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: 1,876
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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4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 ounce growler filled at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Pour near black, minimal dark mocha head/thick film, leaves a lasting collar and low, slippery and ringed bits of lace.

Nose of bourbon, chocolate , and vanilla.

Full flavor, waves of dark chocolate, vanilla and heavy bourbon. Delicious, with the strong alcohol obviously present but somewhat muted for the strength.

Moderate body and enjoyably smooth mouth feel.

World class sipper, happy to be able to enjoy it on tap, via my growler.

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3.36/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a well-touted extra in a trade. 2013 Vintage, served cold in a snifter.

Appearance is dark cola brown, opaque except at the edges where a beautiful brown highlight is at the glass. Coats the glass nicely. Smatterings of quickly-dissipating off-white froth.

Smell is of booze, plain and simple. Perhaps a little dark, dried fruit, but nothing too terribly earthy.

Taste was my biggest letdown. Cold, the bourbon overpowers everything. I think this might have been a nice base beer, but there is nothing but barrel here. Very much like a whiskey-and-cola that someone has let all the ice melt into. As it warms up, it gets better... a little vanilla, a little char/smoke, a little cocoa.

Mouthfeel is very nice when cold. Not syrupy or sticky at all. It's got some girth, but nothing like an RIS. The mouthfeel gets a little more messy when warmed up. What finished clean cold starts to linger a bit too long. At least when warmer, the bourbon isn't having the last word.

Overall, I expected a bit more, and just thought the bourbon was over the top here. I'm no stranger to barrel aging, but this guy is more of a caricature of the style, or at the very least, an extreme example. Would love to try the base beer to see if any of the subtleties in this BB stout are still there.

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4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Hoppin Frog snifter. Bottle date is 2013. Date of review is 3/8/14.

Appearance- Almost pitch black. Just a tiny bit of light shines through when held up to a bright light. Quarter finger of creamy tan head that disappears within a minute. Tiny little bubbles are floating up from the bottom, which is cool looking.

Smell- Bourbon and green apples right away. After that I get vanilla and smoke. This is smelling much more like a brandy-aged beer than a bourbon-aged beer.

Taste- Taste is significantly better than the nose. Bourbon and chocolate blow my taste buds apart! Smoke and vanilla are there, just like in the nose. I detect chocolate chip cookies cooked in a smoker and dipped in bourbon, and I LOVE IT!

Mouthfeel- Thick, syruppy and mouth feels like a just ate a handful of bitter dark chocolate covered coffee beans.

Overall- Really solid beer...Is this on the same level as BA B.O.R.I.S., KBS, BA Blackout Stout or BCBS? No, of course not, but it's really good and worth trying.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,876 ratings.