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

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Quadruple AleBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Quadruple Ale

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

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

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Ratings: 257 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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

Photo of mishi_d
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nyrblue2
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Paul_Apsley
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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

Photo of StephenBechler
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -0.2%
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 +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 57md
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +7.7%
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 +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radome
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
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 -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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