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

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4.19/5
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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Quadruple AleBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Quadruple Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
centralwaters.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.


Added by WCKDVBZ on 09-07-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,774
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
246
pDev:
5.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
50
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 246 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StephenBechler
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
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.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nwhittin
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 57md
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.

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Photo of jlindros
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!

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Photo of Kurtncall
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radome
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.

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Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThrewRedButter
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.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of boogerisu
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tracker83
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mcrawford
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of Muss42
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Botulizard
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikecd234
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Curt3
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beergorrilla
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Quadruple Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 246 ratings