callmemickey (4205) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Clear, muddy red-brown body. Egg-shell colored head. Slight retention with real spotty lacing.
S: Lots of caramel, warm, toasty malts cap a delicate bourbon notes of vanilla and oak. Only slightly boozy which is a plus. Real enticing.
T: Simply outstanding. Lots of caramel malts with the same delicate bourbon presence from the nose. More vanilla than oak. The more I tasted this the more I was getting a rich alcohol-baked cake taste. Sweet without being overbearing. A real winner.
M: Nice hearty body with a silky feel. Low-medium carbonation. Well hidden booze.
O: I am absolutely pumped that I managed to snag 8 bottles of these. Will drink one or two more this year with the rest to age a range of years. I really can’t imagine a much better american barleywine... Kudos to Central Waters.
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a medium brown with no head. Aroma is sweet boozy caramel. Taste is boozy alcohol, with sweet malts. Pretty good. Palate is good with medium body. Good warming ability. Overall a really good beer
Beerman6686 (6181) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a darker amber to mahogeny color with a medium beige head. Aroma was lots of bourbon and some caramel and coffee. Flavor was a nice smooth barrel and bourbon character, with a good bit of toffe and caramel barleywine taste underneath. Pretty good beer, but the high amountof heat and booziness keeps it from being great.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
’09 and ’10 side by side.
09 - dark brown pour with a bit of garnet edges. Aroma is caramel stickiness, barrel wood, booze, toffee sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slippery, mellow booziness melds well with the woodiness, caramel and toffee sweetness mingle with creamy vanilla bourbon notes. Delicious.
-10 - The major difference here was the hotness, unsurprisingly. booziness masks some of the vanilla and caramel. Let this sit for a year.
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft on tap at Brickhouse BBQ (Madison, WI). Pours a dark reddish brown, murky, small offwhite head dies to nothing. A few bubbles line the edges. Aromas are rich toffee and caramel, biscuits, deadened florals and orange marmalade, a touch of hazelnut, bourbon spirit and oaky vanilla. Initial is heavier bodied, toffee and caramel, loads of vanilla, flavorful spirit mixes with a decent warming alcohol kick. Sweet malts, biscuits and dried fruit, a touch of orange marmalade. Full on the palate, flavorful with decent kick of bitterness on the backend. An interesting beer, tasty and well executed barrel elements. Pretty surprising bitterness on the backend still kicking around. A nice beer by Central Waters here. Well aged and flavorful, really hides it’s ABV well.
deyholla (9915) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Chad! Poured a clear very deep amber with a white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was quite nice with smooth bourbon that combined nicely with a caramel note. Flavor began with very sweet caramel, burnt sugar, creme brulee and mellows with a bourbon finish.
piscator34 (2298) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Amber in colour with low carbonation. Huge cereal grain aroma upfront, backed by notes of toffee and mild bourbon. Very malt and chewy in the mouth with bourbon, vanilla, and apricot elements. Heavy mouthfeel with a long sweet finish. Not much bitterness or hop influance to speak of.
brokensail (15600) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is a crystal clear copper color with a mild white head.
S: The first sniff gives off plenty of sugary goodness. Caramel and burnt sugar lead the way and as the beer warms up, a very pleasant vanilla note comes through. Just a bit of bourbon and some nice dark fruits as well.
T: A really fantastic combination of caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, and vanilla comes through right away. The bourbon/barrel character is there, but not overpowering at all. There is, once again, a mild (but very ripe) fruit component that works quite well.
M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: Even at 11.5%, plus barrel aging, there really isn’t too much alcohol to this beer. One of the best barrel aged barleywines I’ve had.
sloth (2786) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent head and lace. Clear copper red hued ale. Nice bourbony nose and sweet malts, clean wood and fruit. Body is med/full, silky on the palate, nicely oily and gently chewy. Sweet malts and strong whisky notes, light vanilla and wood with some hidden fruity notes. Finish is lightl;y sweet and just a tad boozy. ABV is fairly well hidden. Gotta go against my tasting brother eaglefans rating (which is rare) that was somewhat scathing. Would enjoy another shot at it. Props to motortoddhead for sharing the goodness, thanks Todd!
50belair (3315) - Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
So central waters gets the dubious distinction of achieving my lowest rating, ever... This barleywine is raw. It is a crazy mix of hops, carmel, and bourbon. It’s uber boozy and might just be to young. When the rating is this low, who care what it looks and smells like..........