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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

489 Ratings
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Ratings: 489
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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District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a dark, cola brown with a thin light tan head. Little lace or retention. Nose is cherry syrup and oak, with some light roast malt. Dry, mildly tart cherries dominate the flavor with a nearly equally strong vanilla and bourbon oak presence. Little malt flavor in the body as the treatment dominates the base beer. Medium thick, low carbonation and a slightly watery finish. Alcohol is well hidden but this is a little too rich to drink much of a bottle. Still prefer this to Peruvian Morning or the Barrel Aged Stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 14:19:18 | More by yourefragile
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4/5  rDev +5%

04-16-2012 04:53:33 | More by millelacsmark
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew’s made with 80 pounds of tart Door County Cherries in each oak barrel, then aged 6 months. Shared by ottovon and poured into a small snifter.

Deep maroon. Not quite opaque, but pretty close. A thin top layer of sandy tan quickly fades to a very thin ring.

The nose: tart cherries, vanilla, oak, buttery. Some caramel as well. Cherries get sweeter as it warms.

A little chocolate, bourbon, toffee, a hint of tart cherry. Vanilla, oak. A nice, smooth blend.

Medium-light body, a little thin. Medium-light, pinching carbonation. A little numbness on the tongue and a touch of tartness on the sides.

The brew’s not bad, but it’s not crazy-good either. Tartness seems hard to blend well with bourbon. It displays sweetness at some times, tartness at others.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 02:52:28 | More by Phelps
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend whose taste in beer I respect said that although this beer was good, it was nowhere near as good as some of Central Water's other offerings. I didn't go in expecting much and although my friend was right, I liked it more than I thought I would.

I didn't get much of a cherry taste. The bourbon overwhelmed me which is also the case when I have their regular bourbon barrel stout. For some reason, the bourbon hits home with me harder than with others. It was a little thin and fizzy. Does the fact that it is brewed with cherries take away from some of the integrity of the beer?

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 01:45:27 | More by mjpolzin
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-12-2012 18:23:51 | More by KCM
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

04-12-2012 03:42:41 | More by AaronBurr
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4/5  rDev +5%

04-11-2012 02:40:16 | More by mdillon86
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

04-10-2012 05:08:59 | More by stpaulsipper07
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3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a extremely dark brown with a one finger beige head that quickly becomes a thin foam ring surrounding the inside of the glass. A light aroma of roasted malt, cherry, and just an undertone of bourbon booziness rises from the snifter. A very slight taste of bourbon initially greets the tastebuds which gives way to sweet malt and fairly sour/tart cherries finishing with slight undertones of bourbon and slight sweetness. This brew is smooth and exhibits a bit of creaminess, however fairly light bodied for a double/imperial stout. Appropriate level of carbonation. Enjoyed this brew, however has the body resembling a porter not a stout let alone a double/imperial stout. Tasty, but lacks the mouthfeel of most other brews in this category. I very much perfer the regular CW Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout over this variety.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 05:07:31 | More by chanokokoro
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

04-07-2012 02:55:31 | More by Brown120
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4/5  rDev +5%

04-07-2012 02:40:19 | More by elec
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3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A - Pretty light looking for an imperial stout. Dark, but a little see through, almost soda like. The head was a quick off white, disappeared quickly.

S - Reminds me alot still of the BB stout they have, not sure if the cherry added a whole lot to this aroma. Reminds me of peanut butter, some malt and bourbon in there, but an almost nutty peanut smell dominates this for me.

T - Cherry comes through in the taste. A light sweetness is added to the bourbon stout taste. That cherry gives the taste a little dimension, adding some complexity. After look and smell I was worried, but the taste is ok. Some malt shines through with the cherry, the barrel seems a little in the back though and not well integrated.

M - Mouthfeel is a little thin, not alot of grit to this stout. Makes for easy drinking, but like a little body in an imperial stout.

O - Not spectacular, not horrible. Pretty middle of the road, I enjoyed this more than the regular bb stout as that cherry cut through that barrel aging and added a little sweetness. Wouldn't be a good winter stout to warm you, but not bad for a spring day but still feeling like a stout without overbearing you.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 22:50:55 | More by Scrumtralecent
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown bordering on black. Almost completely opaque with just a hint of brown around the edges. There is a light tan head of half a finger which fades to a ring of foam.

S: The first whiff I get is all tart cherries. This is followed quickly by a light bourbon scent and some dark, chocolate malt.

T: The cherry flavor is similar in the flavor as the aroma but slightly more subdued and complex. The bourbon flavor is more noticeable but blends well. The fruit flavor develops with a little bit of raisin and maybe plum. There is some sweet vanilla to accompany this. Overall the flavor is very sweet with just a few notes of bitterness, mostly from the bourbon. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Moderate body for an imperial stout. Carbonation is minimal. Just a little bit sticky.

O: Interesting but not fantastic. The regular bourbon barrel stout is better but this is a fun take. The cherry flavor is a nice touch, very noticeable but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 03:06:26 | More by WankelEngine
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

04-04-2012 04:17:23 | More by jsurfs82
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-02-2012 01:19:27 | More by acurtis
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-01-2012 15:42:29 | More by djrn2
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-31-2012 05:25:54 | More by WYVYRN527
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage served in a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours black with a 2 finger tan head. Small strings of lacing remain.

S- Chocolate, tart cherry, and slight bourbon.

T- Tart cherry followed by chocolate, some coffee, and small amount of bourbon and vanilla.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Slightly acidic feel.

O- First time having this beer and I thought it was pretty good. Like the regular BA stout better, but the tart cherry gives this beer a different twist.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 03:14:51 | More by kawilliams81
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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer is very dark, but not quite stout black. There are some ruby highlights around the edges. Short head which recedes to a ring around the outside of the glass. An occasional spot of lacing, but nothing special. Aroma has a more sour cherry character with a bit of a dry stout profile. Roasty, and mildly chocolatey. I do also pick up some smooth vanilla notes and some warming bourbon. Flavor is much more cherry forward. Kriek without the sour. An odd mix of dried cherries and fresh sour cherries, but the beer is definitely not sour at all. Mild cocoa, but not much and I miss a lot of the bourbon I picked up in the aroma. Maybe a bit of oakiness, but not a ton. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking with a bit higher carbonation as well. Could use a bit more body, and for me the cherry character is a bit more intesne than I would prefer, but this is definitely a very appealing and unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 04:37:29 | More by Agold
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3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium brown color with a fine peripheral ring of off-white bubbles. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Clean roasty grain, savory, with some over-ripe cherry fruit but no detectable spirit.

T: Begins sweet, with intermediate roasted malt and mild dark fruit that vanishes behind aggressive carbonic acidity. Fruit returns in the middle, but never reaches a defining intensity. Minimal bourbon presence defines the otherwise earthy, if bland, finish. Booziness lingers on the palate late, becoming more pronounced as the beer warms.

M: Medium viscosity, wet and evaporative on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer struggles as a stout, although it hides the 10% abv to a surprising extent. Practically every quality seems understated or absent, from the fruit to the spirit to the grain. The drying texture is the bravest expression of actual alcohol presence, and even that seems tangential.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 23:14:08 | More by beagle75
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an extra from bpfrush. Thanks Brian!

wanted to try this one for a while now!

poured into snifter.

Appearance: light black bodied beer with 1 finger of tan colored head. heads drop to a thin cap almost just a ring around the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: tart cherries and tootsie rolls. Just getting a hint of the barrels notes.

Taste: Tart cherries start this beer out with some vanilla sweetness to counter the moderately strong tart cherry flavors. You get the oak and wood notes mid palate. Finishes with a bakers cocoa that is bitter and lingers for a while into the aftertaste. Decent complexitity, but it a little better than average once the sum of all the part come together.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer and a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth without any alcohol heat. Its on the lighter side for a 10% BA stout, but thats a normal finding with most central waters brews. I don't mind just want a little more thickness to the beer.

Overall: This is easily the less impressive of the CW BA beers. I am not surprised by this because that the way I feel across the boards with most stouts brewed with cherries. With all that said I am still a fan of the beer. Its still worth picking up a four pack every year its released.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 17:48:45 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4/5  rDev +5%

03-27-2012 23:40:12 | More by smogfood
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

03-25-2012 22:58:51 | More by Cyclone8
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-25-2012 20:01:39 | More by eawolff99
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a regular kitchen curved type glass. Glad I ran into this and some other clutch CW offerings. God Bless, SEPA.

A loud hiss when the cap pryed, this poured in the glass much lighter than your average stout. This resembles more of a dark porter with a dark shoe polish brown color and a nice 1/2 inch of steady, sticky, cream colored white foam that clings.

Smell is pretty pungent with all elements present. I get the cherry, the bourbon and the base stout is not lost at all, I believe this is Satin Solstice with cherries in oak. The base brings out some small chocolate and roast.

The 6 months in oak has laid in some tannin qualities on top of cherry flavor that is not artificial. Not bold like cherry pie, just a nice semi pungent flavor. Light bourbon with some wet wood and a small amount of choco/cocco and tootsie roll with warming. The roast is in the middle and not over bearing. A well integrated stout.

Feel is a nice smooth ride, medium in build and not as large as most stouts. The body just is not all that big and makes for easier drinking. Just a small amount of cherry aftertaste with tight carb with this fresh bottle. Over time a bit of warmth comes through ever so slightly. This beer surprised me.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 04:27:26 | More by BARFLYB
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.