Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by terrabyte:
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours a very dark black with a hint of ruby on the edges. At first it looks like there won't be any head, but eventually builds up a good inch. Thick, wide splashes of lacing remain while drinking.
Aroma is slightly woody with a harsh, straight-up bourbon smell.
Flavor is quite boozy, not blended or balanced at all with the other flavors. Since bourbon is one of the few hard liquors I like anyway, it's not much of a problem for me. Other flavors that make up the base and fall into the background is vanilla, oak, and cream. Aftertaste slaps you in the back of the bouth with a bite of alcohol and harsh wood.
Mouthful is thick and creamy.
Drinkability is good for its heft. It might be a bit strong for some, and it's not as well balanced as some.
This is an enjoyable beer. It cost $15 for a 6-pack, which means I can't drink this every day. Luckily this beer is quite rare in supply, and was a surprise to show up this year at the store I bought it at. While enjoyable, strong, and tasty, it doesn't compare to something as well crafted as Goose Island's Bourbon Barrel. (Which I might add costs $20 for a 4-pack). But I'm proud to live in a state where this was made, and only 2 degrees of separation from the brewers.
It looks like this year's release is using the brown labels found in the picture for the 1-year aged Bourbon Barrel. However, it does not have a green sticker, so is considered the 'regular' awesome instead of the awesome awesome. Place your reviews accordingly.
Serving type: bottle
03-15-2007 01:15:31 | More by terrabyte
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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 1,626 ratings.