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Sixteen - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.05%
Wants: 244
Gots: 199 | FT: 35
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:
An imperial stout aged in 21 year old bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-17-2013)
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

BEERchitect, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of orangesol
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

orangesol, Jun 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Williaar, Today at 03:20 PM
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4.6/5  rDev +1.3%

herman77, Today at 12:58 AM
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4.76/5  rDev +4.8%

stgrulke, Sunday at 08:38 PM
Photo of cbutova
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cousin Sonny = guddamn.

A- Pure black pour into a wine glass with a half finger light tan head. Decent retention of the cap falling to a small ring. Lacing is rare with just a few spots.

S- Deep roasty grains and heavily toasted brown grains atop a relaxed, aged Bourbon but still a large presence in the aroma. Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, coffee and whiskey.

T- Big stout and Bourbon. Notes of high quality whiskey, vanilla sweets, medium toast wet oak, dark semi-bitter cocoa, coffee grounds, caramel, toast, raisins and slight alcohol.

MF- Medium-thick bodied with an oily and somewhat hot feel overall. Carbonation comes in at a medium perhaps high level considering the flavors.

Not my best review but I had to write some notes down. Great balance of big stout and whiskey.

cbutova, Sunday at 07:11 AM
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4.4/5  rDev -3.1%

greg4579, Sunday at 01:56 AM
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

mrn1ceguy, Saturday at 08:24 PM
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

CTJman, Saturday at 01:05 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Gdirt, Saturday at 01:04 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

flipdog0, Friday at 07:10 PM
Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black with a slight mocha colored head, leaves a little lacing on the glass, how every great stout should look!

Smell: The nose is complex but two things dominate this category, bourbon and vanilla. You get slight hints of coffee, tobacco, and chocolate, but bourbon and vanilla stand out well over anything else.

Taste: Wow! I don't think I've ever tasted so much barrel presence in a beer before, it's almost like your licking the inside of the barrel after it was immediately emptied! Right away you get bourbon, and a little vanilla, then you get some chocolate, dark chocolate and tobacco, and it finishes like straight espresso, very dry and leaves your mouth dry. At the end you get a mix of all the flavors together with bourbon being dominate.

Palate: I like how dry this finishes, since the bourbon is so strong you want the beer to finish dry and a little crisp and it does. The sweeter flavors present in the beer linger and mellow out the initial sip of the beer and it is nice because you get to experience the rest of the beer this way.

Overall: This beer is not for the faint of heart, it has a ton of bourbon in it, but it is so tasty!
Superb barrel aged stout here and definitely recommend giving this one a try!

KnowYourCraft, Friday at 05:27 AM
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Sixteen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 673 ratings.