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

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged for 1 year in used bourbon barrels.

Added by Atron67 on 03-02-2008

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Ratings:
2,349
Reviews:
637
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
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Photo of craigbelly
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber brown pour almost murky hot tea color. Sweet caramel malt nose. Sweet caramel, bourbon, and some bitterness from hops in the finish. Very sticky (in a good way) with a dry oaky finish. An excellent boozy warmth.

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Photo of OneEyemick
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Honeybourne
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kbret
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The first time I had this brew it was very creamy. That still stands out to me. Now I'm enjoying one that has been in my fridge for right at one month. I taste the bitterness, however the bourbon kicks in on the tail end and smooths everything out really nice. It has a full bodied fill and the smell is unique. Very interested to see what one of these guys taste lime in a couple months, this winter, and hopefully a couple years to come. I would love to at least have one left at next year's release....

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drunkenmess
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Muss42
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of travelguy
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a half fingered white foamy head that dies within about a minute. Lacing is adequate and clings nicely around the glassware. Ruby red colored body, slight transparency, some carbonation could be seen rising adequately.
The smell had some dried tobacco leafy sweetness playing with some apples and cherries that seem to dance in front of the caramel/toffee malty sweet aspect of trying to add some sweet wood, somewhat like oak, and then just a tickle of vanilla.
The flavor took all of those prior mentioned aromas and kicked in more of the sweet bourbon itself. Some light earthy spice entered in and seemed to meld with the aftertaste, almost absolutely perfect as it controlled some of the stickiness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a discreet sipping quality about it, as it should be since it's a barleywine. Carbonation felt a bit low, but that didn't bother me, I did notice some stickiness starting to come in. ABV felt on par.
Overall, though it did seem closer to an English styled barleywine to me, it's still an absolutely wonderful barelywine that should be sought after by fans of the style.

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Photo of cmukid87
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Viperman1316
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fern22
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

I love these gem reviews of beers I've had dozens of times but have somehow found myself having not reviewed said beers. This is one of my all time favorites. Pours a mixture color wise with brown and dark red. Small 1/3" off white head on the top. Aroma smacks of caramel and mild bourbon presence. Not over the top, really just in the sweet spot.

More of the same in the taste department, mildly sweet caramel and bourbon just dominates everything else. Its warming, but at the same time hides 11.5% pretty damn well. Every now and then you can get a slight vanilla/coconut and charred oak presence from it if you truly sip on it for an hour and as it warms, some intricacies start to come out. But its plenty good as a caramel/bourbon dominant barleywine.

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

Photo of Tone
3.15/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, liquor, strong sweet malt, slight fruit, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is an overwhelming liquor flavor. Tastes of alcohol, liquor, strong sweet malt, slight fruit, slight grass, hint of wood, and a hint of hops. Overall, good feel, strong aroma and body, but blend is overwhelmingly liquor-centric.

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Photo of Samlover55
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Richter525
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slack
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale to medium amber in color, clear, with no head.

Nose is a bit of harsh alcohol,sweetness, hops, barrel, and a bit of dark fruit.

Taste is similar to the nose with with sweet dark fruit, charred oak, booze, and hops.

Mouthful is medium-ish and smooth. Carbonation is low. Finish is hoppy.

A pretty nice representation of an American barleywine. The barrel aging adds that charred oak and booze note - debatable whether it is beneficial or not. I like the brewers reserve series and it works here, not as well as the scotch ale, but it works. Try it if available.

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Photo of Jpb123
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Amalak
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Michiganman2325
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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