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

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Ratings: 1,799
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 356
Gots: 520 | FT: 56
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Ri0, Dec 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

1Nrwyscotch, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Keyportnick
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage poured into a 12oz snifter

A- pours a deep black with a think brown head that finds the edge of the glass quickly.

S- deep rich fig and plum. The oak and bourbon come out nicely around the aromas of the beer.

T-rich and sweet tastes of dark fruits chocolate and a sweetness of marshmallows. Oak and notes of bourbon are there but not over powering like some high anv ba'ed bombs.

M- medium heavy body, light carbonation. Smooth finish

0- The 2012 release is now barreled for a year vs previous vintages that spent 6-8 months in the barrel. It's mended the flavors very well between the barrel and the beer. Excited to see what this beer is going to do in the years to come.

Bottled vintage dec 2010

A- pours a pitch black with a thin mocha head that rims the glass.

S- sweet dark fruits raisin, figs, deep vanilla, hints off sweetness, alcohol, and oak. This beer rounded out tremendously.

T- sweet, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts/light coffee, oak barrel and hints of bourbon.

M- medium body stout, light carbonation, smooth finish that coats the throat

O- 2 yrs on this bottle lets a great beer shine. I really enjoy the balance between the beer and the barrel. I have some 2011, and 2012 comes out in weeks. Very excited to try them in a vertical tasting. Very good beer and worth buying a case to stick away for those cold winter nights.

Keyportnick, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

tuckerlikesbeer, Dec 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

aszatk01, Dec 01, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 served in a snifter.

A - medium brown, with thin light brown head.

S - bourbon, chocolate, caramel, simple syrup. Wonderful.

T - chocolate bourbon, sweetness, a nice blend of maltiness and hoppyness. The bourbon lingers really nicely. Fantastic after taste. Has the sweetness of simple syrup.

M - no burn on this one. Although it was aged. Well carbonated, great mouthfeel.

O - I can't recommend this enough. Best bang for the buck I've seen. I highly recommend aging this beer as well.

josephwa, Dec 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

BobCobb, Nov 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

3146Tony, Nov 30, 2012
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

GOGRANDE, Nov 28, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage poured into a New Belgium snifter
Thanks to Airmike for this one

Bourbon barrel stout pours pitch black with a thin line of tan/mocha colored head. The nose is bourbon first with some vanilla on the back end. It drinks with Malty sweetness with a touch heat on the back end. It's pretty smooth as well and pretty easy to drink. This was my first central waters offering and I hope others by them are this good.

Thedaver4220, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

JALIEN, Nov 26, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Capone's during the Black Friday event. Served in a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark brown color with a layer of light tan head. The head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Smooth roasted malt up front with a slight sweetness. I'm getting some dark chocolate and a mild caramel note.

Taste: This is an incredibly smooth beer. I'm getting some mild bourbon and carmel along with a stronger dark chocolate note. The sweet flavors come together and star in the finish. There is also a nice roast component in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium to thick with smooth carbonation and a finish that is a bit dry.

Overall: This is an incredibly easy to drink beer. I love the sweet desert like flavors. I would definitely have more in the future.

oline73, Nov 24, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and served in a Weyerbacher tulip at Capone's.

Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout pours jet black, with minimal mocha foam found at the top of the glass. The aroma features lots of dark chocolate, with a bit of a vanilla undertone and just a hint of a spicy oak character. The flavor profile reveals a more nuanced barrel contribution. The same strong dark chocolate base beer note is here, and vanilla is again what comes through most from the barrel aging. Layers of toasted brown sugar and wood follow, before transitioning into a beautiful marshmallow finish. The body is sturdy, but not overbearing, and the carbonation is just a touch too lively. The end result is a mouthfeel that's just off from greatness. Between the Bourbon Barrel Barleywine and this beer, I've got to say that Central Waters is putting out some of the best barrel aged beers in the country.

axeman9182, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

brez8791, Nov 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

baker2gs, Nov 21, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle. Thanks Mikesgroove!

Appearance. Pours thick and dark brown with a very thin tan head that rises from the depths and fades almost as quickly as it came.

Smell. Massive amounts of sweet dark chocolate. There's some sweet cramel there and just a little bourbon and wood in behind, but man that chocolate is awesome.

Taste. Sweet dark chocolate, and lots of it (big surprise there), some bourbon and vanilla, and just a bit of espresso and dry wood. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full bodied, medium-low carbonation. Just a little boozy warmth.

Overall. Bourbon barrel aging gone right! Tons of chocolate doesn't hurt either. Really liked this one. Thanks again Mikesgroove.

Rutager, Nov 17, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, into a mini-snifter.

A: Dark brown, slight head. No real lacing.

S: Roasted espresso, whiskey, licorice, and raisin.

T: Licorice and molasses.

M: Peaty, with a high alcohol profile.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Dark appearance, no real head or lacing, however. Nose is coffee with a bittersweet licorice. Overall, this is a good quaff.

bmwats, Nov 15, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2011 12oz bottle poured jet black into a tulip. I'm trying to find some brown along the edges but this thing is DARK. A finger of big bubbled mocha colored head hangs around for a while.

Smells of deep, dark chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. I pick up a bit of vanilla but the smell that lingers more than anything is definitely the bourbon.

This one drinks pretty hot. I get chocolate, vanilla and some faint cherry notes but the bourbon hasn't mellowed out as much as I would've expected over the course of the last year. I'd rate this beer a bit higher but it seems pretty thin for an imperial stout. I would've expected more roasted barley in the taste.

A medium bodied imperial stout. Nice carbonation and a strong bourbon finish.

A good BA stout for those that like bourbon with your beer. If you're looking for a textbook big, roasty stout, you're not going to get it with this one. Either way, pretty tasty.

qthompso, Nov 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Nov 09, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1607th Review on BA
Bottle to Central Waters Snifter

2011 Vintage
Thanks to ErikKoppin for this one

App- Out of the bottle it pours like a wood stain as you watch it fall into the glass. In the glass its a deep brown as the beer settles and melds together again. The density was quite nice with some lighter edges but a nice depth in the glass. A nice 1" head that was a bit tan in color was there and the left. It was a small bit of cling but not much.

Smell- The prickly booze from the bourbon is the 1st notes that I got. It turned into a bit of a dark chocolate and semi-malty beer as it warmed more from cellar. It was a bit one dimentional as some of the other CW beers but nice aromatics and a bit larger than the 9.5% would elude too.

Taste- I liked it, but felt it needed to be a bit smoother. It had a great profile with some malty dark chocolate and then the booze kicked in and gave the subtle notes to balance out the base stout. The char was there with a bit of the wood with a nice vanilla and sweetness.

Mouth- The body on this one was a bit grainy and prickly but the carbonation level and the residual vanilla and other flavors made me like this a lot. Kept wanting to savor it and not finish. Wish I had another bottle.

Drink- Its a good beer. A lot going on with the treatment. Not as lush as others in the category but for a 12oz. Hit the spot for stout day.

FosterJM, Nov 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

brealbg, Nov 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

BillHilly, Nov 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Auztan, Nov 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Wiscivore, Nov 04, 2012
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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