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

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout

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1,452 Ratings
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Ratings: 1452
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%


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:
American-style stout aged for 1 year in used 12 year bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: Skidz on 05-28-2004)
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assurbanipaul

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4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a lighter-brown head that's tall and cascading. Aroma is lots of dark, roasty malts, some espresso, a touch of alcohol.

Taste is a ton of roasty malts. Lots of dark coffee, black patent malt, bitter sorghum and dark imported chocolate. Very rich, very bitter. A slight alcoholic sting and flavor that's not immediately noticeable but present. Some subtle whiskey flavors, probably the barrel-aging that I'm detecting. Aftertaste is of bitter, lingering black coffee.

Mouthfeel is thick and silky smooth with just a slight acrid bite. A wonderful stout but might benefit from just a smidge more sweetness to offset the powerful bitter profile.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 02:55:04 | More by assurbanipaul
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This beer was a nice surprise. After all the furor in the Midwest has died down on BCBS, KBS, and Black Note, I ran into a four-pack of this in my local shop and thought I'd give it a whirl. This review is for a bottle from the fall 2013 vintage, reviewed in April 2014.

Appearance: First of all, I like the bottles. Does that matter? I'm not so sure. But I do. I was happy to see the pour come with very little foaming or head - I am really sensitive to over-carbing in imperial stouts, especially barrel-aged. With the lower alcohol content, I was expecting this to be foamier, and happy that it wasn't. Minimal head was just off-white. Minimal lacing.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,452 ratings.