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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.30%

Availability: Rotating

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#936
Reviews:
687
Ratings:
2,483
pDev:
8.58%
 
 
Wants:
721
Gots:
752
Trade:
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Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-Vintage 2018. Consumed 3.10.19.

A: Dirty ice tea pour with a relatively short lived head life. Small brass ring lacing encircles the inner the vessel walls. Barrel aged still carbonation factor.

S: Caramel raisins and bourbon scents with some burnt molasses and oak barrel. Caramelized grains are sweet based, with small hints of dark fruit that smells really good from the bottle but looses a bit of umph in the glass.

T: Small chocolate presence. Heavy bourbon and caramel grain sweetness. Figs and sugary raisins, along with some dark fruit. Chocolate-cocoa and molasses along with some dry apple and crystal malts. Scotchy afterthoughts, light smoky warm pine, toasted malts and warm coconut.

M: Thick and syrupy mouthful, honey-like elastic feel, good depth with a big bourbon breath.

O: Overall a very nice dose of bourbon presence and secondary character traits. Syrupy mouthful, sweet and boozy makes for a big first impression per style and continuing enjoyment. Nice range of flavor. Wow, no listed abv%, figured it was generous, but no idea just how so til after consumption and saw it listed at 14.3%. Drinks very nicely for so. Worthy.

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Photo of mishi_d
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber color with beige head, aroma of dried fruits, caramel and bourbon, taste is medium sweet / lightly bitter, medium plus body, medium minus carbonation.

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Photo of BdM
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a chalice from a bottle. 2018 date.

Pours a dark, murky copper with little to no active carbonation. Smallish wisp of a head recedes to sticky legs.

Aroma is of dark candied fruit and spiced rum. Chocolate and cherries take a punch and a slight smattering of oaky nuttiness.

Flavor is huge and warming. Dark candied fruits, molasses and treacle, chocolate and vanilla, candy sugar and a small bit of anise. Roasty caramelized maltiness with a boozy finish of estery alcohol.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, sticky and oily. Tiny bits of residual carbonation bite at the tongue to tame the sweetness a bit, but not much.

Very nice after dinner sipping beer, delicious.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sulldaddy
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into my snifter. 2017 vintage sampled today 2-28-2019.
the beer pours a clear mahogany color with minimal beige colored head foaming up. The beer appears to be still with no streams of carbonation rising to the surface. The foam is a large wispy island and the thinnest of edge layers soon after the pour.
The aroma is toffee and brown sugar with dark fruit, raisins and plums. A large hit of fusol alcohol and some bourbon notes are also present and no hop character here. This brew doesnt hide its size on the nose.

First sip of what I expect to be a sipping beer. And Im right. The body is pretty thick and the carbonation is negligible with a sticky syrupy texture. The flavor is big and malty with toffee, brown sugar, some burnt caramel and plums. I also get a bit of sweet vanilla but this gives way to black peppery booze hits that linger after each swallow. There are no hop notes on the flavor profile.
The booze warms my throat just a little after each swallow and also sits a little heavy in my belly. This is a great night cap to relax with on a cold winter night. Wish I was at a fireplace to really nail the experience.
This is a great barrel aged barleywine if you are looking for a slightly boozy sipper. Im really glad to have tried it and am excited for some of the other Central Waters brews that are on the shelf in my cellar.

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Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopBelT
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dunklevice
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz bottle on January 28, 2019. 2016 vintage. An American barleywine ale aged in used oak bourbon barrels, this beer develops rich flavors of dark fruits and wood that deepen over time.

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Photo of Superseed
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My new favorite!

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Photo of revolution
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of EMV
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy dark mahogany pour with minimal head. Scant lacing... some sediment noticeable during the pour.

S: Rich and sweet. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar mixed with dark fruit and vanilla.

T/F: Sweet brown sugar and caramel... just like it smells. Dark fruit/plum, toffee, and old-time candy. Vanilla, bourbon, and oak very present and accounted for. Thick and rich... smooth and warming. Leaves the tongue sticky with a sweet boozy aftertaste.

O: A delicious wintertime sipper, and a great Bourbon Barrel Barleywine. 5+ years in the cellar did this beer absolutely no harm. Perfect for the snowy January weekend we just finished.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

**
12/30/18

Bottle to Pint glass.

Look: Dark brown color small head fading okay retention.

AROMA: apple pie, spiced wine,

TASTE: grape, fruitcake, hearty dark bread.

FEEL: full bodied. Minimal carb. Smooth.


Very tasty Barleywine.

**

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Photo of ElGallo
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatrickCT
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of champ103
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours dark, near opaque copper/brown color. At first a two finger beige head forms, and that gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Light lace is left.
S: At first I get a whiff of fusel alcohol. That fades to the deep malt character. Toasted malts, caramel, burnt sugars, dark fruits, and then the big wood/barrel and vanilla aroma kicks in. Lots going on, and really enjoyable.
T: Again tons of malt flavor that follows the nose. All the baked bread, burnt caramelized sugars some warming heat from the alcohol. Dark fruits with cherries and plums. Vanilla, wood/barrel flavors. Oh man, lots going on here, and nothing is overpowering anything else. Love it.
M/O: A full body, with moderate carbonation. appropriately weighty and sticky, that smooths out as this warms and breaths. I was afraid the alcohol would become to fusel here. While it is certainly noticeable, it is much more warming. A great big sipper that I am enjoying.

An excellent sipping warmer on Christmas Eve while watching It's A Wonderful Life. Tons of depth of flavor, just the right amount of alcohol warmth, and great balanced barrel character. Again, a great Brewer's Reserve from Central Waters. Which should be expected.

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4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Duncian
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of samEBC
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tittyfish
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of briandgilbert
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look- a touch thick. Little head. Brown in center of glass and tan at top and bottom
Smell-Certainly bourbon and wood notes
Taste-wood and bourbon for sure
Feel-it’s good a tad on sippy side, alcohol is there whoa!
I’m not a fan of the flavor of this but othes might like it! I’m not dinging it’s score for it, it’s a good beer just not for me.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 2,483 ratings