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

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout

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Ratings: 1,868
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 365
Gots: 561 | FT: 64
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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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another beer Mista hooked me up with in our recent trade. One more good CW bottle that I'd otherwise never try. Poured into a Founders snifter.

A - Pours dark brown with a medium head.

S - Vanilla and dark malt. Oak comes through just slightly. Good, but not potent.

T - Oak, vanilla, slight alcohol, more oak/vanilla, slight dark malts. Really not a ton of varying flavors. The finish gives a lot of vanilla with some virgin oak. There is some dryness in the finish that is coated with vanilla. Good, but there is just an amount of watery flavoring going on that kills it. At the same time, I can't find the 9.5%.

M - Lighter side of medium.

O - Actually a good beer. The flavor is well beyond what I'd expect considering the other components. I'd buy this locally if available.

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3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/20/12
*From notes

A: Bottle brown in hue. Just not as dark as you'd expect. A decent pour yields a pale 2.5 finger head. Minor retention and lacing.

S: Vanilla, with hints of milk chocolate and toasted coconut.

T: Quite simple and one note. It's just a barrel aged ADIS. Period. All the standard features are here, like the creamy chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. The finish is rather green and a bit underwhelming.

M: Thin. This just isn't where it should be. Instead, it's meek and one dimensional.

O: See a running theme here? Central Waters BB Stout is simply that: a BB Stout. No frills or overt complexity. It's just a stout thrown into a bourbon barrel. If that does it for you, then have at it. For those who like layers and depth to your beer, I'd suggest looking elsewhere.

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good. Black, nearly a finger of root beer colored foam that loiters for a bit before receding. Virtually no lacing.

Smells well of oak, vanilla, bourbon and booze primarily. They play pretty well together, with the oak seeming most often the most prominent. There is definitely some boozy warmth working on the sinuses, but that is okay by me. At times I catch some caramel, chocolate and/or roast underneath, but those elements are subtle. If I could change the aroma I would decrease the barrel presence a bit to allow the other parts to shine.

The nose and the taste of many, maybe most beers, seem to me to follow logically. I often notice the prominent elements in the nose and taste are similar. Here, they are not ridiculously dissimilar, but but the roast that was hard to find in the nose is mellow but not hidden. The booze is there, as in the nose, and sometimes even stings a little. The oaky flavor plays are less dominant and therefore more effective role in the flavor profile. I also get some vanilla, chocolate, and bitterness.

Low but adequate carbonation, full body, medium high viscosity, with a mildly bitter finish.

This is a very good but not elite bourbon stout. Not overpriced either, but the way. I suggest trying it if you have the chance and have enough interest in Bourbon Stouts to be reading this.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.

Pour: Dark chocolate brown/black, slightly creamy tanned head.

Nose: Dark chocolate, fudge brownie, toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, slight abv, etc.

Taste: Rich chocolate, fudge brownie, caramel, toffee, vanilla, toasted coconut.

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Nice for the style.

Overall: A really great bourbon barreled beer from the Midwest. I'd drink it again and again if I could. Also, the 9.5% makes it more drinkable than most BA Stouts.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler from an awesome liquor store nearby that always has a nice great lakes area brew on tap in the back.

A: Good light tan one-finger head that fades and leaves a nice ring of head around the edges for the remainder of the beer, pitch black color, good carbonation, little bit of lacing

S: Coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted malts, chocolates, light alcohol

T: Not quite as much going on as aroma, but still good, bourbon, roasted malts, some oakiness, touch of dark chocolate, sweet vanilla and just a touch of boozy finish

M: Medium to full-bodied, smooth, too thin for me, warming, just a touch boozy but not as much as from the bottle (yet to review, but have drank a few, some still sitting in the fridge)

O: Good stuff, shared growler with friend and wish I would have opened a bottle with it to compare, very happy this is available from Central Waters every year

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz into a tall Libbey tulip.

A: Opaque black with reddish hues. Tan head recedes immediately to a ring around the glass. No lacing.

S: Huge creamy bourbon aroma, followed by subtle chocolate malt and alcohol. Some dark fruit and vanilla.

T: Thick, perfumy bourbon. Raisins, flash of strong alcohol, slight chocolate, roasted grain and boozy corn on the end. Mild vanilla and alcohol-soaked wood throughout. Chocolate and dark fruit becomes stronger as it warms. Alcohol lingers and lines the mouth, with a breath of chocolate.

M: More carbonation than expected. Not too thick, but not thin either. Could be better.

O: This beer is absolutely soaked in bourbon, with the wood and liquor overpowering the stout elements a litte bit. Maybe some aging could tone the booziness down a bit. Going to revisit in a couple of months.

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3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from jegross2, big thanks goes out to him.

Poured into pint glass.

A&S: Lots of booziness from the bourbon, marshmallows, sweet caramel. Kinda smells like an old ale to me, but its still super delicious. Transparent black thin looking beer. The head pours at about a finger of fizzy tan, dies really quickly till nothing but a half a ring. no lacing.

T&M: Very, very boozy throughout, almost overwhelming, but the warming is very soothing. Bitter almost coffee like towards the back it is very prevalent and palatable. Not super complex but its above average overall. Very carbonated and coarse, and its on the side watery. I would really like to seem something much smoother.

O: Not bad, the important factors in this beer (smell and taste) were there but the aesthetics were lacking. I don't think I'll seek it out again.

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