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

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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

412 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 412
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%


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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Beertron

Wisconsin

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