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

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very good

533 Ratings
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 134
Gots: 140 | 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%

polishkaz, Jul 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

TheoV, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is chocolate brown with red highlights and no head. Smell is light vanilla and cherry, pretty tame compare to its counterparts. Taste is light and sweet with cherry predominant. Not getting much in the way of chocolate or bourbon. Pretty thin tasting overall. The mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall, I prefer the non fruited version. Would not seek this one out.

homebrew311, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

2beerdogs, Jul 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Devi0us, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of thebigredone
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up after getting to sample 1414 at a local liquor store. The owner of CW did the tasting, and let me say he was super cool. Allowed everyone several sample pours from the growler of 1414 he brought along, was very friendly, and overall made a fantastic impression. Can't wait to go and visit the brewery.

BBCS pours a deep black with a redish tint when held to light.

The smell nearly made me pitch a tent. Delicious bourbon with a sweet cherry nose. I like.

Taste is also great, starting with a strong cherry flavor that moves into the mild bourbon finish. It would be nice if the stout held it's own a little more, but I didn't really expect it to in a beer aged in bourbon barrels with 80lbs of cherries added to each barrel.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I don't understand the criticism of the cherry flavor. If you don't like cherry flavors, don't get a cherry stout. They use real cherries (AND LOTS OF THEM), so saying that it tastes fake is just plain dumb. This beer has simply strengthened by admiration for Central Waters.

thebigredone, Jun 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a black body under a rocky tan foamy head. Te head retention isn't spectacular, it quickly becomes a slight ring around my wine glass. The aroma is slightly roasty with a touch of cherry and alcohol. The taste is smooth and sweet. I get sweet malt flavors in the first half of the taste, followed by some cherry as it crests the tongue along with a bit of the barrel flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, with mellow carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer, but among a field of cherry stouts I wouldn't pick this as my favorite.

gkunkle, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of redliner8
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

redliner8, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of rudzud
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep brown nearly black with a nice one finger mocha head that fades to leave a dense creamy blanket with some light side lacing. Nice for the ABV.

S - Hrm, fair chocolate notes with a very very light earthy bourbon. The cherry thats there smells almost fake.

T - Another hrm. The bourbon is there subtly along with the slight toasted coconut that can sometime come with barrel aging a stout. Chocolate isnt bad but this fake cherry cough syrup taste is really killing this for me. Just tastes very artificial.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for a stout of this ABV once you get past that sticky cough syrup cherry.

O - Overall yah, the cherry kills this for me big time. This is a huge let down but I kind of knew it realistically going in that the cherry would ruin this beer.

rudzud, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of TWStandley
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appeared a dark brown/slightly reddish color with a light brown head that disappeared quickly.

Smelled of faint cherries, some roasted malts, and a bit of chocolate.

Taste up front is tart cherries, almost reminds me of a kriek, followed by a very faint stout taste. Wish the stout was a bit more present, but still pretty good. Not detecting much of the barrel, however.

Mouthfeel is lacking body to me, but the beer hides the 10% ABV so well I had to bump it up a bit.

Overall not bad. Definitely one of the better cherry stouts I have had (though in general I am not a fan of cherry stouts).

TWStandley, Jun 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Mark000, Jun 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

leodarko, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of TATURBO
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2012 Version.
A: Brown with a minimal amount of head.

S: Slight sour cherry. Not picking up much else.

T: Light on the stout for sure. Dark Cherry flavor abound.

M: Pretty light overall for style. Definitely so for a BB Stout.

O: Mediocre. Glad I got a sample before buying. This is a style I'd jump on and get some quantity of if done right but this seriously left me disappointed. I love the regular BB Stout but the Cherry version just doesn't have it going on. I love most all of CW's Barrel aged stuff, Sadly not this one. If the recipe could be tweaked, I'd be all for it as with their other Barrel offerings, It could be great!

TATURBO, May 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

SaxmanRick, May 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

bsuedekum, May 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

allouez86, May 23, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours essentially black, with a finger of light khaki head which recedes to a thick fluffy ring. Good retention and no lacing.

S: Cherry and toasted wood, vanilla, and some roastiness underneath.

T: Dry, tannic chocolate covered cherries, some vanilla and rostiness as well, and a touch of bourbony sweetness. Cherry is prominent but balanced with barrel. Long cherry on the finish.

M: Medium full body and medium light carbonation.

O: Very drinkable. I haven't found any cherry stouts that I've liked so far, but this is quite good. Everything comes together, the cherry doesn't taste artificial, and the barrel characteristics add a nice element. Far exceeded expectations.

pmarlowe, May 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

3Hops, May 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

AshleyMiller, May 18, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle courtesy of FrankenBrew, this is the 2010 vintage. Lets see how 2.5 years in the cellar has done...pours a dark crimson color with a small, fast fading tan head. No lacing.

Oxidized malt is supported well by a rich, dark cherry aroma. Plenty of bourbon-soaked wood still in there. Smells big, boozy and rich.

The stout portion of the beer is not as sweet and chocolaty as it needs to be to support the fruit and alcohol. It is still hot, surprisingly and the bourbon still bold. The body feels thin, maybe partly because of the tart fruit...but I think mostly due to a lack of sweetness. Im not a big fan of this one, it was fun to try though!

twiggamortis420, May 17, 2012
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3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Fizzy half inch light mocha head on a dark brown/black body. Head doesn't stick around long.

S- Whiffs of tart cherries and some chocolate.

T- Equal parts bourbon and cherry, maybe more bourbon. Cherry just seems muddled. 10%abv is well hidden so I'll give it that.

M- Fizzy carbonation/somewhat thin mouthfeel for a stout it seems.

D/O- It's weird to be let down by a Central Waters BA beer, with Fourteen Fourteen, BB Stout, BB Barleywine all being great in my opinion. This one is worth a try but not going out of your way for.

Duff27, May 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

atone315, May 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

scott2269, May 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

M1A2, May 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

KimbarkBrewCrew, May 11, 2012
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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