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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

518 Ratings
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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 132
Gots: 139 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-23-2012 00:23:33 | More by allouez86
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

05-21-2012 05:59:59 | More by pmarlowe
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-20-2012 13:11:41 | More by 3Hops
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-18-2012 18:52:06 | More by AshleyMiller
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3.08/5  rDev -19.2%

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!

05-17-2012 01:55:27 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Duff27


3.15/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

05-16-2012 03:45:11 | More by Duff27
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-15-2012 02:43:25 | More by atone315
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-15-2012 02:17:21 | More by scott2269
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-14-2012 13:04:19 | More by M1A2
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-11-2012 20:26:43 | More by KimbarkBrewCrew
Photo of herman77


3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

2012 vintage

A: Dark dark brown with a small light tan head.

S: Tart cherries right away with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Kind of smells like an odd combination, but it works.

T: You defiantly get the tart cherries, but everything else is kind of muddled together and gets lost. You can taste bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt and coffee, but I think it gets lost in the tartness of the cherries and the bourbon. No bad or off flavors at all though, just everything is a confusing mess of flavors.

M: Medium light body. Average carbonation. Thin for a imperial stout.

O: Pretty decent drinkability. ABV is hidden somewhat well, no real burn from the alcohol. I like the idea of this beer, but it just doesn't deliver like I wished it would. It's not bad, but I wish the flavors didn't mix together the way they did.

05-06-2012 19:23:15 | More by herman77
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-06-2012 02:57:18 | More by bertram
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4/5  rDev +5%

05-02-2012 15:06:05 | More by laymansbeerfan
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4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

Dark brown and black appearance, less in the way of head than the regular bourbon barrel stout had, so less lace, retention as well. Aroma, nice bitter cherries, its in there, milder bourbon aromas in the regular bourbon version are, well, even more mild here now that it is competing with the ample amount of cherries. Chocolate, wood round out the aroma department, vanilla, conspicuously missing, but thankfully comes back around in the mouthfeel.

Taste, wow, the bitter cherry really stands at the forefront here. The stout component is actually still pretty smooth, not a big bitterness from heavy roasting or whatnot, it seems solely derived from the cherry aspect. Some sweetness, not diabetic coma inducing by any means. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than what the imperial stout fanboys tend to prefer, and also probably contributes to the metallic bitter aspect that one can get from the beer.

You can't beat the price on such a barrel aged beer though. That counts.

05-01-2012 19:34:28 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4/5  rDev +5%

05-01-2012 18:23:36 | More by MarkFy
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4/5  rDev +5%

12oz bottle, 2012 vintage from a stellar trading partner (thanks man) poured into a Jackie O's tulip.

A: Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with light showing through on the edges of the glass. The head was initially a good two fingers of tightly bubbled creamy light tan foam, but it fades relatively quickly; between the abv, bourbon barrels and cherries I would expect that.

S: Real nice; bourbon, caramel, oak are all prominent on the nose...faint bitterness from a roasted component, hints of vanilla and faint, faint cherry...really no alcohol to speak of except for a very slight bourbon booziness.

T: Cherry comes through more here as the beer warms, mixing with the bourbon, notes of caramel and vanilla...pleasant alcohol notes, no real burn though...definite sweetness, with a touch of tart cherry...hints of charred oak, burnt caramel, faint coffee, chocolate, and licorice.

MF: Fairly viscous medium mouthfeel, creamy, light carbonation, dry body.

O: I liked this one a lot, enjoyable and unique..definitely has Central Waters signature BA profile, with a unique cherry component that blends well and isn't off-putting.

Thanks Aaron!

05-01-2012 18:09:04 | More by Scotchboy
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Reviewing the 2012 vintage of the Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Company. I have never met a "cherry stout" I liked, but friends assure me that if I will ever like one, it will be this one. Thank you Kendra for handing this one over as an extra. Thank you even more for not giving me the one with the screwed up label.
Score: 85

2012 vintage bottle with the February month ticked on the side of the label. Served in a Great Lakes snifter and enjoyed on 04/24/12.

Appearance: Pour a deep black color with a thick layer of caramel color at the top when held up to light. Less than half a finger of creamy khaki colored head at pour settles into a ring around the glass. Decent lacing with decent, but inconsistent, lacing. 4/5

Smell: Primarily fudge, but there's a light amount of coffee, some dark chocolate and a light amount of cherry in the aroma too. Hint of vanilla. A real nice blend and balance of stout aromatics with a light cherry twist here. 4/5

Taste: There's some complexity here, but those complexities do not blend well together. There's a little tart cherry sweetness, bready malt and a little caramel upfront. Then creamy chocolate and a modest amount of vanilla on the midpalate. The finish is slightly oaky chocolate with residual sweetness from the cherry. Honestly, that cherry is almost like a backbone in the beer and it's too contrasting without any real sense of belonging with the rest of the flavors. There's honestly no bourbon flavor here whatsoever. Growing cherry flavor as the beer warms/layers -- especially on the midpalate and in the linger. The residual aftertaste is a real nice chocolate-covered cherry flavor that you wish the rest of the beer tasted like. No real booziness to the beer at all. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Honestly a little too much carbonation here. Or maybe I'm mistaking the prickly tartness from the cherry for carbonation. Either way, the mouthfeel is too thin and bubbly on the palate for an imperial stout. Has a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. 3.5/5

Overall: This beer certainly has potential, and it has the flavor components needed to be pretty good, but as crafted is a bit of a sloppy mess. The flavor components are too "individualized" and blend about as well as oil and water on the palate.

Recommendation: Give this one a try if you get a chance, but do not go out of your way to find it.

Pairings: Chocolate cake.

Cost: $3.49 for a single bottle or $11.99 for a four pack.

05-01-2012 07:03:53 | More by jegross2
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

04-28-2012 01:21:43 | More by dsuedbeck
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

I've had this one cellared for about 2 on top of the age it came with. About to move cross country so clearing a lot of great stuff out of the cellar.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark chocolate color, impossible to see light through but not as pitch black as a lot of dark beers can be. Has about a finger of mocha head that quickly recedes into a ring of uneven foamy off-white bubbles around the edge of the glass. Carbonation streams feed slowly into the remaining head here and there, and there's a pretty pattern across the top of the glass.

Smell: Smells great. reminds me a lot of the oak aged version without cherry. Heavy vanilla notes blend with nice oaky notes. Smells nice and cool. As it sits and warms for a bit, and when agitated, there are some sour but not biting cherry notes that are apparent. As I remember, the non-cherry version had some nice cherry notes as well. There are some more traditional stout notes in the background, particularly dark chocolate sweet notes.

Taste: The cherry notes are way stronger in the taste, to the point where it tastes more like a mix of a sour and a fruit beer than a stout. I like sours and it's delicious, but I don't think I can rate this with full marks since I'm doing this to style. Slight bitter notes in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Decent. A little foamy in the finish but otherwise pretty good.

Drinkability: Definitely more of a sipper than the other stouts due to the sour cherry notes. Still have yet to have a Central Waters brew that's disappointed--and super excited to be driving through WI in a month so I can get some more great beer!

04-26-2012 22:37:33 | More by afausser
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-26-2012 15:48:28 | More by DersOne
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-26-2012 14:17:35 | More by kjkinsey
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-25-2012 23:46:51 | More by Texasfan549
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

04-24-2012 17:42:59 | More by Deivos
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-23-2012 01:37:52 | More by coz
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-22-2012 16:01:13 | More by Hopstout
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.