Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.34/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle into a small snifter. Very dark pour, opaque, with little carbonation and no head (typical for a barrel-aged beer and I don't consider it a defect). The nose is very nice. Rich, sweet, and toasty with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, and bourbon.
The beer has a full body, a firm feel (slightly creamy, though thinner than I like for this style) and a nice sweet, malty, bourbon-tinged flavor. I get some chocolate and sarsaparilla up front and the bourbon comes in around mid-palate, bringing with it oak and vanilla and a little bit of warmth. The beer is surprisingly smooth, with very little ``bite''. It reminds me of Schlafly's offering, though with a bit more body. The finish is sticky, warm, and sweet with a nice lingering toffee flavor.
I just love these bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stouts and can't get enough of them. They all seem to have their own particular charms and characteristics. KBS is that nice, sweet, well-behaved, well-mannered honor student like your folks want you to marry someday. BCBS is that rough, foul-mouthed, hard-rocking chick that you'd hate to introduce to the folks, but lust after nonetheless. This one is like the cool girl you hang out with for years (because she likes comic books), and then one day you realize just how pretty she is.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2013 23:20:31 | More by deadonhisfeet
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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.
94 out of 100 based on 1,637 ratings.