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RATINGS: 554   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2535) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Murky, ruddy brown pour with a 1 finger, beige head that has good retention and initially leaves some oily lacing, that eventually goes away. Aroma is huge on toasty toffee and vanilla right away, then some caramel, hazelnut heavy nutty notes and dark fruits come in, mellow, but fairly strong oaky bourbon as well. Flavor is dark caramel, toffee, nutty notes and cooked tree fruit up front, then sweet bread spicy notes, dark rum, dark fruit, pumpkin bread crust, a little ginger-like spiciness and boozy, but pleasant oaky and vanilla laden bourbon. Heavy body, creamy to chewy feel throughout, with a light, but slightly too sharp carbonation. Damn good overall.


3.5
solidfunk (9729) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 16, 2018
Tons of bourbon and boiled down malt. Caramel. Not my cup of tea like war in South Sri Lanka. Murky brown pour with ok head. Sweet and boozy finish. Tap at Rattle N Hum.

4
Iznogud (4683) - CROATIA - DEC 26, 2017
On tap at One Mile House, NYC. Pours unclear brown with small beige head. Some bourbon, toffee, caramel,some wood and dark fruit, sweet. Warming. Bitterness in finish. Full bodied.

4
mrjaxson (630) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2017
Started an evening at the Amherst brewery with this one, completely throwing off the tastebuds and making other offerings seem like a Bud Light for the following hour or so. This barleywine has a surprisingly large hop blast, which the menu listed at 80 IBU -- less than in previous years, if web searches are accurate. The big oaky-vanilla aroma is consistent with other CW Brewer's Reserve offerings. Sweet finish again gets some disagreement from the generous hopping. An overall delight.

3.9
drfabulous (8802) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 1, 2017
12 ounce bottle. Deep light brown color with toffee, butterscotch and caramel. Nice.

3.4
jcr (2784) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2017
Bottle. Deep hay amber. Short, off-white head, disappearing. Aroma of bourbon, dark fruit, oak, wet paper. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, moderate carbonation. Taste more of wood and less of bourbon, caramel, raisin, cardboard. Alcohol finish. though not as boozy as many 11 percenters. Not terribly complex. Well, this is a big, malty beer that tastes like it's been in a bourbon barrel. Woo-hoo.

3.5
Alengrin (5884) - BELGIUM - NOV 3, 2017
Bourbon barrel aged American style barleywine, older bomber at Bart's tasting in the Struise shop in Bruges. Creamy, yellowish beige, tightly lacing, closed head over a misty chestnut brown beer with ruddy-burgundy hue. Aroma of hazelnut oil, old brownies, dried blackcurrants, orange peel, old peanuts, aging dry sherry-like oxidation, dried tree leaves, brown bread, marmelade. Dried fruit sweetishness in the onset, fig- and even cherry-ish notes, blackcurrant-like sourish touch but nothing infectuous, lots of residual sugary sweetness, medium carbonation (actually on the sharp side for a barleywine, impairing the vinous mouthfeel it is supposed to have). Thick and syrupy body though, deeply nutty with a bitter chocolatey touch to it, lots of marmelade- and dried grapefruit peel-like notes in the finish, some vanilla-ish oak but low in tannins, firmly hopped, grapefruity mixed with persisting malt and sugary sweetness, followed by a glow of evidently bourbon-like warming alcohol; retronasal oxidation as well. Nice enough, but if this wants to achieve greatness among American style barleywines, it needs more depth and complexity, as well as less fizziness; probably a bit too old already as well.

3.9
DCLawyer (2931) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle->snifter. Dark chestnut with small beige head. Caramel and toffee malt, oak, booze. Very tasty.

4.2
jimhilt (2633) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2017
Pours a two finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Deep amber color. Fierce carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose and flavor is sweet bourbon and hints of toffee. High ABV, 11.2%, warming, but hidden. Decent barleywine. $4.60 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

4.3
mjoneill75 (6) - - OCT 13, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2017 Aroma of caramel and bourbon, very smooth malty with a hint of bitterness finishing with warming bourbon. Tad bit boozy, but only in the finish. Very well balanced bbq barleywine. Solid offering from Central Waters.

4
rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2017
bottle. Deep amber with small head. Very sweet, big malty body. Brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit. Bourbon and oak. Boozy, but glorious. Very smooth for the ABV. Excellent. I'd imagine this ages very nicely.


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