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

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout

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Ratings: 1,874
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 365
Gots: 563 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer was a nice surprise. After all the furor in the Midwest has died down on BCBS, KBS, and Black Note, I ran into a four-pack of this in my local shop and thought I'd give it a whirl. This review is for a bottle from the fall 2013 vintage, reviewed in April 2014.

Appearance: First of all, I like the bottles. Does that matter? I'm not so sure. But I do. I was happy to see the pour come with very little foaming or head - I am really sensitive to over-carbing in imperial stouts, especially barrel-aged. With the lower alcohol content, I was expecting this to be foamier, and happy that it wasn't. Minimal head was just off-white. Minimal lacing.

Smells like a bourbon stout. I get some vanilla on the nose, but mostly it's just a cool blast of bourbon - not boozy, though - with some malt backbone.

The taste is not as complex as in some of the bigger stouts, but what is there is nice. Some booziness comes across on the body. Vanilla, chocolate. Not really even a hint of coffee. I have a sweet tooth, and I was happy to find this beer close out with a sweet, but smooth, finish. Not much lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - smooth, a good thickness to it, with a little extra carbed kick.

Overall, a really nice brew. I don't picture much happening to it with age, so it's almost a relief to imagine myself drinking these with no guilt over the next couple of weeks! I'm glad I found it in the shop, and I'll definitely buy it again next year.

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

Appearance - Black-Brown with a gentle ring of head

Smell - Sweet...Vanilla, Caramel, Whiskey

Taste - Excellent...Vanilla, Whiskey, Cedar, Oats

Mouthfeel - Syrupy in the front moving to oily in the back

Overall - Great Beer. Perfect for slowly sipping out a snifter.

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nearly opaque dark brown to black body beneath the tan head which quickly dissolves to leave only a scattered lacing.

The bourbon leaps right out of the glass and slaps you in the face. Vanilla and if I'm not mistaken even a hi t of maple syrup follow. There are also faint hints of chocolate and muted roasted malt.

A fairly sweet brew on the palate. Again the bourbon jumps to the front of the line with vanilla, maple, wood notes, and sweet dark fruits. Just letting this beer sit on your palate brings forth more character.

On the fuller side in body with lighter carbonation and a boozy, warming finish.

This is a darn good bourbon barrel stout- tons of character to offer and while the bourbon is more forward than some of its counterparts it remains pretty well balanced.

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4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Updated 12-14-14 - Served @ 50deg F. in snifter.

First tasting/rating was on tap. Much better out of the bottle... Grab anything from Central waters that has been Bourbon Barrel aged.

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4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is thinner than most imperial stouts.

Smell is straight whiskey.

Tastes like chocolate and whiskey.

Mouthfeel not quite there, definitely missing the thick mouthfeel consistent with other imperial stouts.

Overall a great tasting beer and a great choice for bourbon fans.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,874 ratings.