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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
Ranking:
#797
Reviews:
199
Ratings:
993
pDev:
7.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of tvenne
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of theBubba
4.73/5  rDev +11%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkenmess
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Wasatch
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
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 -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerbully
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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 +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -8.5%
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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4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mattybuchs
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jrodsmrs51
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I do not remember the whole story, but PA (Philadelphia & its neighbors) is the only place that gets Central Waters BC distro outside of Wisco & it is due to a friendship on the part of the owner/brewer. I have met him on a couple of occasions during PHL Beer Week & I always feel a twinge of excitement when I see his beers on the shelf.

From the bottle: "This rich, malty ale has been aged to perfection in our barrel house. Subtle and smooth, this is a decadent display of patience and process. Join us in a toast to good health. Slainte!"

Mine was a 2016 vintage, so once I had Pop!ped the cap, I conducted a gentle pour in deference to its age. After a sufficient amount had been decanted, I gave it a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise a brief finger of foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with modest retention that soon fell away to wisps. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & cola highlights. Nose was malty, all right, but very peaty. It had a sweet smokiness like meat was being cured. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium to full, not quite creamy, but it did feel as though a dollop had been scooped onto my tongue. I simply allowed it to roll around, savoring its rich smokiness imbued with a chocolate & caramel sweetness. It also had a slightly medicinal quality, like that time that I tasted a tad bit of my maternal grandparents' Geritol. Do they even still make that stuff? It taught me a valuable lesson NOT to taste medicines that were advertised on daytime television. Warming, the flavors seemed to magnify. Magnifique! The smokiness really began to take ahold and it seemed to permeate my sinus cavity, which means a break after this one to allow the taste and smell to dissipate. It was not necessarily boozy, but at the same time, its ABV was noticeable, giving me cause to pause. Finish was sweet, smoky, chocolaty, but I was not getting as much bourbon flavor as I had hoped for. Ah, well, can't have it all, right?

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Photo of Jps715
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 98green
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Lots of barrel in the smell and taste. Almost too much, as the sweetness it a bit overdone. Oak and tannins for sure. Slight alcohol heat. Overall a solid beer but just a bit much on the sweet. Normally I love all the barrel I can get, this proves the exception

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

Photo of Giggy
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobv
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +11%
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 -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 993 ratings
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