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

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch AleBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale
BA SCORE
96%
Liked This Beer
4.26 w/ 979 ratings
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:
#789
Reviews:
198
Ratings:
979
Liked:
940
Avg:
4.26/5
pDev:
7.28%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
95
Gots:
297
Trade:
44
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Ratings: 979 |  Reviews: 198
Photo of TheArtOfWort
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of arniepnminne
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brand this beer with a dinosaur, a family members name, a philosopher, or some wonderfully gifted county next to Tennessee and she be gone! Silky caramel and molasses waves intertwining with chocolates and whiskey, some wet wood, vanilla and a touch of smoke. Killer.

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Photo of dlord16
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of beermanben
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MattSharpless
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Norvelljeff
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of wattersmike90
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Stezz420
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Beerlover
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Localdrinklax
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of KS1297
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of archero
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of baelsmash
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Czequershuus
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a deep, rich brown will a solid and small head. The aroma is immediately intensely inviting - brown sugar, plums, apricots, raisins, and allspice. It smells like a christmas cake. The flavor is equally compellimg - a rich sweet bread flavor along with rich fruits, maybe even baked fruits - bananas, apples, plums smothered in brown sugar. There is an almost port-like character to this beer, it is so rich and decadent. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and luscious. Overall a phenomenal beer. Does Central Waters have the best mass released barrel aged beer? I can find no competitor for them.

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Photo of mpgrif2
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ta_hagen
4.96/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served into an Ikea brandy snifter. Appearance is nearly black with tinges of amber. There is a small brown head that fades quickly.

Smell is really interesting. There's a dark fruity sweetness that reminds me of red wine, and lots of oaky booziness. There's some weird tartness that actually smells a lot like blue cheese. In fact, once I've made that connection, blue cheese is all I can smell here. Which is actually really awesome - I love blue cheese. :)

Taste has lots of dark fruitiness. The blue cheesy tartness is still there, but less prevalent than on the nose. Lots of booziness that works really well with the flavors.

Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect - nice and thick, but not syrupy.

Overall, this was just an incredible beer. Maybe it's just that I haven't had any other bourbon barrel aged scotch ales, but this really blew me away! Thanks a lot to coirm for the bottle!

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Walligator
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing BB scotch ale!
Black, thick, aged bourbon up front. Thought I just stuck my head in the barrel, the aroma so intense but not over powering.

I enjoy a good bourbon, and the initial taste was just that, with the sweet chocolate and malt right behind it.Of course, as it warms, it just keeps getting better. This truly is one of the best, if not THE best SA brew I've ever had. Thanks Central Waters for sharing this experience!

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Photo of dmb987
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of scotorum
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

CENTRAL WATERS BREWERS RESERVE BBA SCOTCH ALE 2/21/17

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English nonick

a: Nearly black clear ruby with a two inch thick offwhite head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Whiskey and caramel malt.

t; Whiskey with considerable prominence, cut with mild caramel malt. Sweet finish with some pleasing bitter notes. 9.5% ABV is beautifully covered.

m; Medium to full, excellent substantial yet smooth body and some carbonation tingle.

o; An excellent BBA Scotch ale! May be superior to my favorite, Founders' Backwoods Bastard, due to a bit more sweet malt flavor balancing the strong whiskey presence. One of the best BBA Scotch ales available.

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Photo of OldRickSputin
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage 12 oz bottle.

Outstanding!

Pretty dark with some light getting through at both ends. A thin 1/8" head remains throughout. A nice spread of thin lacing of sticks around and follows the glass from top bottom. Decent carbonation which dissipates but does not disappear.

The aroma- it just doesn't get any better than this. Reminds me of BCBS barley wine. Nice raisin, apple, toffee, and smooth smooth bourbon! (Very complex, I'm sure I missing some)

Mouthfeel is great...and compliments the taste wonderfully.

See all of the aroma notes and that's what you get with taste. Nothing metallic or overly-boozy, just a nice smooth wee heavy that definitely tastes better before getting too warm.

I'll try to revise this review as I drink the remaining 7 bottles I have. So...probably within the next week. I don't believe aging/cellaring this would be wise. :)

I'm tempted to give this a 100/100...it's really that good.

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Photo of italianstallion
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ZAP
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Deep brown color....nice tan head and lace

S--Huge bourbon aroma...sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, nougat, oak...

T-Tough to match the aroma but this comes close....I debated hard between a 5.0 and 4.75 and settled on the later as I feel the aroma also helps the flavor as you drink it....on its own the flavor is big on the bourbon, vanilla, toffee and caramel....much the same as the aroma but not as intense....just a hint of dark fruits as well...light peaty malts emerge late...

M-Nice velvety lush feel to this....I'd call it high side of medium bodied or light side of full bodied...splitting hairs....

OThis is an elite offerings. One of the my favorite beers of all-time. These fuckers do the bourbon barrel aging right....

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Photo of Zatch90
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | 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: 96% out of 100 with 979 ratings
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