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

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4.31/5
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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:
#523
Reviews:
667
Ratings:
2,431
pDev:
8.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,431 |  Reviews: 667
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

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of TLA
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of swampoodle
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of 7irondave
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear, deep garner with a finger of tan head.

Aroma is boozy barrel dominant.

Flavor has a rich toffee note, significant hop bite, plenty of buttery oak, vanilla, and a hot boozy finish.

Mouthfeel is moderately heavy tempered with decent carbonation.

Overall a fantastic take on the style. I'd love to visit this vintage 4 to 6 years from now, but it presents well right now. A bit edgy bitterness between the oak tannins and hop level, balances the toffee sweet malt base well.

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

Great beer and excellent approach to style.
Poured in a Mikasa Tulip- a light tea brown color with a one finger head.
Not totally opaque.

Raisin, toffee, and oak. Similar to Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. The color is lighter than Bigfoot as I recall.
Excellent MF- malty, easy to drink. Smooth.
Oak, raisin, toffee. Classic American Barleywine- so smooth.
Medium bitterness. I like this. Not a sharp edged bitterness as in Bigfoot.
I prefer this beer to Bigfoot, but both are excellent examples of American Barleywines.

Great beer. Serve at 50°.

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Photo of donaldgarner
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep red-brown color with a persistent head. Wispy and spotty lacing.

S: Deep toast, bread crust, treacle, fig and golden raisin, oaky, bourbon.

T: Bread crust, toast, scones, caramel and toffee. Golden raisin and dates. Strongly oaky middle to end with a good tick off bourbon. Long, warming bourbon and malt finish.

M: Thick and chewy. One could cut it with a knife. Viscous. Low carbonation. Weighty.

O: Damn good barleywine, and made better by its marriage to the bourbon barrel. It's really hard to do a barrel aged American barleywine better than this. Top marks.

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Photo of gopens44
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picture perfect with about a finger of dense foam beige head over a dark ruby body. Nose is heavy on vanilla, followed up with a bready malt signature. Taste is similar to the nose but the vanilla veers into bourbon territory. Malt backbone is present as well, with a little sweetness and caramel. Finishes dry with a little sacharin sweetness on the tongue. Not really too hot either. Easily one of the better BA'd barleywines I've had.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 2,431 ratings