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

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Ratings: 1,635
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 343
Gots: 504 | 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 Parrotbeak


3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears black but is actually a very deep mahogany when held up to the light. Very thin, white head that quickly recedes, leaving some thin patches and a ring around the perimeter. Good amount of lacing as it goes down.
Mocha, caramel, toffee, cocoa, with a hint of bourbon and some alcohol. Not bad.
Slightly sweet, with roasty malts and bourbon on the front. Mocha, mild dark chocolate, and some lingering bourbon followed by a little bitterness. Cocoa too.
Very smooth, medium-bodied, with a slightly crisp finish.
Decent drinkability, but I think I'd only want one of these in a sitting. The alcohol asserts itself enough to make you want to go slow with this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 01:18:22 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of jera1350


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a snifter a deep dark brown with a thin ring of tight and tan foam around the edge of the glass.

Outstanding smell of bourbon and oak dominates the nose.

Well, the first thing that is noticed is the hot and boozy bourbon. As the bourbon burns off, roasted coffee comes through along with a hint of toasted malt. Some notes of vanilla and oak are also present. Coffee and bourbon linger in the aftertaste. Decent complexity, but just too hot right now. Booze is mellowing as it warms though.

Smooth and creamy. Lighter side of full bodied, dry finish.

Very much a sipper. I think some aging will help tame this one down a bit and result in higher scores. Tons of character though for an IS from a little known brewery. Barrel aged fans will love this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 03:06:48 | More by jera1350
Photo of drpimento


4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well now, this heah's some kinda beer. Mm hm. Served with a small fine tan head and a little lace. Color is an opaque brownish black. Aroma is roasty, bourbon, malt, coffee, vanilla, caramel, toffee, dark ripe fruits, and cocoa. Flavor's about the same but the whiskey stands out along with some bittersweet. Great body and carbonation; perfect for the style. Finish is excellent - medium long and tapered. Really well balanced beer. Rich and yet drinkable. Satisfying and yet intriguing. Go great with a nice mild cigar. Booze is subdued. A masterful beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2010 20:45:02 | More by drpimento
Photo of Strix


4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, with brown edges, decent initial head, some lacing.

Smell is full of vanilla, bourbon, and roastiness.

Tastes of vanilla, wood, bourbon, and roasted notes. A bit of chocolate milk too. A bit boozy, but that works well with this mix.

Silky mouthfeel.

I really enjoyed this. Dangerously drinkable and surprisingly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 05:26:35 | More by Strix
Photo of RedBrewer83


3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into snifter...

A: Pours pitch black and slightly viscous with a frothy two finger head that falls pretty quickly to a thin foam leaving pretty nice webbed lacing.

S: Huge aroma of vanilla and bourbon with undertones of chocolate, wood, and a slight mustiness. Faint booze in the finish as well.

T: The vanilla is definitely strong in this, but the bourbon comes through masked in a heavy raisiny dark fruit profile that also has some cherry and definite candy malt sweetness. Slightly woody and the booze is hidden well but is noticeable mid-palate. Overall its nice but not quite as balanced as it should be.

M: Medium body that comes across just a little bit thin and the carbonation is a little bit too weak as well, the strength of it is nice, not too harsh, but it needs to be a little smoother.

D: Pretty drinkable for the abv, and the flavor profile is nice so you want to keep drinking it. Pretty good beer, but probably wont pursue it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 03:29:06 | More by RedBrewer83
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown near black, with a minimal amount of head, really only a lace around the edges of the glass. Not much lacing is left behind

S: Mostly vanilla from the bourbon and a heavy boozy smell. Also present is a touch of chocolate and roastiness. Maybe a little woodiness as well, but the vanilla overwhelms mostly

T: It 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 watery side with a slight bit of creaminess, but also some acidity. There is a boozy flavor but more likely from the bourbon barrel

D: Its good and very easy to drink although not the best BA stout that i have had. It is easier to drink than other stouts but think if th body were a bit fuller it wouldnt be as easy, but would add to the overall experience of this beer

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 01:46:05 | More by mikey711
Photo of KI9A


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A: Cola black, into a snifter. Small head, nice lace windows.

S: Musty, woody, chocolaty.

T: Follows nose, add milk chocolate, and of couse, bourbon. Being a big fan of BB stouts, I find the bourbon isn't as in-your-face as Goose Island BCS. Which, is good. Great balance!

M: Very silky, boozy.

D: Again, the bourbon isn't as upfront as some. I'd put it up against many other BB Stouts, this year my favorite is Schlafly's BB Impy stout. This is a worthy brew. Love it. Fine job, guys! Now, distribute this in St. Louis!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 22:16:10 | More by KI9A
Photo of Wisconsinality


4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Poured from 12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A- A very dark brown with minimal light that shines through the very edges of the glass. A small, quarter finger of head is poured that recedes quickly and leaves minimal lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Bourbon is pretty up front with some vanilla and a smell that reminds me more of fudge than chocolate. Not a whole lot of malt to speak of and maybe just a little bit of oak on the tail end. The alcohol is very well hidden but becomes a little more present while it warms.

T- The flavor was a little bit of a letdown for me. The bourbon seems to hide in the back ground a little bit and I get more oak than anything else. There is also a little bit toasted malt in there and just a subtle hint of alcohol as the beer warms. Some toffee notes seem to creep in there as well.

M- A medium bodied brew that I would have preferred to be just a touch thicker. Pretty smooth nonetheless and you get just a little bit of warming in the throat from the alcohol.

D- Overall a very well balanced beer that is incredibly smooth and goes down pretty easy for the high ABV. I would recommend trying this beer if you get a chance. I have one put away to see what it is like with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 03:34:43 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of alcstradamus


3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

Pours black with a full finger of fluffy head. The smell is heavy oak and bourbon, you can tell this one is pretty fresh. Notes of marshmallow and toffee, citrus and floral hops, and a bit of crayon waxiness.

The taste is much more mellow that I thought it would be. Oak is the dominant flavor, imparting much more flavor than the bourbon did. Lightly roasted malts, earthy hops, root beer, and bitter chocolate round out the flavor profile.

The body is medium, a bit too thin for an imperial stout but the carbonation is at good levels. This drinks pretty easily for 9.5% ABV, however it doesn't have much more flavor than some of the better stouts in the 6-7% range so I would probably reach for them first (something such as Bell's Kalamazoo Stout).

Overall this is nice but not standout.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 00:52:22 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of dukedevil0


4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle from Brian23456 in a recent trade. Thanks!

A: Pours a dark brown color that as it collects in the glass looks much darker with a finger of khaki colored head that laces the glass and settles with a frothy rim. It pours out kind of thin and not as viscous as I expected.

S: Wow, this smells amazing! Lots of vanilla in the forefront, with roasted malts, oak, cocoa, really light bourbon scents

T: Much more bourbon in the flavor, but very similar to the smell. Other than the bourbon, there's vanilla, some only lightly roasted malts, oak, cocoa

M: It's got good mouthfeel, but I feel that this is the biggest area where the beer is lacking. It's got low-medium carbonation and when taking sips it's creamy, but during the swallow it feels thinner than I'd want in an imperial stout.

D: This has some really good flavor and despite having a big bourbon presence, it really isn't bothering me too much. However, you won't be drinking a 4-pack of this in one sitting! Definitely a good beer, and would possibly be great to me if it were a little more viscous.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:00:51 | More by dukedevil0
Photo of bound4er


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

2010 Edition - bottled January, 2010.

A. Dark brownish/red appearance with a straight tan colored head which is nice and frothy. Slowly recedes to 1/2 finger in depth and stays that way. Leaves good lacing.

S. Mostly vanilla, some bourbon and a hint of soapiness on the nose. With some coaxing I also get melted chocolate.

T. Big and rich with plenty of vanilla, oak and bourbon. Not much influence from the malt in terms of roastiness. Good kick of hop bitterness on the back end with a touch of booze to keep this one from being flabby.

M. Silky smooth - this beer slides down way too easily. Low to no carbonation, as would be expected.

D. Highly drinkable for such a rich beer. That said, I would not session this beer. One to slowly sip and savor is perfect. Another great stout from the guys up in Amherst.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 23:53:40 | More by bound4er
Photo of HopHead84


3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Extra received in a trade with Flandersned, thanks Steve. The beer is dark brown with a subtle crimson tinge near the edges. The head is half an inch and light brown with decent retention and minimal lacing.

The nose is of milk and dark chocolate, oak, vanilla and a nice moderate level of bourbon. As the beer warms I detect a light lactic tartness that manifests in the form of dark cherry. It would seem out of place if it were less subtle, but in its current form it's vinous and it enriches the chocolate and bourbon.

The flavor is dark chocolate, lightly tart lactic dark cherries, wood, and bourbon. Bourbon is well integrated. The finish is chalky and lightly astringent with a stronger dark cherry presence and a lingering lactic sourness. Carbonation is at a lower medium level and the mouthfeel is just a little thin.

The sourness was unexpected and I doubt it was intentional, but the beer was still pretty good. I look forward to trying this in the future sans the sourness.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 06:15:05 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Yojimbo1941


4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle marked 2010 into a tulip glass

A - Dark brown with a thin mocha head which quickly dissipated. Looks great.

S - Cocoa nibs, bourbon laced with vanilla, a little clove, hint of molasses, chocolate, very light hop smell with some alcohol notes

T - Oak flavors with an alcohol bite, dark chocolate, bitterness at the end. Not as dense a flavor as I would expect from a beer of this type but still very tasty. The alcohol and bitterness give way to a warming feeling which lingers until the next gulp. More bourbon flavor as the beer progresses.

M - My tongue is coated after 2 swigs.

D - At 3.49 for a 12oz it's not bad for a Bourbon Stout. I'd definitely buy this again as long as I have a lot of time to relax and drink it.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 18:22:56 | More by Yojimbo1941
Photo of MbpBugeye


3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another good WI beer from FrankenBrew. This one has "08" written on the cap.

A- Pours really dark. The cola-like head fizzes up loudly with big bubbles. It fades into an island floating within a collar of foam. Some lacing is left

S- The smell on this one is delicious. I can smell it as it sits in the glass next to me. I can already tell this is going to be a really nice dessert beer. Really sweet with notes of brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, powdery cocoa and raisins. The oak also adds to the creamy effect. The bourbon is subdued.

T- The age on this one (if it is indeed an 08) probably has mellowed this one out a lot. The bourbon is all but nonexistent. It just lends a slight warming effect to the finish. Its pretty creamy, smooth and sweet. Big on cocoa powder, molasses, vanilla and oak. There is a bitterness up front that gives this beer bite.

M- Ideally the body could be fuller and smoother. It does, however, have a very nice cocoa powdery dry finish. I love dry beers.

D- Low ABV for a beer of this style means this is a nice capper to a rich dessert. Slightly warming and quite dry makes this very nice on a cold night like this.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 03:55:44 | More by MbpBugeye
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pretty sure i got this one in a trade with tangfoot at the kuhnhenn '07 winter solstice party and it's been hidden deep in my cellar since. thanks fred!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 17/2010.

pours deep dark brown, nearly black and pretty much opaque. a small very fine dark tan head forms, quickly dropping to a wide ring around the glass and leaving plenty of spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. bourbon and vanilla. bit of raw oak. lightly warming alcohol. touch of caramel and toffee. dark and milk chocolate. bit of coffee. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. faint roast.

taste is good. bourbon and vanilla. milk and dark chocolate. bit of coffee. caramel and a bit of toffee. hint of butterscotch. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. touch of sweetness. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is great. silky smooth medium-low carbonation level. nice big body.

drinkability is good. great balance. pretty nice depth to it. seems like it might be just past its peak and has mellowed out a little too much. still, it's damn tasty stuff that i'm quite enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 22:38:21 | More by grub
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a very opaque dark brown/black, medium sized tan head forms, settles down to a medium sized ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, good retention.

Smell is nice, sweet, brown sugar and caramel, bourbon, vanilla, lots of oak, slightly buttery, some chocolate and coffee roast, a lot of dark fruit, a bit of oxidation, some raisin character, more bourbon barrel, well done.

Taste is real nice, super sweet and malty, caramel/butterscotch, light chocolate and roast, some biscuit, lots of vanilla and bourbon, good oakiness, some butter, raisin and dark fruit, alcohol is non existent, not insane but super smooth and well rounded.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, some warmth but goes down really smooth. Pretty nice stuff!
Thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 22:08:49 | More by Viggo
Photo of prototypic


4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to PaleAl for the bottle.

Bourbon Barrel Stout is a dark mahogany color. It's nearly opaque, but burgundy highlights are apparent at the edges. A soft, tan head caps it off. It stands about a finger tall. Retention was good and lacing was sticky, though a little light.

The nose is a little weaker than I'd like. Bourbon is noted on the first whiff. It's tough to tell how prominent it might be in flavor, but it is apparent here. It tends to mask some of the stout characteristics in smell. There are some chocolate malt notes. They smell bittersweet. Roasted coffee is very subtle and is a secondary element here. Alcohol is noted, but is blended well for a 9.5% beer. All in all, it's good. More strength would help.

The flavor is good. There's no question that this is good beer. Bourbon is noted early and echoes throughout each sip. Unfortunately, it's just a little too prominent and buries much of the 'stout' flavor. Chocolate malts are bittersweet and have a nice flavor. They're just a little too subtle. Roasted coffee is more prominent than on the nose. It has a somewhat acrid taste, but its presence does compensate a little for its chocolate malt deficiency. Alcohol is noted, but isn't overly strong for a nearly 10% beer. It finishes with a light coffee flavor and bourbon. All in all, it's good. But, a little more 'stout' flavor would go a long, long way.

Bourbon Barrel Stout has a medium body that feels too thin. It grows more substantial with warming, but it's not enough. Carbonation is light. It's smooth, but not quite where it needs to be for a big, barrel aged stout. Drinkability is good. I like the flavor enough. But, it is big at nearly 10% and doesn't have the body (or flavor) that it needs to get to the next level.

Central Waters has another success with Bourbon Barrel Stout. That much is clear. But it could easily be a much bigger success with more malt. That, alone, would probably give it more 'stout' flavor and a thicker body. Those are its most obvious shortcomings. I like this beer, but don't quite love it. It's good, but doesn't quite live up to the standards set by Bourbon Barrel Barleywine or Coffee Stout. Having said that, it's not too far off.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 06:47:13 | More by prototypic
Photo of indiapaleale


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour - pitch in color and streaky as it hits the glass. The head on this is off-white almost tan and a good half inch in depth. Age has done little as far as presentation goes, this looks great.

Aroma - sticking my nose in the snifter I am met by a wave of vanilla, tannins, sweet milk chocolate, whisky and brown sugar. Lots of smells to take in when you've got a beer like this one. The heat from the alcohol tickles my sinuses a bit. I am in for a treat.

Taste - as soon as this hits my tongue my body warms just a bit. The flavor of burnt sugar, vanilla extract, sour cherries and red wine permeate my mouth. The vinous taste of this leaves a dryness in the finish. Bittersweet with plenty of whisky flavor present but it's light and blends nicely with the subdued and mellowed maltiness. This is silky in mouthfeel and the carbonation levels are near perfect even after so much time in the cellar. No off flavors whatsoever, just a lot of complexity and enjoyment.

Overall - Complex. Age has been kind and the flavors have all come together nicely. The heat is gone and some of the sharpness that may have been present has mellowed out. The bourbon barrel aging has done wonders for the flavors imparted on this stout and age has done even more for it. Time has mellowed the heat but it still warms your soul.

Would I buy more of it? - Absolutely. I'd love to have a few more bottles to put away for years to come.

Vintage - This bottle is from the winter of 2007. So it has 2+ years on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 01:26:24 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of Dogbrick


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at the Most Honorable SuperHappyFun Stout Tasting. Thanks to MIBRomeo for the trade! This beer is a dark brownish-black color with a medium and foamy beige head that recedes slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of rich malt, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Full-bodied with flavors of malt and butterscotch, bourbon and dark fruits. Lightly bitter hops and coffee in the background. The finish is roasted malt and butterscotch with a lingering coffee and vanilla aftertaste. Very good overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 02:16:29 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of drgonzo3705


4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep cola black color with a light but moderate head with little lacing.

S: A bit of a musty wood aroma up front. It reminds me of the old wood pipe rack my dad had growing up. Underneath the mustiness there is a sweetly pleasant roasted chocolate/cocoa smell.

T: Big on the woodiness again with the sweet malt laying perfectly underneath. Nice cocoa nibs flavor poking out at the end.

M: Full bodied with ample carbonation. Good stout coating left in its wake.

D: Very good. I could easily finish a bottle by myself. Hell two or three if I'm feeling saucy!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 03:36:38 | More by drgonzo3705
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The stout appears a translucent ultra deep brown color with about two fingers of light ecru foam. No lacing to speak of. Nose and flavor consist of coconut, vanilla, milk chocolate, bourbon, dates, black cherries, caramel, molasses. Approaching full bodied and somewhat slick with ample carbonation. This one has been in the cellar for a bit, so there is very little alcohol heat. Quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 04:17:38 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in a trade with nflmvp. Thanks a ton Steve!

Poured into a Rémy Martin snifter.

Appearance: Really doesn't pour that thick or dark for a stout. Once settled, light can be seen through around the edges of the body. While the second pour was a little better (due to yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle, I suppose), this beer did not look imperial stout-like. The head is pretty tiny, but that's to be assumed for a barrel-aged beer. It hangs around for the entire session as a tight, foamy, tan halo thanks to some pretty active carbonation that can be seen crawling up the walls of the snifter. Surprisingly, I got some decent lacing, too. All in all, good but nothing special.

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate filled the room immediately after the cap was popped off! Once in the snifter, the bourbon and ESPECIALLY vanilla intensified. Rich oak, whipped cream, and molasses are also there, but this nose is all about the vanilla! Vanilla with a nice bourbon kick. Awesome!

Taste: Charred oak, bourbon, blackberries, tart cherries, and even a bit of vinegar. Hmmm... I don't know about this. I like how the beer starts (note: "like"), but I find the finish to be too dry and a little astringent. The charred wood flavor picks up toward the end. I'm pretty disappointed with the flavor profile - especially after taking several big whiffs from above - but this definitely isn't a bad beer. It's just... average.

Mouthfeel: A little gritty, warm, dry, and thin. In my opinion, this beer showcases the negatives of barrel-aging. Too bad. Again, this still isn't a bad beer.

Drinkability: I came home from school today looking for a delicious imperial stout; unfortunately, this beer wasn't what I was looking for. I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it, but I can't say I was impressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 20:11:04 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of Soneast


4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with barely perceptible amber edges when held to the light. The brown colored head grows to a good 2 inches in size and sticks around for quite awhile, leaving large mats of suds on the side of the glass.

This beer has quite a strong, pleasing aroma, consisting of coffee and roasted malts, as well as some chocolate notes and a pretty powerful bourbon aroma with hints of vanilla and some rich caramels.

The flavor has similar characteristics to the aroma and the intensity carries through quite well. Very malt forward comprised of the coffee and roasted malts flavors, the bourbon is pretty center stage flavor-wise, yet remains remarkably smooth with butter caramel, brown sugar notes and an underlying vanilla/marshmallow flavor.

Thick, and delicious. Central Water knows their stouts and this, of course, is no exception. So complex and full of character. A beer that I thoroughly enjoyed and would not hesitate to purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 01:43:02 | More by Soneast
Photo of younger35


3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew at Dark Lord Day from nflmvp. Not sure what yeah this is but I'm assuming it's a '08. Either way, gonna be damned good. Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours a very dark brownish black with a small fizzy light tan head that quickly dissipates. Once the bubbles subside, a nice tight collar forms leaving a bit of spotty lacing.
Smell- Lots more barrel than beer here in the nose. Loads of butterscotch and vanilla make this beer really candy like in the nose. Slightly sweet with some brown sugar and caramel malts and a light bit of roast. The vanilla really gets intense as the beer warms and the bourbon comes out a bit more. The wood is clean but intense.
Taste- The beer starts slightly astringent with big roasty char. A light bit of cocoa and malted syrup adds a bit of sweetness but the beer is far from cloying or overdone. Caramel and vanilla gives a sort of tiramisu like flavor before the wood really comes in and adds that big burst of bourbon. The beer isn't exactly hot but the alcohol is fairly noticeable. Some butterscotch and maple on the finish.
Mouthfeel- Nice and creamy with a very light bit of carbonation that's slightly warm.
Drinkability- Very flavorful beer that takes on maybe just a bit too much of the barrel and the beer itself is sort of lost. It could probably use another year or so to hide some of that alcohol too but other than that, it's pretty tasty and unique. Big thanks to Steve for his generosity!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 20:44:56 | More by younger35
Photo of rye726


4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near black with some ruby hues and a silky tan head. Nose has whiskey, oak, roasted malts, bitter hops, chocolate, coffee and booze. Taste also has a big roasted malt presence along with, espresso, cocoa, molasses, hops, oak and bourbon.
Body is a bit thin, but well carbonated. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 04:39:25 | More by rye726
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,635 ratings.