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

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

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very good

489 Ratings
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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 128
Gots: 134 | FT: 16
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

09-03-2013 03:46:15 | More by BMart
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-01-2013 19:05:52 | More by Westuh
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3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pour: Dark brown, almost black body with two fingers of creamy tan head. Some lacing, but not a ton, and the head recedes to a nice rim.

Smell: Overripe cherries burst from the glass during the pour. Lots of bourbon vanilla and a light roasted malt profile. Some cherry twang, but not a ton.

Taste: Sticky malts up front, and some hot bourbon. Boozy, but not much barrel. Overripe cherries that take a slight medicinal astringency., unfortunately. Roasted malts and a lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty sticky. A splashy mouthfeel. A little bit of astringency from the cherries. This becomes greater as it warm.

Overall: Okay, but not great. I wouldn't buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 22:06:03 | More by cfrances33
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nflmvp for this bottle.

a - pours nearly black with a one-finger cappuccino colored head, retention around the edges, modest lacing

s - dark chocolate covered cherries with strong notes of bourbon, oak and vanilla, very nice

t - bittersweet chocolate and sweet cherries up front, mid-palate is a bit hollow with some vanilla and oak, finish is more vanilla and a bit of tart cherry, not much bourbon evident on the palate, mid-palate and finish disappear a bit, which is a bit disappointing

m - medium-to-full bodied, low carbonation, fairly dry on the finish

d - not overly drinkable, though it is quite balanced and is not overwhelmed by the cherries or the bourbon

Decent beer overall. Well balanced and interesting with the addition of the cherry. Well worth seeking a bottle out.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 02:54:48 | More by WeisGuy
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is like a good stout should be, but one can tell its a little on the thin side. smells of cherry and bourbon, a little coffee, little chocolate. I like the taste, it is not inauthentic at all, I enjoy the cherry flavor, not fake! With a good amount of bourbon too. The stout flavors are a bit in the background. A little heavy on the bourbon flavor, just like CW regular BB stout. I think this is better than what a lot of people are saying on here. Oh, and I do not get any alcohol burn at all for a beer with such high content. Pretty delicious, and at a great price.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 04:22:56 | More by nachos
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New Mexico

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


A - black, about a 3/4 inch of loose khaki head.

S - dark cherry, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak.

T - I personally think its a bit better than some of the other reviewers. I don't find the cherry out of balance. Gods amount of chocolate, bourbon, barrel, vanilla, along with the cherry.

M - too thin and a bit high in the carb department, but not bad.

O - tasty, a bit different, not the greatest thig ever, but certainly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 19:23:17 | More by Beerandboards
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to jon for hosting a beer geek blind taste test competition and providing a bottle of this as a prize for one of the rounds. hell of a fun day!!! poured into my kentucky bourbon barrel ale snifter.
2012 vintage

a - brew poured black with a reddish tint when held to the light. there was a very thin off grey head that slowly fizzled away leaving small islands of head on the surface of the brew.

s - chocolate soaked cherry with some wood and booze.

t - sour cherries with some roasted chocolate. the barrel isn't all that prominent on the taste. pretty good, but not as strong as the regular barrel aged stout.

m - fairly light for a barrel aged brew. the cherry tingles my mouth. booze is very well integrated, but you don't get much of the barrel anyway.

o - overall, i am a big fan of central water's bourbon barrel stout. this is an interesting twist, but probably not one that needed to be done. glad i tried it, but if given the choice i'd go for the barrel aged stout every time over this one, but would never pass this up as it is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 01:16:10 | More by cosmicevan
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Me sniffer detects a bit of the old Cherry Coke.

Me taste buds detect a beer at war with itself. Tart cherry beats down any semblance of a good bourbon barrel aging. What remains is a sweet cherry stout that fails to deliver on the promise of this being something really nice.

Really happy to have the opportunity to drink this, but not really jazzed about the payoff.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 00:26:50 | More by BarrytheBear
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Only scored one bottle of this. I've really enjoyed the other Central Waters barrel-aged offerings this year, so I'm excited to give this one a go. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Half Acre snifter.

A - Black as night, with maybe the tiniest hint of red, although that very well could be my mind playing tricks on me. Tiny off-white head that quickly fizzles into obscurity.

S - Good amounts of vanilla right away, with tart cherries & bitter chocolate providing depth.

T - A sustained tart cherry is present throughout, always on top of the vanilla, chocolate & bourbon components. This is pretty unbalanced for my tastes, I wish the cherry was incorporated more subtly.

M - As seems to be true of most of Central Waters BA offerings, a rather thin mouthfeel. Also, lots of carbonation, which is a little puzzling for me in this style of beer.

O - I'm sad to say that this is my least favorite of Central Waters barrel-aged lineup. Certainly not a bad beer, but I hope they tweak the recipe, because this one has some untapped potential.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 03:19:19 | More by wyatt13
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3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Moderately aggressive pour produced a modest head just under a finger tall that quickly fell. The foam was a khaki color with mixed bubbles. Very little lacing when swirled, but alcohol legs are noticeable. Pitch black in color

S: mild aroma impression of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and an underlying cherry note. The woody oak character melds it all together. A little bit of roast, no hop aroma and no ethenol detected. Some middle malts peak through as it warms up with a caramel and toffee impression

T: Tart cherries are very pronounced. The oakey, vanilla character from the barrel is the next flavor coming through that blends into a dark chocolate and toasty malt flavor. Some caramel and toffee notes in the background. Bitterness is low and the balance is on the sweeter malt and cherry side.

M: The carbonation comes off moderate but the tartness of the cherries gives and interesting sharpness. Moderate body and there is some astringancy from the tannins in the wood. Alcohol warming is moderate.

O: Very cherry forward beer that covers up a lot of the chocolate and roasty flavors you expect from a stout. The oak and bourbon come through slightly, but are but a side note to the cherries. I think the normal CW BS is a great beer and even rivals BCBS if you consider its availability in the state, but the cherries in this version is too intense for my pallet.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 03:15:49 | More by guityler83
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mark for sending this one to me.

A: The beer pours a very dark brown with some hints of garnet and a couple fingers of khaki head.

S: Starts off with a cherry aroma to it underneath what is a rather strong smell of charred oak. Not too much roasted malt character to it, though there is some dark chocolate and a hint of metal.

T: The woodiness is just as pronounced on the palate. A strong oak flavor, but not that much bourbon. A moderate fruitiness from the cherries, but not as strong as I had anticipated. There is a subtle tartness to it, though.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: This was good, but it had a few flaws that were just a bit too obvious to gloss over.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 06:42:01 | More by womencantsail
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Although I have been on BA for quite some time, I figured I would start to review the beers I try. This is the first one. Got a trade of NG and CW stuff today and popped the first of 8 i received. Poured into a New Belgium snifter
A: Beer poured a dark black color with a very small head that dissipates very quickly.
S: Smell of cherries is very prominant. No smell of the bourbon.
T: Dark Cherries, vanilla, and bourbon are what come to mind. My first sip was all cherries, but as the beer warms, the bourbon is beginning to come through. The cherry is masked by the bourbon as the beer warms.
M: This beer is very thin and not viscous and chewy like i like my stouts.
O: I have 7 of these beers left and i will drink every one of them...i doubt i will get anymore or try to trade for any. I love cherry stouts and for the limited style of cherry stouts, I liked it!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 23:34:33 | More by raczkowski
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color, that when held to a light showcase some ruby hues. Grows a 1/2 inch light brown colored head, that dissipates quickly to a sudsy ring.

The aroma has a fair bit of barrel qualities, slightly bourbony and a bit of oak and vanilla. Some nice chocolate aromas round thing out. A hint of cherry combines with the barrel aged vanilla qualities and chocolate notes that really reminds me of chocolate covered cherries. I'm guessing that's what CW was going for...they succeeded.

The flavor definitely repeats what I picked up on the nose. Not much roastiness surprisingly, mostly a milk chocolate flavor, then comes the barrel qualities, woody and slightly bourbony, but not too much bourbon. Definitely some black cherry flavor which lends a fair bit of tartness to the beer. The cherries round things out leaving a creamy, chocolate/mild fruit flavor on the palate.

The beer isn't nearly as heavy as other Double/Imperial Stouts, more of a medium body really, but the flavors just scream holidays, definitely a chocolate covered cherry quality to the beer, and the barrel aging and bourbon qualities do nothing but enhance the overall complexity and flavor.

I don't see myself reaching for this over CW's BB Stout or BB Barleywine in most cases. Cherry stouts just really aren't my thing, I guess.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 02:37:42 | More by Soneast
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black with a tan head. Not much head development.

Bourbon, oak, fruits, a bit of cinnamon and some more spice that I can't quite make out. Smells like Christmas!

Lighly carbonation quickly dissipates. Medium body. My personal preference would be to add a bit more bite in as well as a bigger body.

Wow. Oak and bourbon hit the pallet up front followed by a bit of spice and a punch of alcohol that slowly melts away to cherries. Very unique transition in the length of time it took for the cherries to come to fruition. This is probably due to the way the alcohol hits the tongue and then slowly melts away. The absolute very last thing I got was sweet cherries.

One is enough for me. While a pleasant experience it's one that I'd rather save for a pairing with a decadent dessert and at that on rare occasions as something special.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 04:26:41 | More by ebit
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

This is an interesting one. I like giant, motor-oil thick, roasty (but not acrid), imperial stouts; this isn't one of them. Off the bat, I was incredibly disappointed. It pours a thin, dark brown to black, with a thin, coca-cola like head. Mouthfeel is thin and there isn't a whole lot of roast to speak of.

Here's the thing. This beer showcases bourbon and cherry and pushes "stout" to a secondary characteristic. It drinks more like a gourmet soda or even a rich red wine; balanced, unassuming, and relaxed. The flavor is reminiscent of a fresh tart cherry soaked in vanilla-infused bourbon that has been dusted in cocoa.

While it isn't exactly my kind of beer, its good in its own unique way. Expectations weren't met but i did appreciate the offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 01:40:15 | More by knepper
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3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle shared by nasty31 in a snifter

A - Dark chocolate brown with no head. There is a slight red tint to it from the cherries

S - Cherry nose with light chocolate and bourbon to it; It is slightly medicinal as it sometimes can have a slight cough syrup presence

T - Cherry tartness is upfront before there is light bourbon, chocolate and vanilla that comes through. The finish is slight roasted malt and bitterness that lingers on

M - Medium body with slight syrupiness to it; lightly astringent in the finish

O - The cherry adds a tartness to the base stout. However, the problem is that the cherry doesn't blend well with the other flavors in the stout. It sort of tries to stand out too much and ends up throwing this off a bit. Additionally, there is a good amount of bitterness in this one that seems out of place overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 02:31:42 | More by jeonseh
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trade from dullcalifornia, thanks Paul! 2011, 12oz. Lighter black pour, quite a bit of brown around. Minimal off white head. Very "fresh" looking.

Aroma is malty, dry cherry, and a slight oakiness.

Taste has quite a sharp bite from the cherry. There is some roasted malt, toffee, caramel, barrel trying to get out, but it is a bit overwhelmed by the cherry right now.

Mouthfeel is also a bit sharp, carb a little high and a little thinner bodied. No idea what the abv is, but it is well hidden. Only a slight warming. Really goes down quite easy.

Only one to compare this with, the Bells offering, and this is a bit green yet compared to that. Their barrel brews seem to be pretty mild in the barrel department. Still this seems to be a solid brewer doing some good things.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 04:19:45 | More by Bung
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the 2012 vintage of the Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Company. I have never met a "cherry stout" I liked, but friends assure me that if I will ever like one, it will be this one. Thank you Kendra for handing this one over as an extra. Thank you even more for not giving me the one with the screwed up label.
Score: 85

2012 vintage bottle with the February month ticked on the side of the label. Served in a Great Lakes snifter and enjoyed on 04/24/12.

Appearance: Pour a deep black color with a thick layer of caramel color at the top when held up to light. Less than half a finger of creamy khaki colored head at pour settles into a ring around the glass. Decent lacing with decent, but inconsistent, lacing. 4/5

Smell: Primarily fudge, but there's a light amount of coffee, some dark chocolate and a light amount of cherry in the aroma too. Hint of vanilla. A real nice blend and balance of stout aromatics with a light cherry twist here. 4/5

Taste: There's some complexity here, but those complexities do not blend well together. There's a little tart cherry sweetness, bready malt and a little caramel upfront. Then creamy chocolate and a modest amount of vanilla on the midpalate. The finish is slightly oaky chocolate with residual sweetness from the cherry. Honestly, that cherry is almost like a backbone in the beer and it's too contrasting without any real sense of belonging with the rest of the flavors. There's honestly no bourbon flavor here whatsoever. Growing cherry flavor as the beer warms/layers -- especially on the midpalate and in the linger. The residual aftertaste is a real nice chocolate-covered cherry flavor that you wish the rest of the beer tasted like. No real booziness to the beer at all. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Honestly a little too much carbonation here. Or maybe I'm mistaking the prickly tartness from the cherry for carbonation. Either way, the mouthfeel is too thin and bubbly on the palate for an imperial stout. Has a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. 3.5/5

Overall: This beer certainly has potential, and it has the flavor components needed to be pretty good, but as crafted is a bit of a sloppy mess. The flavor components are too "individualized" and blend about as well as oil and water on the palate.

Recommendation: Give this one a try if you get a chance, but do not go out of your way to find it.

Pairings: Chocolate cake.

Cost: $3.49 for a single bottle or $11.99 for a four pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 07:03:53 | More by jegross2
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More bottles from my latest Philly run. I am feeling adventurous today and may try to eradicate the bottle backlog that has been an albatross since school started back. Now, I am eradicating the inventory. Just wait for the explosion of CANs!

From the bottle: "We throw eighty pounds of tart Door County cherries into each oak barrel with a rich Imperial Stout and then age it for 6 months to create this savory delight. Cheers!"

2012 vintage. The thin, moderate finger of light-tan head quickly devolved into wisps. Color was a deep-brown with ruby/garnet highlights. Nose had the same sour cherry aspect as my uncle's best batch of homemade Montmorenci Cherry wine. You had best like sour if you are going to delve these depths! Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery but the taste was absolutely cherry. Holy Cough Drop, Batman! Phew! I suppose that it is possible for the cherries to overpower the bourbon since I did not catch it on the tongue. Finish was hot, initially, but then the vanilla/coconut flavor of the bourbon began to assert itself. My late grandfather used to soak fruit (especially cherries) in bourbon bottles (think a poorer man's Rock & Rye) and later use them as a cocktail garnish. I only got to try a couple, both at either Christmas or New Year's, but this is what I was reminded of. For the brewery - allow it to age longer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 14:15:47 | More by woodychandler
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a very deep brown with some light peaking in around the edges. As expected with a stout, there is minimal head that gathers around the edge of the glass.

S- A big malty nose up front with just a slight hint of sweet cherry barely in the background. There is the smallest hint of alcohol but nothing else really going on.

T- Again, like the nose, a big malt present up front but this time with more cherry. Almost like a cherry coke. You can detect some of the bourbon but not overwhelming and the oak seems to round it out nicely.

M- Medium bodied with a little more carbonation than per usual for the style. Seems like a reoccurring theme among CW's stouts. A little warmth in the throat from the alcohol that makes this a good sipper.

D- Not too thick and decent flavor but this beer is still a sipper and basically a one and done. The bourbon doesn't really come out which can be considered good but then again the cherry really doesn't either. Overall not a bad offering from CW.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 01:55:05 | More by Wisconsinality
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass. This was bottled about 6 months ago.

Pours a cola color with a quick fading dark head that leaves no retention. Not nearly as dark as most stouts. Aromas are mostly bourbon with some sweet undertones. Not overpowering. Didn't pick up an cherry on the nose. Taste is decent. Pretty easy drinking for the high ABV. Not nearly as complex as other bourbon barreled stouts. Pretty straight forward with malts, some sweetness, and a chocolate presence. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this was just alright. Not nearly what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 04:04:03 | More by abrand
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours with about a half inch of tan foam. Very deep ruby red with a good brown tone, more red than brown.
S-Cherry aroma is the most obvious along with a creamy, vanilla scent. A hint of wood and a very faint scent of roasted malt.
T-The most prominent flavor is tart cherry with some bourbon and vanilla and wood. There is an underlying roasted flavor but it's faint.
M-Medium bodied with fairly light carbonation. Not sweet and not dry.
Overall, I was disappointed. I expected an imperial stout with some cherry and bourbon flavor but it's more of a strong cherry ale with some stout and bourbon flavors. It's not bad but I expected it to be more of a thick, rich, imperial stout. It could be darker with more body and a more rich, chocolate and rosted stout flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 15:59:18 | More by adman08
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012 Bottled on notch between Feb and march

A= Pours a black color but more of a deep brown based on the look coming out of the bottle. The head rises to a finger high and holds some pretty decent retention with some solid lacing and steady retention.

S= Smells like bourbon and cherries. I've found that imperial stouts and central waters don't really get along. They always seem very weak and watery. The main character in their barrel aged series is the barrel and added ingredients. This is no exception. The nose is deep vanilla and cherries with great wood character. The stout is weak and falls behind the additions. The cherries add a sort of tart smell to it that makes my taste buds water.

T= The taste is no exception for the rule. Bourbon and cherries up front with something sort of reminiscent of a stout falling behind. The wood and vanilla take the for front and the slightly tart cherries follow quickly behind. There is a slight roast from the stout but not much. The barrel is excellent and the cherries are a great addition so I don't really know how to do this. The additions are great but the stout base is very clearly weak.

M= Way to weak for an imperial stout. Light and effervescent.

O= This is a quality beer for sure. A quality imperial stout? No not at all. A quality barrel aged beer? yes for sure among the best. A quality beer with cherries added? Oh yeah the cherries are awesome. So how do you call this? Is it a great beer? I think so. Is it something that fits to the imperial stout style? No it's a horrible imperial stout. Among the worst I've had. But as a beer itself It's awesome. Really hard to rate. I'm gonna rate it to style but boost the overall score because it's a good beer. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 03:20:17 | More by jjanega08
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a laughable Miller Chill, Andy & I decided to try a real beer. Pours a translucent mahogany with no head. Appearance is not like a typical stout. Dark roast malts, cherry, and bourbon hit the nose immediately followed by some mild coffee and chocolate. Body is much thinner than expected. The taste is blend of tart Door County cherries and mild bourbon blended with coco, whiskey, and wood tones has it's moments, but just a bit too bland and lacking something.

This one left me wanting more. D Train recommends the Central Water Bourbon Barrel Stout instead.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 22:40:14 | More by TheDTrain
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle share at Beermonger, Portland, OR
Thanks to writerLJberg for the share!

Poured a garnet brown with a small off-white head that dissipated almost completely. Aroma of dark roasted malts, woody bourbon. Just about zero cherry in the flavor. I don't know if it's the fault of the beer, or if the flavor just faded with time, but nope...no cherry to be had. The group agreed, so it wasn't just me. Still a decent flavor overall, with dark roasty malts, some chocolate, and the same woody bourbon detected in the aroma. Medium-bodied, and pretty smooth, even with the higher alcohol content. Decent and drinkable, just didn't quite deliver what it promised.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:40:29 | More by Rifugium
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.