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:
2,362
Reviews:
642
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.88%
 
 
Wants:
713
Gots:
737
For Trade:
90
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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

12 oz bottle, 2014 version. Pours deep caramel brown, off white head fades to thin layer that coats the glass. Roma is full of bourbon, vanilla, wood, raisins. Big sweet malty flavor up front. Followed by vanilla and bourbon, lots if it, ends with lingering oak. Nice soft mouthfeel. Overall really tasty Barleywine, maybe a little heavy on the bourbon, but quite good.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DIM
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, I loved the non-BA version (Y2k), I can't wait to try this one. Thanks, abents, for the chance! 2008 version.

a: Looks exactly the same to me.

s: Tobacco and bourbony vanilla combine with brown sugar and mellow dark fruits. Great balance here.

t: Sweet, oaky brown sugar followed by toffee and bourbon. The finish is tobacco and a hint of piny hops. Beautiful balance here. I haven't tried many, but this is the best barrel aged b-wine I've had.

m: Gentle carbonation and a long, lovely, piny and slightly sweet tobacco finish.

d: It's been a long time since I've been so sad to see an empty glass. This was just spectacular. I need more from Central Waters.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle courtesy of klikger, thanks again!

Pours a bright amber color with a small white head.

Aromas are of ripe figs, sugars, cereal grains, and booze.

Flavors are full and outstanding. Tastes like sweet cereal grains almost like grape nuts soaked in bourbon. Grainy with almost a rye bread like flavor as well as some dark fruit flavors. Finish is warm and boozy.

Mouthfeel is decent, but seems a touch thin.

Drinkability is quite good. This is a tasy powerhouse of a barley wine. It has a few flaws, but they were easy to overlook when I take a sip...

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of campfirebrew
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Hendrick24
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of richkrull
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of misternebbie
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jas45678
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle courtesy of Roger85

Pours a murky brown with a small off white head. Smell has tons of bourbon with vanilla, toffee, carmel and sweet malts. Taste is like the nose, lots of bourbon with the other flavors in the background. A little boozy. Medium to light mouthfeel with lower carbonation. Overall a very good Barleywine that if I had access to would buy a lot.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to nflmvp for this bottle.

a - deep brown color with red accents, quite cloudy, two-finger ivory head, retention around the edges, good lacing

s - strong sweet maltiness with some citrus, orange and pine hop notes as well, hints of bourbon and oak

t - sweet maltiness up front, midpalate is more maltiness mixed with piney and citrusy hop bitterness, finish is more bitterness mixed with strong notes of bourbon and oak, the alcohol lingers for awhile, very nice

m - full-bodied, moderate carbonation, quite dry on the finish

d - this is definitely a sipper, the alcohol is prominent, but not in a bad way, just limits the drinkability

Great barleywine all around. I'm not sure whether I like this or the regular Kosmyk Charlie better, but this is a good use of bourbon barrel aging...does not overwhelm, but mellows a bit and adds a few dimensions to the flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ssimpson89
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GbVDave
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

2009 vintage

A: Pours a dark caramel-brown that shows off some deep ruby hues when held to the light. Topping this is a dark khaki colored, one-finger layer of creamy foam that takes forever to recede, but as it does it leaves some gorgeous looking sheets of lace behind.

S:Absolutely heavenly aromas of (of course) bourbon, vanilla, coconut, rum raisin bread pudding, dark chocolate drizzled cherries, buttery caramel, cinnamon sugar, and at the very end a bit of solvent alcohol.

T: Well, what can I say about this that I didn't just say above? As it warms, a myriad of spicy dark fruit flavors emerge. Mainly spiced figs and plums. Chocolate covered cherry becomes quite prominant in the finish, as well. Molassas, brown sugar, roasted nuts, and bourbon sodden oak.

M: So rich and creamy and smooth. Bordering on syrupy but the subtly spicy hops and slight sliver of peppery hot alcohol keep that from happening. What I imagine it would feel like to drink half and half fortified with a shot of bourbon or rum. I truly can't believe how thick and rich this is.

D: This has got to be one of the very best BBBW's being produced right now. Hands down. Smooth, complex, and best of all, not overly hot, ragged, or skull crushingly strong. Sure, it's meant to be sipped but those sips were coming pretty quickly for me.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of leroybrown10
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a amber-brown color with moderate haze. Some reddish highlights. 1+ finger head is a creamy tan color. Moderate amount of spiderweb lacing which doesn't last.

Bourbon, caramel, and toffee on the nose. Oak, vanilla, and doughy malt. Some dates/fig notes.

Very big caramel, brown sugar, and toffee flavors. Bourbon next. Dark fruits and booze. Oakiness on the back end.

Rich, sticky mouth feel. Sweet but not syrupy. Moderate carbonation. A bit boozy. Strong barrel notes linger.

Really nice bourbon barrel aged barleywine. Not getting much hops, seems more of an English Barleywine than an American one.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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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