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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: 2,015
Reviews: 593
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 389
Gots: 636 | FT: 68
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this multiple times in the past few years. Reviewing a 2010 vintage, cellared properly since purchase. Poured slightly chilled, warmed to room temp as I drank.

A: Deep, dark, murky waters and a respectable, albeit fleeting soda-pop head. Lacing is prominent. Weird ass floaties appear near the end.

S: Vanilla, oak, brown sugar, bourbon. Nothing is overpowering, but overall quite pleasant.

T: Vanilla is the dominant flavor on this one, fading into some bourbon, baker's chocolate, oak. There is a hint of the dark fruit esters and molasses normally present in the style, but it is hiding out. This is most certainly has an edge to it.

M: Prickly carbonation for a big bodied stout, average weight but lacking some of the oily stickiness I like in an Imperial Stout. Alcohol is fading nicely on the vintage, but still a very present factor. Maybe a bit too thin.

O: I like this beer. So many BA stouts, so little time. This is certainly a solid offering overall, but when you consider the price and excellent 12oz form factor, it's a home run in my book. On the "value" scale, I would give it a solid 8.5-9.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Bottled December 2010.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown body with a nice head that just fits in the glass. Settles slowly. Not as black as I'd like a stout to be.

Smell - Bourbon and lots of oak. Vanilla comes through with the chocolate from the stout. Tons of vanilla, really. Not the best barreling and not a ton of the stout comes through.

Taste - Bourbon and oodles of vanilla again. Oaky immediately with a more-than-healthy bitterness. The bitterness combines with some astringency from the oak to cover up a lot of the creaminess I was hoping to get. Chocolate, sure, but it's all blending with this harshness that's really holding this back.

Mouthfeel - Thin and astringent. Well carbonated. Maybe too much. I'm looking for something creamier and chewier to back up the barrel, but the stout isn't holding up well enough.

Overall - Bourbon is still delicious, even if the stout doesn't seem to be able to take it. I imagine this base stout would be rather mediocre and the bourbon is making it taste better than it really is.

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4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I feel bad writing such a simple review but there is not much else to say but "this is a very good beer and you should try it.

Had it on tap at the Malt House in Madison, WI.

Dark as night, and taste like bourbon milk chocolate with a bit of coffee.

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3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with some patchy tan head leaving good cling along the side.

Some chocolate a little roasted malt and a touch of sweet bourbon. Alcohol is subtle.

Lots of chocolate up front. Semi-sweet chocolate fading into a little bit of smoke. A kiss of bourbon, but it's very subtle. I'm not sure I'd be able to pick it out if I didn't know it was there.

The mouthfeel brings the beer down a bit. Good upfront flavors, but instead of finishing with a viscous boozy finish, it falls flat and finishes very thin. Carbonation levels are the on the medium to high side for the style.

Really enjoy the flavors of this one although I wish the bourbon were just a touch more present. The mouthfeel, however, leaves a lot to be desired and drops the overall to just good instead of very good.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.59/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled Dec 2011, poured into a snifter, pours deep brown/near black with a very thin tan head, quick dissipation, minimal lacing. Aromas are sweet, roasty, chocolatey, bourbon, and booze. Tastes are harsh bourbon up-front, hot booze, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak. As the ale warms, the flavors meld a bit better and the bourbon isn't as harsh. Mouth-feel is medium bodied - I was hoping for fuller - finishes boozy. Overall, pretty good here, but probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

Appearance- dark brown with some reddish tones. A couple cm of head that disappears to almost nothing.

Smell- the first smell was a blast of whiskey but there are also strong chocolate notes as well. Smells awesome.

Taste- a lot of bourbon, some chocolate and maybe a little coffee. Seems like a different taste shines through with every sip which is nice. Slightly boozy finish. If I could I'd give it a 4.8.

Mouthfeel- a little on the thin side but still manages to be creamy.

Overall- I picked up a 4 pack to throw a couple in the cellar but I might drink them all and go pick up another while they're still in stock!

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,015 ratings.