Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Beertron:
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Got the bottle from Star in Madison about two weeks ago. Poured into an imperial pint.
A - Poured a thick 3/4" of dark, cream-colored head that stuck around for a bit. Thick lacing. Very dark in color, with just an outline of reddish caramel color around the edges when held to a bright light. If I poured this into a glass of ice, I might not be able to tell it apart from Cherry Coke. Looks forboding...
S - Both the cherry and the bourbon are readily apparent to the nose. The combination creates the relatively off-putting scent of cough syrup but a strong coffee note behind that rescues it a bit.
T - A strong, tannic sour cherry taste hits right off the bat -- both good and bad (cherry=good, sour=bad). Following the sour is the expected burnt sugar flavors of nut brittle or toffee and then a backdrop of dark coffee. I'm really surprised at the balance of both the acidity and alcohol here -- the nose led me to believe that both would be heavier. There is still a Cherry Coke comparison to be made of the flavor and, maybe this analogy makes me a bad person, but if this stuff wasn't so expensive, I'd probably try making a whiskey coke with this substituted for the coke bit. I bet it'd be good.
M - Holy tannis!! (Hello barrels.) This puckers me up like nobody's business. It's still relatively syrupy at first but then goes to dry and tannic at Mach 5. Interestingly enough, that same dryness causes my bitter buds to start salivating about 10 seconds later.
D - Not a chance!! At least not in your typical regard. However, it's a bourbon barrel-aged cherry double stout fer christsakes -- you're not supposed to pound a few bottles in a sitting!! You're supposed to sip on this like a digestif over (and after) the dessert course of an incredible meal. (I hate to say this as a recent non-smoker, but this would friggin' rock with a good cigar!!) In that regard, it's just fine for its drinkability.
While I find this incredibly interesting, I don't think I like it as much on its own as I would with some food to balance it out. In the wine biz, this would be called an "Old-world" style, it's not as friendly by itself as it is with other things. Additionally, the cherries seem like they might be taking away slightly from something more fascinating. I'd really like to try the non-cherry version.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2007 03:08:11 | More by Beertron
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3.96/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Another one thanks to Tom P. 10/11 vintages side by side.
No head, dark murky molasses color
Nose nice dark choc, caramel, hint of balotin cherry, very light vanilla barrel, the older is a bit more soft and less cherry.
Taste semi sweet, little choc, plenty of balotin cherry real balotin but not super cherry like, light barrel, nice choc on the back end, mild bitterness too, little cocoa nib. Age is again a little flatter in the taste.
Somewhat flat too, med to fuller bod, mild booze.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2014 03:05:44 | More by jlindros
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
poured 12 oz bottle into chalice. Bottled 2013, probably in Feb.
A - Black licorice with a very thin .5 finger off white head. Thin ring and no lacing.
S - The smell is very good on this. Chocolate covered Bing cherries, subtle notes of vanilla and bourbon. I don't pick up on any wood or oak.
T - Up front it is chocolate, then tart Bing cherry. It is like taking a bite from a chocolate covered cherry. It transitions into layers of caramel, vanilla, and mild bourbon. Compared to the other CW BB beers, this is rather tame which works well for it. Hard to believe this is 10% ABV, as I don't pick up any alcohol.
M -Medium bodied and low carbonation, which is decent for style. Not a creamy as it should be.
O - This one has a good flavor, but might be a bit over the top fresh. Six months really let the cherry an bourbon fade and allows the flavors to compliment the stout, rather than over power it. Worth grabbing a 4 pack every year, but waiting until fall/winter to drink it.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2013 16:29:32 | More by Ri0
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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