Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by hawks10:
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2011 Vintage - 12oz bottled December 2010 - Poured into my Central Waters pint glass on December 30th, 2010...
The 2011 pours much nicer than the 2010. Thicker for one. Dark brown with lots of light tan head, abundant lacing left behind. When held up to the light, this beer is a glowing ruby red with purple and brown edges, very nice - 4.0
Cherry character much more apparent in the nose of the 2011 than the 2010. So far this Vintage is shaping up to be superior. Rich, dark roasted coffee aromas, bitter with faint hints of vanilla. Oak is present as well as a nice, subtle dark cherry finish - 4.5
Initially sweet with the cherries sticking out, the middle quickly moves to bitter and roasted, coffee stout flavors dominate. After a few sips, there is a definite hint of vanilla in the finish. Becomes sweeter as it warms; becomes all about oak and bourbon, mixed with dark, slightly tart cherries. Alcohol burn is pronounced and lingers into the aftertaste - 4.0
Mouthfeel in the 2011 Vintage is much improved over the 2010. Much fuller body, creamy and smooth. Nice mixture of flavors but none overwhelm, all meld together well with nice subtlety. Like the 2010, there is an abundance of booze in the finish - 4.0
Overall the 2011 is a much better beer than the 2010. It started with a pour that looked much better, and a fuller and creamier feel. While the aromas and taste were quite similar, the improved body does a lot to improve this beer - 4.0
Overall: 4.1 (A-)
2010 Vintage - 12oz bottle - Poured into my Central Waters pint glass on May 18th, 2010...
Pours a dark brown, much thinner than expected, ruby around the edges when held up to the light...only about one finger of very light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves no lacing - 3.5
Mostly dark roasted malts fill the nose, at first smells like a normal stout, coffee and burnt grain, a bit of chocolate with a sweet end of faint cherries and a touch of bourbon - 4.0
Slight bit of bourbon, vanilla and sweet cherries...some bitterness from the roasted malts and a bunch of oak flavor and feel which dries the beer out a bit...alcohol is evident but not overpowering - 4.0
Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, decent carbonation but still a slick sensation when drinking...drinks more like a regular stout than an imperial stout but with a pronounced alcohol burn after a few sips - 3.5
Kinda so-so in my opinion...had really high hopes for this one that didn't quite deliver...the beer pours very boring and the feel is just too thin for my tastes - 3.5
Overall: 3.8 (B+)
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2010 02:32:58 | More by hawks10
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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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