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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

490 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 128
Gots: 134 | 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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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

03-26-2013 05:10:29 | More by Localdrinklax
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SpdKilz

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

03-25-2013 02:02:06 | More by SpdKilz
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

03-24-2013 20:55:17 | More by Sparky44
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emyers

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with a thin beige head dissipating quicly into a thin lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, oak. Tart cherries are fairly subtle, which I would say is probably a good thing. Some chocolate and caramel in there as well.

Taste: Cherries aren't particularly subtle anymore. Sharp,tart cherry flavor hits the palate first, followed by bourbon, oak, and some chocolate. The cherry seems to be a bit at odds with the rest of the beer, and the finish is slightly medicinal. Some alcohol heat on the finish doesn't help with this. It's still a solid flavor profile, and I'd probably love it if it wasn;t for the cherry.

Mouthfeel: Mediu bodied with a distinct sharpness from the tart cherry. It's still quite smooth despite this aspect, but once again I think the tart cherry is holding this beer back.

Overall: It's a very good beer, but I can't help but wish there was no cherry. The cherry just doesn't meld well with the rest of the flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:23:56 | More by emyers
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smonice

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-22-2013 19:00:10 | More by smonice
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

03-19-2013 23:19:15 | More by Hugonaut13
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-19-2013 19:10:19 | More by HopsHopenstein
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jeonseh

Indiana

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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popery

California

3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks, 316nuts. Pours a cola brown color. More transparent than I remember, dark brown and opaque in the middle of the glass but pretty wide lighter edges. Small light khaki head. Fades to nothing. The aroma has a good dose of cherries and bourbon. Chocolate, roast and caramel are hiding in the background. The bourbon is nice enough with notes of vanilla, oak and spice, but the booze is fairly strong. I like the cherries a lot. I guess I just wish it was more of a mix of chocolate and cherries with the other flavors supporting. The taste is similar. Lots of cherry and bourbon on top of a fairly mild stout. Pretty sweet. Chocolate seems a bit simple and sweet. Again, I wish the chocolate played more of a starring role and the booze was quite so apparent. Mouthfeel is fairly thin. Carbonation is on the low side. I've had this beer a few times now, and it just doesn't really work for me. It's a nice idea, though, and I'd love to see it made with a beefier base stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 04:17:23 | More by popery
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drummermattie02

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.3%

03-18-2013 01:34:53 | More by drummermattie02
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cfrances33

Illinois

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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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-15-2013 03:06:58 | More by kbuzz
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wmobley

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-13-2013 20:24:13 | More by wmobley
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ravot

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

03-12-2013 02:21:35 | More by ravot
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Festigio

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-11-2013 22:06:32 | More by Festigio
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-10-2013 18:20:42 | More by spycow
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Listers

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

03-08-2013 22:43:44 | More by Listers
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EliSpitzner

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

03-07-2013 23:21:23 | More by EliSpitzner
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to joshsereese for the bottle!

Pours black with just a bit of light peeking through at the edges. Slightly red tinted tan head forms just a small layer and dissipates quickly. Little lacing.

Lots of sweetness in the nose. Some roasted malts and some big milk chocolate. Cherries provide a bit of tartness and pushes the aromas more toward the dark fruit category. Very slight bourbon with some oak.

Big fake cherry flavor up front. Gets a little chocolately with some bourbon through the middle and back end. Lots of sweet malt and not enough bitter balance. Slight oak and bourbon, but not enough to rescue it.

Thin mouthfeel which is the probably I have with most CW stouts. Carbonation level is appropriately somewhat low.

Really not impressed with this one at all. The cherry adds too much sweetness to an already sweet beer and the mouthfeel is too thin to pull off the flavor combos. Not undrinkable by any means, but plenty more barrel aged stouts I'd go for first.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 20:20:54 | More by jmarsh123
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HereforBeer

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-05-2013 23:53:26 | More by HereforBeer
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

03-03-2013 20:57:54 | More by DonFrap
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Cougar990

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-28-2013 22:59:45 | More by Cougar990
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At first it pours a bitch black with a foamy head that dissipates soon clinging to the edge. Then as I see sit up against my brown leather chair, the snifter turns to a dark brown with ruby hues, pretty cool. 2013

My first impression of the smell is of chocolate covered cherries in nougat. As I relax collecting it all in, I'm getting sweet malt, oak and ever so bourbon now...wait...red cherry tartness.

Picking up on bourbon right away in welcoming fashion. The tartness (sour if you will, maybe) follows behind. Sweet malt not very strong lends marginally with the tart.

Relatively a thin stout, but I can appreciate this. Moderate carbonation with a brightness to it. The tongue almost feels numb from the tartness. Easy to drink and pleasant.

A lingering flavor of red cherry that brings me back to my youth when I used to sneak into my neighbors yard to climb their cherry tree and indulge. Well, nothing artificial for me here. I'm a bit surprised at marginal reviews for this but I love it and look forward to letting a few sit and see how they evolve. I'm trying this based on the recent BBBW and Peruvian from Central Waters. Man, everything has been solid. I say great job and glad you guys distribute here. Nice to have you as a neighbor.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 03:21:19 | More by joeseppy
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duff247

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

02-25-2013 00:59:18 | More by duff247
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vitters03

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

02-23-2013 18:45:38 | More by vitters03
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.