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This next beer is another offering from the Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Series.  It was last Christmas that my wife got me interested in this series when she picked me up a Scotch ale and a stout that were both fantastic, so when I saw this one I had try it out.

Beer Name: Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale

Brewery: Central Waters Brewing Company (Amherst, WI)

Style: Barleywine

ABV: 14.3%

Description: From the 2017 vintage, this American barleywine was aged in used oak barrels.  You can read a bit more about it all here.

Appearance: Light brownish/dark copper body with thin foamy white head.

Smell: Warm aromas of sweet toffee and bourbon.

Taste: Sweet upfront, featuring a delicious blend  of toffee, brown sugar, and dark fruits. This was followed by a huge kick of bourbon around mid-sip.  The finish was sweet and hot with minor oak barrel notes coming through on the end.

Mouthfeel: The body had a medium-plus thickness paired with low levels of carbonation.

Hype: I can’t really speak for the beer community at large, but I had high hopes for this.  I’ve been getting in barleywine lately and I’ve been really impressed with this brewery so far.

Overall: Really tasty, though this one did sneak up on me a little bit, especially with the ABV not appearing on the bottle.  Warming and delicious, another excellent beer from this series.