Sixteen - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.51%
Wants: 263
Gots: 230 | FT: 37
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

An imperial stout aged in 21 year old bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-17-2013)
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4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.91/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Shared this with a few friends last night. It didn't disappoint and definitely lived up to its reputation.

Sixteen is very smooth and chocolaty with an appropriate bourbon flavor. There wasn't much head or lacing due to the length of time the beer was aged in the barrels.

I originally rated this a 5 on Untappd and still feel that the beer merits that rating or is very close. 4.75, at the very least.

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3.58/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass. Classy understated label design. Unbranded pry-off pressure cap.

Acquired in a trade with the ever-so-generous Duff27.

Expectations couldn't be higher; Central Waters does some of the best barrel aging in the business as far as I'm concerned. Served chilled into a snifter.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Dark khaki-tan head recedes quickly to a floater ring within 5 seconds, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Opaque ink-black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's not unique or special, but it's good for the style. A fuller creamier longer lasting head would be an improvement, and the body could have more of a mirror sheen.

AROMA: Bourbon barrel character is obvious - authentic vanilla, toasted white oak, wood char, some burnt barrel sugars. The barrel doesn't seem to melt into the base; Central Waters usually manages a more seamless integration of the barrel, but this aroma suggests a less well balanced brew. A hint of marshmallow emerges as it comes to temp.

No yeast character, off-notes, or alcohol is detectable.

In terms of the base beer, I pick up on dark malt sweetness, chocolate malt, caramel, cream, lactose sugar, a hint of roasted barley, and some burnt character.

Overall, it's much more reticent than anticipated. I expected more evocative bourbon barrel and a more intricate base. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

TASTE: Marshmallow, bourbon, authentic vanilla notes, toasted white oak, slight char, and burnt barrel sugars. The bourbon barrel character doesn't melt into the base seamlessly like I expected (and like in some of Central Waters' other beers), but the bourbon character is lovely as always.

Speaking of the base, there isn't much there - no coffee, little roasted barley, no rich chocolate...I get dark malts, chocolate malts, and some syrupy character. Caramel. It's just not real complex, subtle, or intricate, and this is a style which requires all three. I'm a bit disappointed, to be honest, but only because I hoped for a great beer - and this is merely very good.

The balance is nice, but the barrel notes eclipse the base (which itself brings relatively little to the table, such that there's nothing for the bourbon to accent). It's nicely built, but isn't unique or special, and doesn't quite feel like a gestalt whole.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, soft, comforting, full-bodied, syrupy, viscous, and unrefreshing. This texture is well-executed and complements the taste well, but it doesn't elevate the beer. It does have some slight alcohol warmth, and is overcarbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Very drinkable and enjoyable. It's good but not great work for Central Waters, and I'm let down only because I hoped for excellence. Absolutely worth trying if you're a fan of the style, and a very good imperial stout, but not a world-class one. I really wish the base boasted more complexity.

Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle!

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Sixteen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.