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

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel BarleywineBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
BA SCORE
4.31/5
2,379 Ratings
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel BarleywineBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
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:
#486
Reviews:
647
Ratings:
2,379
pDev:
8.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
712
Gots:
741
Trade:
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Photo of Erik-P
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

#bil

Love a good barleywine. Straight up I prefer the American style over the English, but when it’s barrel aged its the other way around. I prefer the interplay between the rich malt and barrel without the piney bitterness. All that being said - this is a great beer.

Amber hue with a one-finger cap of head. Aroma is candied fruit, blood orange, toffee and oak. Moderately boozy.

Taste is right there with more barrel-vanilla, bourbon sweetness and a light, deft touch of pine. Slightly sweet fruit has a nice interplay with the rich, sweet malt.

Creamy on the palate but not quite thick or syrupy. Warmth not heat from the alcohol. An excellent example of the style.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and now that it's around it's time to see what it's like, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label isn't that great looking, it's a little hard to read and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a darker brown color that took on a little bit of a ruby hue when held to the light and it had a fingers worth of creamy very light tan head that died down to a thin stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, i have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with bourbon barrels being the first to show up and they impart a nice bourbon, light oak and vanilla like aroma that go right into a slight alcohol aroma. Up next comes the dark fruits which are a little on the bright and juicy side with some raisin aromas seeming to stick out the most and that goes into the malts which impart some caramel, caramel malt, light toffee, toasted malt, bread crust and sweet malts with just a slight leather like aroma towards the end. This beer has a very nice aroma, it's just what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little more intense and it starts off with a medium amount of high sweetness with the bourbon barrels being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time they are stronger and more intense and that goes into the booze which is the same way, it's fairly warming and boozy. Up next comes the dark fruits which are a little lighter than they were in the aroma not as juicy, but it's still the raisin that sticks out the most. Towards the end comes the malts which are also stronger than they were in the aroma and they impart all the same aspects with no single one sticking out the most this time. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness along with some more sweetness and a little more booze with some caramel, bourbon, vanilla and sweet malt like flavors in the aftertaste. This is very nice tasting example of the style, it's a little more intense than the aroma led me to believe.

M- A little smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, boozy, warming, slightly overly bitter, on the medium side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation the mouthfeel is good, but I wish it was a little less better and the alcohol could have been hidden just a little better.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and it's a very nice example of the style, it pretty much had all the aspects that I look for in a bourbon barrel aged Barleywine and I thought all the flavors worked well with each other while making this beer pretty complex. This beer had ok drinkability, I think one or half a glass would be a good amount for me, anymore than that and it would be a little too much for me. What I like the most about this beer is the taste and the aroma, they were really nice and the highlights of this beer with their complexity. What I liked thee least about this beer was the mouthfeel, I wish it was a little less better and the alcohol could have been hidden a little better. I would buy this beer again and I would like to see how it ages over time, I would for sure recommend it if your looking for a good and intense bourbon barrel aged barelywine that really lives up to the style. All in all I was happy with this beer and I was a little impress with how much flavor and complexity that they crammed into this beer. It's now my favorite beer from this brewery and it's a very nice example of the style. Good job guys, this is one tasty and intense beer, keep it up.

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Photo of BrewNoob1
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of nwhittin
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish-brown with a centimeter of dense, light-tan cappuccino foam head that eventually settles into a thin cap.

Earthy hops stand out in the nose, followed by a mix of malt and bourbon with strong vanilla and toffee notes.

This continues to the taste, where the hops take on a somewhat piney quality, and the vanilla and toffee meet a hint of raisin and a distinct woody character. There's strong bitterness and a lingering alcohol bite in the aftertaste.

Big, creamy mouthfeel with strong carbonation.

As American barleywines go, this is right up there. Big and bitter all the way through.

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Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wizzle32
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jimmyd3
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured beer into snifter with slight incline. Coloration is a golden caramel. As I poured the smell of sweet dark fruit and vanilla caressed my nose with just a hint of bourbon. Had a quick taste at 40 degrees. Very pleasant, slightly warming feel to the mouth. First flavor was of slightly burnt caramel along with vanilla and a hint of raisin with the bourbon rolling across the tongue at the end. I let it warm into the fifty degree range before drinking further. As suspected the warmth brought the flavor of the beer into full blossom. Definitely a beer that will be added to my list of top choices.

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Photo of hozersr
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wheels2532
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Different malt taste than Bcbw but on par with taste and feel.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Daniellobo
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a beautiful ruby/caramel color with a thin tan head that dissipates to a thick ring around the glass.

Aroma - Nice aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, oak and bourbon. There is also a good amount of sweet caramel/toffee.

Taste - The flavors are much stronger than the nose let's on. Plum, raisin, toffee, vanilla and a nice amount of bourbon and oak. The taste is not as sweet as the nose let's on either which is a good thing in my opinion.

Feel - Creamy soft carbonation, the bourbon gives a warming feel very smooth.

Overall - An excellent tasting very smooth barleywine, very balanced.

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

Photo of Galaneia
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful deep color like buckwheat honey. Sweet, kind of burnt caramel notes. Something I can't quite describe hitting the very back of my tongue, but not in an unpleasant way. It does have a little bit of a bite to it, but it's cumulative. It doesn't feel or taste thin. I can't smell much aroma, but that might be due to my allergies.

I do wish I had noticed the ABV before I started; it's not on the bottle and I had to look it up.

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Photo of hermit990
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of darktronica
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My synopsis is that the Central Waters BBA barleywine is an excellent annual release with superior value on price per ounce and good enough distribution to be able to find it. I'm happy to buy a couple of four-packs each year and slowly work my way through them, holding a couple back for future verticals. That said, I experience a fair amount of inter-bottle variation even within the same year, in terms of both the degree of hop character evident on the palate and the heat from sharp fusel notes.

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Photo of bshiban
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of chrismattlin
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 2,379 ratings
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