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

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout

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very good

519 Ratings
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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 132
Gots: 139 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dirtylou on 03-22-2007)
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Reviews by Alieniloquium:
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3.3/5  rDev -13.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter. 2011 bottle.

Appearance - Remarkably light body. Like pouring a cola with a flash of a head. Pretty transparent at the edges with no real bubbles save a thin collar.

Smell - Oak, cherries, and some bourbon. If I think about it, I can smell a bit of roasted malt. It's not that the other aromas dominate, because they're not terribly strong, it's more than the stout smells weak. Thankfully the cherries and barrel give it an interesting nose.

Taste - Immediate roast. Some chocolate sweetness and then the cherries hit. They dominate. Woody and a light bourbon. Not a lot of bourbon or barrel character save the oak astringency and some woodiness. The cherry finishes with a tannic bite and a dryness that leaves me wondering where the stout is.

Mouthfeel - Way too light for a stout, especially if it's 10%. Not a ton of booze, but astringent and the cherries give it a slight bite in the end.

Overall - Well it's ok. Not something I'd go after again. Probably wouldn't even buy it off the shelf. I'd drink it at a party, how's that? Unfortunately, if someone had this at a party, there would probably be better beer also.

10-05-2012 01:14:05 | More by Alieniloquium
More User Reviews:
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4.19/5  rDev +10%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. I swear, if this gets infected like the Peruvian Morning, I'm so unbelievably done with CW. Aw, who am I kidding? I'LL NEVER QUIT YOU, CENTRAL WATERS!

2014 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark ruby with a small reddish tan head that rapidly dissipates with zero lacing.

Smell: Bourbon. And cherries. And oh so inviting!

Taste: This is.... different. It's definitely got the bourbon kick to it, but that's quite a bit of cherry goodness there as well. You'd think that one would overpower the other, but if anything, the bourbon's a little stronger than the cherry here. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: I was frankly expecting sticky, but this is surprisingly clean and pretty crisp for a stout. Impressive.

Overall: I'm gonna age the remaining three bottles a few more months and then have another. And hopefully another. And hopefully... I can keep this around a bit longer...

04-26-2014 01:50:24 | More by don1481
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-19-2012 23:51:03 | More by Schlais
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-07-2014 01:51:30 | More by Ben7773
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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours out of the 12oz bottle a dark brown with ruby red highlights and a nice light tan head on top. Aromas of tart cherries right off the bat mixed with nicely roasted malts and a woody bourbon aroma as well. Some caramel and maybe even a touch of coffee. I really enjoy the tart cherry integration.

First sip brings a light roasted malt profile upfront. Tart cherry flavors follow with woody bourbon accents. There's a nice mix of caramel and chocolate flavors hiding in there as well as a touch of coffee. The brew finishes with a lingering cherry flavor and a touch of bitterness. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Good carbonation throughout, this flows across the palate nicely without becoming too heavy. A tasty brew that I'm glad to have had the opportunity to sample. Cheers to Cental Waters for another tasty bourbon brew.

11-04-2007 22:29:58 | More by orbitalr0x
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4/5  rDev +5%

06-04-2014 03:48:34 | More by 77apm
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours out black-ish, but more of a dark brown with some red when held to light. Head was a very light tan color and retained pretty well, leaving some lacing. Soft smell of cherries, roasty, some oak, a hint of vanilla. Nice smell, but not very strong. Taste starts out with some slightly tart cherries paired with some oakiness. It becomes slightly sour before bringing on more oak, and eventually some vanilla and bourbon with some roastiness in the finish. About medium carbonation with medium body, slightly dry in the finish. A good beer, no doubt, and a very well made version of a cherry stout, but I have to say I enjoy the masterpiece that is their Bourbon Barrel Stout, sans cherry, a whole lot more.

03-26-2007 03:21:25 | More by badbeer
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4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

2010 vintage. The beer pours a dark brownish-red with a cream-colored head. The aroma is cherries and oak with some bourbon. The flavor is heavy on the cherries and chocolate malt. There are some light bourbon, oak and vanilla notes, but not near as much as in some of the other Central Waters bourbon-aged beers I have tried. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

06-05-2010 05:00:54 | More by Mora2000
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-06-2014 17:39:43 | More by fenlop54
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4/5  rDev +5%

03-05-2012 14:48:39 | More by bpfrush
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

07-04-2014 23:18:04 | More by tyleeis
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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

Dark brown and black appearance, less in the way of head than the regular bourbon barrel stout had, so less lace, retention as well. Aroma, nice bitter cherries, its in there, milder bourbon aromas in the regular bourbon version are, well, even more mild here now that it is competing with the ample amount of cherries. Chocolate, wood round out the aroma department, vanilla, conspicuously missing, but thankfully comes back around in the mouthfeel.

Taste, wow, the bitter cherry really stands at the forefront here. The stout component is actually still pretty smooth, not a big bitterness from heavy roasting or whatnot, it seems solely derived from the cherry aspect. Some sweetness, not diabetic coma inducing by any means. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than what the imperial stout fanboys tend to prefer, and also probably contributes to the metallic bitter aspect that one can get from the beer.

You can't beat the price on such a barrel aged beer though. That counts.

05-01-2012 19:34:28 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-18-2013 20:23:51 | More by Bizoneill
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3.64/5  rDev -4.5%

2012 bottle shared by nasty31 in a snifter

A - Dark chocolate brown with no head. There is a slight red tint to it from the cherries

S - Cherry nose with light chocolate and bourbon to it; It is slightly medicinal as it sometimes can have a slight cough syrup presence

T - Cherry tartness is upfront before there is light bourbon, chocolate and vanilla that comes through. The finish is slight roasted malt and bitterness that lingers on

M - Medium body with slight syrupiness to it; lightly astringent in the finish

O - The cherry adds a tartness to the base stout. However, the problem is that the cherry doesn't blend well with the other flavors in the stout. It sort of tries to stand out too much and ends up throwing this off a bit. Additionally, there is a good amount of bitterness in this one that seems out of place overall.

03-19-2013 02:31:42 | More by jeonseh
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3.54/5  rDev -7.1%

Appearance - jet black with a thin brown lacing. Wish it has a little more head retention.

Smell - Get some strong oaky smells with some slight fruity smells that linger

Taste - Nice strong malty and oaky flavor for sure. I didn't get as much cherry as I would have expected.

Mouthfeel - wish this one was a little richer

Overall - fun beer and I am glad I got to try it. Will admit the infected Peruvian Morning might have dropped this a few points

08-05-2014 22:33:51 | More by beatenbyjacks
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4/5  rDev +5%

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a jet black body with a faint brown glow at the base and a thin creamy tan film on top. The head fades to a ring but sticks to the glass with each sip. This beer is a bit too dense to see any carbonation.

S- The smell of earthy cherries and wet wood gives way to a sour almost funky yeast note. There is a hint of black malt that comes through only when the beer is pretty warm.

T- This beer has a tart cherry note that taste like real fruit followed by a roasted black malt note. There is a sweet smokey note in the finish that leads to a nice smooth roasted finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat and no real astringency from the roasted notes.

D- It has some nice nuances but not a lot of depth to the flavor. Nice flavors and a good beer overall.

10-15-2008 21:13:10 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-05-2013 15:44:54 | More by striker2160
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-02-2012 01:19:27 | More by acurtis
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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%

A - Black, no head, no lacing, thin?

S - Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toffee and just a hint of cherry

T - initially: tart cherry, bourbon, chocolate. finish: vanilla, tart (5/10) cherry that lingers

M - one of the thinner stouts i've tasted, low body

O - Really like the tart cherry. Bourbon, chocolate and vanilla mix well. Nose is moderate. do wish the tartness came out more. But the real downfall is the thin body. Stouts must be thick and creamy and this rather low.

04-07-2013 19:34:33 | More by weonfire
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours beautifullly black with a very nice half finger of tan colored bubbles that seems to last and last, leaving a nice lacing in it's wake as you drink.

Aromas are surprisingly devoid of cherries....lots of oak, boubon, and some dark sweet fruits.

Taste is where the sour cherries come in....oak barrels, bourbon notes, sour black cherries, finishing to a nice tartness.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy.

Aftertaste is oak and sour cherries.

Good stuff.

03-17-2008 04:30:32 | More by IntriqKen
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4.44/5  rDev +16.5%

At first it pours a bitch black with a foamy head that dissipates soon clinging to the edge. Then as I see sit up against my brown leather chair, the snifter turns to a dark brown with ruby hues, pretty cool. 2013

My first impression of the smell is of chocolate covered cherries in nougat. As I relax collecting it all in, I'm getting sweet malt, oak and ever so bourbon now...wait...red cherry tartness.

Picking up on bourbon right away in welcoming fashion. The tartness (sour if you will, maybe) follows behind. Sweet malt not very strong lends marginally with the tart.

Relatively a thin stout, but I can appreciate this. Moderate carbonation with a brightness to it. The tongue almost feels numb from the tartness. Easy to drink and pleasant.

A lingering flavor of red cherry that brings me back to my youth when I used to sneak into my neighbors yard to climb their cherry tree and indulge. Well, nothing artificial for me here. I'm a bit surprised at marginal reviews for this but I love it and look forward to letting a few sit and see how they evolve. I'm trying this based on the recent BBBW and Peruvian from Central Waters. Man, everything has been solid. I say great job and glad you guys distribute here. Nice to have you as a neighbor.

02-28-2013 03:21:19 | More by joeseppy
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-26-2014 02:38:26 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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4/5  rDev +5%

More or less black with some russet coloring around the edges. The head is meager and beige and endure only as a ring around the outmost edges of the goblet, with a couple surface swirls.
The cherries are foremost in the nose. Sweet, tart, and loud. Bourbon is dialed back a bit, at least comparatively to most barreled-aged beer, but spicy oak, vanilla and hazelnut do present themselves. The stout is the least of them all, with small scents of roast and fudge.
Its progression through the mouth mirrors its aromas. Load of cherries, lending sweet and tart characteristics. The tartness tends to linger more. Bourbon barrels adds the requisite toasted oak and hazelnut and vanilla and burnt butter. The stout finally asserts itself late, bringing roast, mild coffee, and chocolate, and there are the things that linger into the finish, with a small amount of residual cherry sourness.
If I had my way, the ratios of flavors would have been different, but this works too.
Flatish in feel, but without a overly huge body.
It's not something I'd go for all the time, but when the mood for a Flanders Red Ale, a stout, and some traces of Bourbon all hit at the same time. Here it is.

02-23-2009 06:14:26 | More by cokes
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

The cherry added to Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout adds an added dimension to it, but it's not a make or break alteration. All of the original bourbon character remains, especially in the nose, and the vanilla woodiness is the same. However, that interplay between the cherry and the vanilla can be nice (it occassionally rings of coconut); and to a certain extent, the slight tart-sweetness of the cherry helps to cut through the implied sweetness of the bourbon. It's a little more "flowing" and drinkable. I liked it then, and I like it now. But I do have to give them credit for pushing the envelope a bit! It's a very worthy beer for many occassions: relaxing in front of the fire with a good book, settling down on the back porch on a warm spring night, snuggling with your lover on the beach or boat at sunset, or paired with a juicy steak just off the grill, and so on. Very well done!!! And, dare I say, worth seeking out? I'd better grab some more first ;)

03-27-2007 01:37:25 | More by NeroFiddled
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%

2010 vintage. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Vigorous pour yields a slowly upward cascading .5 finger coarse, beise head that dissipates quickly into a patch of bubbles atop a near opaque, black cherry colored brew. Lacing is sparse and spotty with little cling.

S: Super enticing aroma here. Notes of vanilla, wood, bourbon, cream, candied cherries, and chocolate milk. Also some roasted malt and rich cocoa in the background. Sweet and robust.

T: One sip and I can already tell this is a "sour stout". And I don't like sour stouts... until now I guess. Big roasted malt, chocolate and cherry upfront. The fruit simultaneously sweetens and sours just a touch towards the middle. Perfect complement to the upfront bourbon that develops. Chocolate and booze in the back. Finish is sweet but not overly so. Very good balance. Aftertaste is of wood and liquorice.

M: Medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, oily in the mouth and smooth going down with just a little bit of heat. Just the tiniest bit rough around the edges. Finishes messy with an aftertaste that lingers just a bit.

D: Probably the surprise of the year so far for me. I fell in love with CW Satin Solstice the first time I had it and this just blows that beer away. An awesome, awesome brew, I wish I had easier access to this. Still, well worth the trouble of acquiring!

09-09-2010 22:28:34 | More by SpeedwayJim
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