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

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Ratings: 2,087
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Skidz on 05-28-2004

American-style stout aged for 1 year in used 12 year bourbon barrels.
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Ratings: 2,087 | Reviews: 610
Reviews by jj21:
Photo of jj21
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler hand delivered from thefatkid13 on his way to getting sunburned at DLD (Thanks again!)

Pours thickly into a snifter creating a fantastic brown head. To my surprise the growler was clear! I thought the way that not a ray of light was getting through that for sure it was brown. Damn this was dark! Carbonation settles ala Guinness, etc... but that's where the comparison ends. Head settles to a nice lacing over the top.

Aromas are wonderful- coffee, malts and Bourbon oh my. I first poured too cold and didn't get it at all it's glory (shame on me) but as it warmed up it became even more complex. The kind of beer you want to bury your nose in.

Big flavors of malty bourbon and oak. Some vanilla from the barrel hints at the finish. There's a nice bitter charred flavor that I wasn't expecting that really finished well. Full bodied and very smooth despite the higher alcohol (9.5%) presence.

I finished off a growler in two nights. I probably could have in one, but I found enough self control to hold back. It keeps you wanting more and I look forward to Central Waters opening distribution into my area (nudge nudge) sometime soon.

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Photo of don1481
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of MichaelNeelsen
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank 2013 release after aging for one year.

L: Thick, egg-white head that maintains at 1/4-finger width around the glass. Dark red tinted black. Pours like silk with a delightfully bouncy swish.

S: Sweet, sweet bourbon. Rich warmth. Subtle chocolate. Brown sugar. Cream. Almost a hint of rum or other sugary liquor.

T: Bourbon is the predominant flavor with a creamy dark chocolate finish. Roasted flavor lingers after sip. Bourbon cake, or rum cake. A definite creamy, milky lactose presence.

F: Bouncy, pillowy in the best way. Creamy. Silky, but not thin at all. Substantial.

O: One of my favorite stouts. Rivals BCS, but resembles a world-class upgrade of Dragon's Milk.

Photo of richj1970
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter. 2014 vintage.

A: Pours ink black but has amazingly clarity for a stout. One finger light tan head that settled to a thing ring around the edge and leaving some stringy lacing. A slight oily sheen to the surface.

S: Big bourbon mixed with slight coffee, caramel, and roasted malts.

T: Mostly bourbon up front. Some faint coffee flavors, and a dark fruity quality. A fair amount of warming alcohol at the end.

M: Full bodied tending towards a bit thin but not expected from BA stout. Finish is smooth, and very easy drinking.

O: Very nice stout especially if you enjoy bourbon forward beers. I would be very interested to get another of these to age for a while.

Photo of Catracho5
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip glass

A: Not very dark for a barrel aged imperial stout, lots of ruby on the edges, pretty clear when being poured into the glass, nice creamy tan head that faded, got some lacing.

A: Big bourbon upfront, very big, after this a strange drop on the aroma. Didn't' get much else. Some coffee roasted notes, not much alcohol.

T: Big bourbon, some coffee roasted bitterness, some alcohol burn on the end, but the bourbon seems unbalanced with the other flavors.

M: Medium mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, not alcohol burn.

O: Starts out really big, lots of bourbon, some stout aromas and flavors but the beer kind of drops off at the end, doesn't blend well. I think they need to bump up the ABV, maybe that will help balance the beer with the bourbon, but not bad at all, would definitely purchase, seems a little raw compared to other BA imperial stouts, but really good, definitely worth a try and I would put this in top 10 of my own personal BA stouts.

Photo of CHickman
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2014: Pours pitch black opaque color with a thick foamy 2-3 finger dark tan head that faded slowly, had a ton of bubbles in it and left great spider web foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells of bourbon up front, with deep woody oak notes, cocoa powder, burnt malt, charred wood, dark chocolate, roasted grains, molasses, some light vanilla and a boozy sweetness. The wood and barrel accents are very influential and earthy and mix well with the chocolate and booze sweetness. This is very complex but minimal in that the main characteristics are the entire aroma with variations of the nose slightly changing with each whiff.

Taste is delicious, with a lovely combo much like the nose with dark chocolate, roasted grains, molasses, deep woody oak notes, bourbon, cocoa powder, toffee, burnt malt, charred wood, vanilla, a boozy sweetness and chocolate milk or chocolate syrup which makes it smooth like a milk stout and not an imperial bourbon barrel aged bad boy. Super smooth and very similar to Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout in many ways, but not as strong with less heat and more oaky notes. The wood almost tastes like cedar chips, and the booze is evident but not hot or abrasive – damn good stuff.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy or velvety depending on the sip, with a medium to heavy chewy viscous body and feel that leads to a sweet bourbon infused aftertaste that has a slight bitterness and traces of coffee grinds. As stated above it’s very similar to Goose Island BCBS, but like it’s younger brother that may not have the bad ass reputation but is better looking; this brew is not as strong as BCBS and has more oaky and earthy/peat moss notes, but it’s an outstanding imperial stout in its own right and one I will seek out as well as highly recommend.

Photo of getatmeimevil
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely loved this BBA stout, everything I was expecting from BCBS came through in this. All the things I wanted to have a punch did and all the things I wanted to be subtle were.

Photo of weatherdog
3.52/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of blitz134
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of badbeer
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 Bottle

Pours out black with a tan head that retains well; leaves a nice lacing, especially for a high gravity brew. Smell is splendid. A rich scent of bourbon, vanilla bean, chocolate, and roastiness make up the aroma. This is not overdone like almost all other bourbon barrel beers are; it is amazingly well done. Bourbon taste is strong, but smooth; noticeable, but in no way overpowering. Perfectly blend of flavors. Carbonation is a little higher than medium but does a good job holding this one together. Mouthfeel is medium, with a dry, roasty, bourbon-y, and vanilla finish. BA Dark Lord, Kentucky Breakfast, and Bourbon County Stout are just a few examples of very good bourbon aged stouts; the one that comes closest to this one is BA Speedway. Yes, I did just say that, this is the king of bourbon barrel stouts, in my opinion.

Photo of Mora2000
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

2010 vintage. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is awesome with chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla and alcohol. The flavor is just as good. I get notes of bourbon and oak as well as coffee and a lot of milk chocolate. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of frenchblood21
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of bsp77
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Extremely dark brown with nice tan head and some lacing tendrils.

Smell: The Bourbon barrel aging is apparent in the aroma, with vanilla and oak dominating, as well as some milk chocolate and molasses. Sweet and boozy aroma.

Taste: Strong Bourbon taste upfront with major notes of sweet vanilla and sharp oak. The Stout characteristics are secondary with light chocolate, molasses and licorice. Not much coffee or hop bitterness; the only drying notes appear to be from the oak.

Feel: Very smooth and creamy with a full body and low carbonation. Somewhat boozy.

Overall: Very nice Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout. While not one of the absolute best, I was very happy with the price ($10 for a 4-pack). I will age the other three and see what happens.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From taste notes. Appearance: Brilliant black with a 1” tan tinted persistent and lacy foam cap. Smell: slight bourbon, fruit, dark malt, dark fruit – prunes, raisins, Taste: Flavor: Creamy, bourbon and caramel quickly joined by chocolate and then espresso and some vanilla notes. Mouthfeel: Medium full body, carbonation medium but so soft as to suggest nitro beer. Overall: A very drinkable and enjoyable bourbon barrel stout.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to trxxpaxxs for the bottle!

12oz bottle, fridge temp, darkness snifter, bottled in DEC 2011.

pours out almost black, shows a little rubiness in the light, was maybe expecting opaque? about a 1/4 inch of tan colored head. pretty good retention with a little drippy lacing and just a little bit of legs noticable.

big vanilla and oak bourbon barrel coming through in the nose. behind that there is some burnt/ roasted malts, burnt dark sugars, and a hint of bitter cocoa. no alcohol noticable in the aroma. hints of coconut and smoke as it warms.

lots of vanilla and bourbon, burnt sugars, oak barrel. some booze, but definatly not overpowering like some can be. roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, and a bit of toasted malt are second. finishes with a slight muddy (yeasty?) taste but then some lingering bourbon and bitter cocoa quickly take over.

a little too light and a little too overcarbinated for my likes of the style. i like to chew on my BA stouts. but because of this, its definatly super drinkable for what it is. i finished my glass way too quick.

i feel that the barrel aging was done very well, but i find the base stout a little weak which in turn throws the whole beer off a bit. still pretty good, but not something i would ever strive to get again with all the other gems of the style. it does leave me very intrigued to try other beers from central waters however.

Photo of ehammond1
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for the gift, DarthKostrizer!

(Aged for 6 months)

Dark black throughout with a small dark brown head. This leaves the glass oily and with spotted lace on the way down.

The aroma on this beer is phenomenal. It's full of bourbon and oak character, without coming off harsh or boozy in the slightest. There's also nice chocolate, coffee, and slight vanilla notes as well. This reminds me a lot of KBS's aroma.

Unfortuntaely the flavor does not live up to the aroma. There's mild bourbon and oak character, and a little bit of vanilla and chocolate. There's also some ash and mineral.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

I just wish the flavor matched the aroma. Then we'd be talking about one incredibly special beer.

Photo of boatshoes
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was lucky to happen upon 8 bottles of this recently as a result of a trade with my buddy Roburg and also a friend of mine from Wisconsin bringing me down a 4-pack. Thanks to both!

Appearance- Pours an opaque black out the bottle with a thin brown half finger or so of head in the glass that dissipates to a ring around the edges in pretty short order. Carbonation appears adequate but not overly active.

Smell- Not overly complex for the style but containing a lot of the usual nice ingredients. Primarily smells of dark roast, vanilla, and a little bit of wood.

Taste- Very similar to the nose. I get mostly vanilla, some medium to dark roast, and a little bit of the bourbon/wood. There is a little bit astringency on the finish and a somewhat sharp bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is decent but leans towards a touch on the thin side, particularly on the finish as a result of the evident alcohol. Drinkability is average for the style, but I found the alcohol bite to wear on me as I moved towards finishing the beer.

Overall, a decent bourbon barrel stout, but I find Central Waters bourbon barrel barleywine to be a far superior example of their barrel aged beers.

Photo of MattyG85
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. 2012 Vintage bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of tan head that quickly fade into a small thin patch. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very rich, roasty, and bourbon soaked aroma. Big notes from the barrel up front with hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Sweet dark roasted malts with good hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, burnt caramel, toffee, oats, and biscuit. Molasses and maple syrup add some sweetness. Subtle undertones of dark cherry, raisins, fig, and plum. Also a light hint of anise spice. Hop presence is pretty subdued but there is a earthy scent. Really good BA stout aroma.

Taste: Rich, dark, sweet, and bourbon soaked like the taste. Big barrel taste upfront with notes of bourbon whiskey, oak, wood, and lots of vanilla. Dark bready roasted malts with a taste of dark chocolate, coffee, dark toasted bread, biscuit, burnt caramel, toffee, and oats. Sweet molasses and syrup add some more sweetness. Mild taste of anise spicing. Some nice undercurrents of dark fruits with notes of dark cherry, plum, raisin, and fig. Subtle earthy hop bitterness comes in towards the finish. A really good all around stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full and thick bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat syrupy. Booze can be detected bu the heat is fairly mild.

Overall: A really great stout. Very good barrel flavors and good use of dark malts. Sweetness is well balanced.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my Marquette brethren curtisloew for including this in our trade. Black beer, decent sized 1/2" brown head on it. Smooth, rich bourbon and chocolate aroma, not boozy, not a big waft of alcohol, just dark chocolate, coconut and bourbon in a small way.

Taste, even more decadent, rich, smooth, mild notes of oak, a little more coconut again. Faint smoke noticeable, a little bit more vanilla. Not sweet, just rich and sturdy, avoiding becoming overly thick or roasty, almost zero bitterness. One of the easiest bourbon barrel beers I've ever come across.

Would probably be rated so much higher if it wasn't so easy to get and so relatively cheap. Can't wait for jegross2 to hook me up with some more of these. Very good. Its really become one of my favorites in the world. If you have some of this beer, and you want something from the west coast, hit me up, I trade Black Tuesday, White Chocolate, Pliny, Eclipse etc. . . for this stuff all the time.

Photo of rudylaw
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with light peeking in through the edges. Thin head that says goodbye immediately.

I'm getting toffee, caramel, sugars and a decent amount of bourbon in the nose.

OK, this isn't as hot as I was expecting. Pretty sweet with a dark chocolate character that accompanies all of what I smelled. The bourbon is present but in now way overpowering. Pretty smooth.

As I keep going, the alcohol becomes more apparent. Still a creamy mouthfeel with ample carbonation. A great stout for the price, but would you really expect anything else from Central Waters?

Photo of dc55110
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at cellar temperature (54* according to the thermometer), bottled December of 2011, poured into oversized snifter.

As it pours the typical barrel aged stout "glug" is noticeably absent. Has the appearance of cola being poured. A fizzy head quickly dissipates, leaving a solid ring of tiny bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Its dark, but not black, a deep brown with hints of red along the edges. Light is able to penetrate even through the deepest point of the glass.

Lots of vanilla! Dulce de Leche with a hint of booze. I'm getting mostly sweetness with the slight oak-y-ness of the bourbon in the very back.

Again, Dulce de Leche! Creamy, milky, vanilla, very sweet. I'm not finding much of the stout qualities. The bourbon is there, but is dominated by the caramely vanilla flavors. There is a slight alcohol burn on the end, but is pleasant, not harsh.

For being relatively thin, it is amazingly creamy and full on the tongue. It lacks that syrup quality I prefer in a BA stout.

I hope with some time in the cellar that the sweetness will mellow out, and everything it is masking, takes a seat at the table. I've loved this in years past, but was pretty underwhelmed by this years batch fresh!

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a inky black body with a thin cloud of tan head that fades pretty quickly. The dense body gives up no signs of carbonation.

S- The smell of vanilla comes through with sweet and dark roasted malt with some black roasted malt notes. There is a note of wet wood that comes through when it is really warm.

T- The big taste of bourbon and dark malt has a flavor of earthiness and cola with a soft alcohol heat in the finish. There is a soft dry brown sugar flavor behind the malt and an oaky flavor that really increase as the beer warms. It becomes almost overpowering in the last few sips.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with the alcohol heat cleaning the palate after each sip.

D- This beer has a big bourbon flavor with a little stout hidden underneath. Perhaps it is age or just to light but more stout would be nice.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,087 ratings.