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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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2,053 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,053
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 394
Gots: 674 | FT: 80
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Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Skidz on 05-28-2004

American-style stout aged for 1 year in used 12 year bourbon barrels.
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 Brewers Reserve.

12oz Bottle poured into tulip glass.

Appears black and thin with minimal tan head.

Smells boozy with sweet caramel.

A sweet boozy taste. Roasted malt, some vanilla and caramel.

This is a thinner stout. I generally prefer a heavier body. Slight carbonation, goes down smooth.

Overall, another solid barrel aged beer from Central Waters. I can say I prefer this to Peruvian Morning. It also has great value at only $11/4 pack, definitely worth the annual purchase.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a small snifter. Very dark pour, opaque, with little carbonation and no head (typical for a barrel-aged beer and I don't consider it a defect). The nose is very nice. Rich, sweet, and toasty with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

The beer has a full body, a firm feel (slightly creamy, though thinner than I like for this style) and a nice sweet, malty, bourbon-tinged flavor. I get some chocolate and sarsaparilla up front and the bourbon comes in around mid-palate, bringing with it oak and vanilla and a little bit of warmth. The beer is surprisingly smooth, with very little ``bite''. It reminds me of Schlafly's offering, though with a bit more body. The finish is sticky, warm, and sweet with a nice lingering toffee flavor.

I just love these bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stouts and can't get enough of them. They all seem to have their own particular charms and characteristics. KBS is that nice, sweet, well-behaved, well-mannered honor student like your folks want you to marry someday. BCBS is that rough, foul-mouthed, hard-rocking chick that you'd hate to introduce to the folks, but lust after nonetheless. This one is like the cool girl you hang out with for years (because she likes comic books), and then one day you realize just how pretty she is.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage poured into a snifter:

Pours pitch black with a khaki mocha head that quickly dissipates but leaves good lacing. Aroma is bourbon up front with nice oak barrel characteristics, some vanilla, and some cocoa. This is a wonderfully balanced barrel aged stout! The barrel characteristics accentuate big chocolate and roasted notes and leave a nice sweetness on the palate, but not cloyingly sweet. Mouthfeel is a nice medium, full bodied but not sticky and chewy. Worth seeking out as this is an excellent barrel aged imperial stout. I would happily drink this one any day.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12/16/2012
I'm not sure how much my Wisconson partiality is involved in this score. But I'm just as impressed with this as I am BCBS or Mikkeler Black Hole or Founders Imperial Stout. It puts into perspective Tier 1 vs. Tier 2 imperial stouts. Now relegated to Tier 2 are: Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Founders Breakfast Stout, Southern Tier Mokah/Jahva/Creme Brulee, Weyerbacher Tiny, and Goose Island Big John.

The aroma may be the star, here, though how could one choose any awesome feature over any other? It pours an opaque black, rivaling the darkest brown head I've ever seen. Perma-lacing sticks to the tulip glass like meringue.

My wife loves the bourbon booziness. I feel like I'm having another 16% fume-bomb, like Hebrew Jewbilation 16--but in the best way. The sweet malt mingles with the bourbon spice so well it creates the mirage of Neopolitan ice cream (chocolate and vanilla at once), w/o the strawberry of course.
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UPDATE
11/26/2013
This is the "2012" from my cellar, 11 months of aging.

Pours nearly perfectly black with a rim of tanned leather at the 2mm fast-dissipating khaki foam, plus bits of lacing and legs of running alcohol on the glass.

In the nose it's an umami cocoa, first and foremost. How choco-wonderous. Then aromas of toast, burnt sugar, and bourbon, with hints of coffee and vanilla. But one really has to work to get this complexity, as the aromas are whisper quiet. (In fact, I've demoted the aroma score.) The oak barrel is nice. People talk about toasted coconut in the aroma, but that's one note I've been unable to fathom.

In the mouth it's a spumoni ice-cream cross of vanilla and chocolate. It's so good, one tends toward big mouthfuls to swish from side to side, front to back. It's nearly the vanilla heights of Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout. Perhaps it's the aging, but the bourbon comes muted. (But my wife feels the bourbon is highly present.) Roasty malt and charred oak walk with maple syrup, burnt caramel, and chewy biscuit. Then the dried fruits come, some raisin or prune, and a candied cherry. A subtle pine-hop and anise twist the thumbscrews of complexity. It all washes down with coffee and cream on the backend.

Medium- to full-bodied, fabulously smooth, with a modest carbonation and a mild boozy heat.

Decadent, delicious. It goes down fast. Something this rich, you would expect it to be a one-and-done deal. But I feel I could have several. Perhaps that's the beauty of a sub-10% abv.
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UPDATE
12/10/2013
This is the "2013", I've picked up four 4-paks to put in the cellar. Just testing this one bottle.

Pours an opaque absence of color into a tulip glass, with a half-finger of brown head. Some lace-speckles stick to the glass.

Even ice cold, there's a wonderful cocoa aroma, we're talking total Cocoa Wheats hot cereal. Need to let it warm up a bit, as there's not much else going on. Ah, now that it's warmed a bit, some vague allusions to bourbon make themselves known. Vanilla wafer cookie and coconut shreds, meet burnt coffee. Working at it, one can pick out the oak barrel amidst the sweet grain. Way in the background is a surprising citrus.

The big surprise is how subdued and mellow this is in the mouth. The cocoa is just jaw-dropping. It's the chocolate pleasure of being a child and biting into your favorite chocolate candy. But the bourbon flavor comes across soft-spoken, shy, even, especially relative to that of the 2012. The complexity is also very quiet and reticent: vanilla, coconut, diacetyl toffee, plus dark fruit (mission fig) and molasses. The spice contingent steps forward, as well: licorice and black pepper attempt to dry out the sweetness.

The mouthfeel comes off as two steps lighter than the 2012. The alcohol is much more hidden this year, too. Still viscous and creamy, just not as liqueur-like and decadent as the 2012.

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2012 vintage poured into a tasting snifter...

A: looks a bit light in color for a stout...more like a porter or a really dark brown ale.

S: smell is of BOURBON, oak, lots of vanilla, caramel and hints of cocoa. Nice.

T: This is good. I get a little baked pie crust which is really nice against the chocolate and bourbon. I do love bourbon, so in my opinion this is where the level should be...HIGH!

M: Very thin, but easy to come back to. For a stout it's not to the typical "style". The carb level is low and where it should be.

O: This is DAMN good...I'm opening another right after I finish this one! I like the fact that it's different than what you may be use to as far as bourbon barrel aged stouts are concerned. If all the BBAS were the same, then this would be a very boring beer world!

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