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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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2,021 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,021
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 389
Gots: 638 | FT: 69
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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Photo of Andrew041180
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very strong bourbon in this one. A little thinner than I would like given all the bourbon flavor. Very tasty though.

Photo of GMorgan
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnofUpton
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of portia99
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (2010 vintage) poured into a snifter.

A - Bottle opens with a small wisp of carbonation and pours an extremely dark brown color with no head, a slight collar of white bubbles and no lacing.

S - Sweet smelling overall with notes of caramel, toffee and brown sugar, mild molasses, fair amount of bourbon booziness, slightly herbal/minty.

T - Bourbon tingle up front, mildly sweet with caramel and molasses, oaky vanilla, roastiness, faint burnt/char.

M - A bit thin in body, medium at best...light carbonation. Sweet and bourbon, mildy roasty overall. Chocolate notes creep in subtley.

O - Good bourbon barrel stout, but doesn't really stand out to me as especially impressive. I would certainly have another, but this is a crowded style with lots of really good entries. An older vintage, so perhaps I waited a bit too long on this one - will have to try a newer vintage and compare.

Photo of DrKarl
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wulfie85
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaybeSoMaybeNot
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mabermud
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An innocuous , mocha looking head. Light black head.
Nice bourbon smell with medium roasted malts and 73.9% dark chocolate. Cookie dough and cold sweet bread.
Bourbon barrel is prominent in the taste. It tastes like some old school bourbon. Not the new age bourbon I drink. Classic bourbon taste. The barrel is first. The stout is pushed to the back. The sweetness comes out as the beer warms.
Good, dense carbonation up front and in the middle. The body isn't too thick, which is nice. The finish smoothly fades away.

Overall - Extremely well put together. Again, the bourbon barrel is up there. When they say Reserve Bourbon Barrel, they do not mean they are reserving the bourbon barrel taste for the birds. Definitely World-Class stuff. Nice and soft at toward the end.

Photo of halo3one
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwerner23
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of k47k
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coronaeus
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Schlafly33
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CTJman
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jfstilling
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EricSloan
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jonbonfondle
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CHickman
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2014: Pours pitch black opaque color with a thick foamy 2-3 finger dark tan head that faded slowly, had a ton of bubbles in it and left great spider web foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells of bourbon up front, with deep woody oak notes, cocoa powder, burnt malt, charred wood, dark chocolate, roasted grains, molasses, some light vanilla and a boozy sweetness. The wood and barrel accents are very influential and earthy and mix well with the chocolate and booze sweetness. This is very complex but minimal in that the main characteristics are the entire aroma with variations of the nose slightly changing with each whiff.

Taste is delicious, with a lovely combo much like the nose with dark chocolate, roasted grains, molasses, deep woody oak notes, bourbon, cocoa powder, toffee, burnt malt, charred wood, vanilla, a boozy sweetness and chocolate milk or chocolate syrup which makes it smooth like a milk stout and not an imperial bourbon barrel aged bad boy. Super smooth and very similar to Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout in many ways, but not as strong with less heat and more oaky notes. The wood almost tastes like cedar chips, and the booze is evident but not hot or abrasive – damn good stuff.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy or velvety depending on the sip, with a medium to heavy chewy viscous body and feel that leads to a sweet bourbon infused aftertaste that has a slight bitterness and traces of coffee grinds. As stated above it’s very similar to Goose Island BCBS, but like it’s younger brother that may not have the bad ass reputation but is better looking; this brew is not as strong as BCBS and has more oaky and earthy/peat moss notes, but it’s an outstanding imperial stout in its own right and one I will seek out as well as highly recommend.

Photo of mattreitz49
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Droopy487
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tclipse
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cam for gifting me this bottle, and thanks to Cam once more for sharing this beer with me some time ago. I love CW's Bourbon Barrel Barleywine so this is a treat. 2013 vintage 12 oz.

A - Pour into a snifter is just about black (some translucence) with a small tan head forming to a ring after a minute. Remains as such for most of the duration leaving bits of lace behind.

S - Lots of bourbon and bourbony spice, wet oak, surprisingly light roasty chocolate, bourbon & coke.

T - More stout here with generous chocolate and roasted malt. Still quite bourbon+oak forward but integrates well, bringing vanilla and caramel icing decadence during the finish. Some licorice+dark fruit.

M - Definitely on the lighter side but not a bad thing. Smooth with good medium carbonation and bourbon heat.

O - Big on the bourbon barrel and kind of lighter in size than your average BA stout, but pretty nice flavors, good to have this in a minus 10% beer as well.

Photo of SteveTheBrit
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SierraFlight
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,021 ratings.