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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

531 Ratings
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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 133
Gots: 141 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Jd2391, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of badbeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out black-ish, but more of a dark brown with some red when held to light. Head was a very light tan color and retained pretty well, leaving some lacing. Soft smell of cherries, roasty, some oak, a hint of vanilla. Nice smell, but not very strong. Taste starts out with some slightly tart cherries paired with some oakiness. It becomes slightly sour before bringing on more oak, and eventually some vanilla and bourbon with some roastiness in the finish. About medium carbonation with medium body, slightly dry in the finish. A good beer, no doubt, and a very well made version of a cherry stout, but I have to say I enjoy the masterpiece that is their Bourbon Barrel Stout, sans cherry, a whole lot more.

badbeer, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of leodarko
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

leodarko, Jun 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

dtomes, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of robbyc1
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of barrel here, not much bourbon.

Flat looking, head goes away fast. Poured into a St. Bernardus glass, not very thick looking as expected.

Cherries, and oak and bourbon, nice nose.

Taste has a solid cherries, with a finish of the oak, very dry finish, almost sour at the end. Deep taste but hard to tell this is a Stout. Good but expected more.

Not a thick mouthfeel, a bit watery, hmm. Interesting.

I like the flavor, but this is very hard to drink with the aftertaste of wood. For this style I would prefer something like Kasteel Red, much nicer. Well done for what it is, just not my type.

robbyc1, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of chanokokoro
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a extremely dark brown with a one finger beige head that quickly becomes a thin foam ring surrounding the inside of the glass. A light aroma of roasted malt, cherry, and just an undertone of bourbon booziness rises from the snifter. A very slight taste of bourbon initially greets the tastebuds which gives way to sweet malt and fairly sour/tart cherries finishing with slight undertones of bourbon and slight sweetness. This brew is smooth and exhibits a bit of creaminess, however fairly light bodied for a double/imperial stout. Appropriate level of carbonation. Enjoyed this brew, however has the body resembling a porter not a stout let alone a double/imperial stout. Tasty, but lacks the mouthfeel of most other brews in this category. I very much perfer the regular CW Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout over this variety.

chanokokoro, Apr 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

tyleeis, Jul 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Rimbimhoot, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Getalegup, Jun 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

DantheMan75, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Cyclone8, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Erdinger2003
2.38/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a beautiful head that leaves nothing but a huge lacing behind that sticks oh so well. The head is tan and the color is dark black motor oil, hell yeah! The smell is a big hit of vanilla with a cherry flavor acompanied by what seems to be bourbon (I haven't had a lot, but it smells like good hard liquor). The taste was light and the harsh liquor flavors along with a kick of cherries wasn't a pleasant experience the first try. It's better the second try, the tart cherries leaves you weak (when mixed with roasted grains) while the strong bourbon hits the back of your throat leaving you nausious. The mouthfeel was ok, very dry and not so smooth. Overall I don't think I would have another one of these, something must be wrong.

Erdinger2003, Apr 08, 2007
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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.

Beerandboards, May 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Schlais, Sep 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

davesway10, May 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Fusebuddy, May 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ComRock12, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

robear, May 24, 2014
Photo of cultclassic89
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter on 6/29/2014. I believe this is the 2014 version?

Appearance: Has a nice near black hue, with some reddish brown. Poured straight down the middle with a one finger head. Most has dissipated by the time I took the picture.

Smell: Bourbon notes with tart cherries. Pretty jammy. A bit of alcohol comes through, but not too much. It reminds me a lot of Prairie Wine Noir with a bit of bourbon. Very clean smelling. Picking up a slight earthy, woody aroma now.

Taste: A bit of sweet bourbon with a ton of jammy, tart cherries on the near finish. Not sour by any means, just that nice essence of tartness. Imagine biting into a semi ripened cherry that was dipped in a bit of chocolate and bourbon. Getting a slight earthy, oak taste on the finish right after the cherries. Not much bitterness here, the bourbon and cherries dominate most of the taste. No alcohol to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. It's not too heavy at all. Just a slight bit of tannin on the end. Carbonation is medium. I'd like a slight bit less, but this is fine. I think this is definitely one of the easier drinking BA stouts I've had.

Overall: 4.25. For me, if it had a thicker mouthfeel, just a bit less carbonation, and maybe some nice roasted coffee flavors to balance out the sweet and tart aspects, this would be at least a 4.75.

cultclassic89, Jun 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

huddyball, Nov 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

StoutItOutLoud, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of mobius387
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage

appearance: dark brown with a small sudsy brown head

aroma: hints of chocolate, bourbon, and cherry, but i cant help but think it smells a bit like socks? maybe im making that up, but either way, very light nose for a BA beer

palate: very light and smooth, nice finish

taste: strong cherries hit the tongue first, but not overly sweet. some mild chocolate/stouty flavors, then at the end you get the bourbon flavors. nice robust flavor profile

overall: a very good beer, but not the best of CW bourbon barrel line. still, definitely worth a pick up. very smooth, pretty tasty, and not the big bodied beer its brothers (BBS and BBBW) are. thanks again CW for another great offering!

mobius387, Mar 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

dlello2, Feb 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

gio540, May 13, 2014
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.