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:
2,323
Reviews:
630
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
Wants:
716
Gots:
729
For Trade:
86
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Photo of uvm2003
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of CUBS09
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 2013 into 3Floyd's teku.

Good clean toffee color, rich white brown head and lacing.

Strong alcohol smell. Hot boozy bourbony.

Great creamy mouthfeel. Taste of caramel, toffee and still a prevalent alcohol aftertaste which heightened as it warmed. Not unexpected for an 11.5 beer.

Maybe I'm crazy but feel like this has lost a little of the rich caramel flavor I remembered. Still a great beer and can't wait for the 2014 release.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of fiver29
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Hendrick24
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JPeezy
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of cwelsh55
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of nesarebad
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Abbbp
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of klipper
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of nuckbuc
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of DCon
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of CheftoDeath
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of DantheMan75
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of IPAIsaac
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Spider889
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of roostor07
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Update, May 12, 2014. Opened another bottle....absolutely awesome!

Another awesome Central Waters beer! So nice and smooth, this is one of the better barleywines I have enjoyed lately. Pours a reddish brown with a small head. Big notes of bourbon and mash! I soo wish that CW was distributed in my area! Overall....awesome!!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TheBeerDad
4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of guityler83
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: A dense tan colored head was poured about a finger tall into a snifter glass. Head retention was good for such a high gravity beer, a thin coat of lacing was left on the side of the glass as it was being consumed. Alcohol legs can be shown when swirled. The beer is a dark mahogany brown color, very murky with not much light coming through.

S: Big nose composed of prunes, raisins, plums and other dark stone fruits. A woody character melds with the complex malt profile so well it seems very organic. Fairly moderate dank and dark piny hop aroma.

T: Very complicated malt profile similar to the aroma. Prunes, plums, raisins, tobacco and pomegranate. The balance is on the malt side with a moderate sweetness, almost a syrup like flavor, but there is a medium bitterness at the beginning with an earthy, pine flavor. Last but not least the oak, vanilla, slightly coconut flavored barrel flavor develops throughout and melds very well and naturally. Very tasty.

M: Big warming sensation from the alcohol on this one, definitely a sipper. Big body with moderate to medium carbonation. The woody/oaky tannins are left on the pallet giving a slight drying sensation.

O: A big malty barley wine with an organically natural tasting barrel flavor thats great for sipping on a cold winter night. Cheers CW, keep up the good work.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 2,323 ratings.
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