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

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4.27/5
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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch AleBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
centralwaters.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cherrywood smoked Scotch ale aged in used 12 year old bourbon barrels.

Added by tourdot on 07-15-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#811
Reviews:
211
Ratings:
1,032
pDev:
7.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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95
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Photo of edthehead
3.89/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersnake1
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice dark brown - almost black. Nose is incredible. Full of caramel, figs, raisin, molasses, bourbon, and maybe some cherries. Really inviting. Taste is phenomenal. One of the top scotch ales I have tasted. This has a lot of barrel character coming through right away. Rich toffee, dark fruit, tree sap, grass, some nutty flavors, and figs. Nicely balanced and complex. Mostly sweet, but a slight bitterness on the back end. Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Thick and viscous, with a alcohol heat coming through slightly. Overall, I am a big fan of this beer.

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Photo of thristybeing
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown, with a very small, lacing head. Big sweet nose with hints of malts, bourbon and oak. Taste is also very vanilla, with oak tones and warm, with malt flavors, mixed with bourbon and scotch notes. Good body and feel. Overall, its a very big, not too boozy beer. Best Scotch Ale I've had.

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Photo of bplabernie
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LarzH
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chilmer
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Milktoast75
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Scotch ale is my favorite style of beer. This S/A is the the best barrel aged I’ve had.
Rich, deep inviting caramel color. The color is telling of the taste, minus the caramel. I’m not going the rave about the smell, taste, feel though it would be easy to do. This is a true winner. Lucky for me, living a hour away from CW brewery, I can stock up and cellar some this nectar. Central Waters has truly nailed the barrel aging process.

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Photo of StormAles
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zenboy99
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice bourbon taste, not as strong of a bourbon smell. Great flavor and feel

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Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two-finger light tan head that fades very slowly leaving a decent lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Bourbon nose and flavor is bourbon, caramel, and molasses. Higher ABV stays hidden. Nice scotch ale. Bottled in 2016. $4.70 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sauced4life
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Isarnan
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of festizio
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nyrblue2
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Holderness
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged for two years.

L — Dark brown with a small fizzy light tan head. Minimal retention or lacing
S — Sweet syrupy molasses, dark fruit, bourbon, caramel, vanilla
T — Molasses, bourbony woody character, maple, brown sugar, smoke, mild char, caramel, cherry, raisin, prune. Pretty overt booze presence, surprising given the age
F — Medium+ mouthfeel, medium- carb. Similar in mouthfeel to Bourbon County Barleywine: sweet and boozy without much fluffiness
O — The booziness is quite aggressive on this one, which detracts from the otherwise pleasant flavors and mouthfeel. Appropriate serving temp is very important. Got a 4-pack of this on deep discount for only $5, though, so can't complain

81/100

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of oline73
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenHoppy
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic! Very balanced combination of caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and molasses. Only Central Waters beer worth seeking out. Only criticism is that its a bit thin.

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Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS release from the Central Waters Brewers Reserve BA series :)
One of the BEST Scotch Ales that I’ve tasted to date .
Highly recommended !!

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Photo of boogerisu
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 1,032 ratings