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

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Ratings: 1,690
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 348
Gots: 511 | FT: 58
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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Photo of TVolt1
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black with a medium amount of off white head.

S: Smells like a lot of coffee and a small amount of dark chocolate. Hazelnut and cream smells as well.

T: Really smooth dark dark chocolate taste with a hazelnut and creamer aftertaste. Has a taste of coffee but the other notes are much stronger and limit the amount of coffee taste.

M: Good medium to thick mouthfeel which I feel is very fitting for this beer.

O: OVerall, great beer.

TVolt1, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of misterrobot
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

misterrobot, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of davey101
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

January 2010 vintage into a brandy snifter. Huge thanks to surlytheduff for this killer extra!

A - Dark brown body that lets some light through. Light khaki edging. Some lacing and alcohol legs.

S - Huge amounts of sweet vanilla and oak. Some roasty malts, milk chocolate and dark fruit. So bourbon heavy, loving this aroma.

T - Very sweet but not cloying. Starts off with milk chocolate and leads into strong vanilla notes. Hints of coconut, oak, and roast. Tastes great but isn't very bold. Its actually pretty tame. Mouth feel is a bit on the light side but still medium bodied and slightly silky. High level of carbonation.

O - A delicious beer. It has a fantastic aroma and a great flavor profile, but it comes off a bit tame and subdued. Probably good news for someone who isn't into a sugary bourbon bomb, however I actually enjoy those.

davey101, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of olmane
4/5  rDev -5.4%

olmane, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of daleyke
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

daleyke, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of redliner8
5/5  rDev +18.2%

redliner8, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of egrace84
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

egrace84, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of gkatsoris
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Darkest of brown; border-lining black. No head and no lacing. No bubbles either.

S: Chocolate Jack Daniels. Vanilla whiskey. Chocolate coffee whiskey. Butterscotch.

T: Butterscotch!!! Coffee whiskey!!! Chocolate whiskey!!! Bourbon-licious!!! Vanilla whiskey. Expresso on the very very end. Ground coffee beans.

M: Thick and rich. Coats the tongue beautifully. Yum!!!

O: As big and bold as this is, I could drink these/this all night; usually a beer this big is a one-and-done...NOT THIS ONE!!!

gkatsoris, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of RWNewhouse
3/5  rDev -29.1%

RWNewhouse, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of brystmar
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown pour. Active body, yet minimal head and poor retention. Sweet and roasty malts, bourbon, booze, and some oxidization compose the aroma. Smells syrupy and sticky, if that makes any sense.

Roasted malts kick things off. Boozy bourbon sweetness isn't far behind; a little too much emphasis on the bourbon character though. Also extremely over-carbonated and lacking in body for an imperial stout.

Despite that, I really enjoy the flavor and aroma here. Wish I could give a 4.25 on taste & smell because this deserves a higher rating from me.

brystmar, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of areich6
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark with little head. Looks quite inviting for this style of beer.

S: Sweet bourbon coupled with the smell of delicious sugary chocolate and roasty malts.

T: Everything that the smell promised the taste delivered. A perfect amount of bourbon balanced superbly with chocolate and roasty characteristics. Judging purely on taste, this is one of the best bourbon barrel aged stouts I have ever had.

M: If there is a downfall to this beer, in my opinion, the mouthfeel is where it is at. I prefer most stouts to be thicker than this. It is a little too watery for my taste. But it isn'at that bad, and the taste is so good that the lack of viscosity does not detract from very much.

O: Almost perfect bourbon barrel aged stout. If it was a little thicker, it would be a premier beer.

areich6, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of pschul4
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My last one. :'(

A- Pours a dark brown with a 1/2" tan head that falls back to a slight film around the top of the beer

S- MMM big sweet bourbon with some nice chocolate and roast notes. Smells grrreat!

T- Whoa. Really really good. The sweet bourbon is back in beautiful form and the roasty chocolate shines brilliantly!

M- Only downfall. Pretty thin for a "big" stout but as my good friend areich6 put it: The rest of this beer is so good it gets away with it.

O- Central waters hits a homer with this one. Wonderfull done guys!

pschul4, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of silentjay
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

dark brown/black with a big head for a barrel-aged beer that retains averagely and laces well.

molasses and vanilla aromas are evident from far away with some chocolate/coffee and caramel aromas evident with a big whiff. definite bourbon, but the stout aromas sit behind that, unfortunately. If I was smelling this blindly I'd know this was aged in a bourbon barrel, but wouldn't be sure if it were a stout, old ale, or malty barley wine.

flavor brings out some roastiness that was not apparent on the nose. starts off with the vanilla and molasses, but some charred malts, cacao, and sweet malts come through pretty well, making this decently balanced, though still leaning toward the bourbon side at this young age.

a bit thin and boozy. carbonation is subtle, as it should be for the style.

I definitely enjoy this beer. If it were available near me and at the right price point, I would drink this a lot. However, compared to other stouts aged in bourbon barrels, I think this one doesn't quite have the muscles to stand up to the aging....

silentjay, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

SPRichard, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of JimmyW
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

JimmyW, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of pumaguy021
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

pumaguy021, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of DreadHead
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all the beer had been aged for 4 months prior to consumption. It poured really well from the bottle but left me wanting something more as far as a head was concerned. It dissipated quickly but left a lingering oil in water appearance throughout the life of the beer. The smell was deep in bourbon with a hint of chocolate. Possibly too dominant for some but fantastic in my book. It develops well from beginning to end and lingers on the tongue. Great beer for a fantastic price. Eager to drink it once I have aged it.

DreadHead, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of jag21
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

jag21, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I realize that I am in the minority, but I prefer the Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout better than the Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine. Take this as a degree of bias if you must.

Poured into a snifter, the stout is a handsome black color. It produces a tan foam. In this particular instance, there were swirls of darker colors mixed in the foam which makes me think I got something extra. The whiskey is evident in the aroma, as is the maltiness of the stout and a hint of vanilla. The aroma is pure magic. Intially, the taste is the maltiness of the stout. A short spell later, the bite of the alcohol tickles the tongue. Moments later, the coffee, tobacco, and chocolate dry the attention of your taste buds. In the aftertaste, the whiskey notes continue. But as the aftertaste fades, a strong chocolately malt favor appears.

Very smooth yet thick enough to linger, this barrel aged stout is pretty close to perfect.

JohnnyHopps, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of ryanpj
4/5  rDev -5.4%

ryanpj, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice to see this make it to the area. Thankyou TRT.

Poured into my seventh sun brewing snifter. Pours a deep mahogany color with a very thin light brown edging. Leaves some lacing behind.

Good bourbon notes, wood and vanilla aroma's are also very strong. Subtle touch of chocolate.

Taste at first is very tame, a big kick of roasted malts and a solid backing of caramel sweetness. Bourbon is very weak, but let this one warm up to room temp you would think you were sipping on some fine bourbon.

Full bodied and a little less on the carbonation side but did give a little sting on the palate of bubbly goodness. Good balance.

One of the better bourbon barrel stouts I've had and does not hurt the wallet. Very enjoyable. Highly recommendable.

TheFightfan1, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of jacewg
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

jacewg, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of TheBierBoutique
2.5/5  rDev -40.9%

TheBierBoutique, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

MrVonzipper, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of rtaps
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

rtaps, Apr 03, 2012
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,690 ratings.