1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,721 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,721
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 349
Gots: 517 | FT: 60
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,721 | Reviews: 552 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of gkoz
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

gkoz, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of JMurphy41
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

JMurphy41, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Nivek43
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Nivek43, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of ahermsen
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

ahermsen, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of ahbithwabm
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

ahbithwabm, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of don1481
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage. 12 oz bottle poured into my trusty pint glass.

Appearance: Pours nearly pitch-black with a khaki tan head. Based on other reviews, I expected the head to dissipate quickly, but it's lingering a bit longer than expected.

Smell: Smells of caramel, chocolate, vanilla and - obviously - bourbon flow out of this one. A little sweeter smelling than the BCBS i recently reviewed. If this tastes anywhere near as good as it smells... I'm in for a good time!

Taste: Hmm. Pretty freaking good. A little boozier than the BCBS, a little more in-your-face with the flavors. Definite vanilla and chocolate aspects poke through. Not as complex as the BCBS, but the flavors still play very well with one another.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a warming, almost hot, mouthfeel. That said, it's quite... soft and smooth at the same time. Doesn't linger too strongly in the mouth.

Overall: Very delicious. Very drinkable. I'm gonna stash at least 2 of the bottles in my cellar and see what happens as it ages. Very excited to see where this goes - got another bottle of BCBS stashed alongside this, so I can do a direct comparison.

don1481, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of MNBeer1017
4/5  rDev -5.4%

MNBeer1017, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

DanGeo, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of guityler83
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013, Vintage

A: A dense finger of tan colored head arose from the depths when poured into a tulip glass. The foam had nice retention and eventually falling back to leave behind a dusting on top of the opaque black liquid. Alcohol legs are swirled up in the glass.

S: Nice prominent oaky, vanilla barrel aroma comes off the top of the glass. Roasty malt character mixed with bourbon and a chocolate undertone at warmer temps. No noticeable hop aroma.

T: Strong vanilla character from the barrel along with caramel and oakey goodness. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasty notes and toffee malts come through distinctly. Hop bitterness keeps the sweetness in check but no real hop flavor detected. There is bit of sweetness but the bourbon quickly over takes it. Very nicely balanced flavors between the stout and the barrel

M: A little bit of a drying on the tongue from the tannins in the wood and tingling from the bourbon. Nice big body with low carbonation. Warming is there to remind you its a big 'un and to warm you up on a -12F WI winter night.

O: Not as big as BCBS and the base beer isn't as complex, but one hell of a substitute. Great clean barrel flavor comes through and the stout is balanced along with it. Can't wait to see how this ages.

guityler83, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of JerUrbans
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pour form 12 oz bottle to regular pint glass

Served at cellar temp

Aggressive pour yields beautiful dark creamy color with big bubbles. Very dark chocolate color.

A sweet bourbon smell, like brandy

Wow, this tastes fantastic! Smooth, light vanilla flavor and has a big bourbon taste that hangs on. Today it's 30 degrees below zero and this is the perfect cure for the bitter cold.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, slight bitterness at the end.

Overall this is probably the best bourbon barrel stout I have had. If you like bourbon barrel imperial stouts I bet it would be hard to find a better one. I would seek this beer out. Will be aging the rest as I have heard this beer gets better with age. This was bottle on 3-25-13.

JerUrbans, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of ThatsThatDude
3/5  rDev -29.1%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of tdmccarthy
4/5  rDev -5.4%

tdmccarthy, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of AnalogErik
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

AnalogErik, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Zaximus
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Zaximus, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of taylor714914
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

taylor714914, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of yanosh
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

yanosh, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of corybrysonkick
4/5  rDev -5.4%

corybrysonkick, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of CCutch
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

CCutch, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Danmullens1
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Danmullens1, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of dtomes
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

dtomes, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of wesley14
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

wesley14, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of BullBearHawk
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

BullBearHawk, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of pstam87
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

pstam87, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Fusebuddy
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Fusebuddy, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of cody4prez
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

cody4prez, Jan 03, 2014
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,721 ratings.