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

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout

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1,948 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,948
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 372
Gots: 595 | FT: 64
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
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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Reviews by terrabyte:
Photo of terrabyte
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of don1481
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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 getatmeimevil
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
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 aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tectactoe
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DavyJones
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of cjn40277
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of weatherdog
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
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 SanFranJake
3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ricksrealm
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of delaced21
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of wrycon
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Ben7773
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
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 NWer
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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