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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Ratings: 682
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 138
Gots: 187 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: dirtylou on 03-22-2007

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Ratings: 682 | Reviews: 249
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a murky black color with brownish hues.

Smell - The aroma was dominated by booze notes. Little of the smell is characteristic of a beer.

Taste - On the initial taste, notes of bourbon amd tart cherries come to the front. By way of comparison, there is not enough cherries. Sweet malts become more evident in the aftertaste as the bourbon and cherries wane.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is thick enough for a stout, but lacks both stickiness and warmth.

Overall - I chased this one for a while. In actuality, it was a little but of a letdown. I wanted more cherry.

Photo of pat61
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From taste notes. Appearance: dense cherry tinted brown under a thin film of of-white foam. It does produce some lace and has good legs. Smell: Definite cherry aromas coupled with dark malt with bourbon in the background. Not a lot of hop or roast in the aroma. Taste: Has a very creamy palate featuring a dance of sweet and sour with cherry interacting with chocolate, caramel, vanilla and bourbon. A pinch of hops for a balancing accent. Mouthfeel: Has a satiating, full body with medium to medium low carbonation. Overall: the cherry, bourbon and dark malts play very well together to produce a good after dinner or dessert beer. Goes well with chocolate or runny cheese.

Photo of humuloner22
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this one as an extra. Thanks man! I generally do not like cherries, but I have been fooled a few times, especially with sours. Some work others do not. This one I am going to say is middle of the road, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it that much, because of the cherries and stout combo, but enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

Appearance: Dark not totally light withholding and very little head, just some lingering bubbles around the edge.

Aroma: First you get sweet notes like you would expect from then the bourbon and then the cherries hit you. Interesting combination. This combo smells pretty decent actually.

Taste: Kind of sweet, sour cherries are in there, bourbon is noted but not pronounced as much as you would expect. Blend is not shabby.

Overall: As I said before it exceeded expectations. Its not one I would search for but it certainly was not a bad beer at all.

Photo of amsguitarist
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. The scent of the beer tells me that this should taste like a sour like supplication, but when it hits your tongue, you get an usual meld of sour cherries and some sort of oak funk. Mouth feel doesnt remind me of a barrel aged stout. It's almost like a sour that didn't fully sour.

Photo of MartzMimic
2.46/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the bottle almost black with no head to speak of. The aroma is faint, but chocolate and cherries are most notable. There's nothing faint about the taste. Sour cherries and a touch of chocolate. I think there's supposed to be a bit of bourbon, but if so, it's barely noticeable. The cherries overpower everything. Medium mouth, but the carbonation probably makes it seem thinner than it actually is. The dark cherries are so unbalanced that this is barely drinkable.

Photo of McUbermensch
2.39/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I must say I was not impressed with this beer in the least. It was thin and overly carbonated. There were no signs of barrel aging and the cherry flavor was sour and over powering. Maybe I had a bad bottle?

Photo of RyBrew54
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark opaque amber with light head. Very little lacing. Smell is light black cherry with east chocolate malt. Taste is definitely a nice black cherry, light chocolate notes, with somewhat jammy cherry aftertaste. Not a lot of Bourbon notes but a very nice stout nonetheless.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. 2014 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight layer of tan head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A sweet, roasty, and fruity dark malt driven aroma with big hints of cherries, dark chocolate, and bourbon. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, toffee, caramel, smoke, and yeast. Big scent of sweet and tart smelling cherries. Solid barrel presence with hints of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Also some hints of molasses, tobacco, and leather. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a nicely sweet, roasty, and fruity dark malt forward taste with lots of cherries, chocolate, and barrel notes. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, smoke, and yeast. Big juicy taste of tart and sweet cherries throughout. Barrel notes of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Sweet notes of burnt molasses. Also picking up some leather and tobacco like notes. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, juicy, and somewhat syrupy. Alcohol heat is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A very good twist on a barrel aged stout. Good combination of dark malt, cherry, and bourbon notes. On the sweeter side but not sickly sweet.

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one seems to age quite well. I had a 2013 and the cherry influence was more pronounced than the current year's batch..

Photo of CelticBelly1
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decent carbonation, small head and very little lacing. Lots of cherry and bourbon on the nose, mild bourbon. Very sweet, lots of cherry, with strong bourbon notes. A little cloying, and that boozy cherry cough syrup taste and feel. Sticky finish, which is understandable given the beer. Overall, I enjoyed this but for me personally, not a beer I'll seek out

Photo of CraigP83
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate, coffee of the BA stout but the sour tartness of the cherries hits you immediately. Good variation of the CW BB Stout I love

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 vintage:

Pours very dark brown with a dark red hue. A wispy head leaves minimal lacing.

The smell is of bourbon - oak/vanilla - with cherry and dark roast.

The taste of bourbon and cherry blend with a solid chocolate/roasted coffee stout. While there is balancing roast and some tart from the cherry, it finishes on the sweet side with lingering bourbon.

It just hits full-bodied - a bit sharp, but there is a certain smoothness to it. The alcohol is noticeable, but not too hot or overwhelming.

This is another well-made fruit beer from a Wisconsin brewery. Bourbon certainly noticeable but doesn't overshadow the sweettart cherry and solid stout. Nicely balanced, this is an enjoyable bourbon-barreled cherry stout!

Photo of portia99
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2011 vintage poured into a snifter.

A - Pours near still from the bottle and forms a dirty brown color, well hazed when held to the light, no head whatsoever.

S - Sour cherry up front, molasses, toffee, burnt sugar, chocolate, dirty/earthy, bourbon.

T - Boozy chocolate covered cherries...milk chocolate layered with tart, juicy cherries. Mild bourbon booziness kicks in against the fruit. Some smokey char on the finish.

M - Medium/full bodied, hardly any carbonation, warm and mildly boozy, lingering smokey finish.

O - Overall, very good, but I had higher expectations. Definitely would have this again, but this falls a notch behind most of the other Central Waters BA offerings in my book.

Photo of wiscokid920
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2012

No idea how this compares to a fresh/1year(+) or more on it as this is my first time enjoying this brew, but after 3 years this is drinking fine. Lots of vanilla on the nose and faint chocolate covered cherry. Taste just like a chocolate covered cherry. More of a tart cherry flavor than sweet. The vanilla aspect if the barrel still comes through and smooths out the flavor profile. Great brew! Cheers!

Photo of TX-Badger
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice brown color with tan colored head. Bourbon, coconut, oak, cherry, and a little cocoa and roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with bourbon and oak.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh 2015
Pours dark black in color with a thin tan head. Smell has plenty of roasted chocolate malt forward with minor hints of bourbon oak barrel caramel and vanilla along with a juicy cherry aroma. Sweet red cherries are more pronounced in the taste and compliments the rich chocolate malt, vanilla, and oak barrel nicely. Mouthfeel is slightly thin for the style with moderate carbonation.

Photo of WiscoTerr
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Released and picked up today, been wanting to try this for a long time. Poured into a tulip.
Look-Murky brown/reddish tint to this beer. With 75 lbs of cherries per barrel, no doubt that's the color. Not the best looking, but no matter.
Smell-Slightly tart and bourbon. Not a huge nose on this beer, pretty subtle.
Taste-Was not expecting this. For the longest time in my head I was thinking this would be a sweeter stout, but leans very much to the tart side. Bourbon up front, and as the beer warms a cherry flavor mid-palate. Beer finishes with a tart and even sour cherry flavor.
Feel-Not an overly heavy beer like some other big stouts like this. A bit more carbonation which lends well to the overall flavor. Beer doesn't sit on the tongue to long, which is nice in a beer like this. Makes it an easy drinker.
Overall-I really like this. Better as it warms, and was on the fence at first. When I got over the fact that it was sour instead of sweet, I kept wanting more. Will be trying to track down another 4-pack today.

Photo of kudsak
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not great, doesn't seem to mesh well - specifically the bourbon stout and the sourness of the cherries. Somewhat medicinal tasting. Perhaps this beer points to the fact that I'm not a huge lambic fan. But especially not when combined with a beer that should be sort of sweet in my mind (the bourbon).

Photo of Brabander
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The cherries made this beer an average beer and that is a pity. Nice pour in my Struise glass with a decent head with very littles lacing. Nice bourbon notes. The cherries make this beer a bit too sour for me but for the rest a good drinkable beer.

Photo of garymuchow
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle looks a little different than on the BA photo, but I think it is the correct beer. Certainly tastes like a bourbon barrel stout and the label stated cherry. I write it that way as the cherry is either faded and/or faint. Certainly bourbon barrel with emphasis on the vanilla and some bozziness and some alcohol. There is a tart cherry than moves in and out with more on the tart and less on the cherry. Not quite as flat as I'd like, nor as big or smooth,but the feel is not all that bad. Vanilla is big in the aroma, as is the bourbon with alcohol.
This isn't bad. Not great. Not that balanced.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dmbforever for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Peg's snifter.

A: Very dark brown, essentially opaque but translucent around the edges. Forms a thin tan head that fades quickly to a ring of foam over relatively low visible carbonation.

S: Roasted malts, oak tannins, bourbon behind that, with some chocolate and coffee from the malts. No particular cherry on the nose, but some light tobacco aroma develops as it warms.

T: Roasted malts, oak, and bourbon. Coffee malts and some char from the oak. There's a mild cherry sweetness but it's not prominent at all; only shows up near or at the finish, along with some roasted bitterness and mild residual bourbon. As the beer is allowed to warm though, some bourbon-soaked cherry flavor does reveal itself, but still not a dominant flavor.

M: Medium body, carbonation sensation on the low side, and low alcohol for style.

O: Really not a bad beer - the bourbon fits well into the other characteristics of the beer instead of dominating. But I expected more cherry, so I'm a little disappointed with that. Still, pleasant and certainly worth a try.

Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +4.4%

From notes on 4/13/14

Dark body with a slight red hue. Roasted tart aroma. Was slightly afraid of this one since I’m not much of a chocolate covered cherry fan. Actually though, it tastes pretty good. Very enjoyable. It is tart and if you can like that in a dark heavy flavored stout, you’ll probably like this one.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - jet black with a thin brown lacing. Wish it has a little more head retention.

Smell - Get some strong oaky smells with some slight fruity smells that linger

Taste - Nice strong malty and oaky flavor for sure. I didn't get as much cherry as I would have expected.

Mouthfeel - wish this one was a little richer

Overall - fun beer and I am glad I got to try it. Will admit the infected Peruvian Morning might have dropped this a few points

Photo of jzeilinger
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review is a 2013 Bottle.

A - Pours dark cherry colored black with minimal carbonation, no lacing, and no head.

S - Cherry, dark chocolate, light bourbon, traces of vanilla, and oak.

T - Follows the nose, even across the sip: mildly tart cherries, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and some slight alcohol effervescence.

M - Thick, full body, slick/slippery, and sticky.

O - Opened a 2012 tonight and it was overly tart and sour, ended up being a drain pour. This one is perfect with just the right amount of tartness - nicely done.

Photo of cultclassic89
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Edit: 2014 vintage into a snifter on 1/11/2015. Either I've had better beers since then or it didn't stand out against the other bottles I've had tonight, but not as great here.

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