1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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

1,610 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,610
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 340
Gots: 498 | FT: 55
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:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,610 | Reviews: 546 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of baker2gs
baker2gs

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-21-2012 14:36:11 | More by baker2gs
Photo of Rutager
Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle. Thanks Mikesgroove!

Appearance. Pours thick and dark brown with a very thin tan head that rises from the depths and fades almost as quickly as it came.

Smell. Massive amounts of sweet dark chocolate. There's some sweet cramel there and just a little bourbon and wood in behind, but man that chocolate is awesome.

Taste. Sweet dark chocolate, and lots of it (big surprise there), some bourbon and vanilla, and just a bit of espresso and dry wood. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full bodied, medium-low carbonation. Just a little boozy warmth.

Overall. Bourbon barrel aging gone right! Tons of chocolate doesn't hurt either. Really liked this one. Thanks again Mikesgroove.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 03:36:11 | More by Rutager
Photo of bmwats
bmwats

Louisiana

3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, into a mini-snifter.

A: Dark brown, slight head. No real lacing.

S: Roasted espresso, whiskey, licorice, and raisin.

T: Licorice and molasses.

M: Peaty, with a high alcohol profile.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Dark appearance, no real head or lacing, however. Nose is coffee with a bittersweet licorice. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 06:17:32 | More by bmwats
Photo of qthompso
qthompso

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2011 12oz bottle poured jet black into a tulip. I'm trying to find some brown along the edges but this thing is DARK. A finger of big bubbled mocha colored head hangs around for a while.

Smells of deep, dark chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. I pick up a bit of vanilla but the smell that lingers more than anything is definitely the bourbon.

This one drinks pretty hot. I get chocolate, vanilla and some faint cherry notes but the bourbon hasn't mellowed out as much as I would've expected over the course of the last year. I'd rate this beer a bit higher but it seems pretty thin for an imperial stout. I would've expected more roasted barley in the taste.

A medium bodied imperial stout. Nice carbonation and a strong bourbon finish.

A good BA stout for those that like bourbon with your beer. If you're looking for a textbook big, roasty stout, you're not going to get it with this one. Either way, pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 01:35:53 | More by qthompso
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-09-2012 20:45:18 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
Photo of FosterJM
FosterJM

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1607th Review on BA
Bottle to Central Waters Snifter
12oz

2011 Vintage
Thanks to ErikKoppin for this one

App- Out of the bottle it pours like a wood stain as you watch it fall into the glass. In the glass its a deep brown as the beer settles and melds together again. The density was quite nice with some lighter edges but a nice depth in the glass. A nice 1" head that was a bit tan in color was there and the left. It was a small bit of cling but not much.

Smell- The prickly booze from the bourbon is the 1st notes that I got. It turned into a bit of a dark chocolate and semi-malty beer as it warmed more from cellar. It was a bit one dimentional as some of the other CW beers but nice aromatics and a bit larger than the 9.5% would elude too.

Taste- I liked it, but felt it needed to be a bit smoother. It had a great profile with some malty dark chocolate and then the booze kicked in and gave the subtle notes to balance out the base stout. The char was there with a bit of the wood with a nice vanilla and sweetness.

Mouth- The body on this one was a bit grainy and prickly but the carbonation level and the residual vanilla and other flavors made me like this a lot. Kept wanting to savor it and not finish. Wish I had another bottle.

Drink- Its a good beer. A lot going on with the treatment. Not as lush as others in the category but for a 12oz. Hit the spot for stout day.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 16:41:47 | More by FosterJM
Photo of brealbg
brealbg

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-09-2012 14:28:03 | More by brealbg
Photo of BillHilly
BillHilly

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-07-2012 02:04:15 | More by BillHilly
Photo of Auztan
Auztan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-06-2012 18:06:51 | More by Auztan
Photo of Mister_Joshy
Mister_Joshy

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-06-2012 04:14:28 | More by Mister_Joshy
Photo of Wiscivore
Wiscivore


4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

11-04-2012 01:21:14 | More by Wiscivore
Photo of duceswild
duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.4%

10-29-2012 22:49:35 | More by duceswild
Photo of mkennedy119
mkennedy119

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-25-2012 03:57:54 | More by mkennedy119
Photo of AleApostle
AleApostle

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

10-24-2012 15:22:39 | More by AleApostle
Photo of zachary80
zachary80

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

10-22-2012 21:43:33 | More by zachary80
Photo of bigjer78
bigjer78

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

10-18-2012 21:59:13 | More by bigjer78
Photo of ant880
ant880

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-15-2012 14:36:31 | More by ant880
Photo of cvm4
cvm4

Mississippi

3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle...

A - Doesn't pour like a thick stout, somewhat thin it seems with a light brown head that fades quickly. Body color is deep brown.

S - Sweet vanilla and bourbon. Not a lot else going on that I can tell, and I'm okay with that.

T - The taste follows the nose. Bourbon through and through. Undertones of dark chocolate and a smattering of roasted malts. Not sweet at all, which is nice, and there is a slight tinge of alcohol burn.

M - Somewhat thinner than I'd care for. It's not cloying but also doesn't coat the palette with a thicker beer. This also lends way to the beer just being a smooth sipper.

O - It's a fine treat! Everything is spot on for an above average bourbon barrel stout. The only let down is the body/mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 15:34:26 | More by cvm4
Photo of bryang002
bryang002

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-12-2012 21:20:16 | More by bryang002
Photo of Gatch
Gatch

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-12-2012 01:50:48 | More by Gatch
Photo of 2beerdogs
2beerdogs

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

10-08-2012 05:03:55 | More by 2beerdogs
Photo of rudzud
rudzud

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep dark brown almost black hue with a half finger mocha head that faded rather quickly to leave a thin halo and light clouding. Very light lacing.

S - Not a whole lot of chocolate and roast malts. Its overpowered by the pleasant vanilla-y bourbon with that coconut like aroma that comes from a good barrel age.

T - The chocolate is there along with roasted malts, light and subtle. The bourbon (which itself is mellow) is the true star here. Nice and sweet with good vanilla and oak barrel notes. Quite nice and super smooth/balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is very, very good for a stout of this ABV and with aging. Smooth and creamy but with just a splash of sharp carbonation. The bourbon is very mellow, not harsh at all. It walks the line between a sipper and something one could enjoy large amounts of.

O - Overall this was an enjoyable brew from Central Waters. Everything melds nicely together with no one flavour or characteristic jumping to the forefront. Have a few more bottles of this vintage to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 02:21:30 | More by rudzud
Photo of JonathanSuarez
JonathanSuarez

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

10-06-2012 02:35:24 | More by JonathanSuarez
Photo of JPortillo
JPortillo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

09-30-2012 04:47:26 | More by JPortillo
Photo of WhatAlesMe
WhatAlesMe

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -52.7%

09-30-2012 01:10:57 | More by WhatAlesMe
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,610 ratings.