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

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Ratings: 1,854
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 363
Gots: 551 | FT: 62
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 WYVYRN527
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12-ounce bottle.

A: Pours pitch black with a thin eggshell head that settles to a thin crown on the surface. Lacing is decent, and carbonation appears subtle.

S: Slight boozy note at first, but then opens up to aromas of chocolate, espresso, and coconut, along with vanilla undertones.

T: Roasted malt lends flavors of toast, coffee, bitter chocolate, with oak lending sweet vanilla and coconut undertones. Slight woody presence, and a sweet, moderately boozy finish.

Notes: medium body and a bit too much carbonation for the style, but still very full-flavored with awesome drinkability. Central Waters is another one of those breweries that knows what they're doing when it comes to stouts. Very impressive.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle of 2011 into a Duvel tulip.

A: A chocolatey pour yields a syrupy dark body with a fine, tan head that peters out quickly into a thin ring and island amid a black sea.

S: Bourbon overwhelms the nose, in a pretty good way. Once that first hit of booze fades, a deep chocolate takes over, followed by a hit of rubbing alcohol. I could do without that last bit, but otherwise it's an enchanting scent.

T: Not as absurdly bourbon-flavored as I expected. In fact, it's pretty balanced between actual stout flavor and barrel notes. Some bourbon right off the bat, but subtle, marrying nicely with hints of vanilla, caramel, and a very respectable malt profile. Everything you could want from a bourbon-barreled stout.

M: The carbonation is fine and tingly, which I actually appreciate. Some bal-aged beers are too flat for the syrupy nectars that they are. This moves along better than a Bourbon County or KBS. Smooth, and not overly boozy or sticky sweet. Top notch.

O: Really pleased. For a beer that I walked into a Binny's and bought off the shelf without any effort (i think it was 12 for the four pack, too), this is a hell of a value, esp. in an era where singles of KBS go for nine or ten bucks. I've got an extra 4-pack tucked away for aging already.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip Style Glass. Liquid portion itself comes out of the bottle and the stream looks like a cola color, but as it pools in the glass it looks black. When you hold it up to the light, you can see the cola colored brown at the top. An off-white to gray colored head, mostly really small bubbles so it looks creamy. Has better than average lacing to it. It's a really good looking beer.

Smell is pretty good, but I really gotta recommend the Tulip or Golet on this one. Swirl effect helps this beer out quite a bit. A few swirls will give some nice wiffs of bourbon, but not overbearing. Slight woody aromas and hints of vanilla, it's all good. Slight hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, however it's not a dominant feature. Not too strong in the smell though, the Tulip helps a bit.

The taste isn't perfect, but pretty darn close. Good roasty flavors. Dark, indulgent chocolate, dark fresh brewed coffee as well. Vanilla bourbon and some nice woody flavors too. This is a VERY good tasting beer. They hit the nail on the head pretty hard here.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are great for the style. It has a good carbonation level and a slight hot bite from the alcohol, pleasant though if that makes sense. Starts sweet and ends nice and warm. You can't really taste the hops, but there is a slight bitterness in the mouthfeel from the hops. Full bodied and well balanced. Really digging it. Big and aggressive in flavor, bold and strong. A sipper with full flavor. I love this beer! Thanks bpfrush for an awesome trade!

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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Sugar Maple in Milwaukee. Reviewed from notes.

A: Deep dark brown, nearing on black, with heavy brown head and loads of lacing. Gorgeous in the glass.

S: Decadent vanilla, toasty malt and sweet booze aroma. Incredibly powerful aroma; easy to smell while it's just sitting on the bar. I am sure everyone around me smelled it too.

T: Just as advertised. A tremendous bittersweet stout featuring bready, sweet malt body balanced with plenty of earthy hops. But the beer sort of takes a back seat to the barrel on this one. Front and center is the full palate of bourbon barrel flavors: vanilla, oak, chestnut, and toffee. If anything, this stout is slightly too bourbon-y and not stout-y enough. It's the only reason I won't say it's perfect (I don't feel this way about Peruvian Morning--the coffee bourbon barrel stout. Now that is a perfect beer).

M: Thick and creamy, an excellent compliment to the flavor.

One of my favorite beers in 2011 and I encourage anyone to grab it on-tap if they're in town.

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2.8/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bit of a disappointment from one of my favorite Midwestern breweries. Pours a dark amber/ruby/translucent brown. Not particularly appealing, and not what I'd expect for a bourbon barrel aged stout, or any stout for that matter. The smell is quite good, with typical bourbon notes of vanilla, oak, and toffee, with a touch of alcohol.

The taste is another matter. The alcohol has a spicy burn, like I took a regular porter or stout and poured some bourbon in the glass. Kinda tastes like a whiskey-Coke. Not very good.

The mouthfeel is thin for the style. Watery and prickly from the alcohol.

Overall, a below average bourbon stout that is overrated. I will age a bottle to see how it fares.

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