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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:
#490
Reviews:
653
Ratings:
2,394
pDev:
8.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of DRBiser
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Version, I got this sucker from Masterski in our recent trade.

A pretty, dark ruby colored body that is cloudy and hazy.

This smells good right away, boasting dark fruits, caramel and toffee malts, brown sugar, and a good dose of bourbon aromas.

The aromas reappear in the flavor here with more vigor. The caramel, toffee and brown sugar are right up front. They are sweet, rich and deep, and they mix with a moderately strong flavor of figs and other dark fruits. Although this is the 2009 version, I would guess that this barleywine is at least a year old based on the flavor, which I think is a good thing. I guess it had to spend some time in that barrel, but I wonder how much? Next in the taste comes the slightest bit of hop bitterness, but it is tiny. Then comes a good taste of bourbon and then barrel characteristics with the spicy flavor of oak. The finish is warm and a bit boozy.

Mouthfeel is full, with a warm finish.

This is a nice beer with great drinkability. Very tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Overlord
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Unclejedi for sharing this with me! I will try to review quickly, before the memory fades from my mind.

Pours a ruddy brown, some slow bubbling carbonation.

Smell is excellent, with some nice, not overpowering bourbon notes, caramel, and some balancing dark fruits and grapefruit/pine hops.

Taste delivers on the aroma. The citrus profile rounds out to include sweet orange along with the grapefruit and pine, some indescribable dark fruit and tropical notes, and a heavy bourbon and caramel malt base. Mmm... I hadn't heard of this beer before, and it was pretty stunning to try. Quite delicious, and very drinkable. Could have easily had a growler or two of this.

If this was a one-time, brewery only release of about 1000 bottles in a 750 ml bottle, the hype would be insane.

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Photo of mcallister
4.72/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

We've got liftoff. No seriously this is a fine looking brew and even better smelling. Christ almighty.

Dank dirty chestnut in appearance with a tan creamy head that leaves the party a little early.

Wonderful aromas in this. Lead by toasty vanilla infused oak and soft hints of bourbon. Than a rich caramel malt comes through and a musty hop aroma with fig and date characteristics. Some walnut and brown sugar as well.

This is a brew I'd love to have every day for the rest of my life. Great barrel aging art on this. Rich and creamy middle showing off caramel and toffee. Ripe dates and dried figs, alcohol, brown sugar, rum soaked raisin, thick tight vanilla and wood with a Jefferson's Reserve bourbon flavor. I have no clue what bourbon barrels they used or why I even said that. A showing of residual sugar towards the late middle ends in earthy hop bitter bliss balancing things impressively.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep reddish caramel color with an off white to light tan head. The aroma is sweet and boozy with malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak and bourbon. The taste is amazing with vanilla, oak, coconut, bourbon, and some dark fruits. The finish is bitter and a bit hot but nice. This is a really tasty beer.

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

i got bottles of this one from both EliteDigger and Jay23. thanks scott and jay!

12oz bottle, 2008 vintage. sampled nov 22/08.

pours deep red, not quite brown, with a small very dense tan head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is great. bourbon. vanilla. oak. light alcohol. caramel and toffee. touch of butterscotch. dark fruit - date, plum, raisin. whole wheat bread. biscuit. cracker. hint of toasty character. there's more depth here than i'm really able to capture. great stuff.

taste is great. light alcohol. medium bitterness level. vanilla, bourbon, oak. caramel and toffee. bit of butterscotch. loads of malt. biscuit, multi-grain bread, cracker. dark fruit - date, raisin, bit of plum. bit of lighter fruit character too, though less specific. hint of dark chocolate.

mouthfeel is great. fairly big body. silky smooth medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. the barrel character is present but not overpowering and works very well. this is my second favourite bourbon barrel barleywine behind kuhnhenn's. really great stuff. glad i still have another in the cellar.

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Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev -7.2%

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

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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4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TomMorris
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of herman77
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Murky dark amber/muddy brown. Small of white head. Very minimal lacing.

S: Lots of bourbon, sweet carmel malt, toffee, vanilla, oak and raisins.

T: Big hints of bourbon up front. Vanilla and oak dominate followed by a rich carmel/toffee malt. The integration between the maltiness and the bourbon is really good. Nice warming alcohol in the finish that lingers. I'm sure it mellows with age, but the heat from the bourbon works really well with this right now.

M: Fuller body, smooth and soft carbonation. Chewy and thick, love it.

O: Very impressive. Pretty damn good drinkability too considering what it is. Bummed I only picked up a single of this and I need to try the base beer.

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Photo of nickd717
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a mostly clear dark brown color with reddish hues and a small off-white head.

Great aroma with bourbon, oak, vanilla, and caramel.

Flavor is similarly awesome, very bourbony but not too much som with caramel and toffee, raisin and prune, brown sugar, vanilla, and oak.

Medium-bodied and smooth on the palate, not too boozy.

Drinkability is pretty high. This one really kicks ass overall. Phenomenal BBBW, up there with Perfect Storm. A damn fine beer.

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Photo of Hallertau
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of sparx1100
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Crosling
3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label is the same as the regular Kosmyk Charlies Y2K Catastrophe Ale, but with a circle shaped green sticker on the right side of the label that states, "aged in bourbon barrels." Only available at the brewery. Ruby brown color. Fairly powerful nose, mainly dominated by the bourbon barrel (vanilla, bourbon, oak, coconut.) Palate is okay, could be more textured and creamier. Flavor is good, but not sublime. Fairly well balanced, but the flavors don’t come together very well. I’ve had several better bourbon barrel aged barley wines.

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Photo of Devman171
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of CPAles
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdillon86
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Nice ruby color with solid retention but does dissapate to nothing as it settles down and warms up.

Fantastic notes of bourbon with a good backing of darker fruits and a little medicinal hop kick. Even the oak is apparent in the nose,subtle but does pop its head up.

Heavy caramel and fruit upfront. Nice vanilla following that makes way for the huge bourbon blast that takes over the ride.

Full bodied and a little too flat. A slight chew as well.

Not a bad beer, a little bit much as warms up.

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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Mersh
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 2,394 ratings
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