Central States Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale

It’s a cold winter evening, so what better way to warm up than by enjoying a nice boubon barrel aged barleywine?  Pour yourself a 2013 vintage Central States Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale (Amherst, WI) and you can expect to see a hazy, medium orange-to-chestnut brew with a minimal one-layer head and decent, slippery lacing.  The bouquet has a vegetable quality to it initially, but mellows to a brown sugar, carmel delight as it warms, giving off just a hint of booze.  Central States Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale is a bit sharp without being tart, and relatively dry.  It’s not as bourbony as some barrel aged brews, and that may be good or bad, depending on your tastes.  I’d say it’s just fine.  Vanilla and coconut notes add to the complexity and are quite lovely.  The only thing I don’t like is the choice of the Anna font for the company’s logotype.  Ick I say, but if I’m going that far to find fault, I may be a bit crazy.  Central States Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale is good, and a solid…

88/100 barleywine

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