1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

1,947 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,947
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 372
Gots: 595 | FT: 64
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Skidz on 05-28-2004

American-style stout aged for 1 year in used 12 year bourbon barrels.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,947 | Reviews: 583 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Reaper16:
Photo of Reaper16
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

received as an extra from GbVDave; thanks!
12oz. bottle - 2010 vintage - poured into a tulip glass

Pours a totally unexpected color - though an imperial stout this is nowhere approaching black. It looks more like a dubbel or a scotch ale. Totally in the darker half of the brown spectrum but closer to the middle of the spectrum than not. Less than one finger of tan, tiny-bubbled head dissipates very quickly. Lacing was nonexistent at first but seemed to improve as the beer got around to room temperature. Decent stuff apart from the bewildering color.

This beer is fruitier than I expected. Lots of dark fruits right up front on the nose and even some bing cherries. They play well with the fairly significant brown spirits aromas. Nutty brown malts interlaced with some smells of stale coffee grounds. Not really any chocolate to smell. This is pretty darn good, though it sort of smells more like a bourbon barrel brown ale at times than a bourbon barrel imperial stout.

This is a proper dessert beer. The chocolate really comes out on the palate but in a unique way. I am reminded of a chocolate candy w/ a caramel center, like those few valued pieces from a Valentine's Day chocolate sampler. Light milk chocolate malty flavors w/ some caramel and vanilla coming off of the barrels. Those barrel flavors build up to quite the sweet bourbon profile. Most impressive is that the brown spirits flavor is there but the strong alcohol presence isn't. Sure, there's some alcohol flavor but only an amount that is complimentary. I imagine that this was pretty hot when it was bottled back in January but a half year's aging has comfortably settled this beer down. The finish has a small touch of oak to offset the sweetness. Give this beer some room to warm up. I was initially going to score it a 3.5 but warmth allows this beer's flavors to cohere. It works.

The mouthfeel is not up to the imperial stout par. Very thin. You expect the low amount of perceptible carbonation but you don't expect a thin body. It doesn't detract from the flavors of the beer but it does bear scoring lower compared to other, similar beers. Drinkability is good, I'd say. Relative to similar bourbon barrel aged stouts (BCS, KBS) Central Waters' offering is lower in ABV at 9.5% and has less boozy taste.

This is a very solid bourbon barrel-aged stout. If it looked and felt the part then this would be very well regarded. As is you won't be disappointed if you see a bottle on the shelves or even trade for it. This is like Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout-light. I mean that in the most complimentary way possible.

More User Reviews:
Photo of don1481
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage. 12 oz bottle poured into my trusty pint glass.

Appearance: Pours nearly pitch-black with a khaki tan head. Based on other reviews, I expected the head to dissipate quickly, but it's lingering a bit longer than expected.

Smell: Smells of caramel, chocolate, vanilla and - obviously - bourbon flow out of this one. A little sweeter smelling than the BCBS i recently reviewed. If this tastes anywhere near as good as it smells... I'm in for a good time!

Taste: Hmm. Pretty freaking good. A little boozier than the BCBS, a little more in-your-face with the flavors. Definite vanilla and chocolate aspects poke through. Not as complex as the BCBS, but the flavors still play very well with one another.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a warming, almost hot, mouthfeel. That said, it's quite... soft and smooth at the same time. Doesn't linger too strongly in the mouth.

Overall: Very delicious. Very drinkable. I'm gonna stash at least 2 of the bottles in my cellar and see what happens as it ages. Very excited to see where this goes - got another bottle of BCBS stashed alongside this, so I can do a direct comparison.

Photo of MichaelNeelsen
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank 2013 release after aging for one year.

L: Thick, egg-white head that maintains at 1/4-finger width around the glass. Dark red tinted black. Pours like silk with a delightfully bouncy swish.

S: Sweet, sweet bourbon. Rich warmth. Subtle chocolate. Brown sugar. Cream. Almost a hint of rum or other sugary liquor.

T: Bourbon is the predominant flavor with a creamy dark chocolate finish. Roasted flavor lingers after sip. Bourbon cake, or rum cake. A definite creamy, milky lactose presence.

F: Bouncy, pillowy in the best way. Creamy. Silky, but not thin at all. Substantial.

O: One of my favorite stouts. Rivals BCS, but resembles a world-class upgrade of Dragon's Milk.

Photo of richj1970
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter. 2014 vintage.

A: Pours ink black but has amazingly clarity for a stout. One finger light tan head that settled to a thing ring around the edge and leaving some stringy lacing. A slight oily sheen to the surface.

S: Big bourbon mixed with slight coffee, caramel, and roasted malts.

T: Mostly bourbon up front. Some faint coffee flavors, and a dark fruity quality. A fair amount of warming alcohol at the end.

M: Full bodied tending towards a bit thin but not expected from BA stout. Finish is smooth, and very easy drinking.

O: Very nice stout especially if you enjoy bourbon forward beers. I would be very interested to get another of these to age for a while.

Photo of Catracho5
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip glass

A: Not very dark for a barrel aged imperial stout, lots of ruby on the edges, pretty clear when being poured into the glass, nice creamy tan head that faded, got some lacing.

A: Big bourbon upfront, very big, after this a strange drop on the aroma. Didn't' get much else. Some coffee roasted notes, not much alcohol.

T: Big bourbon, some coffee roasted bitterness, some alcohol burn on the end, but the bourbon seems unbalanced with the other flavors.

M: Medium mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, not alcohol burn.

O: Starts out really big, lots of bourbon, some stout aromas and flavors but the beer kind of drops off at the end, doesn't blend well. I think they need to bump up the ABV, maybe that will help balance the beer with the bourbon, but not bad at all, would definitely purchase, seems a little raw compared to other BA imperial stouts, but really good, definitely worth a try and I would put this in top 10 of my own personal BA stouts.

Photo of getatmeimevil
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely loved this BBA stout, everything I was expecting from BCBS came through in this. All the things I wanted to have a punch did and all the things I wanted to be subtle were.

Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tectactoe
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DavyJones
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of cjn40277
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of weatherdog
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip

It pours a nearly pitch black with a decent sized tan head. Retention is medium with minimal lacing.

The nose is just great. It's rich, sweet with a heavy bourbon presence without a heavy alcohol aroma. On the end a nice subdued coffee roast is there.

The flavor kind of falls off from there, an alcohol presence is there the entire sip which is very distracting. The roast goes away and there is an increased vanilla flavor.

The spirits thin out the body too much for my liking in an imperial stout. The carbonation level is nice though, a bit lively in order to take away from the bourbon. Drinkability is decent but the alcohol flavor really doesn't meld well with the rest of the beer.

Photo of SanFranJake
3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ricksrealm
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of delaced21
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of wrycon
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Ben7773
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with new brown barrel label. Pours into my glass a deep, dark black with a quarter inch of somewhat fizzy tan head on top. It lingers for a bit and falls to a ring. Aromas begin with rich, dark roasted malts and a dark fruit undertone. Notes of chocolate and coffee are quickly met by a wonderful bourbon with vanilla tones as well. Caramel is in there as well.

First sip brings roasted malt upfront that follows with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel and a touch of coffee as well. Big bourbon and oak tones stand out along with a vanilla undertone that is quite nice. It finishes off with just a touch of bitterness and a lingering bourbon flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess and plenty of carbonation. Not as heavy and viscous as many barrel aged stouts I've sampled, but quite nice nonetheless and it makes it easier to imbibe. Overall, a tasty bourbon stout from Central Waters. It's well worth checking out if you're into bourbon barrel aged stouts. I'm glad I still have another bottle.

Photo of blitz134
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 6er of this from nflmvp, thanks man...

Pours pitch black, with a tan head on top. Came up an inch and receeded to a dense foam layer that coats the glass in a solid sheet. Definately a good start.

Lots of bourbon in this, definately the predominant aroma along with a milk chocolate aroma. Actually pretty simple overall, lots of bourbon and alcohol.

Whew! There is a good bit going on in this. Solid dark toasted malts form a good basis for this. Dark chocolate and some toffee play into this well. This transitions into a good dose of bourbon right before the swallow and then comes back right after that. Then there is a good finish of slightly charred malts with a touch of bitterness that lingers. Alcohol is evident but plays in well.

Good mouthfeel overall. Fairly full, oily and slick on the tongue. Flavor lingers for just a bit. Low carbonation as would be expected.

Good drinkability. This one is a true sipper and really warms the stomach. Hard to have much more in a night but something I'll come back to, especially if the weather ever gets colder.

Photo of NWer
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,947 ratings.