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

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel BarleywineBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

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

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

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4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 Vintage. Was happy to get my hands on a 4 pack of this today.

A- Pours a dark red, almost brown color. A small amount of off-white colored head quickly fades.

S- Nice aromas of bourbon and dark fruits. Some sweetness and caramel is noted too.

T- Really nice stuff. Starts very smooth with tastes of dark fruits and sweet malts. Then comes the bourbon and oak notes, which takes over the back half of each sip.

M- Low carbonation, drinks hot, a great sipper.

This is a great barleywine. Drinking kind of hot right now but not a bad thing at all. I'm anxious to see how it mellows out.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. 2013 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown with a thin beige head, which dissipates after about 30 seconds into a thin lacing.

Smell: Bourbon up front along with oak and figs. Caramel comes through next with more bourbon. The bourbon, while being the most dominant smell, is definately not overpowering. In fact, I could use a bit more of it. Some alcohol heat. The aroma is very nice, but a little one dimensional when all is said and done (for a bourbon barrel aged barleywine that is).

Taste: Where the aroma was lacking in intensity, the taste is defintely not. Bourbon and rich caramel hit the palate hard along with vanilla, oak, and dark fruits. The finish brings bittering hops along with more caramel and bourbon. Alcohol heat is apparent in the finish, but not in a way that detracts from the experience. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth. Coats the tongue a bit as it goes down, but the bittering hops come through just enough to clear the palate.

Overall: A very well done BBA barleywine. The bourbon presence is balanced nicely with the caramel malt, dark fruit, and bittering hops. While it certainly isn't anything earth-shattering as far as BBA barleywines go, this really is a phenomenal beer given the price.

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4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Murky brown--soft caramel. Head quickly dissipates.

Wafts of banana walnut whisky bread pudding with raisins, drizzled with caramel.

Sweet, in cloying fashion, from beginning to end. Blast of bourbon alcohol numbs the tongue and the heat goes down into the chest. Grapefruit rind bitterness and overripe tropical fruit. Prunes, maybe raisin in burnt sugar aftertaste.

Medium body, sticky with low carbonation.

This is a dank brew. Reminds me of Burton Baton. The bourbon aging not melding well. For me its a 'meh' at this time.

Review December 2013

After about a year now still maintains caramel pour with the head receding to rim and some lacing is apparent.

I would say this is much more refined and delicious. After having the Goose Island BBW this ain't too bad. Alcohol has toned down considerably and the cloying is abated. Smoother and palatable. Review scores considerably higher with age. Not quite GI English BBW worthy but you know us American barleywines gotta have da high alcohol presence, damn fine nonetheless.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got to try this beer after the past two that were sent to me as extras broke during shipping. Third time's a charm! 2013 vintage. Pours a ruby amber color with a small, off-white head that disappears quickly. Scent is much more citrusy and hoppy than I expected. At first I get citrus hops and bitter aromas, followed by sweet, bourbon booziness. Kinda reminds me of the BA Bigfoot I had a few weeks ago. Dark fruit aromas and a bit more bourbon. Taste is hoppy as well...very interesting. After reading reviews of this beer, I was not expecting this. Maybe I drank this one too soon or the 2013 version is more hoppy? Citric, hoppy bitterness up front...immediately followed by delicious barrel flavors. Lovely bourbon with vanilla, coconut, and toffee. Not very boozy for what the ABV is...very smooth. The combo of the hoppy bitterness, the citrus, the bourbon, and the oak make this one quite enjoyable. Drinkability very high. Mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated, smooth, and full-bodied. Overall, I don't know what it is about this beer... but, the only other "hop-forward" BA barleywine I have had was BA Bigfoot. I can't imagine the base beer for this one being as hoppy as regular Bigfoot... I'm so confused right now. This beer threw me in a direction I was not expecting, but it was very delicious.... I guess I'm somewhat disappointed because I was hoping for a BA barleywine that wasn't "familiar". Can't rate it on that though.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into Snifter. Vintage 2013

A- Deep rich copper/amber color. Small 1/2 finger tan head which fades fast....most likely due to the high alcohol content! Not a lot of retention or lacing.

S- HUGE bourbon booziness! Vanilla and sweet rich malt, caramel and toffee notes.

T- Big time malt flavors with bourbon booze without being dominant. Notes of vanilla, oak, and smooth bourbon finish.

M- Velvety smooth. This bourbon barrel barleywine has a huge malt sweetness with excellent boozy balance. The alcohol is nice and warming but not overwhelming. Extremely well balanced.

O - A FANTASTIC barleywine! A FANTASTIC BEER! One of the best beer's I have had. Extremely well balanced! Great fresh, but can't wait to put a few years of age on the bottle.

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4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage

A: Pours a deep, dark mahogany. Big, fluffy tan head. Head fades away very, very slowly. Great head retention. Fairly thin streaks of lacing.

S: Heavy on the bourbon and the malts. Loads of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and coconut. Make that, LOADS of vanilla. Very sweet and strong.

T: Heavy bourbon up front, it's quite ...spicy? Interesting. It's sort of a sharp, boozy alcohol, toasted malt, plus oak, plus resinous (and maybe a bit of piney) hops giving it a unique spicy flavor up front. Heavy caramel everywhere, pure decadence. Mild raisin in there but it's mostly covered up - apparent in the middle and into the finish however. Lots of vanilla and coconut in the aftertaste with more drying oak.

M: Heavy, heavy and sweet; sticky sweet. A bit resinous and drying in the aftertaste.

O: A very interesting bourbon barrel barleywine. Very strong and sharp flavors. Quite hoppy, enough to not get drowned out by all the malt and bourbon (which are pretty substantial). Pretty hot right now, further intensifying the flavors. A sipper for sure, but definitely an enjoyable one.

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1/5  rDev -76.8%

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5/5  rDev +16%

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 2,397 ratings
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