Find This Beer Friday: Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
Editor’s Note: Find This Beer Friday is a weekly series in which our craft beer-lovin’ contributors share their favorite (and sometimes hard-to-find) brews. We do our best to share a variety of beers that vary in taste, price, and availability. Live extraordinary lives, drink extraordinary beer. That’s our (unofficial) motto!
To kick off this series, I’m sharing a brew from one of my all-time favorite breweries: Central Waters Brewing Company. Central Waters is located in Amherst, Wisconsin, and currently has a product line that includes 18 different beer styles.
I was recently lucky enough to get my hands on a four-bottle pack of their Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, from the Brewers Reserve Series. It’s a barleywine ale aged for a full year on used bourbon barrels, this beer has flavors of dark fruits and wood, and was the winner of the Gold Medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival [.] For those of you beer geeks reading this post, the BeerAdvocate community gives it a 95: World-Class rating.
The beer goes down a little hot (i.e. the whiskey flavor & feeling is definitely present), but it’s incredibly smooth. Along with these fantastic bourbon flavors are hints of vanilla, caramel, wood, and a bit of fruit.
Find this beer if you can. It’s a great sipper, and it’s the perfect time of year for it. A four-bottle back will run you about $15. At a solid 11.50% ABV however, I recommend sharing a bottle with a friend. It’s more enjoyable that way anyway!
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