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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout (1-Year Aged) - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout (1-Year Aged)Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout (1-Year Aged)

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

48 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 23
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2007)
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Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

bsuedekum, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of beertooth
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been burning through my cellar like crazy lately and decided to pop one of these open for the hell of it.

This beer pours an almost opaque dark brown. There's a fat, bubble two fingers of head that fades into a thin collar of khaki bubbles in no time flat.

The nose has a ton of dusty oak, oaky tannins, and old bourbon in it. I'm also getting some vanilla as well as baker's chocolate. There's also a weird metallic element that I can't put my finger on.

The taste is more pleasing than the smell. Vanilla, oak, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark cherries. It still has that odd metallic note, but it isn't as strong as it is in the nose. There's also some oxidization going on.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low level of carbonation. It really could've used some more body.

Not a bad beer, but I think this one is past it's prime.

beertooth, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

P: On-tap @ Central Waters' Tap Room on 5-25-08. Presented in an 8 oz. glass snifter.

A: Pours an opaque, inky black with a thin rimming of khaki-colored head.

S: Aromas of bourbon, oak, oatmeal, maple and licorice.

T: Bourbon and vanilla upfront with a strong, black licorice finish. Roasted malt overtones. Subtle notes of toffee and chocolate. Warms very gradually.

M: Beyond full-bodied: thick and sticky.

D: One and you're done. Pull up a barrel and commence a sippin'.

CaptainIPA, May 27, 2008
Photo of Overlord
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Grynder33 for the generosity.

This is my first experience with this brewery. Some big, bold bourbon flavors here. I have to disagree with the reviewers who claim they blend well or are attenuated with other tastes; this is a bourbon tasting beer, period. Not that there is anything wrong with that, mind you.

Pours a solid stout looking black. No real head, just some minimal bubbling and a dark tan crust. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin.

Smells like bourbon. The taste is (wait for it) ... mostly bourbon. There's some coffee and chocolate notes ... maybe a hint of molasses/roasted sweetness. But not much.

A good beer, but a sipper for when you're in the mood. Just a bit too one-note and boozy for me.

Overlord, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of mcallister
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

What a stout looks like and not much more. Missing black by a few points, a very dark chocolate color. Hard pour results in nay a head and what is there doesn't want to stick around and get to know you.

The nose on the other hand is very nice if not different. A very sweet toasted vanilla oak aroma leads into hints of bourbon. Milk chocolate and thick caramel with hints of toffee. Bits of cassis and other black fruits. Lacks a roasty stout like aroma you would expect but it's made up for with the sweet barrel aging aromas.

Quite the tasty beer here. Does lack some depth and complexity, but definitely not lacking in big alcohol explosiveness. Alcohol evaporates quickly on the palate and follows through too a good long burn in the throat and chest. Slightly thin, lacking viscosity. Cassis and black cherry with a black currant laced mid palate. Very toasty and full of vanilla with a hint of what seems to be a peat type smoke. Milk chocolate with honey comb and toffee and bits of marshmallow are lead into a bourbony finish.

I enjoy this beer, except for the watery thin mouthfeel and the prolonged alcohol burning in the chest. The regular BBS I think is head and shoulders above this one.

mcallister, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of alcstradamus
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A--Pours near black that reveals red highlights when held up to the light. Head was about one finger tall using a standard pour into a pint glass, and it settles down to a persistent covering that doesn't leave much lacing

S--Bourbon, vanilla, and oak are all huge on the nose. Smells a little too boozy for me though, I guess I'll find out...

T--I thought this one was going to be a little too hot based on the nose but luckily the bourbon was toned down a little bit on the tongue. I would probably let this one sit for another year before I had it again just to calm it down even more. Either way, its fantastic. Caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, malts...all very well balanced.

M--Wonderfully creamy but not too thick. Glides down your throat on a soft blanket of carbonation. Perfect.

D--6 oz. is more than enough for me, I would definitely share this next time.

alcstradamus, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of ncvbc
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A mixed bag, for sure. Pours virtually black with little to no light coming through. Very thin tan head that is gone quickly, leaving a ring around the glass and no lacing. Smell is very big and bold. Reminds me of Bourbon County in some ways. Huge aromas including bourbon (of course), vanilla, molasses, coffee, chocolate, and a light caramel/toffee. Taste couldn't quite live up to this but still pretty good. Strong bourbon flavor comes through but it's complimented well. Definitely molasses with the vanilla less up front. Light coffee and chocolate presence. Small amount of heat but well done. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, lacking carbonation but still pushes full. Almost wine like. A great night cap after a long beer drinking session. It was a favorite of my buddy's for the night, more middle of the pack for me.

BIG thanks to MuenchenerKindl for the bottle!

ncvbc, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, a little bit of light can be seen through it around the edges when held to the light. a very small head that goes away easily.

I get scents of peppermint in the smell, and a boozy characteristic with a hint of vanilla.

Very sweet, malty flavors, I can taste some alcohol and a little bit of coffee.

mouthfeel is medium, feels a little thin but definitely has some body to it. lower carbonation.

It's a pretty tasty brew, but the fact that it's retired now means you probably won't be drinking a lot of it. Also, i imagine the alcohol percentage is on the higher side. A pretty tasty stout.

wolfinthemirror, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -6.5%

jegross2, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of bobalu22
4/5  rDev -6.5%

bobalu22, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks nflmvp for this one. Small capped bottle, aged many (?) years.

Poured into a snifter, it shows very little carbonation/little to no head atop the nearly pitch black brew - some rare highlight can be seen. Minimal lacing.
Aroma is bourbon, but not hot or heavily alcoholic, just the pleasant bourbon notes. Oakiness, vanilla in abundance, chocolate, minimal coffee.
The absolute lack of carbonation on this one, certainly not the brewers faults limits the enjoyment, but it still shows nice notes of vanilla, oakiness, bourbon, chocolate, alternating a vanilla sweetness with a bourbon bite. Some oxydation is starting to be noticeable.
A note of caution: if you still have this one (the original, with the sticker), time to put it down. It is well past its peak.

brdc, Jan 23, 2009
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

t0rin0, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Tayner for added this in the already stellar box she sent in the Roll out of the Barrel II BIF.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter at just below cellar temp.

A: Pours a very deep bourbon-y brown, opaque. Very large light toffee head forms and is held up very well by Belgian-esque carbonation. Great lacing throughout.

S: Rich bourbon melds great with a robust and alcoholic heavy stout roasted and burnt malt bill. The bourbon is very potent but not raw or obnoxious, it compliments and helps intensify the entire aroma. The roasted malts are great. A bit acrid, a bit dry, and deeply, darkly sweet. Good dose of molasses. Some boozy fruit tries to creep up with some cooked black cherries and black currants. There's so much going on that I feel like I can't register it all and that I'll end up missing something.

T/M: The bourbon takes more of a forefront in the taste. A little more raw though not as strong as a burn as I would expect with as raw as it gets. Likewise, the malts are nearly as robust as the nose suggests. The malts deal out more of the acrid chalkiness and maybe even a bit of sourness from the charred oak. The cherries don't take on the cooked taste and remain fresh and juicy and even have some tart or sour character to them. The body is actually thinned out some from the bourbon and is really a disappointment. The great carbonation that kept the head up fails to bring any real texture. It actually finishes a bit on the wet side.

D: This is definitely a slow sipper as I'd guess the ABV is easily above 10% though the heat and sting is really well hidden in the drink. After a great appearance and perfect nose, the taste and definitely the mouthfeel let me down some. However, it was still very tasty and would definitely recommend it to anyone that likes bourbon or barrel aged brews. Thanks a ton, Dana!

pwoods, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of hoppymeal
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark cola brown to black, a faint skirmish of tan foam flashes then is gone. Aroma is fairly sweet and rich, barleywine like, a soft roast and chocolate aroma is in the background. Upon agitation, a good amount of leathery smoky woodiness in the aroma as well. Taste is fairly complex, a mixture of some salty soy and leather with some vanilla-y sweet undertones, a roastiness comes in mid-taste and is steady into the finish. A big chewy bw sweetness is cut by a bourbony alcohol warmth, finishing slightly dry with some roastiness in the aftertaste. A unique beer, I really felt like it was a bit of a blend of a bw and stout. The oak aging lent itself nicely to the dry, oaky and roasty finish. Thanks Steve for the opportunity.

hoppymeal, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of grub
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one as a bonus in a trade with nflmvp. thanks steve!

12oz bottle. sampled may 20/07.

pours deep brown, nearly black, with a big dense tan head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves a sheet of lace behind.

aroma is great. lots of vanilla and bourbon. bit of roast. dark chocolate. espresso. bit of caramel.

taste is great. lots of vanilla. bourbon. light roast. dark chocolate. low bitterness. big biscuit malt. bit of licorice. caramel and toffee. bit of cherry and date.

mouthfeel is good. med-low carbonation. nice big body.

drinkability is great. hides its alcohol quite well. very well balanced and enjoyable. thanks steve!

grub, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of kickapoodude
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This amazing and smooth stout is aged in a burbon barrel for a year. It is amazingly smooth, warming you up instantly. The tastes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and burbon roll over your tongue. This stuff is under great demand in Wisconsin, so grab it if you see it.

kickapoodude, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for this sample, followed the Cherry RIS with this one. Reviewed 4/20/07.

Pours opaque black/brown, thick tannish head, settles to a thin ring, lace spots. Smell is sweet, vanilla/bourbon, oak, chocolate, toffee, nice roast, nice aroma. Taste is similar, sweet and malty, nice vanilla bourbon flavour through the middle, lots of vanilla and chocolate roast in the finish, very nice finish on this one. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Nice beer indeed, enjoyed much more than the cherry version. Thanks Russ!

Viggo, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to nflmvp for this one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Would have liked to have this in a snifter but I only brought my travel pinty with me. Very dark with some black cherry highlights. Tan head. A little bit of the yeast and sediment in the bottom of the bottle came out and landed on top of the foamy head and looks like a cinnamon topping on a cup of hot chocolate.

The aroma was a bit disappointing. I was hoping for that in your face bourbon barrel aroma but I did not get that. Slight metallic aromas. Bourbon and vanilla. Sweet toffee butterscotch.

Great broubon flavor. Plenty of vanilla and chocolate as well. Kind of a sweet, caramel, milk chocolate flavor. Almost like a Milk Dud or Caramello candy bar. Those are my favorite, by the way.

Medium to full bodied with a sweet, sticky finish. Slightly dry as well, if that is possible. As far as bourbon barrel aged beers go, this was an easy sipper. Warming to the cheeks and ears.

I was a newbie to the bourbon stuff about three months ago but every bottle grows on me and I am beginning to really dig these beers. Thanks again nflmvp.

SaCkErZ9, Feb 21, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

striker2160, May 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Hopsiam14, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jacewg, Apr 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

TriageStat, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of GRFounder
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

GRFounder, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of TonyTalon
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

TonyTalon, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted alongside the regular BBS.

Pours black, but without the creamy foam of it's younger counterpart. Thin skim of larger bubbles that quickly dissipates.

Oaky woodiness, with a tartness in the aroma. More subdued than the BBS, but nice for an oak-aged stout. Very vague bourbon at the edges that amplifies as it warms.

Taste is bigger, roasty and boozy with bourbon notes, and rich molasses. However, the ABV is well-masked. Bourbon comes out more as it warms, with layered notes of vanilla, oak, and char. Bittersweet bakers chocolate with a dry, oaky aftertaste. This stout is worthy of the imperial distinction, solely by it's volume and bold character. Velvety mouthfeel that envelops the palate. Approaching BCS in density, but falls short by 20% or so. A sublime sipper of a bourbon stout...

Huge thanks to thefatkid13 who provided this in a trade...

emerge077, May 30, 2007
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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout (1-Year Aged) from Central Waters Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.