Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by angelmonster:
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Reviewing the 2010 vintage.
Pours a pitch black body, head is khaki colored. Head retention and lacing were both good.
First smells are of chocolate, and whiskey. Next come figs and raisins mixed with burnt malts and caramel. Vanilla becomes apparent as beer warms. Hops aren't present, this beers' aroma is all about whiskey soaked charred oak contrasted by some sugary sweetness. Pretty complex and layered, but subtle.
Taste is big on whiskey almost as if someone tossed a shot of booze in the beer. Underneath the big punch of alcohol there's some roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate covered raisins. There is an aftertaste of bitterness which I assume is from the hops since there was no mention of coffee as an ingredient. Too bad the bourbon overshadows all the other flavors in the beer.
Mouthfeel had some body to it but wasnt too syrupy. Well carbonated for a barrel aged stout. Head added some texture to the beer briefly but not as long as I hoped. Alcohol left some heat in the mouth and throat.
Overall this was a good sipping beer. This beer was complex but the bourbon was abit too much and prevented this beer from reaching the elite status of stouts like barrel aged yeti and The Event Horizon. Would like to revisit this beer in a year or so and see if aging smoothed out any bumps in this flavor profile.
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2011 10:11:03 | More by angelmonster
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3.9/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Straight to the nitty gritty: no doubt, this is good. But the thing that doesn't make it great is that it is too sweet for me.
Now that Raul has that off of his thinly sculpted sized 38 chest...
Right when Raul cracked this bad boi, the aroma was a hell of a surprise like getting a Nintendo 64 on Christmas. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate... Like Raul was touched by an angel, or a Victoria's Secret Model, really.
Let's move on, shall we?
Even if she is devilishly beautiful, if she's too clingy, that's definitely a flaw. And with this beautiful beast, is a touch of sweetness that is a bit over the top for the Raul man.
Everything else is pretty much Thanksgiving gravy - actually, it's a bit thin in the mouth, but Raul has said his peace.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 01:31:03 | More by RaulMondesi
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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