Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by cdkrenz:
4.4/5 rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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)
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2012 02:32:38 | More by cdkrenz
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3.55/5 rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: Transluscent mahogany brown with garnet highlights. Poured wispy with no head and no lacing into a snifter. Got some mocha head once poured into a pint glass. Nice, but I want by BBS to be sexy.
S: Treacle molasses, plums, pit fruits, oak, bourbon.
M/T/O: More of an oak bomb than anything else. Grainy wood notes, spicy peppery finish. The finish was thin, which wasn't the best combo with the flavor at the time. Chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon flavor mid-palate-once again thinner mouthfeel; it was kinda like chocolate soda with a shot of bourbon thrown in. Ok, let' wait 15 minutes and let it warm. Thickens up a bit, and it's an oily oak bomb. Fruity base stands out more, dates and chocolate, but not decadent in presentation. Fruity and sticky.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 12:04:33 | More by orcrist_cleaver
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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