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Sixteen - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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721 Ratings
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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 248
Gots: 210 | 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:
An imperial stout aged in 21 year old bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-17-2013)
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

phishphorce, Apr 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
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 BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
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
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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

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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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

DanGeo, Jul 10, 2014
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4.59/5  rDev +1.3%

tectactoe, Mar 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

jono0101, Apr 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Schlais, Mar 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

delaced21, Apr 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

supa0525, Apr 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

DaftPatrick, Apr 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

jamato3000, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Jared14
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance was that of all good stouts I've had, black with a small tan head that leaves behind a little lacing.

Smell was initially roasted notes with hints of chocolate, upon warming towards room temperature chocolate notes come through greater.

Taste is like nose except when warming there's another layer in a marshmallow like note that I really enjoyed.

Mouthfeel was thick and full bodied.

This goes in the top 3 BA stouts I've had with BA Abraxas and BA Sump Kyoto.

Jared14, Jul 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

77apm, Jun 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

BillKuhnel, Oct 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

mctizzz, May 25, 2014
Photo of frenchblood21
4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Pitch black with a dark tan quarter inch head. The head fades almost immediately. Lacing is quite impressive for this aged beer.

Smell- Toffee and figs are the two scents I get right away. Secondly, I get bourbon and cherries. This smells much more like a barrel-aged barleywine. This is outrageous for a stout. Perfect in every way.

Taste- Malty and roasty right up front. Bourbon is very present, but not at all hot. In fact, the bourbon is just fantastic. Vanilla and currants also come up to party. I get just a faint taste of tobacco and maybe some raisins.

Mouthfeel- This beer is a bit thin, but that is totally expected from a beer this old. It is hard to keep this masterpiece in your mouth.

Overall- Awesome example of what a barrel-aged stout should taste like. Almost perfect in every aspect. Top 25 beers I have ever had.

frenchblood21, Jun 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

fenlop54, May 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Prospero, Jun 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

standardcherry, Apr 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

deebo, Jun 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

MNMike, Oct 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

bpfrush, Jan 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

misterid, Jan 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

Cynic-ale, May 10, 2014
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Sixteen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.