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

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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

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2,362
Reviews:
642
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle into a Snifter. Paid £5.50 for a single bottle.
2016 vintage.

Pours an opaque, very dark, crimson-brown body, which transforms to a bright beautiful ruby when held to the light, in turn allowing plenty of fine carbonation to be observed. A dense, foamy, one-finger in height, off-white head with excellent retention slowly reduces to a thin film and collar, leaving behind ample amounts of sticky, soapy lace.

The relatively simple nose predominantly comprises of toasted malts, caramel, toffee and faint aromas of dark stone fruit. Traces of vanilla and bourbon-like alcohol become perceptible towards the back end. Taste roughly follows suit, but as a more intense and complex version. Lightly sweet caramel and toffee profiles lead alongside an abundance of rich and robust warm toasted malts. Mid palate, semi-sweet, juicy raisin-like dark fruits are joined by plenty of fleshy cherry, red berries and vanilla, before hints of darker, drier roasted malts and lightly citric hops enter to provide well-balanced bitterness. Medium to full-bodied, carbonation feels lower and softer in the mouth than expected from its visibly lively appearance, pleasingly resulting in a smooth, slick and rich texture despite being a little thinner than ideal. The beers extensive bourbon barreling becomes evident towards the back end. Primarily adding a bite of warming alcohol, (that although easily perceptible, is not fully representative of the 11.5% ABV) but also some astringent notes of oak, earth, leather and red grape skins, finishing dry and bittersweet, leaving traces of vanilla to linger on the palate.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Smooth, rich and indulgent, it is undoubtedly well crafted. The bourbon barreling integrates flawlessly with the Barleywines robust, bittersweet flavour profile, adding complexity and interest without overshadowing the base. Ultimately this is a beer easily worthy of sipping and savouring. Recommended.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to CaptainCougar. Hazy brown with a small beige head. Sweet bourbon, lightly tart wood, plenty of malt, and fruit in the aroma. The flavor is mellow and malty with a nice bourbon and caramel touch. The balance of the beer and the barrel is great, with just a light wood flavor and not much alcohol. Full bodied with medium-light carbonation. Very nice barrel integration, with a good spread of flavors.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 2,362 ratings.
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