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

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Ratings: 1,948
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 372
Gots: 594 | FT: 64
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:
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.44/5  rDev -19.1%
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 +4.2%
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 -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
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 -5.9%

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4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
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 +5.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,948 ratings.