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
2,380 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:
#488
Reviews:
648
Ratings:
2,380
pDev:
8.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
713
Gots:
741
Trade:
92
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Ratings: 2,380 |  Reviews: 648
Photo of chrismattlin
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, 2016 vintage... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: crystal-clear, burgundy liquid with a half-inch high loose, silky foam atop, several mid-size bubbles... the minimal dregs add a slight haze along with some random sediment specks... no lace to mention

S: first immediate impression - one of the most ridiculously rich, dense displays of caramel aroma in memory; medium-toasted wood and vanilla aromas potent as well... perhaps hints of dates and raw almond... delicate spicy highlights around the edge, low presence of booze... overall intensity is excellent, with deep, very American malt/liquor aromas

T: dark caramel prevalent, mild coffee-chocolate roast note and a hint of sultana in the aftertaste... rather dry finish, little residual sweetness... after a couple sips, a subtle, almost tequila-like note emerges in the finish... lovely humming bitterness builds, as if having repeatedly flick-licked a 2x4... minimal hoppy notes - maybe some faint pine

F: rich, almost creamy-silky texture up front with a smooth shift to a hot, dry finish... bit of a tannic, woody bite in the aftertaste, mildly numbing... the delectable dichotomy of its luscious fore and elegant afterburner aft is remarkable - something to strive to emulate (ain't it the barrel?)

O: notably bold and pervasive in its flavor attack, but arguably indistinct in nuance due to the dominance of barrel character... its sensual execution is fantastic, and though I'd probably buy this again, I'm more interested to sample the base beer

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Photo of mjc3151
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OldRickSputin
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

As a big fan of Barleywines, I had the pleasure of trying this version on a trip to Michigan. After my first bottle, I bought a 4 pack to take back to Philly.
Look: Darker than many BA barleywines.
Smell: Bourbon, toffee, dark fruits
Taste: Bourbon, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel. Delightfully bitter finish.
Feel: Full mouth coating.
Overall: This has quickly moved to my select few best BA barleywines/scotch ales, along with Wulver, Backwoods Bastard and Insanity.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draught pour at Pounders into a tulip glass. Gorgeous mahogany with thin ring of white head. Nose had nice balance of both the beer and barrel, really enjoyed especially as it warmed. Taste followed nose very well, plenty of caramel, molasses, vanilla and butterscotch, finishes a bit dry. Nice medium bodied mouthfeel, lower carbonation, some tongue tingling from the ABV.

Loved it, if it made distro in CA I'd be all over it every year.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Chestnut-garnet with ruby highlights.

Nose
Molasses, caramel, toffee, bourbon, butterscotch, and tobacco.

Taste
Molasses, caramel, and toffee. Bourbon, charred oak, and slight butterscotch. Tobacco along with an earthy roast. Hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, silky, smooth, and warming.

Overall
Big, brash, and well worth seeking out for the price.

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

Amber brown pour almost murky hot tea color. Sweet caramel malt nose. Sweet caramel, bourbon, and some bitterness from hops in the finish. Very sticky (in a good way) with a dry oaky finish. An excellent boozy warmth.

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Photo of OneEyemick
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

The first time I had this brew it was very creamy. That still stands out to me. Now I'm enjoying one that has been in my fridge for right at one month. I taste the bitterness, however the bourbon kicks in on the tail end and smooths everything out really nice. It has a full bodied fill and the smell is unique. Very interested to see what one of these guys taste lime in a couple months, this winter, and hopefully a couple years to come. I would love to at least have one left at next year's release....

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

Photo of drunkenmess
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Muss42
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of travelguy
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a half fingered white foamy head that dies within about a minute. Lacing is adequate and clings nicely around the glassware. Ruby red colored body, slight transparency, some carbonation could be seen rising adequately.
The smell had some dried tobacco leafy sweetness playing with some apples and cherries that seem to dance in front of the caramel/toffee malty sweet aspect of trying to add some sweet wood, somewhat like oak, and then just a tickle of vanilla.
The flavor took all of those prior mentioned aromas and kicked in more of the sweet bourbon itself. Some light earthy spice entered in and seemed to meld with the aftertaste, almost absolutely perfect as it controlled some of the stickiness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a discreet sipping quality about it, as it should be since it's a barleywine. Carbonation felt a bit low, but that didn't bother me, I did notice some stickiness starting to come in. ABV felt on par.
Overall, though it did seem closer to an English styled barleywine to me, it's still an absolutely wonderful barelywine that should be sought after by fans of the style.

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Photo of cmukid87
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Viperman1316
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fern22
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Tone
3.15/5  rDev -26.9%
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 -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 2,380 ratings
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