nose quite closely, with all of the aforementioned elements, plus toasted bread. Sweetness and alcohol hit pretty hard up front before the barrel mellows things out on the back end. Light body and mild carbonation make for a thinner mouthfeel than I would prefer, especially for a bigger beer.

Overall, this is a solid quad, but the heavy-handed sweetness (probably due to the candy sugar) and thin mouthfeel leave it far from sublime; the least impressive of Central Waters' barrel-aged series in my estimation.

Jan 06, 2018
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle - Vintage 2017

Pours clear dark red with a creamy frothy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like rich grapes, cherry, plum, fig, raisin, prune, dates, candied dried dark fruit, caramely toffee, fruity molasses, spice, oak, bourbon, some vanilla, mild chocolate, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich candied dried dark fruit, grapes, cherry, plum, fig, raisin, prune, dates, caramely toffee, fruity molasses, spice, oak, bourbon, vanilla, mild chocolate, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate smooth carbonation. Overall a really nice bourbon barrel aged Quadrupel.

Jan 04, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Poured out a dark, burgundy color with a fluffy, off-white head of foam. It smelled of bourbon, dried dark fruits and sugary sweetness. Strong bourbon flavor with toffee, dried dark fruits.

Jan 02, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle 2017 vintage poured into a Duvel glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on bottle. The beer pours a hazy brown color with quickly fading khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and paper thin cap. The aroma is fairly strong with bourbon first trailing to oak and vanilla in the background. The taste is semisweet burnt sugar & malt at first transitioning to bourbon, oak & vanilla. There is no appreciable bitterness, yet this beer never approaches cloying or even full on sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and dry in the finish. Overall, excellent. To my taste, CW has the best balanced approach to barrel treatment in my distribution. Recommended!

Dec 17, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aged in the bottle for more than a year. Dark amber appearance with minimal off white head. Aroma is a nice malt with a dark fruit/apple. Taste is also a nice malt with a dark fruit/apple and without any hint of alcohol.

Dec 13, 2017
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a plum brown, Aroma of prunes, dates, vanilla. It tastes like boozy plums. Lots of dried fruits. A touch of vanilla. Some barrel on the finish. I'm a big fan of the CWBR beers, but this one pulls no punches. It is illustrious, yet uncivilized.

Dec 09, 2017
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

CENTRAL WATERS BBA QUAD 11/26/17

Their BBA Stout and BBA Barleywine got very high marks from me, and the BBA Scotch ale is still my very highest rated brew of all time. This one just appeared on a local store shelf for the first time.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English Tulip.

a; Deep copper with an inch and a half thick offwhite head which receded to thick surface foam and very dense lacing.

s; Alcohol and slight dark fruit.

t; Mild dark fruit and some caramel malt followed by a definite bourbon note and serious alcohol and carbonation bite in the mouth and throat. Surprisingly dry finish.

m: Medium, smooth with good body and considerable carbonation tingle.

o; Not as much great malt flavor as those previously noted, but an excellent obviously barrel aged quad.

Nov 27, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage
12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown color with a ruby hue, one finger foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- smells of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, oaky bourbon, raisin, fig & Belgian candy sugar

T- caramel and dark fruit notes up front with highlights of raisin and fig, followed by some bourbon barrel notes that brings out some woody notes, as well as a hint of vanilla. The finish gives some more barrel notes but falls off quickly

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- pretty tasty with some nice barrel notes, but compared to the benchmark Belgian quads, it's a bit thin and mundane at times

Nov 15, 2017
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Quadruple Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 282 ratings