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): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by Atron67 on 03-02-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,339
Reviews:
634
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
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717
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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

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

Ruby brown to brown pour; thick khaki foam; good clarity under long lasting cap; solid ring with moderately heavy lacing. Sweet caramel malt nose. Sweet caramel malt, toffee and a touch of bourbon; some bitterness from hops (2017 batch) and honey in the finish. Moderate minus carbonation, somewhat sticky with a dry oak tongue coating; slight warmth. Overall an excellent balance between boozy barrel, caramel malt and bitter hop flavors.

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Photo of Buster
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZEB89
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter; 2017 vintage, bottled on 4/11/2017. Pours crystal clear deep reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, grapefruit, apricot, apple, orange peel, pine, caramel, maple, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, brown bread, and biscuit; with light notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, charred wood, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, citrus/pine hops, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Mild increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but never overwhelming. Taste of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, grapefruit, apricot, apple, orange peel, pine, caramel, maple, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, brown bread, and biscuit; with light notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, charred wood, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, cherry, grapefruit, apricot, apple, orange peel, pine, caramel, maple, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, brown bread, biscuit, light chocolate/char, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, citrus/pine hops, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance; with zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, creamy/bready/sticky/tannic, and slightly slick/silky/syrupy/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden; a small pleasant warmth, with very mild barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged American barleywine! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, citrus/pine hops, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Pretty much perfectly balanced between all flavors. Impressive malt complexity and great barrel presence; without being overly boozy, tannic, or drying. This improved on the hop presence as it warmed up, balancing itself with dark fruitiness. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Gemini6
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of scotorum
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

CENTRAL WATERS BBA BARLEYWINE ALE 5/23/17

Since CW's BBA Scotch ale drew the best rating I have ever bestowed on a brew, and their BBA Imperial Stout is also highly awesome, when I saw this in a local store tonight I had to try it.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a; Clear copper/ruby with a four inch thick offwhite/light tan head which receded to thick surface foam and patterned dense lacing. Superb.

s; Mild dark fruit,

t; Follows the nose with more strength along with some whiskey notes over a mild caramel malt base and a hefty hop and/or alcohol bite in the back of the throat. Sweetish finish.

m; Medium, very smooth with some carbonation tingle, although at first the heavy alcohol bite tends to distract from that.

o; A powerful, flavorful brew. The alcohol presence is more obvious than the whiskey flavor, although it mellows out some. Slightly fruitier than the Scotch ale, as a barleywine should be, but with the higher ABV the alcohol notes tend to obscure them somewhat after a few sips. Later they return with strength, as does the aroma. Really not that far afield from the much more famous (and more expensive, if and when you can find it on Black Friday) Goose Island BCB Barleywine other than perhaps some density and a few ABV points.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

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