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Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale

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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigda83 (655) - Jamestown, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle extra from Reece! Poured a clear caramel color with sudsy light tan head. Aroma was barrel forward, caramel, vanilla, burnt sugar. Flavor followed the nose with barrel aging, wood, roast malts, caramel, vanilla, burnt sugars. Full body, slick texture, good carbonation, and a super smooth finish. Very easy drinking and smooth for a higher ABV BA beer. Very impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1984) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2016
On tap at Au Cheval. Poured white dark with ring of off white. Aroma quite barrel forward with caramel burnt sugar herbal. Light carb med bod. Taste sweet barrel juice like it should. On par with Backwoods

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3266) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing a ruby highlighted, dark brown color, with a presentable layer of off white/light tan head foam that didn’t linger too long, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was sweet & malty, with caramel, and a touch of barrel induced vanilla. The taste was similar notes, medium bodied, with fair carbonation, some bourbony booze, low earthy & slightly tannic bitterness, and although realizing the option for the style, no noticeable peat smoke. Otherwise, quite drinkable for 9-10% abv.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaymobrown (1792) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Had an amazing scotch and warming caramel and malt nose. Nice alcohol favor throughout. Big, syrupy, malty with hints of vanilla and oak. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryecatcher (1169) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2015
12oz bottle. Murky, deep chestnut brown pour, medium beige head, ok retention. Nose is booze, candy sugar, vanilla, dried fruit, treacle. Mouth is medium-full, slightly oily, sweet and chock full of everything I like in my wee heavy, balancing bitterness, plus some bourbon, warm finish. Too bad it’s near record setting warm for mid-December here in the City of Big Shoulders... this would be a good way to warm the bones and read some Dickens ghost stories. Slàinte indeed, lads.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kroney (252) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle to pint glass. Appearance: deep dark opaque brown with a thin khaki colored head. Aroma: toffee, dried prunes, vanilla, smoke, bourbon, peat, oak, sweet fire roasted corn. Taste: toffee, bourbon, oak, prunes, figs, wood. Palate: medium carbonation, sticky. Really good ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (1572) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Deep mahogany pour, off white head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, prune, raisin, toffee and caramel. Flavor of blackberry, raisin, prune, caramel, chocolate, whisky and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (6048) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Sampled at esbls. Dark with plenty of red. Flavor brings a lot of wood with the Scotchiness. Earth with something like dry bitter dark chocolate. Chickory. This is good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (3182) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2015
Pours deep, dark brown with flat light tan head. Aroma of butterscotch, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is light boozy, burnt butter, nuts, sweet. Body is a touch too light and carbonation just a wee bit too much, but apart from that a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1110) - Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with tan head. Nose is lots of caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is similar to nose. Great scotch ale.

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