Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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2.13/5 rDev -49.6%
I honestly dont know where to start with this one. First off, this is far from a stout. It is a very watery light brown. Clear around the edges. This is more like a barrel aged dubbel. If it was a dubbel it wouldnt be half bad. Other than being water thin, it has an overbearing sour grape flavor going on. Didnt get much bourbon out of it. Plenty of oakiness coming through. I hope this was a bad bottle, because this is nothing that I would seek again. I was expecting a lot more out of this. Instead this will go down as one of the worse beers Ive ever had.
04-15-2007 17:45:23 | More by FtownThrowDown
2.53/5 rDev -40.2%
cw bbs and cherry bbs, back to back
a 3.5-4 both are quite black and look about the same. not much head or lacing, but that will be forgiven i guess due to the barrel aging and abv.
s 3-4 sweet bourbon, vanilla and butterscotch dominate the nose of the bbs, but it is not nearly as alcoholically aggressive as my memories of the bbb. the roasted barley is far in the background, just where i prefer it to be. this isn't the most complex nose. the bourbon is less noticeable in the aroma of the cherry bbs, in which the tart cherries are clearly present. the cherry has a somewhat more subdued nose overall, yet it's still quite pleasant (4-4.5)
now that i've placed the main scent of bbs as butterscotch, it's not quite as alluring. oh well.
t 3-3.5 whoa this is smooth! not nearly the challenge to drink that I half-anticipated. indeed, this is shockingly smooth and quaffable. with the malts playing a supporting role. no hops detected. the cherry bbs offer less bourbon for the palate and an impression that i am sucking down cherry pie while drinking the bbs.
m 2-2.5 the mouthfeel is thinner than expected (same for both). the carbonation level is relatively low and doesn't contribute significantly to the mouthfeel.
o 2-2.5 these beers are drinkable, sometimes hard to sip rather than gulp, too friendly and approachable. over time though, the butterscotch combines with a dishwater off-note and makes me want to hurl. i liked these at first so much because i expected to hate them and didn't, as the feared boatload of burnt barley was absent. but bbs, based on solstice which i cannot stand, is ultimately fairly gross. unfortunate as i have a few 4-packs still in the cellar.
overall, i just cannot drink this at all anymore.
01-02-2011 22:47:52 | More by brewmudgeon
2.78/5 rDev -34.3%
Bottle to snifter. As I poured I could not help but notice the thinness to the depth in this beer. Imperial Stouts IMO should be dark, with no light shining through. This beer was dark, but not dark enough. The light passed through it too easily, something I would expect from a standard stout, not an imperial. The smell was just ok. Faint bourbon, no vanilla, no malt or indentifying nuances that stood out. I'm a fan of bourbon stouts, this beer lacked substancially in comparison. The base beer stands out in no way to me. It's awfully thin and watery. The bourbon barely helps. I like my beers to be big and heavy on the bourbon. This one just didn't do it for me. I appreciate the trader who got this to me. Cheers.
04-08-2014 02:54:35 | More by PlinyBeMiney
2.8/5 rDev -33.8%
A bit of a disappointment from one of my favorite Midwestern breweries. Pours a dark amber/ruby/translucent brown. Not particularly appealing, and not what I'd expect for a bourbon barrel aged stout, or any stout for that matter. The smell is quite good, with typical bourbon notes of vanilla, oak, and toffee, with a touch of alcohol.
The taste is another matter. The alcohol has a spicy burn, like I took a regular porter or stout and poured some bourbon in the glass. Kinda tastes like a whiskey-Coke. Not very good.
The mouthfeel is thin for the style. Watery and prickly from the alcohol.
Overall, a below average bourbon stout that is overrated. I will age a bottle to see how it fares.
01-03-2012 05:13:29 | More by sacrelicio
3/5 rDev -29.1%
A - Super dark brown with a head that has loads of big frothy bubbles sitting on a base of tiny bubbles. Lacing is here, but breaks quickly.
S - Sublime; lovely vanilla, candied sugar sweetness, soft oak, mellow bourbon, a touch of maple. Reminds me a lot of Backwoods Bastard, perhaps Silva stout.
T - Shit. The nose barely translates to the taste. Right away, I'm hit with an unusual harsh woodiness. Slight char, but then some semisweet & dark chocolate, vanilla extract, a bit of artificial cherry and cheap bourbon. The bourbon somehow is able to impart a nice vanilla sweetness, but then goes back to tasting cheap, winey/tannin-y and watered down. The finish has a milk chocolate and coffee finish, that is a bit of a saving grace. After a nose that gave me a half chub, this feels like I've been had. This is a muddled and unrefined. Nothing seems to work or blend together, it's kind of everything on it's own.
M - Oily, medium body with a fantastic amount of carbonation.
D - I don't hate this, but the taste is just so disappointing. I'll just take 2 sniffs for every sip and I'll be all good here.
02-04-2011 05:47:11 | More by drewba
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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