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:
#907
Reviews:
681
Ratings:
2,469
pDev:
8.58%
 
 
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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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Photo of Metalsnota
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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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

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 2,469 ratings