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

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Ratings: 2,023
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 389
Gots: 642 | FT: 71
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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3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, December 2011 vintage. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown with a small one finger beige head that dissipates quickly to a foamy ring. Leaves a few spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is primarily bourbon, vanilla, coffee and brown sugar, tagging along are notes of chocolate, caramel, molasses and dark fruits. Very good strength.

Flavor is rather sweet and features plenty of bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, some coffee, chocolate, caramel, molasses and dark fruit, decent bit of alcohol. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky, decent carbonation.

Best way to sum this one up is a liquid coffee cake drizzled with bourbon icing. Really unique in the world of barrel aged stouts. Very good, but it’s sweeter than I generally like my beers to be.

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3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
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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3.54/5  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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3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,023 ratings.