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

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Ratings: 2,014
Reviews: 593
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 388
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a dull black color with a thin, toffee colored head and poor retention. Leaves faint lacing around the edge of the glass.

S-Dark fruits, cherries, vanilla, bourbon, and faint notes of a zesty spice

T-A bit boozy at the front but ti finishes with a nice note of the dark fruits and vanilla. The booze comes back in a lingering aftertaste

MF-Watery, carbonated but not too bad. Too crisp for a stout. Needs more smoothness.

O-A good BBA stout. Not great, but something I'm definitely glad I tried and would buy again if I saw it.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage - 12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black with a foamy beige head that hung around for quite a while.

S - the bourbon is the star with some roasted malt sitting in the background.

T - a little more roastiness and chocolate comes out in the taste but the bourbon still lets itself be known finishing dry and warming.

F - medium/full bodied with a silky smooth feel. It goes down easy, so take it easy.

O - a most enjoyable sipper.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 5.25.13
2012 Vintage

A - Pours a dark brown with a fizzy dark tan head that is gone quickly.

S - Lots of bourbon and some chocolate, smooth and nice.

T - Malty, bourbon, chocolate, very lively.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Good bourbon and chocolate. A lively body and very active on the tongue. Good stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.86/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Central Waters tulip.
9.5% ABV, Vintage: 2012 notched.

A - Pouring out almost black, this barrel-aged stout appears the same in the glass. Very small highlights of dark brown around the edges underscore a quickly dissipating tan head that leaves wisps of thin lace here and there.

S - Bourbon barrel-aging is strong and robust with oaky wood notes and vanilla pouring out around the mellow bourbon which is neither hot nor solvent-like. Light notes of semi-sweet chocolate chunk and a drizzle of molasses develop around this stout's roasted malt base.

T - The roasted malts really pull through the barrel-aging and come out in a big way, offering milk chocolate and mocha with very smooth and finely roasted coffee beans. Right away the profile shifts gears to a relaxed vanilla cream and deliciously smooth bourbon barrel flavor with minor hints at the barrel's wood. The inherent alcohol adds warmth but little in the way of solvent flavor or bite.

M - This is one of the smoothest barrel-aged stouts around, as if plush velvet meets baby's butt meets James Brown smooth. It just glides down the throat with finesse despite it's full, robust body. Soothing, warming alcohol finishes with a touch of roasted malt bitterness for an expertly balanced beer.

O - All too often I find bourbon barrel-aged stouts high in alcohol and overshadow their actual beer base with an outlandish punch of booze. Central Waters has expertly balanced this Bourbon Barrel Stout to be both drinkable fresh (sans that typical heat) and worthy of further aging. It's incredibly smooth body and robust flavor profile combine for an unrivaled, easy-to-obtain barrel-aged stout experience.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,014 ratings.