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

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Ratings: 1,791
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 354
Gots: 523 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Gatch, Oct 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

2beerdogs, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep dark brown almost black hue with a half finger mocha head that faded rather quickly to leave a thin halo and light clouding. Very light lacing.

S - Not a whole lot of chocolate and roast malts. Its overpowered by the pleasant vanilla-y bourbon with that coconut like aroma that comes from a good barrel age.

T - The chocolate is there along with roasted malts, light and subtle. The bourbon (which itself is mellow) is the true star here. Nice and sweet with good vanilla and oak barrel notes. Quite nice and super smooth/balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is very, very good for a stout of this ABV and with aging. Smooth and creamy but with just a splash of sharp carbonation. The bourbon is very mellow, not harsh at all. It walks the line between a sipper and something one could enjoy large amounts of.

O - Overall this was an enjoyable brew from Central Waters. Everything melds nicely together with no one flavour or characteristic jumping to the forefront. Have a few more bottles of this vintage to cellar.

rudzud, Oct 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

JonathanSuarez, Oct 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

JPortillo, Sep 30, 2012
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2/5  rDev -52.8%

WhatAlesMe, Sep 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

ObiWanKushnobi, Sep 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Schlais, Sep 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

sobeleg, Sep 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

schneid, Sep 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

t0rin0, Sep 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

MrTana, Sep 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

ystazi, Sep 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Kunstman, Sep 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

enelson, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black with a razor thin, tan, foamy head that casually blankets the liquid's surface throughout drinking. The tight bubbles leave elegant lacing down the inside of my glass and there is no observable sediment. The nose hits you hard with intense notes of boozy bourbon, coconut, vanilla, and milk chocolate sweetness. The taste is grainy, sweet, and boozy with a lingering bourbon caramel. Its body is a rich and sweet airing on the side of heavy medium, but lacks the smoothness that would take this beer to the next level. The alcohol is relatively well hidden within the beer's intense sweetness, but manages to cut through after each sip. Overall, this was a great extra and an exceptional bourbon stout, but there are better options available.

ThePorterSorter, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A near ink black body with a dark mocha colored cap. The cap rose about one finger before falling to a thin layer of bubbles. Some stray lace here and there.

The aroma is lively and well-rounded with notes of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak, molasses, roast, dark chocolate, and coffee grounds.

Some initial sweetness (vanilla, chocolate, molasses) is swept away pretty quickly by the bold flavors of dark roast, bourbon, coffee, and oak. The finish is slightly boozy with a lingering roast bitterness.

A medium body; smooth with higher carbonation than anticipated. A touch of ethanol heat in the finish.

This is a tasty little number, but the mouthfeel is a real downer. A fuller body with low carbonation would do wonders.

ColForbinBC, Aug 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Woodysbeard, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of dtmets84
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 sans vintage

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- reddish brown with a 1/2 cm head that

Smells of bourbon with toffee/coffee

Taste matches the nose with lots of bourbon burn especially on the finish

Mouthfeel- a little on the thin side

overall-decent would probably cellar another to see how it develops over time

dtmets84, Aug 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

MattSharpless, Aug 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

kbuzz, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

ckobes, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, huge thanks to Vega416 for including this as an extra. Poured into Founders snifter. 2011 vintage, bottled in December (about 7-8 months ago). Tasted this a little bit after BA Blackout.

A- Pours a very dark brown pretty much opaque. Pretty much no head, just a flat glossy dark brown pretty much black head. Some light small carbonation bubbles rising along the sides, pretty much no lacing.

S- Bourbon, vanilla from the oak, slightly roasty, some dark fruits in the background.

T- Bourbon, vanilla from the oak, light dark fruits (plums, cherries, etc.) in the background, some very light roastiness. Very well balanced, nice use of barrel aging to bring out unique stout flavors.

M- Medium bodied, not much carbonation- as expected for a BA stout, easily drinkable, a little bit of heat.

O- This was a very good BA stout that had a complexity of unique tastes that balanced very well together and was pretty easy to drink. There was a decent amount of bourbon presence, but not as much as in the BA Blackout stout. I thought this was very similar to the BA Blackout stout. The appearance wasn't as nice, but the bourbon presence was a little bit toned down which made the beer a little bit easier to drink, both mouthfeels were very similar- the Central Waters was a little bit less carbonated. Overall I'd recommend trying the Central Waters BB Stout if you are into BB beers, worth seeking out to try however I'm not sure if I'd drink this all the time.

jaasen64, Aug 02, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 "vintage"

Black in color with brownie brown coloring on top. I can't see the bubbling IN the beer, but I see a tiny bubble or two break the surface in my snifter. Not much in the way of head or foam though.

Chocolate, oak, brown sugar, and roasty coffee and dark bread crust. With a little hint of alcohol. Smells like a great night cap. But overall it is a bit subdued.

Flavor has brown sugar, milk chocolate, creamy coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt. This is roasty, warm, a little syrupy on the palate. A good sipper with complexity and depth. Will recommend and buy again!

scruffwhor, Jul 31, 2012
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,791 ratings.