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

Not Rated.
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

502 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 502
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 129
Gots: 135 | 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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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black with amber edges. Virtually no head to speak of.

Smell is burbon, cherry, vanilla and more burbon.

The taste is where this one does not hold up for me. I was expecting more barrel stout in there. A lot of cherry, a small hit of bourbon, malt and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is over carbonated and a little thin.

This was a suprise I expected to like this one a lot more then I did. I have loved every one of CW's big beers from BBS on down to Illumination, this one just misses a little in the flavor department.

That being said I am still ok that I have 3 left and will cellar them to see if maybe the cherry goes down and brings the malt to the top.

Update, After just a short while in the cellar this beer seems to have improved nicely. Either I like fruit beers more or this beer got better but either way I would give this a solid 4/5

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 21:53:36 | More by nickapalooza86
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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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