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.

Added by Atron67 on 03-02-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#894
Reviews:
678
Ratings:
2,462
pDev:
8.58%
 
 
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720
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753
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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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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz 2018 bottle poured into a tulip shows a dirty orangish-brown headless body that glows orange when backlit and leaving a clean glass behind.

Aromas of caramel, oak, tobacco, char, molasses, and vanilla fold into flavors of bitter hops, raisin, prune, chocolate, and leather. Booze is deceptivly hidden but provides nice warmth.

Mouthfeel is a bright medium, smooth and silky with a clean finish.

Overall a great example of the style.

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Photo of tkolterman
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zenboy99
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Real forward brandy taste

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

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

Photo of michaelsmith11
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First thought: why am I so lucky to be able to drink this? I mean, hawt dawg this is good! Thick, rich, and luscious like Adele in stilettos...I mean this thing slays! No shit. Raul is like a knight in shining armor; and for slaying the dragon, he gets this drink fed to him by virgins maidens. That’s how large and in charge Raul feels right now!

I am lost.

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Photo of Chuck2319
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boozier than I remember, 2017 vintage. Still a pretty solid BW and this got me into the style. Gotta remember where you came from!!!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper colored with a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering the vast majority of the top. The aroma is of sweet, malty barley and even sweeter bourbon and caramel. I'm tasting a wallop of sweet, sticky and chewy malt and i'm also getting sweet and aggressive bourbon. Early on it seems a touch boozy and this is a 2017 vintage. It seemed to even out a bit as it warmed.

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Photo of jbu0126
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rlhj
3.2/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A murky, rusty color, which appealed to me. Nothing thin here.

Nice moderate mouthfeel as well.

One thing I like about barleywines, at least the good ones, are the complexity of tastes that come out. This one not so much. All I found was a heavy malt and then a hint of bourbon going down. Nothing special and a bit too simple for me.

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Photo of pstam87
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HeartPAC
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of electricmonk
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2017 bottling drank in October 2018

Appearance is different from most other reviewers' impressions - A murky dark brown snow globe, certainly not very appealing to the eye. Suspicions were high.

Smell, however, was moderate and mitigated this. A bit of alcohol but certainly nothing to tip off the unorthodox ABV. A touch of oxidized old-ish plum-rasin-fruitcake-ish-ness, but what is to be expected from a beer this old.

Mouthfeel seems thin to me, but I actually enjoy that - I find most barleywines to be 'too much,' either in residual sugars or noticeably high ABV or whatever. This, absolutely not. I was happy to drink all 12 ounces, and I was very shocked to see the actual ABV of this beer. The brewers deserve much credit for taming a beer this big, and making it so approachable and easygoing.

Taste - not too sweet, some malt, some fruit, some bourbon, some leathery-ish-ness, but it's all wrapped up in a neat package that comes and goes briskly. Best barleywine I've had in quite some time.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint bottles on 10/1/17

A: small slightly off white head that dissipates to ring. The body is a brown deep copper color with fairly decent clarity. It’s a little hazy but not crazy so.

S: Lots of toffee, coconut, vanilla and lighter hops resin and some fruitiness.

T: toffee, caramel, honey, vanilla, oak lighter hints of fruitiness and some resiny hops but layered over of a lot of sweetness.

M: medium bodied with a lot of the alcohol slickness from the barrel and some nice cling.

O: it’s delightful definitely lives up to the hype for me. I’d drink this every chance I got.

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

Photo of Dark_Scarecrow
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of larryi86
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you FlintB for this
12 oz bottle, 2017, poured into a tulip

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

S- Bourbon, figs, vanilla, charred oak, cherries, touch of caramel, slightly sting of alcohol.

T- Bourbon, stone fruits, vanilla, leather, charred oak, a little earthy, touch of caramel.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- A really nice and smooth bourbon barrel aged barelywine. Worth seeking out if you love barelywines.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

While vacationing with Alewife in Waterbury recently, I picked up a couple of 4-packs of this at the Craft Beer Cellar ($14 each). Enjoyed most of them in the backyard of our AirBnb overlooking the Winooski River.... Brought 2 home and quaffed them in The 'Zebo on 17AUG18.

Poured into a small snifter, it was a deep, dark amber, like rich maple syrup. Had a touch of haze and a creamy, 1/4" beige head. Ebbed slowly, with good lacing left arrears. Had a lovely bourbon-caramel-toffee nose, with some molasses. Lots of malt was present, like an english BW. Was very smooth, with a medium-plus body, bordering on being chewy.

Taste had lots of malt, plus toffee, caramelized brown sugar, more molasses and earthy tobacco notes. Oh, and some bourbon action as well! Hopping was healthy, with decent floral notes combining with slick, resiny characteristics. A lovely bier! Verrry tasty!! Prosit!!

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

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Photo of edthehead
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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