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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Ratings: 1,875
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 365
Gots: 563 | FT: 62
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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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage poured into a Crooked Stave snifter on 7/4/13

Appearance: Pours -1 jet black. Thin lacing around the edge. Can't see through the glass. Carbonation sticks to upper part of glass; not able to fall down.

Smell: Roasted dates and fig, with malt following. Not too much bourbon smell coming from this one. If I was blind into this one, I would think I was drinking a Belgian Quad. Though a little more roasty and maltier on the nose than a Belgian Quad.

Taste: Prettay prettay good. I like it; but I don't love it. Taste follows the nose with a slight charred marshmallow in the back. I am used to heavy bourbon forward midwest RIS; so this is probably giving me back my average reference point. I could drink this all day; but not like Black Note.

Mouthfeel: 2012 version has many small bubbles follow into your mouth for first contact throwing off the experience. Then those bubbles go away to return to a thin BA RIS.

Overall: I could drink this everyday. BCBS is a weekend one-nighter beer for me, where this one is mellowed down a bit. I appreciate that; but it is not my first pick. If "sessionable bourbon barrel stout" exists; this may be it.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Cigar city snifter. Vintage 2012.

A - Pours nearly black with about a finger of tan head. The foam dies to nothing in the middle but remains steady at a finger around the edge. Sticky lacing.

S - Blackstrap molasses and figs hit immediately. Sweet notes of vanilla and bitter charred barley come to mind as well. Slight oak and bourbon character with the large alcohol presence making itself known.

T - Big chocolate roasted malts on the forefront. Fig, dates, and cherry contribute some fruity esters. Vanilla sweetness is balanced by oak and burnt malts. Sweetens considerably as it warms. The finish is full of molasses and bourbon.

M - Just a touch thin for the style, but goes down smooth. Adequate carbonation.

O - Central Waters seems to know their way around a barrel. This was a fantastic representation of the style. Big aromas and flavors of vanilla, bourbon, molasses, and dark fruits. I enjoyed it more and more as it warmed. Smooth and easy drinking for a big BA stout. I highly recommend this beer.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage

A-brown/black body with a short live tan head.

S-pit fruit/dates and bourbon, a touch of smoke and cola.

T-nics sweet cola start with date and then a smooth vanilla bourbon backbone. A little bit of bread malt presence with a nice roasted flavor in the back of the mouth.

M-there is a nice dance of carbonation that really allows the date and bourbon flavors to pop. This a just a bit reminiscent of Kuhnhenn BB4D.

O-I like this better than last year's release, bravo CW!

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3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Powderhornphil (thanks man!). Bottled in 2012. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours dark cola brown with a half finger of tan head. No lace to speak of.

Smells of vanilla, coffee, cocoa, boubon, coconut and oak.

Taste is much more bitter and roasty than I expect from a bourbon barreled stout. The bitter, roasty dark chocolate battles with hot bourbon for top billing. Occasionally other flavors get through including cola, coffee, vanilla, oak, earthy char, nutty and of course a bit of alcohol. Some grassy bitter hops keep the sweetness in check.

Medium bodied, fairly creamy and smooth, with moderate carbonation. Long bitter char and bourbon finish.

Not quite what I expected given the high praise I've seen for this. Not particularly balanced and a tad thin. But still quite tasty overall. I think this is one that I would enjoy more after a year or two when the prominent bourbon hopefully settles down a bit to let more of the orher flavors to be noticed.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,875 ratings.