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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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #31
Ranked #3,612
4.18 | pDev: 5.74%
May 22, 2021
Sep 07, 2016
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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3.54 by stephenlee93 from England on May 22, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by mschrei from Illinois

2016 vintage. Minimal head and lacing, dark ruby tint. Smells of dark fruit and mild barrel. Dark fruit flavors, sweet sugary molasses, brown sugar, bourbon burn. Medium bodied, mouth watering, mouth filling feel, and strong alcohol presence. Very good.

May 02, 2021
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4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Crushed this for the first time on the Marquette reunion trip in 2019. After a long morning of disc golf, hit up the brewery, and then had one of these on the drive down to Funk Factory.

Pours a brown and dark amber like color, beige head, 1/3" deep. The aroma was more bourbon barrel than quad yeast. Notes of toffee, earthiness alongside the bourbon. Dark fruit? Barely there from the yeast, and this speaks to me.

Taste seems to get more mileage out of that belgian candy sugar, while not being sweet, it tamps that dark fruit bitterness down along with the help from the bourbon barrels themselves. Mouth feel is great, relatively smooth compared to the dark fruit bitterness that dominates most quads I reluctantly get into. Amazing how 12oz of this is really crushable (especially once you've already got your buzz goin'). Really hides the alcohol well, higher carbonated than most quads I've had too.

What a fun trip that was. Seriously, this is my fave quad, but I don't like quads.

Apr 12, 2021
4.41 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Feb 05, 2021
3.95 by Gemini6 from Michigan on Dec 05, 2020
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Oct 22, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by larryi86 from Delaware

12 oz bottle, 2017, poured into a goblet

A- A clear brownish ruby red with a small off white head.

S- Cherries, dark fruits, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, slightly floral, earthy, toffee.

T- Bourbon, oak, earthy, dark fruits, toffee, oak, brown sugar, floral, slightly yeasty.

M- Smooth, light to medium body, carbonation is leaning towards the high side.

O- A solid Quad, taste is a little weaker and less complex than the nose.

Sep 20, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by q33jeff from New Jersey


Stream of Conciousness speech to text review of 8 BA Central Waters beers.
Tasting with DC listening to Dread Zeppelin.

Predisposed rank from Memory:
1. Coconut Rum Porter
2. Peruvian Morning
3. Barleywine
4. Cassian Sunset
5. Scotch
6. Quad
7. Vanilla Bean Stout
8. Stout

Actual Pre-rank (upon edit)
1. Coconut Rum Porter
2. Peruvian Morning
3. Barleywine
4. Vanilla Bean Stout
5. Cassian Sunset
6. Scotch
7. Stout
8. Quad (not rated).

First pour is 2017 Stout and 2019 Vanilla Bean.
Vanilla Bean is a little sweeter though the vanilla is weak.
2017 Stout is roasty and very smooth, but maybe a touch flat, but to be expected at 3 years old.

Adding in 2018 Peruvian Morning next. Moved to weird mashup videos on youtube.
Coffee still hanging in, best so far.

Adding Cassian Sunset 2018. Cinnamon and Vanilla are muted from what I remember.
Peruvian has definately aged better.
As it warms, cinnamon and vanilla meld a bit more, but they give a sharp astringent finish.

Fresh glasses. Now pouring 2016 Scotch Ale, 2017 Barleywine and 2017 Quad.
Remnants of first 3 are combined as a "stout chaser" to balance the other beers.

Barleywine is nice: apples, brandy, fruit cake, grape, lots of oak the nose and late in the taste. Hearty.

LOOK: red/brown, off white head, good retention.
AROMA: spice, perfume, wood,
TASTE: black pepper, wood, bread, light hint of baking soda.
FEEL: medium to full body. impressive carbonation after 3 years for style.

4, 4.25, 4.25, 4.5, 4.25

peaty, smokey, smooth, magnificaent
4.5, 4.25, 4.75, 4.5, 4.5

Coconut Rum Porter.
rum and coconut are fantastic,
light body compared to most others tried, but medium at least.

Post Rank
1. Scotch, 4.5
2. Coconut Rum Porter, 4.45
3. Peruvian Morning, 4.4
4. Barleywine, 4.25
5. Quad , 4.1
6. Stout, 4.03
7. Cassian Sunset, 4.02
8. Vanilla Bean Stout, 3.95


Jul 11, 2020
4.11 by SayBoom from Ukraine on Dec 14, 2019
4.3 by HopBelT from Belgium on Nov 08, 2019
4.18 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin on Oct 25, 2019
4.43 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Sep 06, 2019
3.78 by ian_graf from Minnesota on Jul 28, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by CHickman from New York

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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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

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
4.23 by wl2bill from Wisconsin on Mar 03, 2019
4 by SeymourDunn from Wisconsin on Feb 26, 2019
4.14 by DrKarl from Illinois on Feb 09, 2019
3.84 by dunklevice from Wisconsin on Jan 31, 2019
4.03 by einman from Minnesota on Jan 27, 2019
4 by rspauldi from Texas on Dec 20, 2018
4.13 by Chrispy_Creams from Minnesota on Dec 19, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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
5 by tittyfish from Minnesota on Nov 29, 2018
3.71 by Spyrunner from Michigan on Nov 11, 2018
4.17 by Dave2234 from Minnesota on Oct 13, 2018
4.38 by TooGood from Minnesota on Sep 08, 2018
4.17 by Skillz from Illinois on Sep 08, 2018
4.25 by Zenboy99 from Wisconsin on Sep 02, 2018
4.24 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Aug 27, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jdhilt from New Hampshire

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
4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Aug 06, 2018
4.09 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Jul 30, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by russpowell from Arkansas

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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3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

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
4.21 by chuckgietzen from Michigan on May 24, 2018
3.8 by mishi_d from Romania on May 20, 2018
4.12 by nyrblue2 from New York on May 20, 2018
4.42 by Paul_Apsley from Michigan on May 10, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Ciocanelu from Romania

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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