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:
948
Reviews:
185
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.23%
 
 
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89
Gots:
289
For Trade:
42
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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Giggy
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobv
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a tan head over a dark brown/mahogany body with nice lacing. Nose of dark fruit, caramel , oak, vanilla, and roasted malts. Taste follows with all of the above aromas now transferred to your palate. Yum! Smooth taste and creamy feel. Overall, very well done!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle - vintage 2016

Pours dark maroon red with a dense creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like toasted brown bread, nutty oak, rich caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, some chocolate, smoke, dried fruits, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dried fruit and dark fruits, plum, cherry, grapes, raisin, prunes, figs, apricot, dates, toasted brown bread, nutty oak, rich caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, some chocolate, smoke, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice bourbon barrel aged scotch ale.

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Photo of jmh21
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MunsonRoyE
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timc32
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GOBLIN
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, seductive and oily. This is a much more subtle execution of the style than say Backwoods Bastard or Wulver.
It's difficult to talk about this beer without first mentioning Bastard or Wulver due to the fact that those two have long had the upper hand on the style.
Well Central Waters has an excellent example and it is delicious.
The bourbon is more subtle and tame allowing the base beer to shine and be the star of this show rather than trying to wow the drinker with heat.
Still a slow sipper nonetheless as well as very approachable. Good flavors and feel. Well done

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scotorum
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
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 Lingenbrau
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: I poured this into one of my new pokal gems. Not a thistle, but I'm still on the hunt for my holy grail. Pours what looks like a deep dark brown, but actually when held up to light, exposes that it's the deepest tone of red mahogany. Brilliantly clear with a tightly knit tan head that stays well, resembling the head of an espresso.

A: Instantly bombarded with vanilla, caramel, molasses, vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark fruits, and did I mention vanilla?

T: Toffee right off the bat. I can't help but say figgy pudding, in a good way of course! Vanilla, caramel, and a touch of oak finishes it off. The oak dominantly stays in the aftertaste.

F: Rich, medium carbonation, full bodied, smooth, sticky, some alcohol warmth, and has a hint of a tannin like finish.

O: This is outstanding! Very well may be one of my favorite beers I've tried. Love the style, love bourbon barrel aged, and love the combo, and this one does not disappoint. Slainte!

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Photo of warnerry
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dspader1
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ssmith999
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ljc973
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Caramel dark brown color.

Nice and malty with a great bourbon and oak presence. Vanilla, toffee, caramel, cocoa, raisins, plums, and molasses.

Medium to full bodied.

This is one of the better ba scotch beers out there and for the price, it can't be beat. Full of flavor.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown, no head at all whatsoever. Smells like charred oak and marshmallows. Some chocolate as well. Definitely a lot of burnt marshmallow character. Lots of burnt sugar. It's a little thin. At the same time, it is so nicely drinkable that it's hard to knock Central Waters' hustle. Just a really nice Scotch Ale.

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Photo of Akeah
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samlover55
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
2016 Vintage, sitting in the cellar since September 2016 (about 5 months)
L- pours dark brown, appears dark black in glass, with thin tan head, nice lacing
S- rich malty aroma with hints of bourbon
T- smooth marshmallow malt, with plenty of bourbon and vanilla, a bit of an alcohol burn and surprisingly some oxidation as well
F- medium bodied, light carbonation
Overall this was a great Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale....fresh, aged I don't like it as much, but still pretty decent

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Photo of baelsmash
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Firyar
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ruby/garnet pour with a light head that dissipates completely. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, scotch and candied fruit. Taste is toasted malt, caramel, oak, scotch, booze, tea, tobacco. Good barrel flavors but lacking the vanilla and toasted coconut aspects that I love. Smooth throughout with a creamy mouthfeel and some heat.

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Photo of Raime
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Passed this one up at my local craft store about a dozen times before randomly grabbing it.

Pours a deep coca cola garnet with a tinge of black with a small mocha head that sticks around for a bit.

Smell is super nutty right off the bat with a touch of the oak and some caramel and buttscotch to boot with the nuts taking prominence.

At first, if you swallow quickly you get a lot of sweetness, which envelopes into a perfect caramel and butterscotch flavor which lingers forever. Allowing it to sit around for five or so seconds negates the initial sweetness overdose and brings on the aforementioned flavors of caramel covered nuttiness with a perfect butterscotch ending.

Feels is sweet, coating, moderate without a lot of carbonation

Overall this is leagues better than that over rated backwoods bastard considering the alcohol is well hidden and the flavors are exceptional as the beer warms just a bit. This is pretty much tied..or slightly out did Scotty Karate, which I had about five years ago and retains as my favorite scotch ale...up until now at least. This is all around a fantastic beer and probably one of the best I have had in a longgggg time.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.29 out of 5 based on 948 ratings.
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