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

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Ratings: 1,851
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 364
Gots: 550 | FT: 61
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jlindros
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally a cool day after a week long heat wave, cool drizzy day is perfect for a stout. Thanks to erric for this one a while back, 2011 vintage.

Pours a decent looking darker colored fizzy light head that is a nice surprise for the abv and age, no real lacing though, super pitch black beer with no light getting through at all, and some lacing on the sides.

Nose is heavenly! A great dark chocolate and hot cocoa mix to start, caramel, dark malts without the roast or acrid burnt aromas, a nice wafty bourbon in the background as well rounding it, sweet bourbon. Then the barrel, so much barrel, some toasted oak, some vanilla, lots of toasted coconut, very faint booze in the background, and more baker's choc coming through.

Taste is very good as well, plenty of dark chocolate and creamy cocoa, hot cocoa with a bit of creamy baker's chocolate and creamy oatmeal with dark chocolate melted in the middle. A bit of booze tingles in the middle, but a clean warming booze. Some caramel as well in there, before more barrel takes over, with more vanilla, light toasty barrel, and again some coconut but not nearly as crazy as the nose was, with faint bourbon on the background. Finish brings more dark chocolate, cocoa, creamy oatmeal and baker's choc lingering quite well, a hint of booze warmth, and more coconut and vanilla barrel, touch more bourbon and creamy oatmeal like, fairly dry.

Mouth is creamy and lush, thick, heavy, some warming tingly booze, decent carb for age and style.

Overall awesome beer, great flavors, perfect amazing aromas, good dark chocolate and caramel blended with lots of awesome barrel flavors, with just the right amount of booze. I don't know if the age really kicked it up a notch, or it is usually like this, but I really need to try one fresh.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of stakem
3.44/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip. A rough pour down the middle of the glass yields a dark brown to black brew with slightly less than a finger of khaki head. The cap fades quick leaving some patchy lace on the glass.

The aroma has a strong vanilla scent that is almost beyond natural smelling and somewhat perfume-like to artificial in nature. A bit of bourbon is present accenting the alcohol burn in the nostrils. Some raw tannic wood along with roast and earthen aspects breaks up the vanilla essence.

The taste is primarily boozy with a hint of bourbon and raisony to prune-like alcohol aspect. The dark fruit aspect gives way to some roast, earth and raw wood. Unfortunately, just like the aroma, it is somewhat overkill with vanilla that seemingly goes beyond what one might expect in a natural sense. The base stout here gets somewhat lost behind what feels like a cheap sort of flavored spirit addition.

This is medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is boozy and enjoyable but I think there are better barrel aged stouts out there with a little more complexity and body. Not to say this isnt enjoyable, because it is but I would not rush out to buy lots of this. Certainly worth a try though.

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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle of the 2011 vintage poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to yamar68.

Appearance: Black with a 1" head that quickly recedes to a creamy cap that leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Chocolate with some excellent vanilla notes from the barrel, mocha/coffee aromas lurk beneath.

Taste: A whole lot of flavor, all good, chocolate with oaky vanilla, coffee flavor at the finish. All of this is extremely well balanced, the barrel doesn't dominate the beer, it just pulls it all together.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy yet clean on the palate.

Overall: An incredible surprise one of the best tasting BA stouts I've tried. This "shelf-beer" rivals KBS for it's flavor. Can't wait to get some more!

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12ox bottle. Thanks Surge1311! Jet black with no light coming through and a small beige head. This is much more balanced than their BA Barleywine. The bourbon and beer play well together. The aroma tends toward bourbon but the flavor is much more balanced. The bourbon is there but the stout holds its own. Nice creaminess and satisfying flavor. Well done.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a dull black color with a thin, toffee colored head and poor retention. Leaves faint lacing around the edge of the glass.

S-Dark fruits, cherries, vanilla, bourbon, and faint notes of a zesty spice

T-A bit boozy at the front but ti finishes with a nice note of the dark fruits and vanilla. The booze comes back in a lingering aftertaste

MF-Watery, carbonated but not too bad. Too crisp for a stout. Needs more smoothness.

O-A good BBA stout. Not great, but something I'm definitely glad I tried and would buy again if I saw it.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage - 12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black with a foamy beige head that hung around for quite a while.

S - the bourbon is the star with some roasted malt sitting in the background.

T - a little more roastiness and chocolate comes out in the taste but the bourbon still lets itself be known finishing dry and warming.

F - medium/full bodied with a silky smooth feel. It goes down easy, so take it easy.

O - a most enjoyable sipper.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 5.25.13
2012 Vintage

A - Pours a dark brown with a fizzy dark tan head that is gone quickly.

S - Lots of bourbon and some chocolate, smooth and nice.

T - Malty, bourbon, chocolate, very lively.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Good bourbon and chocolate. A lively body and very active on the tongue. Good stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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