Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by cdkrenz:
4.4/5 rDev +4%
This bottle was cellared at 42.5*F since Feb of 2010. For the 2 years in my cellar this Jan 2010 released bottle was kept dark and at a consistent temperature.
A - Very dark brown body with a quarter to half inch of light tan head that fades at a moderate pace. The body does allow a hint of light through. The look has lost a bit in the cellar.
S - A sweet aroma of chocolate and a hint of alcohol. Based on my prior review I'd have to say the cellar has taken a bit away.
T - Roasted malts balance very well against the sweet cocoa flavor. The only thing taking away from this beer in the flavor category is that it has a sharp edge to it the needs to be rounded off a bit. Meaning the flavors are perfect but the transitions from one to another are not smooth enough to earn it perfection.
M - Nice and thick just like I like my imperial stouts. It is slightly abrasive but I can't imagine that's from the cellar.
~ I wish I could say the comparison from my initial review to this review are apples to apples. Unfortunately my previous review (below) was completed when I was a bit less knowledgeable in reviewing beverages. That being said, I still believe this to be a great beer and I don't think it really lost or gained anything during the two years it spent in my cellar. At this point I have at least another four pack stashed away aging for a later date. I'll try to post again when they're ready to have their tops popped.
(I originally entered the below review on January 9, 2008. This was the 30th review I had completed here on BA. The review above was my 698th. I've come along way since my 30th review.)
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Appearance - Its black body fills my snifter and releases a medium tan colored head the quickly retreats. The deep black color is remarkably. I can even see my reflection in it. (4)
Smell - Dark roasted malty aroma. Chocolate and black licorice too. Serve this beauty at room temperature to really set all the scents free. (5)
Taste - The licorice and chocolate flavors really shine. The great thing about this beer is that even though those flavors are present they don't overwhelm my taste buds. It migrates over the tongue very well offering subtle flavors as it moves. There is a touch of smoke and hint of oak to really let you know where this beer is coming from. Nice work CW. (5)
Mouthfeel - This beer is smooth almost to a fault. It goes down so easy. You really have to sip this stout nice and slow to let each taste be savored. (5)
~ This is not a session brew. This is a one and done, unless your hanging out at the Art of Brewing Festival in Stevens Point and CW is pouring this tasty treat from a tapper. Then you relax with a pal and enjoy as many as the tenders will allow. If you like beer, you'll love this. Do yourself a favor and enjoy one. It might take you a couple hours but the closer the bottle gets to empty, the better the beer gets. Enjoy. (5)
02-11-2012 02:32:38 | More by cdkrenz
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4.29/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
01-10-2014 03:44:15 | More by don1481
3.45/5 rDev -18.4%
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.
01-31-2011 03:59:59 | More by weatherdog
4.43/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
12-20-2007 23:59:05 | More by orbitalr0x
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
01-05-2007 04:02:21 | More by blitz134
4.21/5 rDev -0.5%
32 ounce growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY
Pour near black, minimal dark mocha head/thick film, leaves a lasting collar and low, slippery and ringed bits of lace.
Nose of bourbon, chocolate , and vanilla.
Full flavor, waves of dark chocolate, vanilla and heavy bourbon. Delicious, with the strong alcohol obviously present but somewhat muted for the strength.
Moderate body and enjoyably smooth mouth feel.
World class sipper, happy to be able to enjoy it on tap, via my growler.
03-17-2014 00:46:25 | More by Billolick
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
Solid black in color with a skimming of tan colored head....some tight, yet thin lacing forms as I sip my way thru this offering.
Delish in the nose...dark chocolate, vanilla, mellow bourbon and a sweet malty finish.
Taste is even better, but the flavor mesh much more, leaving a very well balanced, barrel-aged brew. Hefty chocolate flavor is still there and throw in the slightest bit of espresso...the whiskey is there, but just to add that special something to this stout. Finishes semi-dry and very clean...alcohol is very well hidden.
Mouthfeel is pretty thick and the carbonation is subdued...a definite night cap and dangerously drinkable.
A solid beer and one I would love to score again...a great beer to celebrate my 500th review.
01-10-2007 01:20:54 | More by warriorsoul
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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