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

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BA SCORE
4.26/5
Outstanding
994 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:
#799
Reviews:
199
Ratings:
994
pDev:
7.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
294
Trade:
43
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Ratings: 994 |  Reviews: 199
Photo of Elumbeer
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brpendergast85
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skillz
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tmryan21
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a chalice glass right here on the tap at Tap-N-Barrell right here in Smighttown, NY.

Appearance: Thin orange brown with medium bubbles on the body and an off-white head maybe half a finger's length off the body.

Smell: Strong whiskey notes with burnt sugars, seriously smells sweet.

Taste: Complex, little bitter and molasses sweet. Maple notes Makes you think of pancakes and mixes of malt.

Mouth: There's a slight debate in my head with this area of the beer but it is off the tap and comes off lighter than normal carbonation. Stickiness is fair with light to medium bubbles.

Overall: Nice beer, better scotch ales though that are out there. Has room for tweaking or maybe some aging. Always from a glass...Salud!

Overall

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Photo of TomMorris
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AleHunter805
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of polopaul20
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eaglefan344
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear dark brown with a small head that settles quickly.
S - The aroma is sweet, dark fruit and boozy.
T - The flavor is oak, vanilla, dark fruit and the bourbon flavor is quite pronounced.
M - Medium mouth feel, low carbonation.
O - This is a good beer and I like it. But I do wish I had saved a couple to lay down for a year. The bourbon flavor makes you think the ABV is higher. I have a hunch the flavors would deepen a bit with a little more time on the shelf.

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Photo of funkel81
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of seedyone
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Big,big big. Deep rich opaque in color, aroma that in at the rich flavor & feel of this mis-named Scoch Ale. This is a stout/porter if I'v ever met one. I forgive you. I'm happy as can be.

Tryit. You'll like it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/07/15 notes. 10 oz. pour in a wine glass at Rattle 'N Hum in NYC.

Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and low to moderate carbonation. Awesome sweet bourbon all throughout. Lots of caramel malts, toffee, toasted malts, dark fruits, oak, leather, and chocolate. Medium body and low carbonation.

Overall really good. If you like their other Reserve BBA beers, you'll love this one.

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Photo of jmiah22
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rammed96
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mbeerdino21
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 994 ratings
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