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

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Ratings: 1,791
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 355
Gots: 522 | FT: 56
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 adman08
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep redish brown with a very small amount of head.
S-Fairly sweet aroma overall. Vanilla is very obvious along with bourbon and alcohol and a very slight hint of roasted malt and chocolate.
T-Complex blend of vanilla, bourbon and chocolate with a very slight hint of roasted malt. Very sweet.
M-Very sweet all around. Full bodied and sticky. Very little carbonation. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink despite the alcohol.
Overall, I was surprised by this beer. I try to buy some of this every year and in the past it's been very very boozy. This years vintage is outstanding. It's very very smooth, maybe a bit too sweet which will change with age, could use a hint more roasted malt but it's really excellent. The barrel aging gives a nice hint of bourbon with a very obvious vanilla flavor.

adman08, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -5.7%

whartontallboy, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of bennetj17
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 Bottle (12oz). Thanks to Arsenal04 for this and many other goodies from the cold northlands.

Mostly black, with a little light getting through around the edges. Not much head develops after the pour, it looks very low in carbonation, and as I examine the glass I realize some yeasty chunks made it in there and are settling at the bottom. The aroma has a nice charred, bourbony character. There isn't much sweetness apparent here though, just bourbon bite.

The flavor has a bit more sweetness to balance things, but the bourbon is still very dominant. Luckily the alcohols are mellow enough and don't overpower the experience. I get a subtle mix of vanilla and coconut that carry though to the finish and leave a lasting imprint on the tongue. It's nice to just hold some of this in the mouth and exhale though the nose, allowing the vanillin character to soak into the sinuses. As far as the mouthfeel goes, it's a bit thin for me, but it's what I expect from the bourbon aging. The carbonation was actually decent considering the appearance.

Overall a solid example of a bourbon aged Imperial Stout. Not as awesome as I'd hoped, but so long as it wasn't overpowering I could handle it. Worth a try...

bennetj17, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of spdyfire83
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

48th Review
Bottle to snifter
2010 Vintage

From notes. Found this tasty treat while on vacation in Waupaca, Wisconsin. Most random place for a quality beer score - back fridge of a combo gas station/liquor store - I’ll take it though!

A: Dark and deep brown. Single fingernail (off-white) head on smooth, gentle pour.

S: Sweet bourbon mixed with oak, vanilla, bitter-sweet chocolate, and raisins.

T: Chocolate barrels through straight-away followed by an immediate warming booze character. The bourbon is not over-powering, but it presence is surely known start to finish. Hints of vanilla and caramel come and go, but hidden well.

M: Thinner than expected given the style, but pleasant. Low carbonation and well-rounded.

O: Beautifully balanced beer that is not overly complex like some other barrel aged stouts. Straight and to the point - I like this aspect of the beer. Well done Central! Definitely a most enjoyable surprise.

spdyfire83, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of adrock7309
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a '10 bottle into a snifter. Very dark almost black ruby colored with a lighter tan head.

Tons of oak and vanilla in the nose - the barreling is totally present in this brew.

Flavor is a bit less complete that the aroma. but still very satisfying.

Overall this beer was nice but not great. letting my second bottle age a bit before i try this one again,

adrock7309, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of KAP1356
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received as an extra from StayWhatYouAre2. Dated December of 2010. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Pours a deep, murky, dark brown color. A small, light mocha color head forms about half of a finger thick. It quickly recedes to a cap of tiny bubbles of the same color.

S - The smell rocks here. I highly recommend letting it warm significantly to get the full effect. Bourbon, vanilla, buttery brown sugar and roasted malts come out. Some chocolate and s slight coffee aroma as well. Aromas of toasted coconut covered marshmallows come out really bringing this one home for me.

T - Rich chocolate, some cherry, and bourbon all come out front. Vanilla and some oak follow along with a little bit of licorice. Nice mix of flavors, but I wish it tasted exactly like the nose.

M - Medium bodied beer that at times feels a bit too thin for my taste. Light carbonation makes it smooth. I just can't get past the thinness I am getting.

O - I liked this one. The aroma was awesome, and I found myself lifting my glass to my nose more than to my mouth. I wonder what a fresh bottle of this would taste like?

KAP1356, Dec 02, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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Photo of birchstick
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours black as night with a surprisingly white head atop it

S - the nose is lot of vanilla and chocolate flavors. The two are really woven together and form a nice aroma out of the snifter.

T - opens up sweetly with chocolates up front. These fade to vanilla some coffee. Ends with some spicy bourbon and vanilla down the throat - the bourbon warms up the chest a bit too. Really nice - the bourbon is really well integrated into this one. Sometimes it is either too muted or too over the top. This one hits a nice stride between the two and complements everything else going on nicely.

M - medium bodied with light carbonation

D - this is a solid bourbon barrel stout. This is definitely one of the better ones I have tried as it is packs a lot of nice flavors with a perfect touch of bourbon. Too bad this one is hard to get a hold of, otherwise I would make a habit out of drinking this one.

birchstick, Nov 13, 2011
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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