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

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4.26/5
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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): 9.50%

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:
#843
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
1,016
pDev:
7.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
94
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295
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Ratings: 1,016 |  Reviews: 207
Photo of aclockworkchris
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nyrblue2
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Holderness
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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 +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NathanBeets
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenHoppy
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +2.1%
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 -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammydabull54
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottle poured into a snifter. Very dark with only a tiny amount of light coming through. 1/2 inch of off white head that dissipated quickly. Smells of bourbon and vanilla and caramel. Good bourbon taste with nutty Carmel. Great beer!

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was a 2016 bottled beer I bought from a store in Charleston, SC. Somewhat disappointed with this one, had a cardboard and soy sauce aroma, and the flavors were somewhat muted in complexity and not too much bourbon notes either. Perhaps this one is better fresh vs. aged.

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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled June 2017 poured into a thistle glass at slightly warmer than fridge temp, no ABV listed on bottle. The beer pours very dense dark brown with light tan head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is lovely with bourbon, oak, vanilla & light smokiness. The taste is semisweet and lightly smoky malt with more vanilla, oak and just a touch of bourbon in the finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied, lightly carbonated, rich and smooth. There is no real bitterness, but this beer never approaches cloying. Overall, outstanding. This is how you add to a base beer style with a barrel, not overpower it with spirits.
Recommended.

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rristow
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle. Pours black with beige head. Aroma is bourbon, toffee, caramel. Thick and sticky on the mouthfeel. Flavors of maple syrup, caramel, toffee, nutty, dark fruits, bourbon. Bourbon adds nice flavor but not overpowering. Excellent scotch ale. Definitely top tier.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark Chestnut brown color. Beige head settles after a time. Wispy lacing.

S: The nose is rife with sweet bourbon and bourbon ball candy. Deep caramel and cocoa aromas. Burnt sugars, barrel char, smoke. Figs and sugar dates. Great nose.

T: Caramel and cocoa malt flavors are forward. Nutty, bread crust. Sugar dates, figs, and even berry notes. A saturating blanket of malt. Sweet bourbon brings its own notes of caramel, bourbon balls, and pecans. Mild barrel char and wisps of smoke (most likely from the barrel, I don't detect any peat). Sweet malt/bourbon finish.

M: Decadent. Thick and chewy. Rich and weighty. Smooth and easy. One could cut it with a fork and knife. Moderate carbonation prickles around the tongue.

O: There's a "bomb cyclone" blizzard going on outside, and this is really hitting the spot. Layers of malt complexity are complemented beautifully by the barrel. It's exactly what I'd hoped it would be and more. Central Waters nails the big, barrel aged beers.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of chewy6935
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vidblain
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dharmelink
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep brown, one finger of tan head drops to a ring.

Aroma hints at sherry and stone fruit

Flavor is sweet, vaguely Smokey, buttery oak and vanilla

Mouthfeel is lush and heavy, carbonation level perfect for the style

Outstanding example of the style, you might have to go to Scotland to do any better

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4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 1,016 ratings