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

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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:
#1,952
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
203
pDev:
5.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
42
Trade:
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Ratings: 203 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of Sheppard
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of mychalg9
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aasher
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DIM
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scotorum
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwarsenal9
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DanGeo
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dharmelink
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
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

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Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lembeh
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks good. Smells good. Tastes good. Feels good. This feels like drinking a very tasty quadruple out of a glass that had a primo cognac or scotch sitting in it a few minutes back. One of best Bourbon barrel aged beers I've had period.

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Photo of spahlstrom
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eric_T_07
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdamSteve
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chillin
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prager62
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A twelve ounce bottle with the vintage notched 2017 poured in a twelve ounce tulip.

Look- Pours a light caramel brown with a ruby tint producing a couple centimeters of 'dirty' off white foam. It gradually settles to ring the glass leaving a little lacing behind.

Smell- Figs, dates, plums, bourbon, toffee, brown sugar and vanilla.

Taste- Toffee, vanilla, oak, figs, dates, melted brown sugar and some dark cherry in the finish.

Feel- Thin and creamy with a slight carbonation tingle.

Overall- This may be the most complex barrel taste I've had from the Brewer's Reserve to date. Rich dark fruit, vanilla and oak make for a decadent dessert-like experience. I love how easily available this entire series is as well. I need to grab another four pack.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle... poured into a teku) - 1125

L: crystal-clear, garnet-colored liquid; spitty, sudsy foam tries to but fails to build, ends up a thin, messy collar

S: dark caramel boarding toffee, raisin, hint of vanilla... essence of vinous booze, but it's not surging hot, merely mellow; just the right touch of phenolic spice... very vibrant, redolent aromas - quite inviting, if not having any unique character, due to familiar bourbon barrel nuance

T: rich, succulent malt base, sportin' some deep-golden bread crust-like melanoidins... more of a leathery, earthy dried fruit flourish than a juicy-sweet fruitiness... the raw-woody character from the barrel seems to come through more than (or as much as) any caramelized or vanilla notes - not that they're absent, but the barrel flavors do create some static with any idiosyncratic quad elements - one could tell me this was a barrel-aged imperial brown ale or barleywine and I wouldn't doubt it

F: medium-full bodied - bulky malt bedrock, lacking crisp or rounded contour to its flow... mellow, residual, vaguely spicy heat... I would ever-so-slightly lighten and tighten the body - not sure to what degree the barrel aging tweaks something like that... it IS rather smooth and savory no matter how you spin it

O: just about as solidly constructed as their other BA'ers that I've had but, really enjoying a well-made quad, I was disappointed (but not surprised) in how much the barrel character snuffed out the finer nuances of the base style... if they ever ventured into using a different type of barrel (calvados? sherry?) for aging this beer, I'd be all over it, as I do feel like they did a fine job with the quad itself

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a tulip.

Pours a murky brown, with a fast subsiding head, but excellent lacing. Missing some of the classic garnet/reddish highlights of the style.

The aroma is an excellent mixture. Bourbon/vanilla very prominent on the nose, with classic Belgian malts, dark fruits and yeast in the background.

The flavor is a little bourbon-forward. Not nasty or off-putting--just a little stout. Also, some mild alcohol burn presents pretty early in the sip. Overall, however, the rest of the elements are there. Some nice Belgian yeast and dark fruit flavors are present. The booze and bourbon are just a little overwhelming by comparison.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, especially for a barrel-aged offering. These can be thin, but this one has plenty of chew, coupled with excellent carbonation. As weighty as the style would expect, but plenty of lift, and not cloying.

I'm torn on this brew. Part of me wants to nudge it into the higher tiers, part of me can't ignore how boozy, burn-ey and bourbon-y it is overall. I may buy another and age it for awhile to see if it tames over time.

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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Quadruple Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 203 ratings
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