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

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4.31/5
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2,429 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#522
Reviews:
665
Ratings:
2,429
pDev:
8.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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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Photo of polloenfuego
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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Photo of Bum4ever
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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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 batch poured into a snifter. A muddy rust color with a thin tan head. Nice oak and whiskey on the nose along with cherries and toffee. Bitter floral hops on the palate at first, opening up to reveal toffee, caramel, brown sugar, char, and cherry flavor. Rich and full bodied. A bit bitter but in line with a BW. The barrel notes were balanced.

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Photo of TylerJ
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 57md
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a striking brownish copper color with a finger of head. The nose has malty and bready notes with just a hint of alcohol esters. The flavor is a very nice balance of maltiness and hops with the bourbon essence coming on in the finish. The body could use a little more heft.

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Photo of sposter4
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of SawDog505
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz Snulip glass vintage 2018. Pours a beautiful brown with a massive 2 plus finger tan head that leaves thin wisps of lace.

Smell is dark fruit, brown sugar, Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and caramel.

Taste follows burnt brown sugar, dates, vanilla, Bourbon, and toffee.

Mouthfeel is a big medium, plenty of life, a tad dry, and for 11.50% ABV goes down easy enough.

Overall this is as good as a BA BarleyWine gets. Nothing to complane about, just a bold and tasty BarleyWine.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well Done! One of my favorites! This beer is the standard!

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of HopsnScotch987
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seanedwin
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Had this on tap at Kuma's West Loop over the weekend and WOW was it good!! Pretty comparable to Bourbon County barleywine but lighter - this is supported by the 11.5% ABV vs 14+% for BCBBW. The beer guy at Kuma's mentioned the CWB has one of the best barrel-aging programs in the country--I'll be checking them out for sure!

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Photo of Gregf51
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpaethJam
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 2,429 ratings