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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,627 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 342
Gots: 503 | 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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01-21-2013 04:35:08 | More by sliverX
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-21-2013 02:22:18 | More by StArnoldFan
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eorwar

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-21-2013 02:18:14 | More by eorwar
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sliks96

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-21-2013 01:49:25 | More by sliks96
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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-20-2013 17:08:27 | More by Swonkie
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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As I go through what has to be about my 4th case of this beer I have had in my lifetime it occurs to my why not review it, especially when it is by far the best it has ever been this year!

Pours a almost black, light shines the brown on the sides, looks great lets dig in!

Smell, very sweet for a barrel stout, Vanilla is number 1 for sure, followed by bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, smells great lets go a step further shall we....

taste is also dominated by vanilla, bourbon and caramel. A little roastyness from the satin solstice come through in the finish.

Mouthfeel here is where I disagree with most reviews, It coats my mouth, sure it has a semi dry finish but that just keeps me coming back for more! Silky and smoot, not thick but certainly not thin!

Well at 9.69/4pack if you see it get it!, I know it is more in other areas but still only a dollar or two.... You are not gonna top that value and well you pay that price for 4 bottles not one 22oz bomber! Lets support our breweries who recognize that beer like this belong in this format, now stop my reading my awesome review and drink it up you fools!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 03:55:52 | More by nickapalooza86
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vonnegut21

New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark, slick black with little head. Lots of alcohol lacing.

S: Big bourbon notes. Lots of vanilla and oak. A really nice aroma on this one.

T: Nice bourbon and caramel flavor up front. Malt, bitter chocolate and vanilla follow.

M: Fair carbonation, a bit thin bodied actually. Very drinkable for the ABV.

O: A very nice bourbon barrel stout and fairly readily available. I could use a bit more mouthfeel, but I'd definitely seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 02:09:11 | More by vonnegut21
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New York

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01-19-2013 02:06:55 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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Wisconsin

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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a bit of a jet black with some brown tinges towards the top near the bubbly head that dissipates quickly after a pour; surprisingly carbonated but that goes away quick; minimal lacing

S - roasted malts; bourbon; chocolate; burnt sugar; a touch of coffee; vanilla; a bit of coconut; some oak

T - vanilla chocolate bourbon glory; the roasted malts are present again; oak and earth; really tasty hints of maple syrup; roasted oats; caramel; maybe some raisin or plum; that subtle touch of coffee

M - it's a bit thin for sure given the complexity and style, but it still has that thick, boozy stout thing going for it; it's medium-heavy; exceptionally smooth but as it compares to BCBS, better be at only 9.5%; easy carbonation

O - the vanilla-chocolate flavors with the bourbon barrel aging are decadent and delicious; this is the kind of bourbon barrel stout that you can actually drink more than one of; I'm a big fan...this is smooth, easy-drinking, and downright delicious in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 02:15:10 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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Wisconsin

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rodkin

New York

3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost pure black, with some red and brown hues at the edge. Tiny bit of head that fades pretty quickly, minimal lacing.

Smell is big sweet chocolate and roasty bitterness, some barrel, faint vanilla, hint of dark fruit.

Taste is dark bitter chocolate, coffee, some astringency, with sweetness coming through at the back end. Vanilla and caramel mostly. The barrel character doesn't seem very strong.

Mouth is medium thick, pretty heavy carbonation. I'd prefer it a bit thicker with slightly less carbonation.

It's a BA stout all right. Pretty good, nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 04:55:51 | More by rodkin
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Missouri

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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-16-2013 01:59:21 | More by Kelp
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Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very dark brown color, not pitch black. Poured easily, very light lacing that had a brown tint to it. Enjoyed out of a snifter.

Smell: A strong bourbon aroma. Not offensive, but very rounded. Pleasant vanilla undertones and some of the barrel aging can be detected.

Taste: Very smooth front to this beer. A lot of the vanilla, coffee, malt here. The body of this beer is a little light, but a very balanced bourbon flavor makes this a great brew. The bourbon sticks on the palette but in a much lighter fashion then other BB aged stouts.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is balanced and an easy drinker for this kind of beer. The bourbon gives a light tingle that makes you acknowledge its presence.

Overall: Very good. I figured this beer would be a light BB Stout and it was in some ways. Could have used some more body but at the same time this was a unique twist. Its lighter body balanced well with everything else going on in this beer. Definitely worth a buy.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 01:50:02 | More by KFBR392
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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-14-2013 14:35:12 | More by ChicagoNick
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-12-2013 17:06:16 | More by Brunite
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Beezee

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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

01-12-2013 00:16:11 | More by baybum
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with 2298 code (25 October 2012) poured into a stemless snifter. Drank yesterday, 9 January 2013 and going off notes from my trusty brew journal- note that I only score in whole numbers.

Aroma- Nose is chock full of vanilla and oak. Hints of bourbon which reminds me of my college days with Jack on the rocks. I very much enjoyed this one. (4)

Colour- Very dark brown, similar in appearance to Coca-Cola. Pours with a 1cm brown head that mostly dissipates within a minute. Not much in way of lacing. (3)

Flavour- Starts off with strong hints of sweet vanilla, some weaker hints of chocolate quickly transitioning to a dryness of bourbon and oak flavours which dominates the rest of the experience. Very mellow; not particularly sweet or bitter. But these flavours themselves are very strong. (4)

Mouthfeel- A thin, light-bodied stout; most stouts I've tasted have a thicker body. This bottle was well-carbonated with a little bit of fizz on the tongue during the first sip. A bit dry as expected from the nose and the aftertaste is mostly the bourbon. This is certainly a sipper as there is a bit of heat, plus the flavours hit the palate pretty hard. (4)

Overall- I enjoyed the nose the most. Ended up sipping this one throughout the evening after dinner. It's not a difficult BA stout to drink at all. Compared to bigger BA beers like BCBS, the mouthfeel is certainly lacking as the base stout must not have been very thick to begin with. But for what it is, if you're looking for a lighter-feeling BA stout with a good nose and some flavour that happens to be reasonably priced ($11.99 for a 4-pack), this is your beer. (4)

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 00:37:19 | More by Stevedore
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.