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

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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:
#1,292
Reviews:
217
Ratings:
1,055
pDev:
7.26%
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
304
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,055 |  Reviews: 217
Photo of Duncian
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tittyfish
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of briandgilbert
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - deek brown pour, not black
Smell - it’s got a smell of good things to come!
Taste - wow! A big bite of the bourbon barrel flavor but a wicked bite of some sweetness as well, wow this is a big punch of two types of flavor!
Overall - of the bourbon ales, this one has a bite to it and I like it! Might be my fav from Central Waters!

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Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vheissu15
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An aggressive pour leaves pretty much no head crowning a dark brown body. Aroma of bourbon, licorice, molasses, maybe just a hint of brown sugar. Strong notes of baker's chocolate, raisins, plums, with a permeating undercurrent of vanilla and toasted walnuts. The whiskey signature becomes more pronounced as it warms. It coats the back of the tongue and lingers there, sort of fading away on the throat. Nothing short of phenomenal.

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Photo of hermit990
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with a modest tan head. Lots of bourbon and oak along with toffee on the nose. The taste was a great mix of bourbon and sweet caramel malt. Really well balanced. Clean tasting and smooth on the finish. Loved this one.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JimboBrews54
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TheHopsman
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of porters4life
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vixie
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, almost muddy brown color. It does form more of a tan head considering the strength.

The smell is pretty strong with this one. It starts out woody, reminds me a bit of the outdoors. There is some sweetness, smoke, vanilla, and toffee notes.

Like the smell, a bit woody up front, likely due to the barrel aging. It quickly turns sweet, but not overly so, more like a dark chocolate sweetness, and a bit of dried fruit. There is some caramel and toffee as well, and a lingering bitterness at the finish.

Fairly high amount of carbonation for the strength, which adds to the feel, which is overall pretty solid.

I'd have to say this is one of the more unique beers I've had recently. I am not overly familiar with the style, so not sure how closely matched it is to the standard. I do know it is a fairly complex beer that hides it's strength well, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of champ103
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a muddied dark brown color. A two finger beige head forms, and gently recedes. Not much lace is left behind though, which might not be expected anyway.
S: Big wood barrel aromas up front. Then chocolate and brown malts. Vanilla and dark fruits. Lots going on here, and it all works in balance.
T: The barrel character is great up front with wood and vanilla. Though that never gets in the way of everything else. Dry bakers chocolate, toasted and brown malts that are not full on roasted, dark fruits like cherries. Even a nutty flavor, then some sweet vanilla comes back in the finish. Lots going on here, but incredibly balanced so nothing gets overbearing, and just excellent.
M/O: A big full body that has a surprising amount of carbonation at first. Though that smooths out as this breaths. Very smooth, and not viscous at all (which can be a detriment on some ultra high alcohol beers IMO). Supremely easy to drink, no heat at all, just a bit of warmth. Which makes it all that much more enjoyable to sip.

An excellent barrel aged version of their Scotch Ale. Incredibly balance with a great depth of flavor. Central Waters does big and barrel aged incredibly well. I will have to get more of this when I see it.

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Photo of Ssitron
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Label is marked for Vintage as '2017'.
Opaque, deep brown colored body. Aggressive pour brings out a skiff of off beige head, which sticks around as scattered islands and a ring. Medium spots of lacing are left behind.
Aroma is sweet, dark fruits and bourbon, oak barrels.
Taste is of sweet figs, dates, toffee, brown sugar, and bourbon from the oak barrels. Has a little bit of grass and vanilla.
Mouth feel is medium, with some syrupy coating of the mouth going on. No bitterness and very little alcohol burn.
Quality barrel aged Scotch Ale. Well balanced and not too sweet, and the barrel notes do not overwhelm.

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

Photo of jbu0126
4.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of McHenry
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pstam87
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChipChaight
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vytas
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1/6 barrel and am really enjoying.
This is a Wee Heavy in taste: strong carmel and molasses notes.
Very malty and somewhat sweet.

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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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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 1,055 ratings