arkurzynski (1369) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with garnet hues and yellow-tan head. Nice bourbon nose with nutty oak barrel, coconut and light vanilla. Light fruity malt and faint chocolate. Flavor is bourbon, coconut, oak, nutty toasted malt, light dark fruit, and mild chocolate. Prototypical CW barrel character. Maybe a bit too barrel balanced. Would have liked to have the base shine a bit more. Pretty thin as well.
jlruthven (528) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Murky brown, a little ruby showing through. Mostly a scotch ale at first: caramel, malty, dark and dense bread, a little winter fruit and ripe apple. Barrel starts to show as it opens up, with nice vanilla threads. Super silky mouthfeel. Really solid.
CanIHave4Beers (2865) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the brewery.
Pours a reddish brown with an espresso swirl head and some decent lacing on the glass.
The aroma is toffee & bourbon with some cherry liqueur as well.. itís sweet smelling, but not overly so with some nice chocolate notes.
The flavor is chocolate & toffee, itís plenty boozy nicely oaky with some good vanilla expression, not nearly as sweet as I had expected from the style/treatment/bouquet.
sherm1016 (1034) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Discount Liquor Milwaukee. Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, some oaky sweetness. Medium to heavy on the palate with creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, boozy, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, some nutty malt, maybe some dark fruit, raisin, fig, caramel, with a sweet boozy finish. This showcases the bourbon and the barrel very well, but its almost as if the beer doesnít stand up to the barrel. That said, it is still very well done and quite tasty.
demmbonz (436) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Itís back! 12oz to CW snifter. Iíve got a cold but the bourbon and booze aroma is still cutting through to my sinuses. Very deep brown pour with just a hint of reddish hue. Nice creamy head that lasts and lasts. Similar in taste to other CW BB stuff. Vanilla, toasted marshmallows, caramely goodness. Thinner bodied like their stouts are as well. Absolutely delicious.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with off-white head that lasts. Aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, brown sugar and coconut. Taste to follow with a strong caramel malt and bourbon presence. Mmm Mmm good.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2008 Central Waters has an impressive lineup of different beers and this one is my favorite. Very smooth and slightly sweet taste. Not really like any other scotch ales but it’s probably the best I’ve had. Smooth, Dark and potent. I also recommend the CW Loch Ness Scotch Ale.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the brewpub in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Pours a clear cola brown brew with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissolves to a white ring with excellent lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, toffee, distinct brown sugar, licorice and coconut. Taste is medium to full bodied, hardly any carbonation with flavors of caramel malt with bourbon and coconut. Finish is sweet, sugary with caramel and bourbon flavors. Pretty nice barrel aged scotch ale but no outside growler sales.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Central Waters does a bourbon barrel version of half their line-up (and usually intensely bourbony), which is great, because I love anything barrel-aged, but not so great in that many of them start to taste similar. Still, this was very good, and different enough. Big bourbon aroma and taste, with some backtaste of almost buttery caramel and a sweet nuttiness. Hard to identify this as a Scotch ale Ė but weíll call that an example of creativity. Recommended.
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 2006. Ruby tinged copper. Nose is big bourbon. Thereís some sweetness to this as well. More bourbon in the taste, caramel, sweet , creamy malts, and syrupy notes. Faint peaty notes here but itís still mainly bourbon. Body is medium with mild carbonation. Ends with more bourbon, sugary sweetness and caramel.