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:
733
For Trade:
87
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Photo of Warren2621
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dobbsyo
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dextermcgurk
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Central Waters tap > crowler > Central Waters tulip glass. Was canned about 3 months ago.

Dark brown color with hints of ruby and pink when held to the light. Small ring of head.

Lots of barrel character on the nose, with brown sugar, soaked fruits namely prune and banana, some slight wet oak.

Some burnt sugar in the flavor, with prunes, bourbon, but really flat and old tasting.

Feel is rather flat, old, I think I waited too long on this crowler.

Overall, I don't think I'm doing this beer justice. Waiting 3 months on this particular crowler I think did some damage. Very undercarbonated, and as a result the flavors do not pop, they merely sit. I can tell this beer is so much more. Ah well. Maybe I'll find it in a 4 pack someday.

P.S. I'm gonna pop a carbonation drop in a sanitized glass bottle, pour the rest of the crowler in there, cap it and check it in a week to see if it's done any better.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spointon
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.66/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Released early 2014; drank 6/17/14 @ the Yarchives.

Orange/plum murkiness.

HUGE cream head with hints of crimson; thick lace.

Burnt sugar, caramel & wet oak tree nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Sweet caramel with hints of mocha up front in the flavor; acorns, figs, dried plums & booze on the finish. Sadly, pickle juice hints emerge as it warms. Monstrously complex, but years away from being enjoyable.

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Photo of drummerdwzp
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xtonytx
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeantownBrews
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bjlynch83
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blaze5445
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of MacMalt
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2016. Poured into tulip glass. It pours a medium-brown with orange and ruby hues, and one finger of buttermilk-colored head and lacing with good retention. It smells of caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar, roasted malt, and bourbon, with a whiff of cherry. It's quite aromatic. The bourbon is much more prevalent in the taste than the smell and it smacks you hard from the first sip. I also noticed more dark fruit in the taste than in the smell. It finishes quite bitter. The bourbon mellowed considerably as the glass warmed. This ale is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. The alcohol burn is noticeable. It is most definitely a sipper. Overall, I understand why this Barleywine is so highly rated. It is well-crafted with lots of flavor - and lots of booze! This is a great beer to sip in the winter.

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Photo of darin2z
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of KillerJigger
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep dark amber with a bright head that fades. Getting sweet malts and barrel with hints of oak and what was in that barrel. Great barleywine!

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Photo of dcotom
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Color is a translucent light chestnut, resembling caramel sauce when held to the light. There were a few small flakes of sediment visible in the glass. An aggressive pour yielded an off-white two finger head that left lots of nice lacing. The aroma is very heavy with bourbon and barrel notes, with some light toffee in the background. The bourbon barrel character is also quite prominent on the palate. As the beer warms up, some other flavors begin to come through. There is light caramel, a little dried fruit, a hint of coffee, and quite a bit of alcohol warmth (11.5% ABV). The mouthfeel is silky, the finish slightly sweet. There are some lingering notes of toffee, along with a tinge of burnt-coffee bitterness. That this is a world-class brew is evident from the first sip. Despite the alcohol bite, this is very smooth and goes down very easily.

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Photo of EMH73
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium brown with virtually no head. Smells of malts, bourbon, toffee, caramel and vanilla. Taste follows the nose only the flavors really pop as the beer warms. The beer finishes with a little bitterness and the alcohol is noticeable. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated and a smooth mouth feel. Excellent beer.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received from @Josholson666 in NBS BIF #4 –what a great BA!
Bottle dated 2016at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – brown sugar, light malt - not picking up any bourbon or vanillin.
Head small (Maximum two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to an irregular three to five mm ring and thin partial layer
Lacing – a couple of small islands of tiny bubbles hanging on the side of the glass
Body – dark brown, cloudy
Flavor – begins sweet but not cloying, toasted malt, ends with some alcohol and a little bitterness; no distinct hops and no diacetyl; not picking up either bourbon or barrel
Palate – medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Josh is switching me to a barley wine fanatic! This is the third excellent one from his BIF box!

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 5, Overall 4.

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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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