Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of pepsican. Comes as: "Central Waters Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine". Pours a slightly hazy amber golden with an off-white head. Distinct bourbon aroma. Medium-bodied with loads of caramel and fruit combined with very distinct bourbon accents. Very low bitterness. 311008
yespr (28627) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 fl oz bottle, courtesy of Papsoe. Pours hazy orange to brown with a fully gone head. Aroma is dense barrel wooden aroma with a mild dried fruity note. Dry malty and wooden flavour. Solid malty to solid wooden flavoured with a distinct warming note. Spiced and acidic finish. Too overwhelming for my taste.
Grovlam (4149) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. [Tasting session @ Papsoe, 31-10-2008] Average creamy beige like head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Light cloudy amber color. Aroma of bread, vinous, grain, dried fruit, Sherry like, alcohol. Over the palate came good hoppy notes combined with the strong malty profile. Full bodied with an average carbonation and thick light alcoholic texture. Heavy sweet flavor with good counter sweetness. Lingering vinous malty finish.
ElGaucho (2114) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle under the guise of ’’Bourbon Barrel Barleywine 2008’’. Wonderful aroma; sweet, butterscotch and plenty of strength. Hazy reddish amber color with light tan, tight bubble head that lasts. This brew is outstanding. Silky smooth caramel butter slides from the front to the back of the tongue, igniting the palate like a spark ignites a pilot light. The alcohol zaps your tongue on the finish and is considerably warming. It’s not every day that you have a barrel aged barleywine, so it doesn’t remind me of many other barleywines, although it does fit the style with its palpable malt bill and high gravity profile. I picked this brew up along with the bourbon barrel cherry stout, at Woodman’s in Madison expecting very good beers, but not necessarily world class beers. I paid $3.19 a piece for 12 oz bottles. I’m quite impressed. I remember 5-6 years ago attending a bottle only beer fest in Wisconsin Rapids with about 20 brewers represented and Central Waters’ offerings clearly best of show. There’s talent in that house beyond the bourbon barrel stout, which I see is only 1 point ahead of this brew in average rating. I dig this brew and perhaps it’s enough to pull me out of my rating hiatus?
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks for the bottle, kmweaver! Dark hazed coppery rust, creamy off white head. Deep nose of oaken caramelized pineapple and brown sugar tones warm to soft swirls of orange jam and coconut bourbon. Orange caramel and hints of dark fruit flavor balance well on touches of oak and booze. A nice hop bitterness pulls this together in the end. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Seek this one out for winter time by the fire…
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle - thanks to riversideak for this tasty brew; dark copper with slight white head; soapy, dank, sweet bourbon aromas; very sweet, buttery and rich; tons of raw sweetness; body is thin, but it packs a flavorful punch; dank fruit and sugar all the way; a delicious BW and one that puts central waters on alert for me; thanks alex!!
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle vintage 2008. Murky copper pour. Bourbon and fruit on the nose. Caramel, fruit, bourbon and oak up front with a dry finish. A little too hot, maybe I should have let it sit longer.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, 2008 Vintage. Labeled Bourbon Barrel Barleywine. Thanks to Badbeer. Pours hazy brown red with a thin, crisp, offwhite head, no retention, no lace. Smells of sweet and vanilla with a good doze of alcohol, bourbon. Very nice BA scent. Tastes sweet and malty with some vanilla and wood. Lots of alcohol flavor as well. Again very nice barrel characteristics, pretty HOT though. Full body, good carb.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Discount Liquor. 2008 vintage.
Pour of nice murkey reddish-brown hue with a beautifully perfect two-finger head. Huge aroma’s of kettle caramelization, oak, and a bit of vanilla/bourbon. Flavours bring forth a deep wash of toffee and vanilla. Almost a bit of creme brulee with the crispy sugary shell. Another layer of complexity is added with just the perfect amount of oak and bourbon. Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel adds to the rich character. On the backend, just a hint of fusel and a bit more of the bourbon creep in. This is to be expected considering this is the 2008 vintage. For so young, I’m really pleasantly surprised how drinkable this already is.
I went into this not expecting much, but was really wow’d. This is one of those beers that somehow managed to fly under the mainstream’s radar. I really agree with some of the descriptions below that compare this to Hair of the Dog in terms of massive kettle caramelization and overt malt notes. I need some more of this!
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very interesting barley-wine. It pours a murky reddish-brown with not much head. Aroma is intensely malty with some cereal-ness, which is not unexpected from the style, but didn’t get me very excited (I am not a big fan of cereal-y or grainy dominated flavors). Aroma is something different altogether. Generally I find barley-wines fall into two categories - a very hoppy beer that could be called a DIPA, or a malt-monster. This was something different altogether. While this beer is more malt-monster than DIPA, it offers two other characteristics. It is both intensely fruity (much like a wine made from grapes might be) and a bit bourbon-y (no doubt due to the aging). It is really a good tasting and unique barley-wine.
I would recommend this beer. I found it different than other barley-wines and really good-tasting. I bought this 12oz bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.