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): 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%
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
287
For Trade:
42
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Photo of jws7968
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Bourbon forward with a lot of malt present in the smell and taste. Appearance is dark brown color. Central Waters comes through big again.

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

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

Oh man, this stuff is great, but not sure I could have more than one. It's malty and boozy with a hint of smoke on it. Very thick and rich. The smell is fairly similar to the taste, so you know what you're getting. If you are into barrel aged beers or scotch ales, definitely worth looking for.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. Bottled on 8/12/15, making this 3 months old at this point.

A: Pours a dark, cola brown color with an off-brown head at the edges. Slightly thing body.

S: A lot of fresh Bourbon, some oak. Definitely some vanilla and creamy notes as well.

T: Vanilla, oak, plum, bourbon, toffee, caramel. Quite balanced. Rich, but not overly sweet.

M: On the thin side, but not exactly watery. Very drinkable at under 10% though.

O: My third in the Brewer's Reserve series. Liked BBS a lot, but didn't care much for the Barleywine. This falls somewhere in the middle, I feel. Scotch Ale's aren't too exciting of a base beer, but the barrel really makes it pop and accentuates some great characteristics. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but this one is super flavorful and drinkable. I give Backwood's Bastard the edge here, as it's got a fuller body, is more complex, and just bigger overall. But this is a nice attempt at the style.

Recommendation: If you like Backwood's, then definitely grab this one.

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Photo of Bung
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 2ellas
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown, nearly black with a slight cream coloured head
smells of oak
tastes of oak up front, slight bourbon after
feels almost buttery with light carbonation
overall a very complex oaky beer. I think it's excellent and would drink again for sure!

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Photo of Ginepiece
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kark
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Angerhaus
4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of adamranders
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Norvelljeff
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of grover37
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of maz
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Czequershuus
4.99/5  rDev +16%
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 SixPack6
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from the bottle, this Scotch Ale is a hazy slightly reddish-brown with a tan head that leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma is toffee, slightly musty oak, vanilla, brown sugar and booze.
A complex taste unfolds on the tongue. It begins sweet with toffee and vanilla notes, then some raisin and maybe even plum notes. As it warms, I taste some brown sugar and a bit of smoky char. it finishes with a touch of a boozy burn.
Mouthfeel is medium-thick and stick.
An outstanding beer.

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Photo of dextermcgurk
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thorkelson
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is unbelievable

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.3 out of 5 based on 954 ratings.
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