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

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Ratings: 1,954
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 374
Gots: 607 | FT: 65
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.
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Photo of ehammond1
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for the gift, DarthKostrizer!

(Aged for 6 months)

Dark black throughout with a small dark brown head. This leaves the glass oily and with spotted lace on the way down.

The aroma on this beer is phenomenal. It's full of bourbon and oak character, without coming off harsh or boozy in the slightest. There's also nice chocolate, coffee, and slight vanilla notes as well. This reminds me a lot of KBS's aroma.

Unfortuntaely the flavor does not live up to the aroma. There's mild bourbon and oak character, and a little bit of vanilla and chocolate. There's also some ash and mineral.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

I just wish the flavor matched the aroma. Then we'd be talking about one incredibly special beer.

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of cradke
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Super Dark. Very thin head that disappears very quickly.

Smell: Wow, sooo much Bourbon in that nose, almost to the point that I'm wondering if this is a beer or dark liquor. Almost a little too sweet for me.

Taste: Sweet and bourbon. Almost to toffee. The stout comes through at the end but the alcohol doesn't. This is like drinking a toffee candy bar. No hops present and the malt is kind of buried by the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation. A bit thin.

Overall: I tend to be hit or miss on Bourbon Barrel Stouts. This one is a bit too sweet for me. I can't find the beer in this toffee bar. I have a couple others, I hope they change my mind.

Photo of brettski
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of DersOne
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ricksrealm
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of psychotia
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Happy_Camper
1/5  rDev -76.5%

Photo of GregSVT
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a slightly dark brown with a bubbly tan head that fades to a ring pretty quickly and leaves no real lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is a big blast of vanilla, whiskey, cocoa, and bakers chocolate. The chocolate really comes out the more I smell this and it melds pretty well with the barrel aromas.

T: The taste starts with a nice vanilla and chocolate syrup flavor that moves to a more whiskey and powdered cocoa flavor. It's pretty sweet but no where near cloying.

M: The feel is medium bodied although it's a bit thin. There's some creaminess from the carbonation.

O: While this almost tastes like a light stout with a shot of whiskey dropped in it, it's a bit more complex after you let it warm. I'd love to see it a bit more thick and slightly higher gravity but other than that it's pretty tasty.

Photo of aliving1
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of spointon
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz long neck brown bottle into my DFH stemmed tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a deep dark opaque brown color with almost zero head at pouring. No lace to speak of. Appearance-wise, this is a prototypical bourbon barrel aged beer.

S= This one smells of bourbon, vanilla, wood, and a rich, sweet maltiness.

T= Flavor starts off with equal influence from the barrel and the malt complexity of the beer. The barrel makes itself known through the vanilla and very slight oakiness. The malt comes through nicely with some toffee/caramel flavor, as well as fermentation flavors of sweet alcohol and light esters. Finishes fairly dry with just a kiss of sweetness.

MF= Very thin bodied for a high ABV stout. Carbonation was low but very pleasant for the amount of body present. With the body this thin, the carbonation is dead on.

D= This is a very very drinkable bourbon barrel stout! The only real complaint I have is the thinness of the body (its really thin). But they compensate for that by presenting only a low carbonation level and it really works. Overall a great beer that is dangerously drinkable.

Photo of dlello2
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find this beer quite comparable to barrel aged blackout stout. I truly wonder if I'd be able to tell the two apart.

The flavor on this is great. Definitely get a good amount of bourbon, chocolate sweetness. The mouthfeel is a little thin and I wish it had a touch more carbonation. Also could go for some more hops--I find myself looking for more bitter balance.

Overall a great beer. It changes a lot (gets better) as it warms. For an 8% abv bourbon barrel stout this is pretty darn good.

EDIT: Just opened a bottle from the same batch (2011). I'm starting to become a believer in aged beer. This one has really opened up and balanced out. Really nice. (changed mouthfeel from 3.5 to 4.0 and taste from 4.0 to 4.5).

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of vobr0002
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- dark brown with creamy tan head that last a while

S- caramel, chocolate, vanilla bourbon, oak. Smells fantastic

T- chocolate, roasted, vanilla oak, bourbon, and coffee.

M- full body, thick and very smooth.

O- one of the very best bourbon barrel stouts I have ever had.

Photo of TVolt1
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of davey101
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of redliner8
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of egrace84
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of gkatsoris
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
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!!!

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of brystmar
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of areich6
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,954 ratings.