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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,444 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 1444
Reviews: 524
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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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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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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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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Greywulfken

New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: looked translucent dark brown during the pour, but provided an obsidian glass color in the glass. Finger of mocha foam slipped away quickly. Oily/glassy sheen down the glass.

S: dark roasted malts and woodsy bourbon barrels - you know what I mean

T: the chocolaty malts were there, sure, as were the rich bourbon fumes, but there was something mineral-esque, clean and tight, about the flavor, that I at first pulled back from, but then embraced. The perceived heat faded fast and provided a very refined drinking experience.

M: I was worried about mouthfeel, as it is sometimes too light/thin for my tastes (in a double stout I want body) - and this beer felt at first too thin, but it also had a character and flavor that was immediately welcoming.

O: this was an upset pick of a beer - what at first felt like a "thinner-than-I'd normally-like" feel quickly evolved into an elegant drinking experience. The bourbon barrels used readily impart their woodsy, vanilla, and caramel-esque flavors to the nose and tongue, but the dark roasted malt base beneath maintains an integrity of form that is quite impressive. Neither shooting to be "big" in the mouth nor trying to appear too sophisticated/elite, this beer nonetheless manages to do both at the same time. Pick some up, you won't regret it.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 01:27:55 | More by Greywulfken
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PlinyBeMiney

California

2.78/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 02:54:35 | More by PlinyBeMiney
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Kendo

New York

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. On the pour the body is dark brown with reddish hues, but in the glass it appears black. Small khaki-colored film of a head disappears quickly.

S: Bourbon is noted, but it's not overwhelmingly bourbon-centered. Also some wood tannins and vanilla. Molasses and toffee provide sweet malt foundation.

T: Interesting. I had KBS last night and while on paper this is the same type of beer, it's vastly different. The bourbon is subdued; there's more from the wood and the malt than the bourbon - think vanilla (even more vanilla as it warms), molasses, caramel malt and some chocolate malt. Also a modest roastiness. Finishes with heat from the 9.5% ABV and what is perceived as a tannic bitterness.

M: A little thinnish in feel; it's medium in heft, but thinner than your average RIS. Carbonation is modest at best, though the lighter body keeps this from veering into slick territory.

O: Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 02:14:50 | More by Kendo
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ksimons

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a dark chestnut brown with a fingers worth of tan head that quickly disappears to leave a layer of lace on top

S-Whoa! Lots and lots of bourbon! Vanilla, dark chocolate, and light dark fruits.

T-taste is what you would expect with such a big bourbon smell. Bourbon and vanilla dominate, followed by dark chocolate and a lightly roasted dark malt finish. Alcohol is present, but not hot.

M-started out sort of light but is getting to a medium/full body as it warms, medium carbonation

Overall really good, not as big a body as some stouts, but the Bourbon gave it a nice kick

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 22:14:49 | More by ksimons
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BumpyAZ

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. Poured from bottle into a snifter glass.

A: pours cola black, brown highlights at the edges when held to the light, very thin film of creamy beige head which quickly disappeared leaving a ring around the inside of the glass

S: Nicely balanced with bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. Nose is just right in potency, doesn't smack you in the face when you get the glass near your nose.

T: Roasted malt, chocolate followed by bourbon. Pretty well balanced but a surprisingly a little heavy on the bourbon still, would be fantastic if there was a little hint of the base beer.

M: Medium thick or slightly thick but not chewy, slight carbonation, slight creaminess, slight alcohol burn.

Didn't have this one fresh but it seems to have aged nicely. I can imagine that a fresh one would be a bit hot with bourbon. Wish it was a little chewy on the mouthfeel. Hopefully, I'll pick up a 2014 this weekend to see how they compare. Definitely a good value for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 04:21:01 | More by BumpyAZ
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carlitos92

Texas

3.36/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a well-touted extra in a trade. 2013 Vintage, served cold in a snifter.

Appearance is dark cola brown, opaque except at the edges where a beautiful brown highlight is at the glass. Coats the glass nicely. Smatterings of quickly-dissipating off-white froth.

Smell is of booze, plain and simple. Perhaps a little dark, dried fruit, but nothing too terribly earthy.

Taste was my biggest letdown. Cold, the bourbon overpowers everything. I think this might have been a nice base beer, but there is nothing but barrel here. Very much like a whiskey-and-cola that someone has let all the ice melt into. As it warms up, it gets better... a little vanilla, a little char/smoke, a little cocoa.

Mouthfeel is very nice when cold. Not syrupy or sticky at all. It's got some girth, but nothing like an RIS. The mouthfeel gets a little more messy when warmed up. What finished clean cold starts to linger a bit too long. At least when warmer, the bourbon isn't having the last word.

Overall, I expected a bit more, and just thought the bourbon was over the top here. I'm no stranger to barrel aging, but this guy is more of a caricature of the style, or at the very least, an extreme example. Would love to try the base beer to see if any of the subtleties in this BB stout are still there.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 22:56:46 | More by carlitos92
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frenchblood21

Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Hoppin Frog snifter. Bottle date is 2013. Date of review is 3/8/14.

Appearance- Almost pitch black. Just a tiny bit of light shines through when held up to a bright light. Quarter finger of creamy tan head that disappears within a minute. Tiny little bubbles are floating up from the bottom, which is cool looking.

Smell- Bourbon and green apples right away. After that I get vanilla and smoke. This is smelling much more like a brandy-aged beer than a bourbon-aged beer.

Taste- Taste is significantly better than the nose. Bourbon and chocolate blow my taste buds apart! Smoke and vanilla are there, just like in the nose. I detect chocolate chip cookies cooked in a smoker and dipped in bourbon, and I LOVE IT!

Mouthfeel- Thick, syruppy and luscious...my mouth feels like a just ate a handful of bitter dark chocolate covered coffee beans.

Overall- Really solid beer...Is this on the same level as BA B.O.R.I.S., KBS, BA Blackout Stout or BCBS? No, of course not, but it's really good and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 00:30:06 | More by frenchblood21
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

3.29/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into snifter. 2013 vintage by notch on side.

Dark, few wisps of light rays, thin tan head, no lacing.

Strong lactose/milk aroma, some barrel, mild malt char.

Bitter, lactose, sour apple. Not expected.

Thin, well carbonated, fizzy.

Ugh.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 02:57:18 | More by CaptCleveland
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very dark brown, good head.

Smell: Big vanilla, caramel, boozy.

Taste: Milk chocolate, vanilla/bourbon, alcohol. Generally sweet and boozy throughout.

Overall: There was a fair amount of this around so I picked up a 4 pack. It's a tasty, boozy treat. I'm much more used to bourbon than in the past, so it would be interesting to match this up head to head with GI Bourbon County. My memory of GIBCBS is boozier than this one, but that was a while back. Definitely a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 00:53:05 | More by Mdog
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snaotheus

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle split between two pint glasses at about 41 F. Bottle code might be 33313. Vintage 2013 is notched.

Pours murky brown, little to no head. Little or no carbonation. Smell is bourbon barrel. Which is delicious. A little vanilla. Smokey, sweet.

Taste is surprisingly light and fruity, lots of dark fruit like plum and date. Still with bourbon barrel character, but not too much smoke. Chocolate, vanilla.

Mouthfeel is slick, fairly light, slightly chewy. Surprising. Overall, quite good.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 05:04:33 | More by snaotheus
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MasterfulIdiot

Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ikea snifter. Pitch black with a small brown head that pops up on the pour, but fades to a ring around the glass almost immediately. Little dots of lace start sticking to the side of the glass.

Super nice aroma - lots of little smells mixed together nicely. I guess the main one is the bourbon vanilla & oak, then there's some dark chocolate in there, a little bit of caramel, and a little bit of hazelnuts.

Flavor is really great. Nice bourbon character without being too overwhelming. Lots of vanilla and woodiness. Somehow, this is the beer that tastes the most like actual bourbon to me, but is also the least overbearing with it. Really perfect integration of the bourbon flavors. Nice dark chocolate, and nice dry finish with just a touch of sweetness without being too syrupy. Alcohol presence is there, without pounding you over the head with it. Really great.

Mouthfeel is perfect, too - Maybe on the thin side for the style, but nice and thick, without being too syrupy or sticky.

Overall, a really great BA stout that isn't too over-the-top and is eminently drinkable. I'm super happy I got to try this! I can't wait to try more from this brewery! Thanks to Coirm for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 06:04:28 | More by MasterfulIdiot
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craftbeerbyob

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black with a frothy, white head. No apparent sediment.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, bourbon. Amazing nose! Make sure to drink this beer in a snifter so you can get your nose in it.

T: You get more vanilla than chocolate, little coffee, and lots of bourbon notes. Phenomenal.

M: This was the worst part of the beer for me, because the beer was too thin and easy drinking for this style. I want a thicker feel for a bourbon stout. This is a small criticism however.

What a beer! It could be right on par with Goose Island Bourbon County until the mouthfeel portion. See if you can get your hands on this great seasonal before it's gone. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 05:04:07 | More by craftbeerbyob
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2013

Thanks to haveanother1 for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pours a somewhat thin appearing, black with browning on the edges. 1/2 a fingers width of tan head dissipates down fairly quickly. Leaves a few small patches of lacing.

S: Chocolate, booze, and roasted malt. Cardboard. Nice bourbon notes are prominent. Great nose.

T: Chocolate, coffee with cream and sugar, bourbon...lots of bourbon, some scotch-like peat charcters. The bourbon notes really are huge in this one, which is a good thing in my opinion. Fair amount of boozy ethanol as well. Very tasty but mostly barrel notes, the base beer isnt very prominent.

M/D: Lighter body for the style, a touch thin, moderate carbonation, drinkability is good.

O: Overall, a really tasty beer. A bit thin, but great barrel notes. Glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 02:22:47 | More by zac16125
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Josh012012

Minnesota

4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just bottled 2013
12oz bottle via snifter

A: An assertive pour resulted in a large light colored head that dissipated at an average rate. Head did not have the dark oily look I prefer in big stouts. Beer itself a very dark brown almost black.

S: Bourbon up front then sweet dark fruits and molasses. Smells excellent!

T: Bourbon... smooth bourbon slowly gives way to its stout flavors.

M: lighter than other big BBS and perhaps slightly more carbonated as well.

O: WOW! One of my highest rated beers. I usually dislike stouts with too forward a bourbon flavor or lighter body. Yet, I love this beer! somehow the balance is perfect and these characteristics do not detract from it in the slightest. A MUST try for any lover of barrel Aged Stout!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 19:23:50 | More by Josh012012
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 33313, November 29, 2013. 2013 Vintage. A new beer to me from Central Waters, and I have not yet tried their regular stout. Expectations are pretty good based on the brewery and this beer's current high ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark ruby / mahogany brown color; opaque black in the glass with just the subtlest hint of mahogany hues when held to the light. A quarter inch of dark mocha head appears and thins to a ring quickly. Some scattered lacing, but not a lot.

S - Smell is of dark chocolate roast, bitter coffee beans, smooth vanilla, earthy oak wood, caramel, cookie dough / fudge brownie, and underlying dark fruitiness - raisins, figs, & dates.

T - Taste follows the nose - smooth vanilla, sticky caramel / toffee, earthiness, oak, subtle bourbon, bitter baking chocolate, brown sugar, cookie dough, and lots of bitter dark roast. Rich, sweet, roasty, and chocolatey. Definitely a dessert beer.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, and sticky. Some bitter / powdery chocolate / sticky caramel on the palate. Full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, another very nice bourbon barrel aged outing from Central Waters. This definitely has me excited to seek out more offerings from these guys. I'd also love to see what some age could do to one of these bottles, so maybe I will have the willpower to hold one down. Highly recommended.

Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout ---4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 01:12:07 | More by mfnmbvp
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YoDude

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Vintage 2012, aged 14 months in my beer cellar, presented and decanted from a 12oz bottle and poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Ruby brown with a little head that dissipates quickly to a ring. Very little head retention.
Smell: vanilla, smoke, toffee, dried cherries.
Taste: Sweet alcohol and roasted malt combine into chocolate covered cherries, transitioning to a slight oaken tartness that lingers along with the malt spice. No hop presence.
Mouth feel: rich and smooth, little carbonation, warming alcohol.
Overall: This is a well rounded Specialty Imperial Stout. A great beer on its own, it retains a more complex balance with subtle sweet and sour bourbon barrel flavors. I don't think I've had a more balanced and drinkable beer of this style. Impressive and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 03:12:56 | More by YoDude
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krustster

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One finger of head that quickly fades away, clear, almost cola-like pour. When held up to the light it is clearly more red/brown than black, really looks more like a porter than a bourbon barrel stout. Good amount of fine lacing. It looks nice in its own right, but for the style, it's certainly odd.

Once you get to smelling it, you know they mean business. A huge vanilla overload, with slight booze, milk chocolate and a hint of coffee. Bourbon of course. Not a lot of oak barrel smell. A little bit of roasted nuts in there, but vanilla is the main feature here.

On the actual sip, I was left wondering how I got away with paying $13 for a four pack of this. Again, massive vanilla up front. Bourbon second, not sure what kind of barrels they used for it but I'm a fan. After that comes chocolate and roasted malts, with some hints of pecan pie and "dark fruits". There was booze in the nose, but none in the taste. Just sweet, bourbon-y vanilla all day, with enough chocolate and roast to keep it from being cloying. Awesome!! Lots of bourbon barrel things have that boozy taste, but you don't get so much bourbon. This one is the opposite. It almost tastes like a shot of very good bourbon has been added to the beer.

Mouth feel is where I think most opinions diverge. It's light, some would say thin, but knowing they've been making it for at least 5 years I think it's intentional. It does feel more like a porter so I have to mark it down a tad, but it's nice to get a bourbon barrel stout that has full flavor with a less aggressive mouth feel. Light, thin, higher carbonation, but still sticky enough that you can tell they made it this way on purpose, if that makes sense. Carbonation is fairly sharp for the style but not too much by any means. Again, goes well with the light feel.

Overall, I'm really glad that I picked up a couple packs on my recent trip to Madison. I came back with various BCBS as well, and I will fully admit that those are better, but Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout is a very close competitor, while being a totally different beer. Sometimes you want a massive, booze-laden behemoth, and sometimes you want something that isn't so big, but still packs the full flavor. This is that beer. With something like BCBS I feel like I have to set aside an evening to drink one. With this, I can just break one out any time.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 03:10:26 | More by krustster
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Benish

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Presented a brown head and the beer insanely dark. Upon looking closer at the glass, you can see small bits of sediment dispersed throughout the beer.

Smell: The smell is so strong - intense vanilla, bourbon and some white chocolate. Also picked up some oak. Nothing is subtle, it's aggressive!

Taste: A bit boozy with warmth in the mouth; even at the beginning when the beer is chilled. Instantly picked up a sharp taste of bourbon with a touch of sweetness at the beginning. Yet the bourbon doesn't fade away, it finishes with more bourbon. Also tasted some oak and malt. Chocolates and coffee didn't really shine through but still the flavor was excellent. If you like bourbon, you'll love this.

Mouthfeel: It's a bit thin. Not as creamy and thick as their Satin Solitude.

Overall: Despite it has a ton of bourbon flavor that takes over the stout, it's still very delicious and enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 02:26:10 | More by Benish
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maxcoinage

Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle (2013 Vintage) into a snifter with a nice 2 finger mocha colored head.

appearance-Beer is pitch black with some noticeable sediment.
aroma - dark fruit, bourbon, oak, vanilla
taste - sweetness, oaky, nice bourbon flavor,roasted malts, toffee, vanilla,
mouthfeel - medium to strong body, warming but smooth finish
overall - outstanding BBA stout. , will definitely need to pick this up on a yearly basis, and at this price point 14.99 / 4 pack, I should consider getting more than just one.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 00:19:34 | More by maxcoinage
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don1481

Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 03:44:15 | More by don1481
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013, Vintage

A: A dense finger of tan colored head arose from the depths when poured into a tulip glass. The foam had nice retention and eventually falling back to leave behind a dusting on top of the opaque black liquid. Alcohol legs are swirled up in the glass.

S: Nice prominent oaky, vanilla barrel aroma comes off the top of the glass. Roasty malt character mixed with bourbon and a chocolate undertone at warmer temps. No noticeable hop aroma.

T: Strong vanilla character from the barrel along with caramel and oakey goodness. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasty notes and toffee malts come through distinctly. Hop bitterness keeps the sweetness in check but no real hop flavor detected. There is bit of sweetness but the bourbon quickly over takes it. Very nicely balanced flavors between the stout and the barrel

M: A little bit of a drying on the tongue from the tannins in the wood and tingling from the bourbon. Nice big body with low carbonation. Warming is there to remind you its a big 'un and to warm you up on a -12F WI winter night.

O: Not as big as BCBS and the base beer isn't as complex, but one hell of a substitute. Great clean barrel flavor comes through and the stout is balanced along with it. Can't wait to see how this ages.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 02:32:29 | More by guityler83
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JerUrbans

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pour form 12 oz bottle to regular pint glass

Served at cellar temp

Aggressive pour yields beautiful dark creamy color with big bubbles. Very dark chocolate color.

A sweet bourbon smell, like brandy

Wow, this tastes fantastic! Smooth, light vanilla flavor and has a big bourbon taste that hangs on. Today it's 30 degrees below zero and this is the perfect cure for the bitter cold.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, slight bitterness at the end.

Overall this is probably the best bourbon barrel stout I have had. If you like bourbon barrel imperial stouts I bet it would be hard to find a better one. I would seek this beer out. Will be aging the rest as I have heard this beer gets better with age. This was bottle on 3-25-13.

Serving type: bottle

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,444 ratings.