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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Reviews: 606
Hads: 2,171
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 4.81%
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Gots: 704 | 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

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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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Photo of dogfishandi
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to trxxpaxxs for the bottle!

12oz bottle, fridge temp, darkness snifter, bottled in DEC 2011.

pours out almost black, shows a little rubiness in the light, was maybe expecting opaque? about a 1/4 inch of tan colored head. pretty good retention with a little drippy lacing and just a little bit of legs noticable.

big vanilla and oak bourbon barrel coming through in the nose. behind that there is some burnt/ roasted malts, burnt dark sugars, and a hint of bitter cocoa. no alcohol noticable in the aroma. hints of coconut and smoke as it warms.

lots of vanilla and bourbon, burnt sugars, oak barrel. some booze, but definatly not overpowering like some can be. roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, and a bit of toasted malt are second. finishes with a slight muddy (yeasty?) taste but then some lingering bourbon and bitter cocoa quickly take over.

a little too light and a little too overcarbinated for my likes of the style. i like to chew on my BA stouts. but because of this, its definatly super drinkable for what it is. i finished my glass way too quick.

i feel that the barrel aging was done very well, but i find the base stout a little weak which in turn throws the whole beer off a bit. still pretty good, but not something i would ever strive to get again with all the other gems of the style. it does leave me very intrigued to try other beers from central waters however. (1,392 characters)

Photo of mikey711
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown near black, with a minimal amount of head, really only a lace around the edges of the glass. Not much lacing is left behind

S: Mostly vanilla from the bourbon and a heavy boozy smell. Also present is a touch of chocolate and roastiness. Maybe a little woodiness as well, but the vanilla overwhelms mostly

T: It starts out with a mild vanilla and slightly smoky note. After that is tastes mostly of roastiness and touches of toffee. Not overly complex and again the vanilla is the prominent taste

M: On the lighter watery side with a slight bit of creaminess, but also some acidity. There is a boozy flavor but more likely from the bourbon barrel

D: Its good and very easy to drink although not the best BA stout that i have had. It is easier to drink than other stouts but think if th body were a bit fuller it wouldnt be as easy, but would add to the overall experience of this beer (901 characters)

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into snifter...

A: Pours pitch black and slightly viscous with a frothy two finger head that falls pretty quickly to a thin foam leaving pretty nice webbed lacing.

S: Huge aroma of vanilla and bourbon with undertones of chocolate, wood, and a slight mustiness. Faint booze in the finish as well.

T: The vanilla is definitely strong in this, but the bourbon comes through masked in a heavy raisiny dark fruit profile that also has some cherry and definite candy malt sweetness. Slightly woody and the booze is hidden well but is noticeable mid-palate. Overall its nice but not quite as balanced as it should be.

M: Medium body that comes across just a little bit thin and the carbonation is a little bit too weak as well, the strength of it is nice, not too harsh, but it needs to be a little smoother.

D: Pretty drinkable for the abv, and the flavor profile is nice so you want to keep drinking it. Pretty good beer, but probably wont pursue it again. (977 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Faro and Jeffboo for this one in BIF 49.

This beer poured a dark black that was a gritty brown around the edges of my tulip. The head was a light tan film that left a little lace behind.

Smells of heavy cream and a touch of espresso that is blended well into an oaky bourbon.

The flavor starts with a prominent sweet bourbon and a slight sting on my tongue that picks up some porter-esque roasted malts and coffee but then picks up a sweeter peach flavor. Finishes with a little touch of charcoal.

The mouth feel is seemingly way too thin for what the flavor was delivering. The carbonation also seemed to get in the way of things.

Regardless of the mouthfeel, this one was still a welcome beer in my book. (731 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 11/8/10

2010 vintage, bottled January

With many thanks to levifunk

Pours a clean, medium brown. Though darker in the glass it isn't black but a dark brown tinge. Just under one finger of loose, bubbly foam. The head thins quickly to a skim & some bubbles. A drippy trail of lace remains on a portion of the glass. Some wine-like legs are also to be had.

Ah, the aroma is easily accessible for a bourbon barrel stout. Vanilla is stronger than the oak, which in turn is stronger than the bourbon itself. Indeed, the bourbon merely lights on the cusp of the nose. Underneath the vanilla & oak are (again, considering the style) reasonably subtle layers of sweetened chocolate, toffee & hints of roasted coffee. Seemingly leaning more toward sweet than roasted, it's a clean aroma overall, with a slightly earthy, dusty bent in back.

The first sip surrenders a spot of bourbon upfront; though it initially is fleeting, said bourbon regroups & finishes out toward the finish. Whilst the bourbon is departed, roasted chocolate, roasted undertones & charred oak move in to occupy the void. I find it to be a great balance between sweet & roasted/charred. Vanilla is less of a focal point than in the nose; befitting the beer, in my opinion. The latter half is dry with a few hints of roasted coffee.

No mistake, this is a full bodied beer overall but it's toward the lighter end of the spectrum compared to some of it's counterparts. However, it doesn't detract from my enjoyment of the beer. Carbonation is pretty low; fairly smooth but not quite creamy; just enough agitation to keep this out of lackadaisical territory. As mentioned earlier, bourbon is once again manifest on the finish.

Drinkability is very high in the realm of bourbon barrel stouts. Though warming (especially by the end) alcohol heat isn't at all overbearing; rather there isn't much heat aside from a little on the the back quarter & finish. Possibly it has mellowed since fresh but this is boasts high accessibility. (2,017 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a very small, tan head. Big bourbon aroma and major oak tones to it. Bourbon and oak dominate the flavor. So much "fresh" oak i feel like I am gnawing on a chair leg! Very new and fresh tasting when it comes to the oak character. More bourbon then most beers I have had. Sharp, acrid roasted flavor. Ok body, could be heavier for me. Good beer overall. I was not impressed first sip but it really has come into it's own. A real sipper and the oak is a bit much but still a damn fine effort. (512 characters)

Photo of afksports
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the two Minnesota Mike's for hooking this one up as a thank you for muling some Cigar City beers their way. Will mule for beer. This guy.

Central Waters brews out of Amherst, Wisconsin, and I've heard mixed reviews about the state. Something about senators. So I'm curious to see what kind of beer this is. Apolitical is my guess. It pours with a lovely tan head, and the body is a bit brownish for a bourbon barrel aged stout, looking nutty and lacing the glass with a dark sweetness. The smell of the beer really comes through strong. Lovely malts, bourbon, no hop presence to speak of, but just a pure bourbon beer aroma. Truly a nice beer to sniff on.

Turns out, it's not too bad to drink either, although slightly less impressive than it smells. It's got a really rich beginning, with nutty and roasty malts being at the forefront. Then the bourbon comes through but there's a bit of water and alcohol with it that the beer can't contain. At 9.5%, it's admittedly hard to mask alcohol in a taste, but the integration on this one is just a touch off. By the end of the glass and as it warms, there's more roasty malts, cereals and carbon. The bourbon gets tamer and weaker as you go on, but not to the overall detriment of the taste.

Where this beer falls short of its similarly styled A-rated comrades is the mouthfeel. Weak and watery, a bit thin and disappointing for my taste. People except thick and big and bold, but this does not deliver. Overall though, it's still an enjoyable beer, just probably not one I'd return to, although it has two big things going for it: price and bottle size. At a couple bucks and at 12oz's, this is probably one of the BEST bourbon barrel aged beers you're going to find in it's price/size format.

For that many compliments are due. (1,791 characters)

Photo of sleuthdog
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,159 characters)

Photo of hero27
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Thanks to SPLITGRIN for hooking me up with this one.

Enjoyed mostly at approx. cellar temp..don't even attempt to drink this straight out of the fridge. The first couple sips I had were too cold for this to show it's true character.
Pours a very dark, muddy reddish-brown..beige head.
Oak, vanilla & burnt cocoa aromas surge from the glass.
Flavor has it's share of dark chocolate (a ton of it actually), vanilla, and coffee..with the noticeable oaky bourbon flair of course. The alcohol is not shy in this brew, and you can definitely pick it up with every sip.
Medium-bodied..could be a bit more thick and not hurt my feelings much.
If you're a sucker for dark chocolate and/or like bourbon-aged beers, then you need to find this somewhere. (758 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for the gift, DarthKostrizer!

(Aged for 6 months)

Dark black throughout with a small dark brown head. This leaves the glass oily and with spotted lace on the way down.

The aroma on this beer is phenomenal. It's full of bourbon and oak character, without coming off harsh or boozy in the slightest. There's also nice chocolate, coffee, and slight vanilla notes as well. This reminds me a lot of KBS's aroma.

Unfortuntaely the flavor does not live up to the aroma. There's mild bourbon and oak character, and a little bit of vanilla and chocolate. There's also some ash and mineral.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

I just wish the flavor matched the aroma. Then we'd be talking about one incredibly special beer. (754 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straight to the nitty gritty: no doubt, this is good. But the thing that doesn't make it great is that it is too sweet for me.

Now that Raul has that off of his thinly sculpted sized 38 chest...

Right when Raul cracked this bad boi, the aroma was a hell of a surprise like getting a Nintendo 64 on Christmas. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate... Like Raul was touched by an angel, or a Victoria's Secret Model, really.

Let's move on, shall we?

Even if she is devilishly beautiful, if she's too clingy, that's definitely a flaw. And with this beautiful beast, is a touch of sweetness that is a bit over the top for the Raul man.

Everything else is pretty much Thanksgiving gravy - actually, it's a bit thin in the mouth, but Raul has said his peace.

Umm, peace! (762 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown pour. Active body, yet minimal head and poor retention. Sweet and roasty malts, bourbon, booze, and some oxidization compose the aroma. Smells syrupy and sticky, if that makes any sense.

Roasted malts kick things off. Boozy bourbon sweetness isn't far behind; a little too much emphasis on the bourbon character though. Also extremely over-carbonated and lacking in body for an imperial stout.

Despite that, I really enjoy the flavor and aroma here. Wish I could give a 4.25 on taste & smell because this deserves a higher rating from me. (556 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz 2010 bottle poured into snifter. Received from seeswo in the Black Booty 4 BIF. Thanks!

A: Pours a dark brown/black with clear crimson tones around the edges in the right light; a ring of foamy head, which dissipates quickly, without much lacing.

S: Bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malts are all quite prevalent here; a pleasant smell for sure. Touches of vanilla and alcohol- which coincides perfectly with the bourbon and chocolate to be one of the best pulled off inclusions of alcohol I've encountered.

T: Lots of sweet bourbon flavors and roasted malts here, along with more bittersweet chocolate. Well balanced with hop bitterness; I'm sure there are more complex flavors I'm leaving out- this a beer you'll want to try to see what you can pick up on.

M: Medium bodied, quite smooth. Not much carbonation.

D: A great tasting, complex beer; the alcohol doesn't slow this one down at all. Quite enjoyable, and I'd love to have another one in the future. (967 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from jegross2, big thanks goes out to him.

Poured into pint glass.

A&S: Lots of booziness from the bourbon, marshmallows, sweet caramel. Kinda smells like an old ale to me, but its still super delicious. Transparent black thin looking beer. The head pours at about a finger of fizzy tan, dies really quickly till nothing but a half a ring. no lacing.

T&M: Very, very boozy throughout, almost overwhelming, but the warming is very soothing. Bitter almost coffee like towards the back it is very prevalent and palatable. Not super complex but its above average overall. Very carbonated and coarse, and its on the side watery. I would really like to seem something much smoother.

O: Not bad, the important factors in this beer (smell and taste) were there but the aesthetics were lacking. I don't think I'll seek it out again. (835 characters)

Photo of tut2528
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

2012 Release

A: pours extremely dark brown borderline black. absolutely no transparency and the pour did not elicit any head formation. what did form was mostly due forced carbonation at the end of the pour.

S: massive bourbon and oak dominate the aroma. there is a nice touch of alcohol soaked dark fruits (figs then raisins). there is a slight touch of vanilla in there and even some smokiness in the background.

T: again, big massive bourbon, alcohol heat and oak. there really isn't much of a difference from the aromas. The is a sweet creamy vanilla finish that really helps cut the alcohol notes.

M: full-medium bodied brew. but it really doesn't leave much on the palate which shocked the hell out of me for being a barrel aged beer.

O: some say that this is comparable to BCS, but this isn't even in its shadow. its a straight forward bourbon and oak brew, with subtle sweet notes that make there presence known just enough that prevents this brew from being off too off balanced. Glad I was able to buy a single of these, bc I can't justifiy the price of a 4 pk (1,076 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, almost opaque brown with medium brown head that lingers. Mahogany highlights.

Aroma of bourbon, wood, and alcohol--sweet. Alcohol is light. Not that complex, but very inviting.

Upfront taste is bourbon and vanilla with a slight caramel sweetness. Sweet roasty malt middle. Slightly sweet finish of bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, and a little chocolate. Some bitter roastyness.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Clean finish.

The aroma and flavor are really dominated by bourbon, vanilla, and wood. Nice sweetness. Very drinkable. Body could be more substantial. Drinks more like a barrel-aged porter.

1/5/2012 (643 characters)

Photo of dc55110
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at cellar temperature (54* according to the thermometer), bottled December of 2011, poured into oversized snifter.

As it pours the typical barrel aged stout "glug" is noticeably absent. Has the appearance of cola being poured. A fizzy head quickly dissipates, leaving a solid ring of tiny bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Its dark, but not black, a deep brown with hints of red along the edges. Light is able to penetrate even through the deepest point of the glass.

Lots of vanilla! Dulce de Leche with a hint of booze. I'm getting mostly sweetness with the slight oak-y-ness of the bourbon in the very back.

Again, Dulce de Leche! Creamy, milky, vanilla, very sweet. I'm not finding much of the stout qualities. The bourbon is there, but is dominated by the caramely vanilla flavors. There is a slight alcohol burn on the end, but is pleasant, not harsh.

For being relatively thin, it is amazingly creamy and full on the tongue. It lacks that syrup quality I prefer in a BA stout.

I hope with some time in the cellar that the sweetness will mellow out, and everything it is masking, takes a seat at the table. I've loved this in years past, but was pretty underwhelmed by this years batch fresh! (1,227 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Bottled December 2010.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown body with a nice head that just fits in the glass. Settles slowly. Not as black as I'd like a stout to be.

Smell - Bourbon and lots of oak. Vanilla comes through with the chocolate from the stout. Tons of vanilla, really. Not the best barreling and not a ton of the stout comes through.

Taste - Bourbon and oodles of vanilla again. Oaky immediately with a more-than-healthy bitterness. The bitterness combines with some astringency from the oak to cover up a lot of the creaminess I was hoping to get. Chocolate, sure, but it's all blending with this harshness that's really holding this back.

Mouthfeel - Thin and astringent. Well carbonated. Maybe too much. I'm looking for something creamier and chewier to back up the barrel, but the stout isn't holding up well enough.

Overall - Bourbon is still delicious, even if the stout doesn't seem to be able to take it. I imagine this base stout would be rather mediocre and the bourbon is making it taste better than it really is. (1,089 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another 12oz tonight received in trade from NFLMVP... and another thanks to Steve for hooking an Idaho BA up properly... poured into my New Belgium snifter... not sure of the vintage, but the trade was from 12/08.

3/4" head dies pretty quick.. only splotchy lacing atop a very very dark brown/but not black brew..

Nose is chocolate and coffee spiked with a small amount of bourbon.. vanilla and dark fruits are fairly abundant..

Flavor is on the light side for a bigger stout.. more fruitiness than the expected dark malts.. I think a bigger body would help my overall review.. the taste is vanilla with sorta boozy soaked dried cherries and raisins.. maybe some fig.. lite chocolate and coffee.. bourbon finish is lending toward the cherry essence.. nice but I may be not appreciating the overall package.. as it warms.. the wood shows up as a sorta drying tannic finish.. better balanced when warmer than cool.

The body is on the lite side for the style for sure.. yet the carbonation is about right... a sorta slick mouthfeel is coating but not full..

I remember liking this one alot more.. that said, it is still pretty nice.. I just want a little bit more "stout" flavors... Thanks again to NFLMVP.. I appreciate it. (1,227 characters)

Photo of jegross2
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Company.
Score: 88

2011 vintage bottle served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Body is an opaque dark caramel-black color with brown highlight around the perimeter. Pours a thin layer of tan head that settles into a lace atop the brew. Average lacing for a 9.5% ABV stout. 3.5/5

Smell: Vanilla extract and tiramisu. Vanilla cookies, maple syrup and bourbon. Faint hints of chocolate, a and a touch of booziness. 4/5

Taste: Bourbon-forward. Smooth vanilla upfront mixed with a little black coffee. Touch of red grape on the mid-palate and in the finish. Some maple throughout, and a lot of caramel towards the finish. Finish is sweet, malty caramel and bourbon with a solid linger. A little alcohol warmth, especially as it approaches room temperature, but not in an overwhelming sense. This one probably has the kind of profile that ages well. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with the perfect amount of light carbonation. Finishes sweet and a little sticky. 4/5

Overall: An absolutely delicious barrel aged imperial stout that does not require you to stalk a distribution truck to enjoy. I highly recommend this one.

Recommendation: Beer geeks should love this relatively easy to find barrel aged beer, while casual beer drinkers who enjoy bourbon should enjoy this one too. Casual beer drinkers who are not fans of drinking the brown liquors should probably avoid this one, however.

Pairings: Chocolate brownies with caramel fudge (and nuts!).

Cost: $12.99 for a four pack. (1,547 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark dark brown to black. Completely opaque. No head whatsoever

Smell: immediately greeted by booze. Chocolate, dark fruits, lots of bourbon and vanilla. Some oak.

Taste: opens with a little bit of chocolate transitions to some dark fruits iced with bourbon. Ends with a mixture of booze, oak and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: very sticky. Pretty warm.

Overall: a very boozy and bourbony stout. Quite potent for the relative low alcohol percent. Pretty tasty. (468 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage.

It pours a dense black with a foamy, but also somewhat fizzy off-white/beige head. It does leave some pretty nice lacing.

The smell has quite a bit of depth. On first smell you get a huge whiff of bourbon, on second you get the huge cocoa presence, and then comes the oak. There is also some subtle biscuit, caramel, and vanilla in the aroma as well.

This is one of those bourbon barrel stouts that brings more than cloying sweetness and bourbon. The stout base balances the bourbon nicely with a huge amount of coffee and chocolate flavors. The bourbon cuts like a knife through the middle though providing a nice alcoholic bite, though as mentioned it isn't cloying. It could use a bit more depth however.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. (768 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color with no foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Chocolatey and spirituous, with bourbon and dark fermented malt. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins very off-dry, with roasted malt and pronounced oak. Earthy minerality is present alongside moderate acidity into the middle. Bourbon stands out as a separate and distinct flavor, very honest and boozy, but not integrated. Old oak lingers on the palate, slightly savory, as other flavors settle down in the finish.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, slightly acidic and hot on the palate,with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Although it seems at times more like a mixture of stout and bourbon, it is balanced and generally very appealing. The flavor profile seems to want for some brown sugar or dark fruit. Such qualities would create a bridge between malt and spirit. (895 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In a Tulip at a bar.

Bourbon Barrel Stout pours a jet black color that is underneatrh a nice half inch of dark brown coffee colored foam that leaves no stick. Smell is vanilla under some bourbon, oak, chocolate, cocco. The bourbon is not a killer but a nice strong contender. Not the most pungent smell, alcohol is there but a afterthought. Taste is bourbon mixed with vanilla and some roasted malt giving off a slight bitter vibe. Some cocco or it could be chocolate. The base beer picked up some nice bourbon tones, not to heavy but enough to taste the spirit. I don't really pick up any alcohol. Feel is smooth and above medium with a light but useful carb keeping things in check. I could and probably will drink a shit ton of this in the upcoming weeks. (759 characters)

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours a dark coffee black with absolutely no head and very slight lacing

S: It has an aroma of milk chocolate, graham cracker, sweet bourbon, and vanilla

T: The taste is almost completely of oak and bourbon with some note of rich roast coffee. It does have a sort of hidden mocha but it doesnt come through as much

M: It has a rich creamy mouthfeel with a nice carbonation

O: This beer was definitely a good bourbon barrel stout. In my opinion it could of used a bit more aging time, but it was still a rich bourbon barrel stout with plenty of oak, vanilla, and definitely sweet bourbon. This stout was definitely a great beer, and I am really happy to of received this in trade from kstrickler. I would drink this over and over again. (745 characters)

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.