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

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel BarleywineBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
BA SCORE
95.2%
Liked This Beer
4.31 w/ 2,374 ratings
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel BarleywineBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
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:
#493
Reviews:
645
Ratings:
2,374
Liked:
2,261
Avg:
4.31/5
pDev:
8.82%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
713
Gots:
737
Trade:
90
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Ratings: 2,374 |  Reviews: 645
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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Beastcpa
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect barleywine

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of 952pin
4.98/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ubenumber2
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass , deep mahogany color to this beer , thin head with little lacing , might have been some residue in the glass or just might be on par for this brew.

The aroma is outstanding , the heavy malty sweetness hits you at the start , then you pick up on the hints of vanilla , oak and the bourbon with a whiff of alcohol at the end. Just makes your mouth water

The mouth on this beer is the best I've had in a Barleywine , it is not to heavy and not too thin with just the right amount of carbonation

The taste is just flat out spectacular , the malty sweetness hits you at the start and rides all the way through this brew , you can taste the flavors of the malt , the bourbon barrels and the hops really working together to make wonderful taste.

Overall this was my first ba barleywine , and I'm hooked , I will for sure be on the hunt for more of this great brew , just an outstanding beer

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This should be a treat. A 2012 bottle. Let's see how she aged.

A - Like a typical barleywine, a very hazy burnt orange/light brown. Not very attractive, but so it goes.

N - Whoa, huge aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chewy caramel, more bourbon, with a slight bitterness. Luscious.

T - Yowza. The same as the nose but multiplied. Lots of caramel, bourbon sweetness, and that slight hint of bitterness. I get a little bit of booze. Honestly, it's not much different than a fresh bottle, but that's still amazing.

M - This might be where the cellaring added a little something. This is superb on the palate. I'll mention the chewy caramel again, because it's almost that thick. It's rich, decadent, and completely coats the mouth. So good.

O - Yep, this one certainly bears aging well. Maybe next time I'll wait 5 years.

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Photo of dmbforever
4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KellyScottMad
4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent!!! I am not a Barleywine fan to say the least, but when I tasted this beauty it changed my mind. This by far was the easiest and smoothest Barleywine I have had yet.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage. Poured into my duvel tulip the beer is a muddy brown orange. The cream hued head hits about one finger berfore receding to leave a thick lace ring around the glass.

The aroma is spot on perfection. Sweet and sour playing tug of war with my olfactory senses. Apples and pears along with plums, dates, raisins and cherries. A nice burst of bourbon shines through along with a heavy dose of malt. Then just when you think it can't get any better the hops come in and tickle your nostrils.

The flavor is heavy on the malt up front. A nice hoppy fruity blast follows the malt. Warm bourbon mellows everything out in the finish. I have a feeling with some age the flavor will be epic.

Medium to full creamy body. Light carbonation.

Overall a great beer that I assume will become legend with time. I have a bottle of 09 and 08 that I will have to crack soon and see what the years have done. Stay tuned.

2009 vintage.

After having a bottle of 09 I will bump my scores slightly seeing as with one year this beer is now of mind blowing status.

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Photo of Dobbsyo
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a few of these on my Wisconsin trip, and it certainly wins best in show. Wonderful beer.

A: Pours a rusty reddish brown color. Clear. It's got a small white head that dissolves into a splotchy cap that never quite goes away and leaves light lacing.

S: Killer. Terrific deep caramel malt is the backdrop for oak, vanilla, and the other hallmarks of bourbon aging. All of the smells blend together wonderfully -- this is a big point for me. I love bourbon beers, but often the booze overwhelms the nose.

T: World-class. Again, the big caramel malt holds it all together. The vanilla is very strong, as is the booze from the bourbon. A little less oaky than the nose. There's a significant hop presence in the finish, but it doesn't stray into DIPA territory like so many of its American Barleywine comrades. And again, it's all balanced beautifully, as if an engineer had spent years calibrating it perfectly.

M: Thick and smooth, with low carbonation. A total mouth-coater. A decent amount of alcohol burn, but that doesn't bother me at all with this style.

D: Brilliant. I weep that I can't walk a quarter mile and pick up a four pack of this anymore. Truly, Madison, WI was forged by the gods themselves.

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4.9/5  rDev +13.7%

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4.89/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jmarsh123
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage into a Flying Mouflan tulip.

Pours light brown with some caramel hue. Big foamy head with excellent retention and lacing. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen.

A lot of the barrel shows through in the aroma. Sweet bourbon, oak and vanilla with some toffee. Barrel character comes through, but doesn't smell incredibly boozy.

I could sum up the flavor in one word: fantastic. Very similar to the nose. Notes of oak, vanilla and coconut along with a little bit of sweet toffee. Bourbon flavor is presently but not overpowering.

Rich and chewy. Integrates the bourbon well masking almost all alcohol heat and despite the components comes no where near to being cloying.

Absolutely one of the best -bal barley wines I've ever had. Despite it's rich character, it never gets overpowering sweet and the bourbon is integrated perfectly.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95.2% out of 100 with 2,374 ratings
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