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:
#864
Reviews:
674
Ratings:
2,449
pDev:
8.58%
 
 
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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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4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | 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

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

Photo of dafla67
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bl00
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sauced4life
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.43/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been aged for i year in bourbon barrels. I aged it almost another additional year. So I was very surprised how boozy this beer remained. It is a dense beer of substance to be sure, but the alcohol taste was clearly out of balance. I had to knock down its rating because of it.

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Photo of nyrblue2
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dakatak42
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bret717
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- beautiful mahogany brown with a 1 finger tan head and decent lacing

Nose- vanilla, figs, leather, tobacco, something faintly herbal in the background, and a little bourbon

Taste- leather, figs, vanilla and way more bourbon than the nose indicated underlying everything. It's almost too much for my taste, but then it tapers off and is followed by an herbal bitterness

Feel- medium-bodied, low carb, with a sweet and slightly bitter finish

Overall- Great looking BA barley wine with some really intense flavors. I'd prefer a little less bourbon in the flavor, but it's otherwise excellent

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Photo of SeymourDunn
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajm5108
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden amber, sleight cap that remains consistent. Aroma features a lot of barrel characteristics - warm vanilla, bourbon caramel - with some sweet medicinal hops underneath (thought it needed a bit more balance between the two). Taste has some sweet crystal hops upfront - very American barleywine, candied sugar, medicinal with a mild astringency. The bourbon notes came in more on the back-end providing some warm and depth with a well rounded profile. Well blended

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

Pours a ruby brown in color with a minimal thumb of head that is slightly off white. Head breaks after a few minutes. Generous lacing.

Smell is bourbon,dark fruits, treacle and toffee.

Taste is similar to nose with barrel elements leading the parade. The dark fruits and sugars are not to be outdone though. Finally there is a nice hop bitterness on the end of the palate.

Feel is full with higher than expected carbonation. No real burn from the booze and the finish is bitter from the hops and bourbon from the barrel.

A very nice sipper. I'm surprised at how smooth and balanced this is at only 6 months. I'm really looking forward to putting this one away for awhile and seeing how it does.

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4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy reddish brown with a thin off white creamy head. The head leaves some light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is bourbon, caramel and toffee.

T - The taste is piney hops, caramel, brown sugar, raisins and bourbon.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Really good BBA Barleywine. Smooth and very wel balanced.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 2,449 ratings