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

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Ratings: 1,692
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 348
Gots: 512 | FT: 59
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 Vdubb86
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for letting me have a chance at this beer.

This beer displays a darkness with a finger of light tan foam. The smell is of bourbon, dark chocolate, rum raisin and butterscotch. The tastes reminds of bourbon mostly with some roasted malts, caramel, and a bit of raisin. The mouthfeel is a tad on the hot side for my liking and could do with some time to age. This drinks pretty well, but still as I said before if aged I would hope that it would mellow. This beer is very good, but has the potential to be much more.

Vdubb86, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of seeswo
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Central Waters is a really fantastic local brewery that brews such beers as Brewhouse Coffee Stout, Peruvian Morning, Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, Bourbon Barrel Stout and Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout.

The Bourbon Barrel Stout pours opaque black color with minimal head. Smells of strong vanilla. Like, Backwoods Bastard levels of vanilla. Taste is vanilla and booze. Not super smooth, but good. Maybe just a tad muddled. There is a flavor in the middle carried through the end that could probably go, but it is small. I said backwoods bastard already, but this tastes like the imperial stout, little brother version of it (lesser vanilla, booze, stickiness, etc).

I find this beer to be pretty good and am interested in trying this with a little bit of time on it (this is the most recent version which literally just came out). A really solid barrel-forward, barrel-aged stout. If value were figured into the review, it would be a solid A, as a 4-pack of this beer is $10.

seeswo, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with a mild off-white head, good lace.

S: Molasses, coffee, cocoa nibs.

T: Dark chocolate with a lot of upfront fresh bourbon barrel character with a considerable coffee play. A real nice mix of flavours.

M: Smooth, creamy, soft carbonation, moderately high viscosity, full-bodied for sure.

D: A very enjoyable big stout from this Wisconsin brewer. A definite buy if I'm ever in the area.

Halcyondays, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, no one will notice but I'm leveling up on this review. YAY ME!

Beer poured from a bottle into a Delirium tulip. Beer is black / brown with a thin broken brown head of tiny bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass (doing the halo thing). Carbonation low.

Lots of wood and liquor in the aroma...nice! Sweet, balanced...nice strong.

Beer is nice, it's sweet up front with great bourbon character and has a medium to light body. The finish is a little dry but its a very nice beer. The liquor character is really well balanced into the overall beer. There is a mild tannic character and vanilla from the oak, I really like it.

drabmuh, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of GoGriz
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

Peruvian Morning is one of my favorites so it comes as no surprise to me that I would like this too.

Appearance is actually lighter and more cola-esque then I anticipated. head is full and recinds somewhat quick. Delicate wispy lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell is caramel, molasses, booze and char at the end which also came as a surprise.

Taste is where the beer is best. On the dryer side of the stout scale with a nice and light malt bill followed by caramel and bourbon. Good integration of flavor with a subtle bitter back end to the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice with more effervescense than I normally like out of a big stout but it doesn't detract from this brew.

Definitely feel the alcohol in the chest and while I like this beer I would be happy only having one. I want to stock up on this and also drink past vintages if anyone has them to trade. This will surely get better with some age on it I gotta believe!

GoGriz, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured form 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 1 finger tan colored head. Decent retention. Not much lacing. Color is black.

S. Chocolate, bourbon, molasses, coffee, alcohol, roasted malt.

T. Taste is pretty smooth. Coffee, chocolate, bourbon, roasted malt. Some vanilla, maybe a litte bit of oak.

M. Full bodied. Decent carbonation. Smooth drinking.

D. This is a surprisingly easy drinking Bourbon Barrel Stout. Not as complex as the best of the best, but goes down super easy. A very solid beer.

siradmiralnelson, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color that I first thought was black, with a minimal amount of head. Head turns into a layer of bubbles around the outside of the glass and leaves pretty much no lacing at all.

S- Smell is vanilla, bourbon and a heavy boozy smell. I'm also picking up some chocolate and roastiness. A bit of a wood smell here too.

T- Taste is great. Starts out with a mild vanilla and slightly smoky note. After that is tastes mostly of roastiness and touches of toffee. Not overly complex and again the vanilla is the prominent taste

M- On the lighter side of medium in body and light on the carbonation. I wish this one was a bit thicker, which is really my only complaint about this brew.

D- Its good and very easy to drink. Again my only knock is that I wish it was a bit fuller in body, but overall very excellent brew.

nrbw23, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid drinkable Bourbon Stout. Living in Chicago, i often tend to judge the Bourbon Stouts against BCS, which is both unfair and hard since BCS is one of the most Bourbon upfront beers out there, but in any case, this one comparetivly has just a mention of bourbon that comes through more in vanilla and oak then in bourbon hotness, which is great for making this an approachable sipper. The complementary roast and molasses lends their part to the story and create one big tasty Impy Stout that is well worth picking up if you see if.


ChadQuest, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 11/8/10

2010 vintage, bottled January

With many thanks to levifunk

Pours a clean, medium brown. Though darker in the glass it isn't black but a dark brown tinge. Just under one finger of loose, bubbly foam. The head thins quickly to a skim & some bubbles. A drippy trail of lace remains on a portion of the glass. Some wine-like legs are also to be had.

Ah, the aroma is easily accessible for a bourbon barrel stout. Vanilla is stronger than the oak, which in turn is stronger than the bourbon itself. Indeed, the bourbon merely lights on the cusp of the nose. Underneath the vanilla & oak are (again, considering the style) reasonably subtle layers of sweetened chocolate, toffee & hints of roasted coffee. Seemingly leaning more toward sweet than roasted, it's a clean aroma overall, with a slightly earthy, dusty bent in back.

The first sip surrenders a spot of bourbon upfront; though it initially is fleeting, said bourbon regroups & finishes out toward the finish. Whilst the bourbon is departed, roasted chocolate, roasted undertones & charred oak move in to occupy the void. I find it to be a great balance between sweet & roasted/charred. Vanilla is less of a focal point than in the nose; befitting the beer, in my opinion. The latter half is dry with a few hints of roasted coffee.

No mistake, this is a full bodied beer overall but it's toward the lighter end of the spectrum compared to some of it's counterparts. However, it doesn't detract from my enjoyment of the beer. Carbonation is pretty low; fairly smooth but not quite creamy; just enough agitation to keep this out of lackadaisical territory. As mentioned earlier, bourbon is once again manifest on the finish.

Drinkability is very high in the realm of bourbon barrel stouts. Though warming (especially by the end) alcohol heat isn't at all overbearing; rather there isn't much heat aside from a little on the the back quarter & finish. Possibly it has mellowed since fresh but this is boasts high accessibility.

Ryan011235, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour is dark brown, light tan head.

Toffee and caramel, butterscotch and booze and alcohol.

Taste is initially boozy, with bourbon being the forward. Slightly sweet, with lingering cocoa.

Feel is medium to full in body with a nice creamy feel.

Drinkability is ok. Slightly boozy and the bourbon makes a solid appearance.

EgadBananas, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. Appearance is dark brown with a slight mocha head and a touch of lacing. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted malt, and molasses. The taste really brings the bourbon through and it is not especially hot, melding quite well with the oak and vanilla. Touch of sweetness. Good creamy feel. Another solid -bal beer from CW.

Thorpe429, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for this one. 2010 vintage. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter.

A: Gentle pour yields a .25 finger fine, light mocha head with poor retention. Beer is a dark, near opaque mahogany-brown. Lacing is stringy and spotty with little cling.

S: Nose is incredibly on-point. Barrels are prominent and serve to amplify the dark fruit, liquorice, chocolate, and roasted malt bitterness. Also maple syrup.

T: Vanilla, bourbon, raisins, prunes, and liquorice upfront. Roasted malt bitterness and cocoa powder lingers in the back, covered by the sweet kiss of chocolate and maple syrup. Booze kicks up at the middle and towards end, finishing with flavors of chocolate, fudge, and liquified fruit. Finish is chocolate with a boozy, sweet aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and smooth and oily in the mouth. Slightly abrasive from the booze and this one's not shy about its ABV. Finish is messy and aftertaste sticks.

D: I'm gradually starting to think that Central Waters makes the best line of imperial stouts of anyone. Satin Solstice, Cherry Bourbon Stout, now this? Every offering is incredible!! Definitely give this a try. Probably one of the best bal- beers around, period!

SpeedwayJim, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of fear025
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the GLBF 2010.

Aroma:Huge bourbon aroma with dark malt.

Appearance:Black, nearly opaque very little head.

Taste:Huge bourbon flavor. It's tough to get past the bourbon, but once you do there's also dark malt in there with the typical dark malt bitterness.

Mouthfeel:Medium to thick body. Slight harsh astringency.

Drinkability:This is a huge bourbon bomb.

fear025, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage.

It pours a dense black with a foamy, but also somewhat fizzy off-white/beige head. It does leave some pretty nice lacing.

The smell has quite a bit of depth. On first smell you get a huge whiff of bourbon, on second you get the huge cocoa presence, and then comes the oak. There is also some subtle biscuit, caramel, and vanilla in the aroma as well.

This is one of those bourbon barrel stouts that brings more than cloying sweetness and bourbon. The stout base balances the bourbon nicely with a huge amount of coffee and chocolate flavors. The bourbon cuts like a knife through the middle though providing a nice alcoholic bite, though as mentioned it isn't cloying. It could use a bit more depth however.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style.

crossovert, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of hawks10
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz - Bottled January 2010 - Poured into my Central Waters pint glass...

Pours a not quite opaque dark brown with crimson edges when given some light. One finger of light tan head forms and recedes quickly leaving no traces...

A delicious, strong, sweet bourbon aroma to start with bits of vanilla, very sweet and inviting. Slightly boozy with some oak and roasty hints...

Slightly sweet at first, bourbon warmth hits initially. Very oaky, almost a drying effect from the strong oak presence. Beer becomes bitter, a strong roasted/coffee taste in the finish is a stark contrast from the initial flavors. A tiny bit of vanilla comes forward as the beer warms...

Heavy bodied with low carbonation, creamy and delicious. The bitter coffee aftertaste lingers a bit longer than I'd like, but still a very good beer!

hawks10, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of Pencible
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a translucent black mahogany with a bit of off-white head.
S: It smelled like strong rich coffee with bitter chocolate and a bit of molasses and vanilla.
T: It tasted like roasted coffee and cream with milk chocolate and a bit of oak. It had a bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation - surprisingly thin.
D: This was a very nice imperial stout with great coffee flavor and subtle complexities. The body was somewhat weak, but it hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink. I enjoyed this better than their Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, and it may improve further with age.

Pencible, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of jnn4v
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown color, bordering on black. No sediment. Not particularly translucent.

S: Coffee, alcohol, molasses, and chocolate.

T: Coffee, dark roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and oak. Very good flavor overall.

M: Good mouth feel. Medium body. Appropriate texture for the body.

D: Very drinkable for the genre and ABV. Balanced and nicely done overall.

jnn4v, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of chicano4craft
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in Madison,WI at the Old Fashion. This was a steal for $3.25! A 2010 bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with very little head. Retains a halo of tiny white bubbles throughout.

Nose is mostly booze at first. It's a very nice woody bourbon. Some vanilla.

Starts a little hot. A rich stout is in the background of the bourbon. As it warmed there was more chocolate and distant cherries. At the end it reminded me of bourbon soaked cherries coated in dark chocolate my wife once made around Christmas time. Freaking awesome!

Mouthfeel is not as heavy as the nose would lead you to believe. It's actually a little thin for the style. It still maintains some serious flavor.

Very enjoyable. I was very excited for the chance to try this beer and it did not disappoint. I'm sure some age would make this stout even better.

chicano4craft, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of glazeman
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5


Extra from jcnd9803 in a recent trade. Thanks! Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown in color. Some light mocha colored head, but not much. Poor head retention, no lacing.

S: Lots of bourbon on the nose, and not too much else to be honest, but there is some coffee a little deeper.

T: Again, like the nose, there is a lot of bourbon, but the taste seems a little watered down. There's not much interesting coffee, vanilla, or chocolate that I have grown accustomed to in other bourbon aged stouts.

M: Too thin for my liking

D: Overall, the thinness, and simplicity of this beer make it quite drinkable. The alcohol content is hidden well and is not all that high to begin with.

glazeman, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
I'm fairly certain that weatherdog hooked me up with this one. Thanks!

This pours up a very nice dark brown color. The cappuccino colored head of foam is slight, but remains for awhile. The lacing is quite sticky.

Lots of bourbon, vanilla and oak notes come forward. A very nice coffee presence is just below the surface. Light traces of chocolate and roastiness. Decent amount of booziness comes through, but it's 9.50%abv, so it's kind of expected.

Okay...as you drink this (from a snifter, anyway) you get a nose full of bourbon scents first. Then the liquid flows into your mouth and you get a wonderfully full rush of coffee flavor. It's got a big, dark roasted flavor and has a subtle hint of dark chocolate with it. Then, the vanilla, oak and bourbon notes circle back around and meet you for the finish. Very nicely done.

This is full-bodied and has a light-to-medium level of carbonation. It is nicely smooth and has a good touch of creaminess.

Wow. I can't believe that this beer doesn't get more hype. Really. I'd put this in the same category as BCS or KBS, no problem. This is very tasty and deliciously drinkable to boot!

coldmeat23, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into KBS snifter.

Pours a light layer of beige head with good retention. Color is a dark brown. A little light for an imp stout.

Aroma: Coconuts!! Wow, I didn't expect that. Amazing. Vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, and coffee.

Taste: Huge bourbon and oak flavors. Rich chocolate and vanilla, coffee, some light notes of dark fruit. As it warms I smell coconut.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and warm. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends roasted with some vanilla.

Overall, a very solid ba stout. I am really impressed with CW on this one. Solid BA notes. Pretty drinkable as well.

mothman, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade with oakbluff. Thanks a lot bro!

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2010

APPEARANCE: Pours a ½ finger medium-thin light brown head that quickly fades to a wisp. Jet black body with a little carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end and leaves a few dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, and some bourbon and vanilla notes as well. Hints of milk chocolate in the background. Mild but nice.

TASTE: Roasted malts, bourbon and vanilla notes up front. Touches of milk chocolate, like in the nose, and some caramel sweetness. Hints of oak from the barrel as well. A sweeter barrel aged stout, but not overpoweringly sweet. Well balanced and tasty. A burst of roasted malt and milk chocolate right after the swallow, and then moves on to a bold and lingering bourbon, vanilla and chocolate aftertaste.

PALATE: Here's where it falls a bit short. Medium body but not overly creamy or smooth. Goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Could certainly be a bit thicker and creamier for the style.

OVERALL: A solid brew overall, but it needs to be a little thicker and creamier in the mouthfeel. The balance between the bourbon and the chocolaty, caramel sweetness makes this one worth checking out, however. Thanks for sending one my way oakbluff.

Jeffo, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan. 2010; dated 2010; Brewers Reserve Series;

Pours black with a tan head that appears firm and then quickly fades.

Nose is pure sweet dark chocolate with hints of whiskied raisins.

Mouthfeel is lovely and very creamy rich. This one almost tastes like a coffee/mocha/dark chocolate milkshake. Delicious mouthfeel and texture, one of the nicest I've tried.

Flavors are all full, rich and creamy wonderful malted chocolate and sweet coffee with undertones of bourbon and red plums. This a very pleasant and most drinkable bourbon stout. Excellent.

Finish is all creamy sweet dark chocolate, whiskey and sweet espresso. Good! Note: Still good but fades in the glass a bit with only a little bit of time. Still, a very drinkable stout that's full of complexities and character.

GRG1313, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A caramelly rich and roasty Imperial Stout that shares a lot in common with Oatmeal Stouts, Milk Stouts; and with the power of this beer, it keeps the delicate nature of it's lighter cousins.

Opaque and charred-ambers brown, the beer is dark, lucious, and masculine to the eye. A creamy-rich look has medium carbonation which releases a lightly tanned froathy head that retains well, laces well, and leaves light legging on the sides of the glass.

Caramel sweetness, surprisingly leads the way while the roasty, toasty, chocolatey counterparts follow closely behind. The espresso and cocoa are there and in assertive fashion, but as Milk and Oatmeal Stouts go, so does this Imperial version by allowing the sweeter base malts to govern the pace of the beer instead of the intese roast. Nutty, toffee, and butterscotch flavors only add to the rich complexity of the flavorful mix. Only a moderate licorice flavor gives a fruity impression, otherwise the beer focuses on malt flavor and alcohol punch.

Full and rich throughout, this Imperial Stout has a velvety, silky texture with modest slickness and with a long linger of dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, and heavy cream. Alcohol warmth is evident and increases as the beer warms.

All the talk about heavy roast and burnt flavors can yeild a strongly flavored stout, but this delicate balance of dark beer characteristics show that a careful design and deliberate restraint results in a beer worthy of world class stature.

Thanks again Shango42!

BEERchitect, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

received as an extra from GbVDave; thanks!
12oz. bottle - 2010 vintage - poured into a tulip glass

Pours a totally unexpected color - though an imperial stout this is nowhere approaching black. It looks more like a dubbel or a scotch ale. Totally in the darker half of the brown spectrum but closer to the middle of the spectrum than not. Less than one finger of tan, tiny-bubbled head dissipates very quickly. Lacing was nonexistent at first but seemed to improve as the beer got around to room temperature. Decent stuff apart from the bewildering color.

This beer is fruitier than I expected. Lots of dark fruits right up front on the nose and even some bing cherries. They play well with the fairly significant brown spirits aromas. Nutty brown malts interlaced with some smells of stale coffee grounds. Not really any chocolate to smell. This is pretty darn good, though it sort of smells more like a bourbon barrel brown ale at times than a bourbon barrel imperial stout.

This is a proper dessert beer. The chocolate really comes out on the palate but in a unique way. I am reminded of a chocolate candy w/ a caramel center, like those few valued pieces from a Valentine's Day chocolate sampler. Light milk chocolate malty flavors w/ some caramel and vanilla coming off of the barrels. Those barrel flavors build up to quite the sweet bourbon profile. Most impressive is that the brown spirits flavor is there but the strong alcohol presence isn't. Sure, there's some alcohol flavor but only an amount that is complimentary. I imagine that this was pretty hot when it was bottled back in January but a half year's aging has comfortably settled this beer down. The finish has a small touch of oak to offset the sweetness. Give this beer some room to warm up. I was initially going to score it a 3.5 but warmth allows this beer's flavors to cohere. It works.

The mouthfeel is not up to the imperial stout par. Very thin. You expect the low amount of perceptible carbonation but you don't expect a thin body. It doesn't detract from the flavors of the beer but it does bear scoring lower compared to other, similar beers. Drinkability is good, I'd say. Relative to similar bourbon barrel aged stouts (BCS, KBS) Central Waters' offering is lower in ABV at 9.5% and has less boozy taste.

This is a very solid bourbon barrel-aged stout. If it looked and felt the part then this would be very well regarded. As is you won't be disappointed if you see a bottle on the shelves or even trade for it. This is like Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout-light. I mean that in the most complimentary way possible.

Reaper16, Aug 08, 2010
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,692 ratings.