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:
2,338
Reviews:
634
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
Wants:
716
Gots:
732
For Trade:
87
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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle - vintage 2017

Pours slightly hazy amber red with a creamy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like bourbon, nutty oak, caramel, vanilla, boozy toffee, brown sugar, graham cracker, toasted bready malts, rich dark fruits, plum, raisin, dark cherry, figs, dates, red apple, orange citrus, spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like boozy rich dark fruits, plum, raisin, dark cherry, figs, dates, red apple, orange citrus, bourbon, nutty oak, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, graham cracker, toasted bready malts, spice, with bitter floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice bourbon barrel aged barleywine.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of N1Nkasi
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BNarc
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stefko
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kash2112
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KT123
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bdubz94
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage, have a few more I will be saving for a bit... Likely to revisit on here in the future.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter at cellar temperature. Leaves a half finger beige head. Gorgeous dark amber-ruby color. Just slightly murky but light penetrates through. Moderate thick lacing rims the glass.

Aroma is of dark ripe fruit, bourbon-like caramel, vanilla, oak, spices, and roasted malts. Alcohol does not play a major role here.

Taste is a mix of bourbon, dark fruit, spices, and oak. Definitely do taste the alcohol as the beer warms but it blends very well with the other flavors. More fruity than hoppy but there is a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is heavy with a bit of carbonation.

Certainly not a beer to drink every weekend. One to savor slowly over the course of an hour or two. A complex and heavy experience. Very well done.

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Photo of aoampm
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from 2015 poured into a snifter.

Pours a murky amber color. Good amount of lacing with a finger light tan colored head that goes down very quickly even with an aggressive pour.

Smell is spicy!! Caramel and almost a vanilla pumpkin spice to it. Huge plum, raising, fig, apple, and brown sugar.

Taste is just as nice as the smell. The raisin and caramel is upfront and then the warmth of the bourbon comes in afterwards. More fig, brown sugar, vanilla pumpkin, and just a lovely spice to it in general. Has some sharp apple and a bitter pine to it also. Reminds me of fall weather.

Feel is spectacular. Full bodied and plenty of barrel presence to it which makes it a perfect sipping beer.

Overall I may be biased due to my love of Barleywines and especially BA Barleywines but damn this beer was truly a treat. This is just as good, if not better, than Backwoods Bastard / BA Bigfoot in my opinion. I would love to do a tasting of all three at some point!

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ssimpson89
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MarkGutz
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EdFed
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aprabhu
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eric_T_07
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McHenry
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dharmelink
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JeffSK
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of MunsonRoyE
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ccg
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 bottle opened 2017-02-17 for a side-by-side comparison with Sucaba 2015 and Bourbon County Barleywine 2014.

I like the way it looks. It has a rich, dark caramel color, and while you can't see through it, it looks crisp, unlike the Sucaba, which is equally opaque but looks cloudy. Moderate carbonation is visible.

The smell on CW's BA BW is kind of like the smell from a glass of straight rye whiskey. There's some malt and brown sugar, but mostly it smells like rye and alcohol.

There is bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, and malt in the flavor. However, the alcohol is assertive and adds a bit of burn on the palate, and the finish is surprisingly bitter and hoppy.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. It's oily without being too sticky, but it finishes dry and light.

Overall, it's good, but not as good as I remember. I bought a 4-pack of this beer in 2015, and this is my last bottle of it. BCBBW has aged beautifully, but I think CW's offering might be better fresh or maybe within one year of its bottling. After almost two years, the alcohol still burns, but the sweet malty caramel has fallen off a bit.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hof_1991
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lucular
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a sweet, sticky, boozy barleywine full of the flavors of bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruits. My favorite barleywine to date with the possible exception of BCBBW, which I have also had only once.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 2,338 ratings.
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