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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
Ranking:
#488
Reviews:
653
Ratings:
2,390
pDev:
8.58%
Bros Score:
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Photo of swampoodle
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of 7irondave
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NappyB
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear, deep garner with a finger of tan head.

Aroma is boozy barrel dominant.

Flavor has a rich toffee note, significant hop bite, plenty of buttery oak, vanilla, and a hot boozy finish.

Mouthfeel is moderately heavy tempered with decent carbonation.

Overall a fantastic take on the style. I'd love to visit this vintage 4 to 6 years from now, but it presents well right now. A bit edgy bitterness between the oak tannins and hop level, balances the toffee sweet malt base well.

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Photo of brureview
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer and excellent approach to style.
Poured in a Mikasa Tulip- a light tea brown color with a one finger head.
Not totally opaque.

Raisin, toffee, and oak. Similar to Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. The color is lighter than Bigfoot as I recall.
Excellent MF- malty, easy to drink. Smooth.
Oak, raisin, toffee. Classic American Barleywine- so smooth.
Medium bitterness. I like this. Not a sharp edged bitterness as in Bigfoot.
I prefer this beer to Bigfoot, but both are excellent examples of American Barleywines.

Great beer. Serve at 50°.

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Photo of donaldgarner
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep red-brown color with a persistent head. Wispy and spotty lacing.

S: Deep toast, bread crust, treacle, fig and golden raisin, oaky, bourbon.

T: Bread crust, toast, scones, caramel and toffee. Golden raisin and dates. Strongly oaky middle to end with a good tick off bourbon. Long, warming bourbon and malt finish.

M: Thick and chewy. One could cut it with a knife. Viscous. Low carbonation. Weighty.

O: Damn good barleywine, and made better by its marriage to the bourbon barrel. It's really hard to do a barrel aged American barleywine better than this. Top marks.

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Photo of gopens44
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picture perfect with about a finger of dense foam beige head over a dark ruby body. Nose is heavy on vanilla, followed up with a bready malt signature. Taste is similar to the nose but the vanilla veers into bourbon territory. Malt backbone is present as well, with a little sweetness and caramel. Finishes dry with a little sacharin sweetness on the tongue. Not really too hot either. Easily one of the better BA'd barleywines I've had.

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Photo of jkblr
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle marked vintage 2017 poured into a Duvel glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on bottle. The beer pours a medium reddish brown with thick, very light brown head and quite a bit of snow globe floaties. The head recedes slowly to a ring and thin cap with some nice lacing. The aroma is whiskey first with some vanilla, caramel and oak present as well. The taste is smooth burnt sugar and offsetting bitterness than melts away to flavors of oak, vanilla, caramel and whiskey. Very nice and unexpectedly complex flavors at this price point. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lowly carbonated and mostly dry. The floaties are not the distraction I thought they might be. No noticeable booze in the aroma or taste. Very pleasant warmth while drinking.
Overall, excellent. Worth a try if you enjoy complex tastes over a beer that tastes like a boilermaker.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Deep amber color. Fierce carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose and flavor is sweet bourbon and hints of toffee. High ABV, 11.2%, warming, but hidden. Decent barleywine. $4.60 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

#bil

Love a good barleywine. Straight up I prefer the American style over the English, but when it’s barrel aged its the other way around. I prefer the interplay between the rich malt and barrel without the piney bitterness. All that being said - this is a great beer.

Amber hue with a one-finger cap of head. Aroma is candied fruit, blood orange, toffee and oak. Moderately boozy.

Taste is right there with more barrel-vanilla, bourbon sweetness and a light, deft touch of pine. Slightly sweet fruit has a nice interplay with the rich, sweet malt.

Creamy on the palate but not quite thick or syrupy. Warmth not heat from the alcohol. An excellent example of the style.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and now that it's around it's time to see what it's like, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label isn't that great looking, it's a little hard to read and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a darker brown color that took on a little bit of a ruby hue when held to the light and it had a fingers worth of creamy very light tan head that died down to a thin stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, i have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with bourbon barrels being the first to show up and they impart a nice bourbon, light oak and vanilla like aroma that go right into a slight alcohol aroma. Up next comes the dark fruits which are a little on the bright and juicy side with some raisin aromas seeming to stick out the most and that goes into the malts which impart some caramel, caramel malt, light toffee, toasted malt, bread crust and sweet malts with just a slight leather like aroma towards the end. This beer has a very nice aroma, it's just what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little more intense and it starts off with a medium amount of high sweetness with the bourbon barrels being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time they are stronger and more intense and that goes into the booze which is the same way, it's fairly warming and boozy. Up next comes the dark fruits which are a little lighter than they were in the aroma not as juicy, but it's still the raisin that sticks out the most. Towards the end comes the malts which are also stronger than they were in the aroma and they impart all the same aspects with no single one sticking out the most this time. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness along with some more sweetness and a little more booze with some caramel, bourbon, vanilla and sweet malt like flavors in the aftertaste. This is very nice tasting example of the style, it's a little more intense than the aroma led me to believe.

M- A little smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, boozy, warming, slightly overly bitter, on the medium side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation the mouthfeel is good, but I wish it was a little less better and the alcohol could have been hidden just a little better.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and it's a very nice example of the style, it pretty much had all the aspects that I look for in a bourbon barrel aged Barleywine and I thought all the flavors worked well with each other while making this beer pretty complex. This beer had ok drinkability, I think one or half a glass would be a good amount for me, anymore than that and it would be a little too much for me. What I like the most about this beer is the taste and the aroma, they were really nice and the highlights of this beer with their complexity. What I liked thee least about this beer was the mouthfeel, I wish it was a little less better and the alcohol could have been hidden a little better. I would buy this beer again and I would like to see how it ages over time, I would for sure recommend it if your looking for a good and intense bourbon barrel aged barelywine that really lives up to the style. All in all I was happy with this beer and I was a little impress with how much flavor and complexity that they crammed into this beer. It's now my favorite beer from this brewery and it's a very nice example of the style. Good job guys, this is one tasty and intense beer, keep it up.

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Photo of BrewNoob1
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenBayBA
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ale_addin
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nwhittin
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish-brown with a centimeter of dense, light-tan cappuccino foam head that eventually settles into a thin cap.

Earthy hops stand out in the nose, followed by a mix of malt and bourbon with strong vanilla and toffee notes.

This continues to the taste, where the hops take on a somewhat piney quality, and the vanilla and toffee meet a hint of raisin and a distinct woody character. There's strong bitterness and a lingering alcohol bite in the aftertaste.

Big, creamy mouthfeel with strong carbonation.

As American barleywines go, this is right up there. Big and bitter all the way through.

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Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wizzle32
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jimmyd3
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured beer into snifter with slight incline. Coloration is a golden caramel. As I poured the smell of sweet dark fruit and vanilla caressed my nose with just a hint of bourbon. Had a quick taste at 40 degrees. Very pleasant, slightly warming feel to the mouth. First flavor was of slightly burnt caramel along with vanilla and a hint of raisin with the bourbon rolling across the tongue at the end. I let it warm into the fifty degree range before drinking further. As suspected the warmth brought the flavor of the beer into full blossom. Definitely a beer that will be added to my list of top choices.

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4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wheels2532
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Different malt taste than Bcbw but on par with taste and feel.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 2,390 ratings
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