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

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Ratings: 1,958
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 374
Gots: 609 | FT: 65
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:
Beer added by: Skidz on 05-28-2004

American-style stout aged for 1 year in used 12 year bourbon barrels.
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2103 Vintage poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
A - Pours a very dark black color. A half a finger of tan head dissipates quickly leaving a small ring of lacing.
S - Smells mostly of heavy coffee with a mild amount of bourbon in the background.
T - The coffee taste if upfront but to a lesser extent than the smell. The bourbon taste is mild as per the smell. The aftertaste is lingering bitter with very little of it from hops.
M - A relatively thin stout given it is an imperial stout.
O - A little unidimensional being mostly roast flavors in the taste and smell. The bourbon is very light and only there because one is looking for it. Not in the same ballpark as a Bourbon County but worth a try if you like coffee stouts.

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4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

We were on vacation in Wisconsin, determined to find a Central Waters barrel-aged beer before we left. After much searching, we ended up at Stubby's in Milwaukee, where they had this on tap, and served it in a goblet.

That's a good thing, because this is among the best BBA Imperial Stouts out there, and should be treated as royalty.

Cannot wait for the next time I encounter something barrel aged from these brewers.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 release

Appearance: This beer is a touch lighter than most "Imperial" stouts (I usually refer to it as a heavy single stout so folks know what to expect). Pours dark brown with some light getting through around the edges. Really luscious 2 fingers of latte-colored foam.

Aroma: Bourbon hits first followed by a ton of chocolate malt this year. Vanilla and just a hint of baked plums. A little bit of leather.

Taste: Leather, tobacco, chocolate, and bourbon. Tastes like your father's office. A tiny hint of coca cola.

Feel: The slightly lower abv and body help this beer rinse off the palate. None of the stickiness that can happen with bigger BA stouts. Seems like a higher carbonation than most, too (possibly even quite a bit higher than last year). Helps the flavors dance around.

Overall: This is a unique beer. The base stout must be around 9-9.25%, which makes this one of the lightest all-BA stouts on the market. It's better than many special release BA beers that cost twice as much. It's more drinkable than BCBS or Dark Lord, and this year's batch has some extra chocolate flavors to it. CW keeps getting better and better at brewing and barrel aging stouts.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Homer321 in trade as an extra! Big thanks. 2013 bottle poured to a FW Barrelworks Teku. Pours dark brown to black with a half finger of creamy khaki head. Aroma of graham cracker, vanilla, oak, bourbon, coconut maybe, caramel cream. Flavor is sweet caramel, chocolate, sweet anise, bourbon booze, vanilla finish. Mmm. Body is medium, maybe on the thin for the style but doesn't take away much from the nice flavors, with medium carbonation.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Jet black stout under a significant head which dissipates to a pleasant foam ring leaving nice lacing behind.

S- Beyond awesome, caramel and vanilla explosion. Not to mention bourbon and some killer buttery toffee.

T- Extremely well balanced, no booze burn. This is all richness, "I'll just have this for dessert thanks" kind of stout.

M- Medium bodied and really well balanced.

O- This is a fantastic bourbon barrel stout, I'm enjoying it as much as Goose Island BCBS and I'll mark it up some additional points for not being owned by InBev.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,958 ratings.