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

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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
Ratings:
954
Reviews:
186
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
7.21%
 
 
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For Trade:
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Photo of EdFed
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwarsenal9
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rcjennings
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwvman
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a half inch of off white, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty sparse lacing.

S: A very alluring aroma of caramel, malt, bourbon, and dark fruit.

T: Tasted of a good shot of malt, lots of caramel and toffee, some of advertised bourbon (not too much, though), dark fruit (plums, raisins), vanilla, a mild smokiness, and a woody quality. The bourbon barrel adds an excellent dimension to the flavor. Incredibly complex and flavorful.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an excellent all around scotch ale. Very much a drinkable beer.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rab53
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SierraFlight
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhartley
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Snorkel glass.

Appearance: A dark raisin brown body with a light tan head. Only the thinnest of a cap.

Aroma: Malty. Malty. Malty. Rich and sweet with hints of oak and dark fruits: plum/prunes and raisins.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste follows suit with the figs, raisins and plums. Some nice smoky like oak in there with a clean feeling. Not even a mention of this one being 9.5%. Really tasty and enjoyable.

Overall: This is a really great beer, to sip and enjoy.

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Photo of Dr_Fox
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tvenne
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of theBubba
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice red/mahogany color in the glass and a lace that lasted to the end. Smell of caramel, toffee, molasses and booze. Tastes like the smell portends. One of the best ales I've tasted with a bourbon barrel heritage. Complex and very satisfying.

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkenmess
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wasatch
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks goes out to thebeers via NBS BIF#5

12 oz. Bottle
2016 Vintage

Poured into a goblet a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which leaves a really nice medium size island and some thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some grapes, cherries, figs, plums, raisins, very nice bourbon/oak note, very nice vanilla. The taste is really awesome, malty, with some very nice dark fruits, really nice touch of bourbon/oak, vanilla. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, a very nice complex brew, really nice sweetness. Overall, this is an awesome brew. Glad to finally get a chance to try it. Thanks Arthur!

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerbully
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dated 2016..........Poured into RR tulip

L-Dark mahogany w/ reddish hue...... 1/2 inch off-white head

S-Burnt sugar, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, molasses, dark fruits, smoke, peat

T-Follows the nose.... a bit more medicinal........slight alcohol burn in the finish..........burnt sugars, vanilla, bourbon, molasses, dark fruits

F-medium plus......medium carbonation.....warm alcohol finish.........

O-solid offering

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Photo of Nolster
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

(2016 vintage 12 oz bottle... sat out for ~45 min before pouring into teku)

L: extremely dark reddish-brown - held to the light, there appears to be a few flecks of sediment floating about... the foam is somewhat dense and silky, tight sponge, and does have a slight reddish hue... the suds do recede, albeit slowly

S: delicate hint of smoky barrel char and an absolutely decadent-smelling aroma of vanilla cake with maybe a thin, hard chocolate outer coating - wow!... the booze is mildly medicinal, but buried underneath the heavy malt, so one does have to take in a huge whiff to get any of the phenols

T: lusciously-dense malt, dark sugar and/or perhaps rum raisin notes toward the back... the finish has a slow release of ash, charcoal, and hint of dried sweet cherry, sort of in that order... with the vanilla so forward, it's a bit difficult to pin this as either a Scotch ale or a barleywine, but I do think the character of the former does show through

F: liquid comforter... the warmth in the back is subtle and sublime... even little 1/2 oz sips are a wonder gob-thru-gullet, dancing and swirling, ebbing and flowing... this may the oily elixir I've long been trying to find again

O: didn't know what to expect, but I'm left rather impressed - enough to want to go back and buy some more... Scotch ales with any special treatments (added flavors, barrel aging), on paper, would be an immediate turn off, but this is admittedly very nicely executed... points off for barrel-aging - choice terrior, ingredients, and technique still reign

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark dark brown with ruby hints in the light just a film of a head. Aroma- Bourbon, red wine, caramel sauce, vanilla, rubbing alcohol, plum. Taste- raisin, plum, chocolate, brown sugar, burnt sugar. Some bitterness to this. Mouthfeel is lightly bubbly. The alcohol gives a nice warming tingle. Overall- nice beer, would still prefer a BB over this. Nice though.

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Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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