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

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Ratings: 1,728
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 350
Gots: 516 | FT: 59
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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Photo of Stevedore
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with 2298 code (25 October 2012) poured into a stemless snifter. Drank yesterday, 9 January 2013 and going off notes from my trusty brew journal- note that I only score in whole numbers.

Aroma- Nose is chock full of vanilla and oak. Hints of bourbon which reminds me of my college days with Jack on the rocks. I very much enjoyed this one. (4)

Colour- Very dark brown, similar in appearance to Coca-Cola. Pours with a 1cm brown head that mostly dissipates within a minute. Not much in way of lacing. (3)

Flavour- Starts off with strong hints of sweet vanilla, some weaker hints of chocolate quickly transitioning to a dryness of bourbon and oak flavours which dominates the rest of the experience. Very mellow; not particularly sweet or bitter. But these flavours themselves are very strong. (4)

Mouthfeel- A thin, light-bodied stout; most stouts I've tasted have a thicker body. This bottle was well-carbonated with a little bit of fizz on the tongue during the first sip. A bit dry as expected from the nose and the aftertaste is mostly the bourbon. This is certainly a sipper as there is a bit of heat, plus the flavours hit the palate pretty hard. (4)

Overall- I enjoyed the nose the most. Ended up sipping this one throughout the evening after dinner. It's not a difficult BA stout to drink at all. Compared to bigger BA beers like BCBS, the mouthfeel is certainly lacking as the base stout must not have been very thick to begin with. But for what it is, if you're looking for a lighter-feeling BA stout with a good nose and some flavour that happens to be reasonably priced ($11.99 for a 4-pack), this is your beer. (4)

Stevedore, Jan 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

mellowmark, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

djmichaelk, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of wyatt13
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack of this while I was home in Wisconsin over Winter Break and brought the extras back to college. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a small snifter.

A - Definitely black, but I wouldn't say it's like the dead of the night. A little more head than I was expecting from a barrel aged stout, but I'm guessing that could be because it has a (relatively) lower ABV.

S - Boatloads of vanilla and coconut. Certainly some barrel character and roasted malts. Chocolate and caramel are in there too.

T - Jeez, better than I was expecting here. I'm a big fan of vanilla, and the taste of this was right up my alley. It had the creamy vanilla taste of ice cream almost, with a toasty coconut character. Minimal booze evident, if any. Really enjoyable.

M - A little bit thinner than your typical big stout, but certainly not bad.

O - Really great beer, it sounds like the extra 6 months in the barrel paid some serious dividends here. A really delicious barrel-aged stout, especially at the price. Highly recommended.

wyatt13, Jan 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

dachp, Jan 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

bman_85, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Thirstygoat, Jan 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

chrisp450, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. 2012 Vintage bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of tan head that quickly fade into a small thin patch. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very rich, roasty, and bourbon soaked aroma. Big notes from the barrel up front with hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Sweet dark roasted malts with good hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, burnt caramel, toffee, oats, and biscuit. Molasses and maple syrup add some sweetness. Subtle undertones of dark cherry, raisins, fig, and plum. Also a light hint of anise spice. Hop presence is pretty subdued but there is a earthy scent. Really good BA stout aroma.

Taste: Rich, dark, sweet, and bourbon soaked like the taste. Big barrel taste upfront with notes of bourbon whiskey, oak, wood, and lots of vanilla. Dark bready roasted malts with a taste of dark chocolate, coffee, dark toasted bread, biscuit, burnt caramel, toffee, and oats. Sweet molasses and syrup add some more sweetness. Mild taste of anise spicing. Some nice undercurrents of dark fruits with notes of dark cherry, plum, raisin, and fig. Subtle earthy hop bitterness comes in towards the finish. A really good all around stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full and thick bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat syrupy. Booze can be detected bu the heat is fairly mild.

Overall: A really great stout. Very good barrel flavors and good use of dark malts. Sweetness is well balanced.

MattyG85, Jan 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

thegerm87, Jan 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

ryancl, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of sleuthdog
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage poured into snifter

Pour: Dark brown-black with no head formation with a vigorous pour. A very still looking beer without any carbonation visible and reminds me of "flat" coke.

Smell: At the forefront is the bourbon and oak like scents. I do also pick up vanilla and some roast. There is a very mild coffee in the background but more roasted notes than coffee. This beer does smell quite sweet with some chocolate, caramel and a bit of coconut.

Taste: Well to be expected from the smell with bourbon and vanilla up first. It is a pretty sweet beer with the vanilla and chocolate shining through. There is a mild peat like taste mid palate and the roast in the aftertaste. The swallow also has some alcohol warming and the sweet bourbon again.

Mouthfeel: The feel on this is a little underwhelming being too thin for my liking for the style. It has that "flat" feeling without the true thick stout feel to me. The alcohol does not overwhelm the palate at all and seems smooth creating a highly drinkable barrel aged stout.

Overall: I like this beer but it just lacks and is not on the same level as my benchmark beer for this style, BCBS.

sleuthdog, Jan 05, 2013
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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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