Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by sleuthdog:
3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
2012 vintage poured into snifter
Pour: Dark brown-black with no head formation with a vigorous pour. A very still looking beer without any carbonation visible and reminds me of "flat" coke.
Smell: At the forefront is the bourbon and oak like scents. I do also pick up vanilla and some roast. There is a very mild coffee in the background but more roasted notes than coffee. This beer does smell quite sweet with some chocolate, caramel and a bit of coconut.
Taste: Well to be expected from the smell with bourbon and vanilla up first. It is a pretty sweet beer with the vanilla and chocolate shining through. There is a mild peat like taste mid palate and the roast in the aftertaste. The swallow also has some alcohol warming and the sweet bourbon again.
Mouthfeel: The feel on this is a little underwhelming being too thin for my liking for the style. It has that "flat" feeling without the true thick stout feel to me. The alcohol does not overwhelm the palate at all and seems smooth creating a highly drinkable barrel aged stout.
Overall: I like this beer but it just lacks and is not on the same level as my benchmark beer for this style, BCBS.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2013 02:14:57 | More by sleuthdog
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4.21/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 00:30:06 | More by frenchblood21
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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