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

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very good

538 Ratings
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Ratings: 538
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%

JALIEN, Feb 15, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -54.1%

krl2112, Feb 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Kubrickx, Feb 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

JxExM, Feb 13, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with weak foam. Strong black cherry nose is appealing. Medicinal cherry and strong bourbon taste at first, then finishes bitter. Good mouth feel, like other CW stouts, but hard to get past the overpowering cherry. Overall I wasn't impressed, the strong cherry really bastardizes an otherwise delicious BBS from CW. I do appreciate the effort to brew a cherry bourbon stout and hope CW refines its recipe in the future.

BadgerRedAl, Feb 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

josephwa, Feb 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

atoulouk, Feb 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

amp138, Feb 10, 2013
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3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Big Eddy Snifter and poured from a 12oz bottle.

A- The color is your standard "black as night" imperial stout black only just slightly brown. The head was a tan slightly pinkish color and was rather small and incredibly fizzy for the style. Quite soon after pouring, the head dissipated leaving only a thin tan ring around the edges of the glass.

S- Cherries are very noticeable upon the first few whiffs. The combination of malty sweetness and tart frutiness from the cherries gives of the aroma of darker fruits such as dried black cherries and dates. The tart sweetness from the cherries also helps to amplify the the sweet scent of the malts used. There are also hints of wood/oak, soaked wood to be exact (obviously) that when combined with the slight aroma of bourbon produce a slight butteryness.

T- The cherry flavor is very apparent right from the get-go before moving into the maltier flavors of the stout and bourbon. The cherry flavor has a very nice tartness to it that seems to amplify itself a bit towards the end. Flavors of oak are also noticeable giving off slight notes of light vanilla and freshly cut wood. The chocolate, burnt, toasty notes from the malts really take a bit of a back seat but are still of course, very present.

M- Rather thin feeling for the style (although rather normal for CW) but still on the heavier side.

O- An awesome beer but not my favorite out of the Central Waters BBA selection. I really enjoy the cherry flavor of this stout although I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as a must have beer for those who are looking for a good cherry kick. Another fine, well crafted ale by central waters that's definitely worth giving a try if you get the chance. I think I'll stick to the bourbon barrel barleywine though from now on.

Zachtheporter, Feb 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

dlello2, Feb 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

dmacgreg, Feb 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Rand_ale_Thor, Feb 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Stevie_Janowski, Feb 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

mkennedy119, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

DrJoe82, Feb 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

BrownAleMale, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Kunstman, Jan 31, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a gulden draak tulip, purchased @ riley's wines of the world in Madison, WI for 3.99/12oz.

Appearance: Darker side of brown but not quite black, minimal head retention but some lacing as the beer moves along the side of the glass. A little underwhelming.

Smell: Bourbon, chocolate, slight roastiness, tart cherry at the end. Yum!

Taste: Bourbon a bit more subdued than in the nose, but still present. Unsweetened chocolate, slight smokiness and tartness from the cherries at the finish.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side, a flaw shared by BBS. But it's not THING, just not thick enough.

Overall: I like this beer quite a bit! I disagree with some of the comments here, the cherry isn't medicinal or overpowering, just adds a nice tartness at the finish which fits well with the other flavors present. Good job CW!

IamMe90, Jan 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

derkfromwi, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

soccerfancooch, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

egrace84, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

smurfbeer, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Hopsiam14, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

tourdot, Jan 27, 2013
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.