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

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

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1,448 Ratings
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Ratings: 1448
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%


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:
American-style stout aged for 1 year in used 12 year bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: Skidz on 05-28-2004)
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terrabyte

Wisconsin

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
More User Reviews:
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elkabong

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-22-2014 21:40:02 | More by elkabong
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schris

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer was a nice surprise. After all the furor in the Midwest has died down on BCBS, KBS, and Black Note, I ran into a four-pack of this in my local shop and thought I'd give it a whirl. This review is for a bottle from the fall 2013 vintage, reviewed in April 2014.

Appearance: First of all, I like the bottles. Does that matter? I'm not so sure. But I do. I was happy to see the pour come with very little foaming or head - I am really sensitive to over-carbing in imperial stouts, especially barrel-aged. With the lower alcohol content, I was expecting this to be foamier, and happy that it wasn't. Minimal head was just off-white. Minimal lacing.

Smells like a bourbon stout. I get some vanilla on the nose, but mostly it's just a cool blast of bourbon - not boozy, though - with some malt backbone.

The taste is not as complex as in some of the bigger stouts, but what is there is nice. Some booziness comes across on the body. Vanilla, chocolate. Not really even a hint of coffee. I have a sweet tooth, and I was happy to find this beer close out with a sweet, but smooth, finish. Not much lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - smooth, a good thickness to it, with a little extra carbed kick.

Overall, a really nice brew. I don't picture much happening to it with age, so it's almost a relief to imagine myself drinking these with no guilt over the next couple of weeks! I'm glad I found it in the shop, and I'll definitely buy it again next year.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 02:10:18 | More by schris
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SammyV123

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black-Brown with a gentle ring of head

Smell - Sweet...Vanilla, Caramel, Whiskey

Taste - Excellent...Vanilla, Whiskey, Cedar, Oats

Mouthfeel - Syrupy in the front moving to oily in the back

Overall - Great Beer. Perfect for slowly sipping out a snifter.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 22:17:31 | More by SammyV123
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gio540

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-21-2014 14:50:10 | More by gio540
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly opaque dark brown to black body beneath the tan head which quickly dissolves to leave only a scattered lacing.

The bourbon leaps right out of the glass and slaps you in the face. Vanilla and if I'm not mistaken even a hi t of maple syrup follow. There are also faint hints of chocolate and muted roasted malt.

A fairly sweet brew on the palate. Again the bourbon jumps to the front of the line with vanilla, maple, wood notes, and sweet dark fruits. Just letting this beer sit on your palate brings forth more character.

On the fuller side in body with lighter carbonation and a boozy, warming finish.

This is a darn good bourbon barrel stout- tons of character to offer and while the bourbon is more forward than some of its counterparts it remains pretty well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 01:29:05 | More by CHADMC3
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markgugs

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-20-2014 18:44:32 | More by markgugs
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BKBassist

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-19-2014 18:45:02 | More by BKBassist
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +18.2%

04-19-2014 03:56:55 | More by tyleeis
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EnthusedAboutBeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-19-2014 02:39:24 | More by EnthusedAboutBeer
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Bowers-Brew

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-19-2014 01:23:00 | More by Bowers-Brew
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larryarms847

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is thinner than most imperial stouts.

Smell is straight whiskey.

Tastes like chocolate and whiskey.

Mouthfeel not quite there, definitely missing the thick mouthfeel consistent with other imperial stouts.

Overall a great tasting beer and a great choice for bourbon fans.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 23:58:41 | More by larryarms847
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Quattrofiend

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-18-2014 23:46:51 | More by Quattrofiend
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billhelm

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-18-2014 13:59:35 | More by billhelm
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Pizzadude

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-18-2014 00:36:57 | More by Pizzadude
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midnitesun11

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

04-17-2014 02:59:39 | More by midnitesun11
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mlklein27

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-17-2014 00:56:53 | More by mlklein27
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I_Like_Beer

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-16-2014 20:50:35 | More by I_Like_Beer
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BltByKrmn

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

04-16-2014 15:32:59 | More by BltByKrmn
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-16-2014 03:55:36 | More by CaptDavyJones
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-16-2014 02:45:36 | More by alex_hart
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tmarretti

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-16-2014 02:08:45 | More by tmarretti
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark dark brown to black. Completely opaque. No head whatsoever

Smell: immediately greeted by booze. Chocolate, dark fruits, lots of bourbon and vanilla. Some oak.

Taste: opens with a little bit of chocolate transitions to some dark fruits iced with bourbon. Ends with a mixture of booze, oak and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: very sticky. Pretty warm.

Overall: a very boozy and bourbony stout. Quite potent for the relative low alcohol percent. Pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:23:31 | More by SportsandJorts
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scotv

New York

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-16-2014 01:15:33 | More by scotv
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DRBiser

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.4%

04-15-2014 23:36:26 | More by DRBiser
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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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