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

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4.31/5
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2,418 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:
#501
Reviews:
660
Ratings:
2,418
pDev:
8.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
715
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748
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,418 |  Reviews: 660
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

Photo of deg
3.23/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer looks and smells good. A nice brown color with good head retention, and a smell of bourbon. The beer falls over because the bourbon taste is overwhelming. I taste a little bit of barleywine in there, but the bourbon overwhelms. I like bourbon, but this isn't what I expect from a bourbon barrel aged beer. I expect the bourbon to work with the beer, not overwhelm it.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip, 2017 vintage.

looks outstanding in the glass.beautiful clear reddish auburn body, small off white head which diminishes to a solid ring, leaving some okay lacing.

nothing on the nose, nothing good, nothing bad.

fairly aggressive tasting beer. significant hop presence, a little sweetness from the malt and alcohol, strong bourbon taste as well. as always, aging would mellow out some of these flavors, but I simply don't have the patience, lol.

heading towards full on the mouth, bitter and bourbon on the finish.

overall, at this young age, a fairly aggressive sipper of a beer.

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Photo of Roberto11232
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BKizzles
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheGenesisOfElegance
4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What an excellent beer.
Never disappointing, no matter what Vintage.

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

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

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

Photo of Sabtos
3.13/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful polished chestnut red with a creamy khaki collar.

Smell is sharp, woody fiery hops, pine, wood and brandy, while taste is a slick, syrupy rich bourbon, fiery pine, prune and red grape, with a thin body, bubbly carbonation and dry heat.

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Photo of Kurtncall
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 2,418 ratings