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: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged for 1 year in used bourbon barrels.

Added by Atron67 on 03-02-2008

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received in a trade with jojomdma, thanks Joe.

a- rust/brown with good clarity. a film and collar of beige head hung around the whole time showing great retention but not heavy lacing.

s- bourbon soaked caramel with a seemingly candy like sweetness. fairly strong oak and vanilla adds to a pleasant aroma.

t- mmm...mmmm this is my first BA barleywine and I'm surprised how smooth it is. I enjoyed what the barrel does, some great oak and vanilla adds some creaminess and is likely the source of the smooth feel too. The bourbon doesn't make this beer overly boozy. there's little to no alcohol that doesn't tast like clean warming bourbon. there's also a surprisingly strong bitterness battling to keep this one from being overly sweet. overall I love the way everything melds together, caramel candy, bourbon, vanilla, cream, bitter, bread, and wood.

m- the barrel did wonders for the feel of this beer. excellent thick creamy feel is so smooth. good carbonation keeps it from seeming cloyingly thick. really exceptional

D- 12oz was enough for one sitting but it takes some true willpower to keep the other 3 bottles I have in the ghetto cellar. hopefully I'll be able to keep at least one bottle to compare with a fresh one next year.

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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 robbyc1
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, nice little head, some lacing, cloudy deep orange color, very inviting.

Nose has huge alcohol and barrel flavors, slightly sweet. Very nice.

The taste is subtle, very easy in front, oaky malt with nice backbone, the strong oak follows again, and then at the end alcohol and slight sweetness (not cloying) and bourbon from the barrels, very tasty. ABV must be in the 10%-12% range here, tastes very strong, but not overpowering. A sipper for sure.

Beautiful mouthfeel, heavy but not overly, and enough carbonation to scrub the sweetness out.

Easy sipper, will get some more to age nicely. Smooth enough now to have, but I'm sure it will get better .

Update-drinking the 2009 version 6/6/2013. Looks a deep dark amber w little head or lacing, nose is all malt and a sharp wiff of alcohol.

Wonderful taste of deep stone fruits and roasty malt, deeply satisfying. One of the best all time, a sipper for sure.

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Photo of mabermud
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Deep mahogany, reddish-brown body. Light brown, dense head. Nice curtains of fine lace.
Smell: Awesome rich butterscotch/toffee and vanilla...bourbon barrel. Background alcohol. Dark bread is sitting in the back.
Taste: Wow. Sweet. Vanilla and caramel. Bourbon barrel. Sweet bread.
Feel: Full...maybe a little syrupy.

Overall - Very good. Strong bourbon barrel. I will have it again.

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Photo of biegaman
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mucky nutmeg colour with antique brass gloss. There is absolutely no head. None. The beer may appear dull, but hold it up to the light and appreciate all the liveliness that is otherwise concealed; warm fiery tones of pomegranate will greet you.

The aroma is almost equal parts bourbon and barleywine; the blend is sublime. It seems like the hops themselves were soaked in bourbon and then dipped in caramel before being used. This fusion of resiny hops and butterscotch-like malt is masterfully orchestrated into the domain of buttery oak and lots of dark honey.

The barleywine shines through foremost. The malts impart caramel and butterscotch that are so sticky and rich you'll find yourself licking your lips after every sip. The hops, in true American fashion, border on excessive and add a whole bucket of resin. Charred oak and plenty of dark honey ring out.

The bitterness is surprisingly high, I'm sure this could take a couple more years in the cellar. The alcohol is present, as it should be, but not overwhelming. A smaller sample size would be ample but I'm happy to have the whole 12oz bottle to myself. I doubt I'll have any problem finishing it.

Flavours are seamlessly blended but the barleywine is never drowned out. This is a beer foremost, and rightfully so! A lot of brewers who experimented with barrel aging couldn't quite find the balance. Often the beers become overwhelmed by whatever was inhabiting the barrel before it. Not in this case...

This is a wonderful little brewery from Wisconsin and this is the second simply spectacular barrel aged beer I've had from Central Waters (their bourbon-barrel aged stout being the other). I owe a big thanks to the Packers Fan who made both possible, thanks nflmvp, this was one serious treat!

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage. Huge thanks to Timmyj21 for sending me a few of these in our last trade! You're awesome man!

Pours into a large snifter with a murky, amber-brown, slightly purple hue. The head, light tan in color, reaches it's crest at about a finger high and dies out near as quick as it arose. All I'm left with is a small ring around the glass.

My initial thought is that it's very barrel forward and a touch hot with alcohol. Lots of bourbon barrel juice, hearty oak wood, vanilla, toasted coconut, and even some hints of char like charcoal filtering of the bourbon. Behind that is a nice presence of toffee, burnt brown sugar, plum and dark fruits hinting at chocolate covered cherries, caramel and "heavy" smelling malts. Very pleasing aroma, albeit a tad bit strong.

Starts off with a bit of peppery spice and twinge of alcohol, but it never reaches a hot or boozy level. Part of that may be hints of hops as well. Bourbon, dark charred notes, lots of oak barrel, hints at vanilla and coconut comes through a tad from the nose. Behind that are pleasant notes of toffee, caramelized and burnt brown sugar, candied sugars, dark fruits, plums and raisins, hints of light chocolate and chocolate covered cherries, and plenty of strong malt characteristic. Bourbon and spicey charred oak are on a whole other level in this one. Not that they are insanely intense, just a different side of barrel aging I had yet to taste. That is, I've never really experienced a beer that's had as much charcoal, strong oak, and peppery/spicy bourbon influence as this one. Truth be told, I find myself thoroughly enjoying it.

Carbonation is medium, while consistency is viscous and a bit filmy but not in a bad way. The body is nice and medium to medium-heavy. And the finish is a bit dry and leaves you with more of that peppery bourbon spice. Actually, I'm quite enjoying the's close to sipping on a nice spicy bourbon.

One word - Outstanding! This beer is wholly enjoyable and actually showed me another side of bourbon barrel aging that I hadn't experienced previously. I love it. Do I love it as much as I love, say, King Henry or Mother of All Storms? Well, I'm hard pressed to give an answer on that. I might have to have the three side by side to determine a favorite. In any case, very well done bourbon barrel aged barleywine. Also, I suppose you could call this one "hot" or "boozy" at this stage. Personally, I enjoyed it like that, but I'm thinking it should start to mellow after little while (say 8-12months). Might even hit a sweet spot. Can't wait to try them down the road a bit.

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Photo of TWStandley
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my KTG Snifter. 2012 Vintage.

Poured a semi-hazy brown/red color with an off white head that was big at first but dissipated quickly.

I will admit, the smell was a bit off-putting. Smelled somewhat like grain alcohol, with a faint smell of vanilla and oak.

Taste was phenomenal. Well balanced. Great bourbon flavors including vanilla, oak, and plums/raisins. Slight alcohol taste, combined with a bit of brown sugar and belgian candy sugars. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is a bit warm, but given the 11.5% abv, not overdone. Definetely thick, with a bit more carb than most barleys I have had, but awesome none the less.

Wow, great great great barleywine. Glad I have a few more. Awesome use of the barrel.

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Photo of nataku00
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 2012 bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy mahogany, with some tints of red and orange. Little to no head dissipates quickly to a thin collar. Lots alcohol legs as you swirl the beer around. Nice looking barleywine.

Even straight out of the fridge, really big aroma on this. Molasses, toffee, dark fruits, hint of cocoa, dark caramel, vanilla. A bit of bourbon heat as the beer warms a little, spicy graham cracker and orange and oak barrel notes. Really nice smelling beer.

Taking a sip, caramel and toffee, dark fruits, cocoa and milk chocolate, sweet vanilla. Middle of the tongue, more roasted malt and a hint of citrus hop flavor, finishing medium with a linger caramel, cocoa and bourbon.

Medium to full body with excellent carbonation, helps to lighten it up and brighten flavors. There is a bit of heat on the back of the throat on the swallow and in your belly, but an excellent sipping beer.

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Photo of spunk509
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Almost a dark amber with just a ring of head post-pour
S - Magical. Light Bourbon aroma with a bit of heat / alcohol mixed in. I bet with a little time this would get even better.
T - Surprisingly sweet with good hints of caramel and brown sugar. As with the smell, the alcohol might mellow a bit with time and make this even better.
M - It's a bit light in the mouth but otherwise just fine.

Overall a great beer. As with any barleywine I think it needs a good year to really be at its peak. The alcohol just overpowers the bourbon at this point, but I have no doubt this will improve with time. I will get more of these if I can.

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Photo of Casey10
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a barlywine and not a stout? Okay my bad. Oh yea this was a 12 oz trade from darklordlager

Incredible taste for a drink of this type really felt like a stout but here is my review:

A - Dark, cherry like a bit of light vs a cherry hue.

S - Chocoalate and burbon hues on the nose here.

T - Fantastic compexity, nice sour like chocoalte taste going down.

M - Warm, fuzzy definatley yummy.

D - Would love to drink these all night, a couple of reasons why not but this one is worth having !!!

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine oured from a 2011 bottle into 3 tasting glasses and was kind enough to share!

A - Pours a deep mahogany reddish / brown with a very minimal head. Appears thick and viscous when poured.

S - Bourbon smell is definitely present and dominating. There are also some subtle floral notes too.

T - The sweetness and the bourbon flavors really go well together! I can also pick out some dark fruit flavors too. The bourbon flavors really start to come out as it warms up too. Sweet / spicy / bourbon... delicious. It tastes a little boozy, which I expected at 11.5% ABV, but the sweet flavors balance it nicely.

M - The mouth feel was thick and chewy. I liked it, but I would have preferred a little bit more carbonation. All in all, it has a nice feel though.

O - One of my favorite barrel aged barleywines to date. I wish there was more of this around, but I am glad I got to try it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this after the Y2K Catastrophe, and this one completely blew it away.

A: Hazy amber-brown, light tan head, good retention, slight lacing.

S: Alcohol with hints of bourbon, very woody, nice caramel.

T: The wood aging really shows, while the bourbon is pleasantly subdued. Some caramel, nut & spice with hints of fruit & dark chocolate. Good bitterness. Alcohol is slightly warming. It's between a 4.5 & a 5, so I'll be generous.

M: Moderate body, slight residual sweetness, carbonation on the low side of moderate.

D: An awesome sipper.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a fair amount of this on a recent WI trip - now that it has a couple month's age on it, it is time to try it again.

A - Bright red color - fairly high clarity. The head faded pretty quickly but it remains an attractive beer.

S - It smells like a vanilla-cherry kool-aide with a bit of bourbon added it. I mean that in the best possible way. It smells delicious, with very little heat present.

T&M - Very rich and full bodied, especially as it warms from cellar temps. Packed with sweet roasty barleywine flavor with quite a bit of bourbon - especially on the finish. If anything it makes it a little harsh, but age has the potential to make this world class. Other than the bourbon burn, the flavor are very well blended. I love the way the vanilla oakiness comes out.

D - A sipper for sure, but the balance makes it very difficult to stop sipping.

I cannot believe how good this is for the price. I wish I bought more!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to UMNbeerhunter for sending me this one!

2011 vintage. Bottled in January.

Pours a murky iced tea color with a huge 3 inch light orange head that fades to a chunky cap on the top of the beer. Nice distinct thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of brown sugar, toffee, biscuity malt, bourbon, along with some wood notes. Taste is of bourbon and wood up front, with brown sugar and malt coming through in the middle, and some nice citrus zest hop flavors on the finish. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a creamy yet sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barleywine with nice balanced bourbon flavors that don't overpower the traditional barleywine smells and tastes.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark garnet color with a strong tan head and heavy lacing

Smell of dark fruit, healthy rich bourbon, oak , strong candy aromas and caramel mixed with toffee.

Taste is spot on for a barleywine although there is not a strong hop presence as is seen in many American Barleywines. Like I just stated, very weak hop presence which is probably all but overshadowed by the delicious bourbon and oak flavors. There is a great purple plum flavor in here mixing with cotton candy and caramel. Medium mouthfeel and a stronger carbonation than most have for the style. Finish is mostly graham cracker pie crust / slightly buttery.

Very nice, wish I had more.

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage (obtained from a random stranger in an in-person trade as we passed eachother in the street at Darkness Day) poured into a Deschutes snifter.

A- Burnt toffee color with a white one-finger head that dissipates to a thin, bubble-laden ring around the glass.

S- Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and a slight hint of chocolate.

T- Bourbon throughout with caramel and oak at the start which transitions smoothly to chocolate and a boozy alcohol burn at the finish.

M- On the thin side of medium. The carbonation is spot-on, not overdone.

O- My experience with Barleywines is limited, but this is one of the best I have tasted. I would love to try one with a little more age on it, as it seems this will only get better.

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Photo of Mississipping
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled in January of 2011. Huge thanks to StayWhatYouAre2 for sending this, along with 11 other Wisconsin brews to me. You're the man!

A: Pours a very hazy burnt orange/amber color with a small off-white head that seeps slowly back into the liquid from whence it came. Beautiful sticky lacing is left behind, creating a webby/stained-glass appearance on the sides as it descends towards the stem of the glass.

S: Huge bourbon smell is undeniable. However, it's not overwhelming because it's accompanied by sweet caramel and vanilla, dark fruits (fig and raisin), and a touch of oak to round out the complexity.

T: The taste is continually transitioning throughout each sip. It's hard to map the transitions, but here's what I've got: starts off with bourbon and wood and then quickly subsides to allow the sweeter characteristics of caramel and vanilla become prominent. The dark fruits almost simultaneously show up, then everything melds together for a finish comprised of each of the complex subtleties. The bourbon and booze are not so subtle at the finish and create a bit of heat. For 11.50%, though, the booze is masked pretty darn well. This is ridiculously tasty!

M: Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium, with carbonation that is more evident in the glass than it is on the tongue. Slightly heavy and slightly sticky with just enough carbonation to keep it lively. The finish is quite drying and makes your tongue beckon for the next sip, which creates the whirlwind of tastes and transitions all over again. Pretty exceptional.

D: This is a sipper for sure, however, the smell and flavors make it difficult to just sip. I keep going back for more quicker than I should, and it can catch up with you if you're not careful.

This is a really nice barleywine. I wish this was available to me where I live as it'd be one that I'd go back to as often as I could. Thanks again Alex!

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Photo of BrewerB
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mcc1654 sent this beer my way a while back and I've been looking forward to trying it ever since. Cheers and thanks again, Mike!

Great clarity, copper in color with a thin off-white/light tan foam. Not much in the way of lacing.

Honey, vanilla, oak, molasses, fruity esters all coming through in the nose. Bourbon also prominently featured. Complex and inviting aroma hints at the strength of this brew with alcohol being detectable though not hot or solventy.

Rich malt backbone combining with bourbon barrel aging leads to flavors of vanilla, toffee, and burnt sugar. Though difficult to pick up in the aroma, some citrusy hops can be spotted here in the flavor. Pleasant lingering caramel sweetness in the finish.

Medium-full bodied with moderate/moderate-low carbonation level. Smooth with warming from alcohol.

Overall this is one delicious beer. Complex array of flavors keeps my palette intrigued in taking sip after sip. My only regret is that I didn't ask for a couple bottles to cellar as I think this will only get better over the next few years and beyond.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow!! Another BIG THANKS to @ASUBeer for this one.

Not going to break it all down into separate categories.

Pours a beautiful ruby meets dark honey in color with a half inch of quickly dissipating creamy head. The aroma brings pure bliss. Gives that well balanced barleywine, not sweet enough to be a truly English one, but sweeter than some of the ones out there that the hops flatten out the sweet. Smells a bit like Mother of all Storms, with some barrel thrown in. Very tantalizing. The flavor is quick to grab. A bit of Bourbon barrel, malt, hint of fruity caramel ( I know that one sounds a bit off), and...gentle heat. Mine is a young one, 2012, and this is August. But not offputting in the least-just the opposite, Nirvana. Mouthfeel is full enough with a silky, slightly oily finish. Malt and Bourbon barrel linger in the aftertaste--thankfully.

Now I need another 3-4 bottles to sit on, and see how they are in a year or two. Great Barleywine!

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Photo of peensteen
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

chestnut brown colour, one finger of off white head, some lace. Smell is of bourbon, sticky toffee, caramel and oak, vanilla with a rich malt and buttered toffee. Taste starts rich and malty, oak and butterscotch with caramel, vanilla and toffee, bourbon throughout with a touch of alcohol heat into the aftertaste, sweet finish and aftertaste. Lightly carbonated, medium body. Simply outstanding, very drinkable and worth repeat visits to.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a swampy mahogany amber. 2 fingers worth of off-white bubbly foam. Quickly recedes but is quickly rescued with a brisk swirl.

S - the aroma is intense yet elegant. Bourbon is noticeable but blends well with the caramel malt creating the illusion of a pot of freshly melted caramel. Notes of oak and vanilla are very prominent as well. Deep almost vinous fruit character such as cherries, figs, raisins, and raspberries. Cereal grains and hints of spice round out the nose.

T - grainy malt flavor on the tip of the tongue followed by the sticky sweet flavors of toffee and caramel. A peppery alcohol hit comes in mid palate along with woody notes and vanilla. Dark and dried fruit notes on the backend. Finish is lengthy and complex with peppery alcohol, vanilla, caramel and fruit flavors all fighting for attention.

M - creamy texture. Fuller side of medium bodied. High carbonation. Tight full bubbles. I would assume this was bottle conditioned.

O - an excellent barrel aged beer. CW just knows what to do with beer in a barrel. Something i would love to drink again.

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Photo of derkfromwi
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottled in JAN

A: Darker amber, finger of nice, light tan head, a bit hazy and structured, carbonation is there, good looks

S: Bourbon and malts, bit of hops

T: " and " first, brown sugar, vanilla

M: Good for style, almost very good

O: I like it a lot! Can't complain much, thank you lots Central Waters, and your team!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Thanks to mtunnell for this one. Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Dense pour barely stirs up a light caramel head that collapses quickly. Beer is a slightly cloudy clay-amber. Lacing is very spotty and sparse with oily legs. Average.

Nose really makes my mouth water. Robust toffee, caramel, and dark fruit. Brown sugar mixed with deep booziness topped off with a slight raisin and anise note. Really nice.

Opens dark fruit, caramel, and brown sugar. Toffee appears towards the middle and end integrate some booziness here and there. Very sweet and syrupy. Honey and molasses throughout. Finish is sweet with a lingering, sugary aftertaste. Incredible.

Medium to full bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Oily and robust in the mouth and thick and syrupy going down. Abrasive, hot finish with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. Exactly what I want.

Having heard so much about this beer and finally getting to try it, I can say for sure now that this most definitely lives up to the hype. Really great fresh and I can't even imaging how this would be with a couple of years on it. An amazing beer through and through.

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Photo of vacax
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle vintage 2009.

Pours a rich dark color somewhere between copper and black but nicely translucent. The head is present but not too lively, which is expected at 11.5% ABV, but has an unexpected high level of retention and a fine layer of microubbles that carpets the glass when swirled and leaves a surprising amount of lace. The aroma is luxurious with malt, sweet oaky bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, maple, and a touch of vinous character to mellow it all out.

The flavor begins on a note of delicate balance between rich malts and assertive bitterness that carries through gracefully to the finish. The initial profile starts with maple, brown sugar, and oak the develops on the midpalate with plum and bourbon. The finish has the duality of lasting tongue prickly bitterness along with a bready cookielike lingering next to some masked flora. Feel is chewy with a feeling of full but soft carbonation that pleases the palate just right, hard to get better for a barleywine.

A few people I trust have told me that this beer is the real deal, including Overlord and Mikedashg (thanks Mike for this bottle). They were right. Deliciously complex, rich, balanced, elegant, and flat out tasty.

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Photo of BrotherDylan
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon. Then some more bourbon. And why not, grab a third helping of bourbon. I swear there is a pretty dam good barley wine somewhere in this beer.

It poured flat and thick with a bursting aroma of a bourbon soaked whiskey barrel. its ruby red and carmel like. It looks like bourbon juice.

the flavor is ripe with dark fruit, vanilla, wood spice, bourbon, cream, and a little oxidative sherry flavor. No hop flavor but some stringent hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is by far the best part of this beer. Its got a wood coarseness that drys the beer out nicely and accentuates the hop bitterness.

bottom line, if you like strong beers that overwhelm you with oaky bourbon flavors, buy more than one of this guy.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 2,294 ratings.
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