evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Ferris (4497) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BMMillsy (1433) - Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Sarlacc83 (806) - Oregon, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.)
ICEatALAMO (944) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
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vtafro (3567) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Scotch like liquor aromas, bourbon and barrel tones. Not too brutal scotch, barrel tones have become more mild.
hopbag (94) - - JUL 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
illiniphil (130) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
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GT2 (8510) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
> 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?
revtork (10) - North Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
b3shine (5576) - Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.