Brewer's Reserve Irish Dry Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.18/5 rDev +13.9%
Smells great and actually very close to a dry stout I have made a while back. Background chocolate notes try to come through an almost burnt, deep, roasted aroma.
Appears extremely dark, black. The edges show dark, dark red colors, but mainly a silky smooth black appearance all around, nice for the style.
Head is dark tan and the 1/4 inch head subdues to a fine, not too bad head that hangs around, the glass and the beer.
The taste is very good, and roasted flavors are very dark and intense. A small wait after the beer hits the tounge leaves you guessing at how this dry stout will taste. Good compared to many others I have been sampling from around the area. Nice mellow sweet flavors balance nicely with heavy roasted flavors. I large array of dark flavors such as coffee, and so many others I really don't have an easy time expressing in words, but nonetheless, mild to highly complex for a dry stout.
Body is not too thin like some American Irish Dry Stouts I have tried. I would love to taste this out of a nitrogen pour if they do that.
The drinkability is high and good for the style. I don'e see this beer often and purchased it single-style in Madison, so I savor the flavor respectively. But I could enjoy a six-pack of this easily around St.Patty's day, or whenever I feel Irish.!...
04-28-2005 02:24:09 | More by aquilontendants
3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
Pours out deep crimson tinted brown and sits nearly opaque in the glass, resembling a dark chocolate brown. Good sized brown head stants on top, fading slowly to a good skim, leaving a good coat of lace on the glass.
Smells rich and roasty with boatloads of chocolate on all ends. Sinewy streams of fresh caramel ooze down the nostrils. All is well in the land of chocolate. Nice doughy feel, some yeasty presence.
Tastes well roasted up front, some coffee flavors poking out. Light chocolate and caramel, some toffee flavors as well. Solid hop bitterness takes over and lasts well into the finish. Some mild wooden notes. Finish is well-bittered and evenly dry, mild roasty lingerings.
Billowy in the mouth, lifted by a soft and delicate carbonation. Medium-light in body overall, highly approachable on repeated levels.
This is quite possibly the easiest drinking stout I've had in some time. I'll say it does lack a little bit of character, but this is easlily branded as a session beer, which many might enjoy this time of year. Sláinte agus beannachtam na Femle Padraig!
03-17-2005 02:27:18 | More by Skidz
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
Pours opaque with a good burst of carbonation; some lace is left behind as the head falls. There's plenty of coffee in the nose and a nice roasted coffee flavor, too. Smoky! The flavor of burnt grains and smoke creates some astringency and drys out the mouth. An interesting smack of chocolate pops up in the finish, which has the right amount of bitterness from hops and the roasted grains. This beer has a decent mouthfeel with a little bit a bite from the carbonation. Overall, a very sessionable stout, it just needs to be smoothed out a bit.
04-01-2007 04:30:49 | More by marcobrau
3.8/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a very good looking dark brown, near black with good carbonation. The head is a nice 2 fingers and mocha tan that leaves good lace.
The smell is nice and roasty toasty malt.
The taste is good but not as roasty as the smell, nice balance with the hop profile.
The mouthfeel is good medium body and nice carbonation.
The drinkability is good, but better examples of the style are easy enough to get.
Thanks to NFLMVP for a pair of these. Prosit, MK
12-24-2007 18:21:09 | More by MuenchenerKindl
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
Blackish, trimmed with sienna, topped with a fat, sedate mound of ashen brown.
Nose is forward with the roast, featuring coffee grounds and char. But it sweetens as it sits, exuding chocolate chip cookie dough and glints of brittle toffee.
Begins with medium roast coffee, fading to a notion of scorched grains, smoke, and bitter chocolate. A fleeting, panicked whisper of sweetened dough. Nut skins arrive next, with tracers of almonds, and especially peanut. Thins in the middle, then garners a stony dryness on the close.
Fluffy up front, then thinning the rest of the way. Carbonation levels are modest and fine-grained, appropriate for the style.
A decent rendition and a fine enough St. Patty's quaffer.
03-18-2005 01:15:03 | More by cokes
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
Pours deep black, almost creates a reflection its so deep, like a pair of shined army boots. Tan head forms and fades away quickly leaving some scattered lace sheeting on the pint.
Aroma of of smoe bittersweet chocolate, some coffee grounds and some charcoal-cooked meat notes.
Flavor of aformentioned chocolate, a touch of coffee and some bread tones.
Mouthfeel starts with a sweet hit of chocolate, moves to a dough covered roasted bittering and finishes with a dry-hopped bitterness that never gets to abundant.
Drinkability is solid enough, good representation of style. Water seems a tad to hard and just a few metallic notes make there way through but a pretty good brew.
04-25-2005 02:08:58 | More by CRJMellor
3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours a nice black color, nearly opaque with a decent sized dark tan head. Smell is roasty and dry. Coffee, dark chocolate, charcoal are all in the mix. Taste is a little weak in my opinion. Kind of watered down if you will. It is very roasty, definite signs of charcoal and coffee. Some hop presence towards the end. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but that makes this one drinkable stout, albeit not necessarily a great one.
04-21-2005 06:02:55 | More by bnuttz
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
Dark, nearly opaque black with mahogany highlights. Decent foam at first, that settles to a skim. Some spotty lacing occurs.
Aroma of toasted grain, like puffed wheat cereal. Ok, not great.
Taste has some roasted malt, residual bitterness. Smooth and easy going. Fairly pedestrian, but i'd still take this over Guinness. Easily sessionable anytime.
Thanks to thefatkid13 for the trade...
04-29-2007 06:17:41 | More by emerge077
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/8" light brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head that started stuck around, and lacing is heavy and resilient. Aroma is dark grains, with coffee dominant. Taste is somewhat bitter coffee upfront, a bit of sweetness in the middle, and a dry close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both okay, but this one just doesn't grab at me. Still a solid brew.
07-19-2005 00:33:52 | More by ppoitras
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
12oz bottle shared courtesy of Ughsmash. Thanks for inviting me over and cracking open a few!
Poured a deeper brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roast, light coffee, and vanilla. Tastes of roast and coffee. Body on the thinner side.
Notes from: 7/23/07
01-18-2009 19:41:47 | More by hopdog
3.33/5 rDev -9.3%
Thanks to thefatkid13 for this beer
A: Pours a full dark brown brew with a healthy and creamy tope colored head.
S: Smells really dry. Very roasted. Some ground espresso, Three Musketeers bar, marshmallow and a little cola.
T: Tastes like watery Nescafe. Really. Doesnt taste nearly as good as it smells. Starts out dry but not as roasted as I would have thought. Little bit of sourness but not enough to turn me off. Finishes nutty and buttery with really minor cocoa and day old coffee.
M: Medium body with a thin mouthfeel.
D: Really straight forward and simple beer. Nothing special. Moving on.
07-06-2007 05:11:51 | More by Westsidethreat
2.98/5 rDev -18.8%
If not black than damn close. Head is thing and whispy yet stands hight in the glass and hangs around for the party and leaves some of itself for later enjoyment.
Burnt chocolate espresso aromas. Roasty with hints of smoke and black currant, as well as mollasess. Bitter cocoa with a hint of floral hop are the key.
This stout scores good in drinkability but is lacking in flavor and mouthfeel. Thin, watery mouth with a roasty finish. Pretty straightforward flavors of burnt chocolate, with a side of brulee, roasty malts slightly smoked, and some mollasess. A decent try but not a beer I would pursue.
06-13-2007 23:45:15 | More by mcallister
Brewer's Reserve Irish Dry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.