Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by angelmonster:
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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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4.21/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from bottle into Hoppin Frog snifter. Bottle date is 2013. Date of review is 3/8/14.
Appearance- Almost pitch black. Just a tiny bit of light shines through when held up to a bright light. Quarter finger of creamy tan head that disappears within a minute. Tiny little bubbles are floating up from the bottom, which is cool looking.
Smell- Bourbon and green apples right away. After that I get vanilla and smoke. This is smelling much more like a brandy-aged beer than a bourbon-aged beer.
Taste- Taste is significantly better than the nose. Bourbon and chocolate blow my taste buds apart! Smoke and vanilla are there, just like in the nose. I detect chocolate chip cookies cooked in a smoker and dipped in bourbon, and I LOVE IT!
Mouthfeel- Thick, syruppy and luscious...my mouth feels like a just ate a handful of bitter dark chocolate covered coffee beans.
Overall- Really solid beer...Is this on the same level as BA B.O.R.I.S., KBS, BA Blackout Stout or BCBS? No, of course not, but it's really good and worth trying.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 00:30:06 | More by frenchblood21
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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