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Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4797) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Bottle as extra in a trade. Deep brown with a prominent tan head. Very rich malty nose. Pecans, toffee, plenty of earth-rubbed leather. Slight booze sharpness. Some acidic red apple skin. Very sweet toffee and rich cocoa flavor. Toasty. A bit hot. Somewhat one-dimensional. Full, sort of viscous. OK.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TXBadger (1483) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Pours a dark brown with off-white head. Lots of bourbon upfront, some caramel, toffee, and malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more bourbon.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2641) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 2, 2014
On draft at the brewery, Oct. 2013. Snifter. Purely indulgent aroma, richly sweet with plenty of dark malt, toffee, chocolate, dried fruit (fig, raisin), vanilla, mild oak, earthiness, bourbon, cherry and even some dough in the background. Quite complex to say the least. Opaque dark mahogany in color with a fine, uneven, tan head, very nice lacing as well. Flavor profile matches the aroma closely, with plenty of rich dark malts, dried fruit, vanilla and cherry, the bourbon is there all the while but not overwhelming. Like an indulgent dessert, rich, complex and satisfying. Smooth and full in the mouth with creamy carbonation and a massive body. Excellent stuff, particularly on a cool, misty, October night.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (223) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2014
12oz bottle in tulip. Minneapolis. Appearance: Very dark brown in color. Opaque. No head when poured. Aroma: Coconut, vanilla, coffee, the caramel aroma is very light. Really great smelling beer. Taste: Dry, slightly bitter in the finish. Very little sweetness. Palate: Medium body. Average carbonation. medium finish. This is a really well made beer. The aroma is fantastic, especially for a scotch ale. body was a little weaker than I would have liked.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1469) - Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2014
2013 bottle as a trade extra. Pours murky brown amber color with a small off white head that recedes quickly. Beautiful bourbon aroma with plenty of vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, brown sugar. Flavor is lots of brown sugar, raisins, vanilla and marshmallow finish, bourbon, toffee, oak, a tad of metallic oxidization. Big body, some booziness, medium plus carbonation, smooth long finish. Nice brew and deserved love in the style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3697) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Scotch like liquor aromas, bourbon and barrel tones. Not too brutal scotch, barrel tones have become more mild.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4746) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle - Oaky, bourbon, chocolate, caramel and raisin. Deep maroon with a good beige head. Bourbon, dark sweet malts and raisin. Sweet bourbon and malty, pretty nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5725) - Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle to snifter (shared with Ferris and the Mrs.). Looks good; a translucent dark brown with foamy light beige head. Smells malty with notes of oak, bourbon, and raisin. Tastes like it smells, but less robust. Nice and smooth on the palate though. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8683) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 20, 2014
> Excellent, full bodied rum raisin dessert Scotch Ale

[ Bottle ][ 12oz ][ motorheadtodd ][ Trade ][ Hotel Room Garbage Glass ][ 8.16.14 ]
>> Clear cola brown with a big tan head, ridiculous lacing. Nose is excellent rum raisin, rich and decadent. Taste is clean, mild cocoa powder, bitter chocolate, plums and cinnamon raisin cookie. Dry, not sticky. Nice stuff. Mild spicy alcohol. So why are Wisconsin beers without abv on the bottle?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (900) - Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle. A: Opaque black with a thin foamy cappuccino head. Lacing. N: Toffee, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, cola, sweet biscuits, and a touch of smoke. Just a hint. Coffee, coconuts, and almonds. T: Large, but restrained, sweetness. Some oaken bitterness. M: Fizzy carbonation, medium body. A touch watery, but not unpleasantly so. O: It’s nice work by Central Waters. Not as superlative as Alesmith’s BA Wee Heavy (which might be an unfair comparison), but it holds its own. Wish it had a bit more heft, but that’s the major complaint.)


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