Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.78/5 rDev +13%
Pours a light, loud hissing, tan head that collapses to a thin edging. MASSIVE nose of woody vanilla with a noticeable booziness behind it. Black. Starts out aggressively woody and vanilla-y, with that booze behind it; almost as forceful as a bourbon. Moves to a medium bitterness as an AMAZING, deep, toasted coffee flavor comes through, switches to dark chocolate, and finishes with roasted malt and chocolate. This has a nice, thick, viscous consistency.
This is AMAZING. Simply stunning. This is everything a bourbon barrel stout should be; the bourbon flavors lead the way, but the stout is equally strong and these flavors blend so well with the wood notes to create a sensationally complex, toasty, coffee/chocolate character.
02-13-2013 03:05:45 | More by TheSSG
3.93/5 rDev -7.1%
A: pours extremely dark brown borderline black. absolutely no transparency and the pour did not elicit any head formation. what did form was mostly due forced carbonation at the end of the pour.
S: massive bourbon and oak dominate the aroma. there is a nice touch of alcohol soaked dark fruits (figs then raisins). there is a slight touch of vanilla in there and even some smokiness in the background.
T: again, big massive bourbon, alcohol heat and oak. there really isn't much of a difference from the aromas. The is a sweet creamy vanilla finish that really helps cut the alcohol notes.
M: full-medium bodied brew. but it really doesn't leave much on the palate which shocked the hell out of me for being a barrel aged beer.
O: some say that this is comparable to BCS, but this isn't even in its shadow. its a straight forward bourbon and oak brew, with subtle sweet notes that make there presence known just enough that prevents this brew from being off too off balanced. Glad I was able to buy a single of these, bc I can't justifiy the price of a 4 pk
02-08-2013 02:09:03 | More by tut2528
3.81/5 rDev -9.9%
Poured into my snifter from a 12 oz bottle. 2012
A- Poured a strait black color with a medium tan head. Head maybe only a half inch and recedes quickly. Doesn't seem to thick. Leaves some decent lacing here as I drink
S-Unique smell for a Bourbon Barrel stout. Sweet, vanilla, very sweet chocolate. Very strong on the vanilla side. Roasted carmel if such a thing.
T-Sweet, vanilla, more roasted carmel. Chocolate.
M- Kind of thin for a Barrel aged stout, but if I take a bigger sip the alcohol really shines. I kind of like a BBA beer that you taste and feel the alcohol.
O- Not too bad. A tad sweet for me. Think this would be good to make a float with some good vanilla ice cream. Have to give it to this beer as being very unique. It stands alone as far as I can't compare it to any other BBA stout.
02-07-2013 08:07:23 | More by Naters333
4.06/5 rDev -4%
A: Very dark brown. Forms a minimal tan head. No lacing.
S: Mildly aromatic with notes of chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon and vanilla. Mildly sweet.
T: Starts with a good amount of dark malt. A bit of roasted malts. Then chocolate, lots of chocolate, before the bourbon kicks in with notes of oak and vanilla. There is a light sweetness. Finish is quick and boozy.
M: On the heavier side of medium, but feels a bit thin for the style. Lower carbonation with a noticeable alcoholic heat.
O: A good beer with a great drinkability for an Imperial stout. Bourbon adds a nice character to the beer without overdominating the beer. However, I do feel this one is a bit thin, in both the mouthfeel and the flavor, to be truly great.
02-02-2013 03:33:24 | More by Florida9
4.16/5 rDev -1.7%
2011 vintage. Thanks Joe!
A: Black in body with a small head that forms upon pouring but dissipates rather quickly leaving behind a very thin ring and no lacing.
S: Lots of caramel and vanilla upfront with some burnt sugar. A bit of oak comes forward as it warms.
T: A good bit of caramel and vanilla upfront with some chocolate and a little bourbon underneath. Faint oak flavors with a bit of molasses and brown sugar. As it warms there is a faint nutty flavor as well.
M: Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation.
O: A really nice imperial stout here. Liked how present the barrel is even after 1+ years.
02-02-2013 03:23:27 | More by mdaschaf
4.19/5 rDev -0.9%
Central Waters 2012 Bourbon Barrel Stout.
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a CBS snifter. Served at cellar temperature.
A) Very dark brown. No light getting through this one. Nearly a finger of tan head. The head quickly settles to a collar. There was some lacing and alcohol legs noted.
S) The nose on this brew really stacks up nicely against any Barrel Aged Stout I've had the pleasure to consume. Wonderful aroma of vanilla and bourbon. Pleasantly woody with light coffee, dark roasted malt, and a little brown sugar.
T) While the flavor is certainly similar to many of the characteristics of the aroma, it falls off just a bit in my humble opinion. The nose was just so wonderfully sweet. The bourbon cuts through this a bit on the taste, and there is a slight alcohol tingle. I guess I wanted the vanilla to carry over to the flavor a bit more. The finish is alcohol swirling about with oak and earthy notes.
M) Medium body and lightly carbonated. I would have personally like this to be a little thicker. It was pretty sticky, and it had me smacking my gums. A slightly dry finish, with a nice aftertaste.
O) This is an excellent bourbon barrel stout, and I can certainly say I am thankful to have Central Waters so nearby. They brew some mighty fine beers. This one falls just a little short in the taste and mouthfeel department for it to reach the stratosphere that I personally place GI BCBS. Having said all of that, I would gladly recommend this beer.
01-29-2013 03:27:15 | More by RoamingGnome
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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