Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by FreshHawk:
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A - Very dark walnut brown, almost black, with a small, bubbly, light, sticky, light cafe colored head. Disappears fairly fast leaving a patchy lacing.
S - Nice aroma with plenty of bourbon on the nose. Fudge along with notes of vanilla. Slightly charred oak and roasted malt. Hints of dark chocolate and dark espresso/coffee. The bourbon and oaky aroma dominates though.
T - Very bourbony flavors. Strong oak, nice vanilla kick, some charcoal flavor and a fair amount of burn on the finish. Charred malt and espresso along with some dark chocolate provide a backbone. After sipping on this for a while, the flavor mellows out a bit and more caramel, chocolate, and fudge come out and there is less burn. Really shined for the second half of the glass.
M - Medium body with below average carbonation. Feels slightly thin, but not overly troublesome. Smooth.
D - Strong bourbon and heat to start (especially given that it's only 9.5%) made it very much a sipper, but as it mellowed it became a very easy drinking bourbony treat. Very nice sipping beer for a cold night that kept me reaching for another sip.
Notes: At first I wasn't sure of this as the bourbon flavors were so overpowering (I enjoy bourbon and all, but if I want to drink bourbon, I'll drink bourbon). However, halfway through the bourbon mellowed just enough and the heat died down (not sure if it was due to warming, my tongue adjusting, or the alcohol making the heat less noticeable) that there was a great balance between the bourbon and the stout flavors. Quite enjoyable for the price if you enjoy bourbon.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2012 02:19:30 | More by FreshHawk
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3.93/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance: dark dark brown to black. Completely opaque. No head whatsoever
Smell: immediately greeted by booze. Chocolate, dark fruits, lots of bourbon and vanilla. Some oak.
Taste: opens with a little bit of chocolate transitions to some dark fruits iced with bourbon. Ends with a mixture of booze, oak and vanilla.
Mouthfeel: very sticky. Pretty warm.
Overall: a very boozy and bourbony stout. Quite potent for the relative low alcohol percent. Pretty tasty.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 01:23:31 | More by SportsandJorts
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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