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

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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:
957
Reviews:
188
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
7.21%
 
 
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Photo of Sheppard
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Samlover55
4.13/5  rDev -4%
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 +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +4.7%
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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Photo of osuskin
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of rkf1976
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Jaypeajus
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark look like black tea, poured thin. No head. Smells fantabulous, wow like BCBS/BW, not as boozy tho. Rich raisony barrel & licorice. More barrel than bourbon on nose. I could smell this all day. Even have a slight chest cold and it plows through. Holy cow taste is so good too, very sweet but worth it. Alcohol is either well hidden or not as present. After a few seconds I get a bit of burn comin back up like after a shot of jack. It's very good, but almost too sweet, almost reminds me of a barleywine. Overall good, gonna try some extra sharp aged white cheddar to knock down the sweetness. Gonna pick up a few more and age it next to a Backwoods Bastard for a side by side.

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Photo of GreenMind
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

I picked up a bottle of Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale for $3.89 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer for a very long time and I'm happy it's now available in Michigan, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's a clean and simple design to it, but it's not too eye catching. It poured a nice darker brown color that didn't let any light come through and it had a little over a fingers worth of slightly fizzy tan head that died down a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with the lower amount of high sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a big caramel, brown bread, light cocoa, caramel malt and sweet malt like aroma with a little bit of grainy aroma and it's followed by the dark fruits which stick out nicely with some raisin aromas seeming to stick out the most and there's some butterscotch flavors in the background. Towards the end comes the bourbon barrels which imparts some light bourbon, oak, light vanilla and light alcohol like aromas. This beer has a very nice aroma, all the flavors work well together and nothing ever gets too overpowering.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and it imparts all the same aspects that they did in the aroma with caramel and butterscotch flavors seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a little bit of a boozy flavor and that leads into the dark fruits which impart all the same aspects with the raisin still sticking out the most and it gives it a little bit of a sherry like flavors. Towards the end comes the bourbon barrel which shows up just as much as it did in the aroma, but it still on the lighter and it imparts all the same aspects with no single one sticking out the most. This is a very nice tasting beer, all the flavors blend together very well.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, slightly warming, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is very nice and it works great with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a very nice example of the style, I would put it at 3rd as my favorite bourbon barrel aged Scotch Ale, Backwoods Bastard would be 2 and Wulver would be 1. This beer had nice drinkability, it's pretty smooth for the style and I think two would be my limit. What I like the most about this beer is how well all the flavors blend together, nothing clashes at all. What I like the least about this beer is that the bourbon barrel didn't stick out more. I would buy this beer this beer again, but I don't think it's something I will stock up on. I think this beer is a must try when it comes to the style. All in all I was happy with this beer and a little impressed it lived up to being a great Bourbon Barrel aged Scotch ale, but it didn't bump out my top two. It's the best beer I've had from this brewery and it's a great example of the style. Great job guys, this is one tasty beer.

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Photo of Wheels2532
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Furlinator
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of msumike89
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of HermitDan
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | 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 957 ratings.
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