Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by thecheapies:
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottled in February of 2012. Poured into a small snifter glass.
Very dark reddish-brown to almost black. Drubbed up a half-inch of light khaki head. Seems fizzy. Coarse bubbles aren't lasting very long.
Bourbon and cherry in the nose. No surprise that it reminds me of Jim Beam Red Stag a little bit. Vinous notes are resonating. Not very burly with the roastiness, but the malts have some odorous weight. Slight lactic note is present; displaying minimal tartness. Not counting out possible infection.
Tart cherries and a very mild bourbon note. Very little wood at first, but resounds a bit in the finish. Hint of green apple tartness that might be obtrusive to the original intent. The roast bleed through with hints of breakfast coffee and light maple. Some sweetness that is quite pleasant. Tangy finish from a light souring component; possibly rogue bacteria from the spent barrels. Very mild vanilla with alcohol warmth, although the strength is sleeping under blankets. It just doesn't have enough of what I think it's supposed to be, which leads me to believe that this beer fell victim to the curse of Peruvian Morning. For a bourbon barrel-aged stout, it leaves some to be desired. As a cherry stout, it's pretty damn tasty.
More evidence in the thinner body for an Imperial Stout. A little sticky, but with ample carbonation. Not too much, mind you. The alcohol is never fully there, which makes this very drinkable.
Lacking depth for bourbon barrel-aging. I'm not looking for upfront whiskey intensity, just more wood and vanilla (or maybe coconut). The sour cherries are a delightful addition and serve this oddity nicely. It almost wants to be smoky, which I like, but the pesky flavor of infection is too near to discredit. I can still make out the framework of a quality beer that went a little awry somewhere along the way.
Serving type: bottle
08-07-2012 03:55:49 | More by thecheapies
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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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