Sixteen - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.49/5 rDev -1.1%
Big thanks to DocJ007 for busting this one open for us at our last monthly tasting.
A - Pours pitch black with a nice one finger tall tan head, slowly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small webs of lace on the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of fresh baked fudge brownies, vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, dark fruits, warm bourbon and plenty of dark roasted malt. The fudge is off the charts with some bourbon offering to help keep it in check, awesome aroma.
T - Starts off much like the nose does with the strong brownie fudge that never really fades away. The vanilla, coconut and toffee offer some added flavors while the oaken bourbon and dark roasted malts round everything out. Finish is still sweet with some light dryness, lingering long after the finish.
M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel from start to finish makes it very easy to consume despite how large it actually is. While the booze is present it isn't as big as I anticipated it being.
O - One of the best stouts in recent memory. The over the top fudge is balanced just enough by the remaining flavors to allow it to be both easy drinking and super flavorful. Makes me want to seek out the other anniversary beers to see how good they are. Thanks again Justin!
06-15-2014 17:07:49 | More by orangesol
4.46/5 rDev -1.8%
There's no way sixteen candles fit on the top of this beer. And its probably a rather good idea to keep the flames far away from this 11% beast. But in true birthday fashion, the taste of chocolate cake is present, along with my favorite birthday flavor- bourbon!
With an ominous creep into the glass, this highly viscous stout coats the glass like ink as it nestles into the snifter. Its black abyss sheds a short mocha-stained head that eventually collapses back into the beer under its enormous weight. A brief appearance of foam regenerates with a gentle swirl, speckling the glass with random lace.
Bold and savory aromas fill the nose with high espresso and supporting toffee. As background notes of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, toast char and cream inform the sweeter an java scents, the bourbon awakens with its own caramels, vanillans, oaken and weathered character- opening up fruit tones of sugarplums and drunken cherry.
Its decadent sweetness wraps around the tongue with bittersweet chocolate, deeply carmalized toffee, peanut brittle, brownie batter and heavy whipping cream. As the darker espresso, roasty-toasty flavors rise, the taste of chocolate covered coffee beans become apparent. But here comes the barrel- vanilla, oak, caramel and coconut give the taste a sultry and lavish taste- laced with bourbon soaked berries, pitted and dried fruit for a semi-vinous tone, similar to sherry wine.
Its boisterous texture is rich, chewy, and dense as its light carbonation allows for the full penetration of the beer's decadent sweetness to seep deeply into the taste buds. Keeping the texture velvety, its carbonation offers up a marshmallowy feel even deep as the barrel tannin, alcohol spice and vinous twang attempts to balance and lighten its taste and texture.
Central Waters sure knows how to party. And it seems that they are getting better every year. With what seems to be their apex, I can't wait to see what they have up the mash tun for next year!
03-25-2014 05:44:46 | More by BEERchitect
4.75/5 rDev +4.6%
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Serving Temperature 45-50°F
A - The smooth pour generates a creamy mocha head that rests carefully on the black beer and leaves delicate fingers of lace on the glass; everything a beautiful imperial stout should be!
S - Kicked off by a healthy dose of brown sugar, this big imperial stout features a congregation of great dark malt characteristics. Molasses, milk chocolate complete with lactose sweetness, caramel, and toffee swirl around a beautiful bouquet of barrel aging; vanilla and smooth bourbon soaked oak come into play with just a hint of warming alcohol on the finish.
T - Dark malt complexity flows deeply through Sixteen and embodies everything about a decadent imperial stout from it's rich chocolate presence to the smooth espresso suggestions and it's 21 months in bourbon barrels only elevates it. Molasses-drizzled vanilla bean and cocoa-rolled moist raisins push through the soft bourbon oak undertones to it's warming alcohol finish.
M - Sixteen's rich body lends itself well to sipping from a snifter at warmer temperatures as it coats the throat with smooth dark maltiness and finishes with an ever-present warming alcohol that gently thins out the finish.
O - Once again, Central Waters' anniversary imperial stout doesn't disappoint. Sixteen is rich, decadent, and full of complexity that's worth burying your nose in as full on milk chocolate, molasses, and coffee notes swirl around the beer's incredibly smooth vanilla and bourbon oak nuances. The difference between Sixteen and some of their other barrel-aged stouts is that, despite the beer's extended aging in old barrels, this release exhibits a higher concentration of alcohol heat through both the taste and feel. That said, while it's a little warmer compared to other Central Waters' releases, Sixteen still remains pretty tame by comparison to some of craft beer's other bourbon barrel-aged stouts. It's damn good fresh but this one will age magnificently.
01-26-2014 23:35:16 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.3/5 rDev -5.3%
22oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (many thanks!). No bottling date but it's safe to say that it was released late 2013 to coincide with their anniversary. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.
Pours midnight black with a finger and a half deep tan head. The bubbles quickly recede to a minute halo and a few wisps across the surface. Zero lace
Sweet flavors overall with brown sugar, soft bourbon, soy sauce, molasses, vanilla, alot of toasted wood character and some fusel alcohol. Nicely woven blend of barrel, stout and bourbon.
Dark chocolate malts, oaken char, bourbon, a distinct natural wood, molasses, brown sugar, cola, coffee, burnt caramel, roasted malt, a tiny hint of coconut and a little alcohol.
Moderately heavy, creamy, full, almost syrupy body with subtle carbonation. Rich aftertaste of dark fudge, bourbon, oak and charred malt.
Central Waters' Sixteen has a deliciously distinct wood character that sets it apart from a huge crowd of bourbon barrel aged stouts. It may not be quite as thick, sweet and chocolatey as my favorites but delivers huge flavor in a significantly less alcoholic package. Quite glad to have had a chance to try this thanks to a great trading buddy.
08-27-2014 21:02:34 | More by ThickNStout
Sixteen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.