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RATINGS: 89   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!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Pours opaque brown/black with a tan head. Smells definitively of bourbon, with some underlying chocolate and a very light touch of smoke. Flavor is more clearly a scotch ale. Dark malt, both smoky and caramelicious, with a bit of vanilla. Woody, oaky smoke comes back in the finish, which is long and satisfying. Thick body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8434) - 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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (747) - 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.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ICEatALAMO (938) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle. The pour is a dark carmel. The aroma is mostly malt, a slight hint of bourbon, subtle funk. The taste is good, but not much bourbon. A slight over carbonation. Some dark fruits. This has about a year of age on it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
revtork (10) - North Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Wonderful beer with a strong bourbon presence (like the other Brewer’s Reserve beers). Notes of caramel and sugar candy with a healthy dose of oak. It pours pretty as a picture, but the carbonation did not hold in the glass. Still, it’s a scotch ale competitive with the best scotches in America. Compare to Founders Backwoods Bastard. I think this one has it beat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
illiniphil (130) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Poured a dark chocolate brown with a nice dark tan head with decent lacing for the style. Taste is molasses, whiskey, burnt brown sugar and sweetness. Overall very smooth but a little heavy compared to other scotch ales I've had. More like a RIS but still good and will buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopbag (89) - - JUL 14, 2014
Not usually my style, but this is great. Great mouthfeel from the carbonation, which foams on the tongue. Really nice dark caramel notes with hints of spice and roast. Bourbon is present, as is oak. Every corner of this is delicious. Central Waters excels at balance for darker beers, and this is no exception.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3565) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle thanks to Will. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is oak, raisin, black licorice, and roast. Thin mouthfeel with rich roast, raisin, peat, oak, and nice sweet finish, booze present, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1754) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Shared by ericteusink with the crew. Smell of oak, cararmel and sweet candy sugar. Taste showed an impressive level of bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, touch of booze. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2560) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2014
12oz shared with the crew. Typical base scotch beer with that flat cola taste that i love. The barrel adds some alcohol bourbon, vanilla, wood and complexity. Toffee and caramel and full bodied flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salmoniform (648) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Brown red hue with brown head. Aroma is caramel, cherry, bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, rich malt, ethanol. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with a nice astringent following and ethanol finish. Overall this is a really nice bourbon brew.

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