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

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Ratings: 1,719
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 348
Gots: 516 | 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)
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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Photo of popery
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown, like weak coffee. Looks transparent. Beige head. Lots of fine bubbles. Pretty good retention. Aroma is brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, a little booze and mild booze. Taste is fairly sweet. Lots of chocolate. Dries out some towards the end. A bit prickly in the mouthfeel. Pretty good barrel presence. Solid imperial stout.

Edit 7/1/2014: Mouthfeel is awfully thin. Still, the sweetness is nice. I just think the thin feel makes the barrel flavor seem harsh and kinda watery.

popery, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of Jimmys
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. 2012 vintage.

A: pitch black body. head is a medium shade of brown. head is dense and tightly bubbled. frothy retention remains. very pleasant looking. thick chunks of lacing as each sip goes down. spots too.

S: super rich. bourbon and raisins. dark chocolate. lots of vanilla. a little bit of clay. warming.

T: a lot of oak tannins on the body. lingering flavor of sweet raisins. there is a bit of smoke to this thing as well. the more I get used to the bourbon and oak, the more I find this thing full of chocolate and even a minor coffee.

M: smooth and subtle. full bodied for sure.

D: very drinkable big bourbon stout here. smooth, complex, rich, and fulfilling. surprised at how good this is so close the bottling date. drinking now seems to be fine, but im sure one I the cellar wouldn't hurt either!

Jimmys, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Mahogany with 1/2 inch cream-colored head.

S - I just smell Bourbon. Not like that's a bad thing, but that's what I get.

T - Bourbon in the front of the mouth and chocolate in the back. Not as complex as Central Water's Peruvian Morning, in which the flavors were more blended.

M - Medium-bodied, expecting thicker. Smooth going down, but sticky on the lips.

O - A fine Bourbon Barrel Stout, but I'd reach for a Peruvian Morning first.

Belgianbeerbunny, Mar 15, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2012

A- pours a black maybe dark brown light tan nice head.

S- amazing. bourbon forward, than chocolate followed by carmel and vanilla. Smells absolutely fantastic.

T- following the nose, lots of bourbon up front followed by a heavy dose of chocolate with hints of caramel and vanilla.

M- medium carbonation, full body.

O- absolutely fantastic. i love this beer. Im glad a have another, can't wait too taste fifteen since this beer is so fantastic.

thegoon55, Mar 15, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Wow, the aroma of this beer is incredible with a complex barrel presence that's perfectly integrated into the characteristics of the base beer. Very nice bourbon presence with dry oak, vanilla, toasted coconut and marshmallow followed by roasted malt, silky chocolate and a dessert-like fudge cake quality. Very complex and although the bourbon barrel is the strongest component, the dark malts and stout notes aren't overpowered at all. Smells incredible! I could see some folks wanting more bourbon in the nose but to me the aroma is nearly perfect.

Full bodied with a blast of bourbon heat that lingers over the other barrel notes and roasted malt into a slightly spicy, dry finish. A bit boozier and heavier on the bourbon flavors th an the nose suggests, but the barrel character remains complex and is nicely integrated into the base beer. Some dry, charred oak followed by a strong sweet and spicy bourbon presence that's followed by a smooth vanilla bean flavor before the roasted and sweet malt notes come in. Not as sweet or dessert like as the nose hinted at but there's still some subtle silky chocolate flavor countering the intense roast. The rost compliments the dry oak and spicy spirit with hints of dark chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal and espresso bean. Slightly hot with some warmth in the finish but after the palate adjusts, the high ABV is relatively well masked. Definitely a sipper but the complexity and intense flavors make it a very enjoyable drink.

corby112, Mar 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

BlakeAM, Mar 11, 2013
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4.91/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Truly an epic Bourbon Barrel aged imperial stout, at a price point that defies the industry standard. Basically the same componentry as 1414, which won gold at the GABF, this spends a year in heaven hill bourbon barrels, and the result is nearly perfect. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and a hint of coconut make for an outstanding beer. Do yourself a favor, get a bottle or two if you can.

Jimmeekrek, Mar 11, 2013
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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