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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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BVery (10617) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2014 Bottle and tap. Murky amber pour. Monster bourbon aroma. Most prominent taste is oak. This is great beer.

4
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
A-pours a clear ruby red liquid with a tight khaki head. S-the nose starts with the barrel, notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon. caramel, carmelized brown sugar and cherries in the back. T-the taste is quite boozy and hot. the wood is much less pronounced, light notes of oak and vanilla, much more bourbon. caramel, caramelized brown sugar, sweet, cherries, hint of raisin and heat in the finish. M-very smooth and syrupy on the palate, a good carbonation, full bodied. D-this is quite tasty and has a great nose. a little heat in the back but nothing that crushes the beer at all. great oak presence, a little more bourbon in the flavor but still very nice.

4.3
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2010
bottle thanks to madvike, pours light reddish orange with a thin off white head. Aroma is strong bourbon and oak with a grapefruit hop undertone. Flavor is out of this world. The barrel rocks, but doesn’t overpower, it lends nice sweet vanilla and boozy bourbon laid over layers of toasted malt and citrus hops. Nice brew.

4.2
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle shared with callmemickey Pours dark muddy brown with decent tan carb. little lacing, but this thick beast had some legs. Aroma was vanilla, caramel and some earthy pine notes. Just the slightest hints of actual bourbon on the nose. Flavor was exceptional: great sweet caramel and molasses up front, but very well balanced with a big bitter finish, but leaving some rich bourbon and caramel on the tongue. Big thick mouthfeel, but exactly what I want from a barley wine. This must be a great base barley wine, but Central Waters showed how well you can use bourbon with a barley wine.

4.5
kbutler1 (1381) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2010
2010 Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Poured into a tulip glass. pours a nice deep, translucent amber red brown color with a 1 finger head that faded fast into a light colored tan head. Strong aroma of sweet malts with a slight touch of bourbon. First sip is a slap in the face of flavors! I expected this from being so fresh but WOW. Initial sweetness slowly transitions to a slighly strong bourbon and alcohold flavor followed by slight bitter hop at the end. Dry almost citrus like finish. Medium mouthfeel. For sure a sipper at 11.5%, but very good indeed. Can’t wait for it to have some age on it and try some again at a later date.

3.9
doublea (27) - , California, USA - MAY 28, 2010
2009 bottle, gift from JessetheHut @ Black Tuesday release. Mahogany color, not much head. Wow, Bourbon on the nose. A bit hot and overpowering, but I enjoyed it a lot as it warmed up and the other flavors of burnt sugars and sweetness came out. A bit overpowering still to drink more than half a bottle, but quite interesting beer to try.

4
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Thanks to joe1510 for hooking me up with some of the latest CW offerings. We popped this while watching the Final Four games at my place. 12oz bottle split two ways into nonics. A - Pours brown with a reddish hue, off-white head, no cap on top after the head disipitates. Some lacing here and there along the sides of the glass but not a whole lot. S - Burnt candy/sugars, hot bourbon. The sweetness melds with the bourbon pretty damn well. For being a 2010 vintage, the beer is put together nicely. T - Lots of bourbon, sweetness, candy notes, burnt sugars. Maybe a tad too hot for me right now, but impressive again, considering it just been put into the bottle. Sweet sugary finish with some nice hot alcohol. M - Medium to full bodied, rich and smooth, syrupy finish. D - Half of the bottle was enough for me right now. I have a couple of bottles left to cellar and will see how they improve as they get a chance to age.

3.8
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
12oz bottle. Rating #170. Dark brown pour, very clear. Oxidized a little, some cardboard. Light hops and caramel maltiness, great flavor. (1246)

3.7
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Pour is mahogany, small beige head. Big aroma of bourbon, wood and fruit. Pretty hot with oak notes and sweet. Not as good as their bourbon.

3.9
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2010
12 oz bottle courtesy of Ncmussel. Thanks. Pours a translucent dark copper with a medium off-white head that has fair retention. The aroma is strong with lots of bourbon whiskey and some sweet barley malts. The flavor is much the same as the aroma with whiskey dominating and other subtle flavors filling in the sides. The palates is full and smooth with moderate carbonation. The finish is long with lingering sour whiskey. Overall: Bourbon dominates this from start to finish, nice but a bit over the top.


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