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

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2,410 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:
#497
Reviews:
659
Ratings:
2,410
pDev:
8.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of harrymel
3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan, 2012
Pours hazy graham brown with an etched surface. Smells of bourbon, oak, sweet malts, some nougat and alohol with a hint of candied cherry. Taste is sweet and carries vanilla, bitterness, sharp alcohol, raisin, some oak a bit of toffee and plenty of crystalized malts. Odd body is initially medium, but has a hollow feel with lower carb and a wet finish. This is a decent brew, but nothing I remember being particularly exceptional when staged against MoAS.

Bottled January 2011, reviewed 12JUL11
3/4.5/2.5/4/3.5- 3.28
A: pours a hazy dark caramel ale with two fingers of yellow and creamy head. The head falls to a solid billowy sheet of the same. Spotty lacing. Orange hues sharpen where light passes through this murky ale.
S: Good stuff here. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, caramelized sugars. Really has a matured nose despite only being six months old. There's only a slight hint of tart smell I get from some BA BW's; but it is not intrusive here.
T: Sharp up front, the alcohol is present, but then it falls quickly to reveal some beautiful toffees, brittle, caramel, oak, bourbon is pretty strong in here IMO. As I've been drinking more of this beer, the alcohol seems to continue to be a little over the top; it overbears the other notes this beer has to offer.
M: chewy. Moderate carb. Sticky leftovers. Good feel.
O: A good beer with plenty of potential, but the heat is still up there IMO. I would like another bottle, but I would like it to sit for a year or two.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of xtonytx
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of SierraFlight
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of flexabull
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Hendrick24
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of misternebbie
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle - vintage 2017

Pours slightly hazy amber red with a creamy light khaki colored foam head. Smells like bourbon, nutty oak, caramel, vanilla, boozy toffee, brown sugar, graham cracker, toasted bready malts, rich dark fruits, plum, raisin, dark cherry, figs, dates, red apple, orange citrus, spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like boozy rich dark fruits, plum, raisin, dark cherry, figs, dates, red apple, orange citrus, bourbon, nutty oak, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, graham cracker, toasted bready malts, spice, with bitter floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice bourbon barrel aged barleywine.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of GbVDave
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 2,410 ratings
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