Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine

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RATINGS: 541   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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Flavors of bourbon, malt, and hops meld quite good
Served at cellar temp like it should
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An American Barleywine Ale aged in used oak Bourbon barrels, this beer develops rich flavors that deepen over time. Winner of the GOLD Medal in 2008 at the Great American Beer Festival!

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4.2
marcus (10333) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 9, 2017
On tap at Local Option. Pours near black with a thick clinging tan head and a fruity treacle aroma. There is a full-bodied dark molasses flavor with a very warm finish. This is a big beer that is well-designed with a lot of bourbon.

4.2
Nsanders (1150) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2017
Bottle. Red brown with quickly fading beige head. Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, dried cherries, toast, and slight alcohol aromas. Medium to strong caramel, toffee sweetness with a slight dry booze aftertaste. Heavy body with a sticky feel.

3.8
bubblehouse (1541) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 31, 2017
Really lends itself to the bourbon again. 2 barley wines in a row I like. What’s going on here.

3.3
Dorkenstein (555) - - JUL 21, 2017
Aromas of bourbon, brown sugar, dates, and vanillin oak. Taste is like aromas with some toffee and caramel.

4.1
malrubius (2927) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 13, 2017
Bottle. Garnet red brown with lasting head. Brown sugar woody cherry aroma with a hint of booze. Medium-heavy toasted brown sugar sweetness with some ripe cherry and long woody earthy spicy pine and boozy finish. Medium-heavy body with fine lively carbo. Excellent.

3.8
Mark_Eck (1998) - - JUL 9, 2017
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color. Aroma and taste are caramel, bourbon, and toffee.

4.2
LearninBeer (604) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2017
Thank you, Jack! The aroma is toffee, caramel, a little bourbon. Pours an amber brown with a beige head mostly diminishing and excellent lacing. The taste is a medium sweet, then bitter dry. The body is full, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish long. Very Very Good!!!

3.9
flatmatt (1586) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2017
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear red-hued amber with a yellowy off-white head. Molasses, bourbon, caramel aromas. Bourbon, caramel, molasses flavor, toasty malt. It’s definitely good.

4.3
superspak (5682) - Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2017
12 ounce bottle into snifter; 2017 vintage, bottled on 4/11/2017. Pours crystal clear deep reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, grapefruit, apricot, apple, orange peel, pine, caramel, maple, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, brown bread, and biscuit; with light notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, charred wood, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, citrus/pine hops, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Mild increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but never overwhelming. Taste of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, grapefruit, apricot, apple, orange peel, pine, caramel, maple, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, brown bread, and biscuit; with light notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, charred wood, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, cherry, grapefruit, apricot, apple, orange peel, pine, caramel, maple, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, brown bread, biscuit, light chocolate/char, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, citrus/pine hops, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance; with zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, creamy/bready/sticky/tannic, and slightly slick/silky/syrupy/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden; a small pleasant warmth, with very mild barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged American barleywine! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, citrus/pine hops, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Pretty much perfectly balanced between all flavors. Impressive malt complexity and great barrel presence; without being overly boozy, tannic, or drying. This improved on the hop presence as it warmed up, balancing itself with dark fruitiness. A highly enjoyable offering.

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tryemallonce (28) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2017
2017 edition. Very nice Barleywine. Rich, boozy and well worth the purchase. My experience on all the Central Waters Brewers Reserve beers is to drink them fresh. Aging is not their friend.


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