Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
A - pours a bark brown color with a small head that forms a rim around the sides of my snifter
S - the aroma is almost a seamless blend of chocolate infused cherries with hints of vanilla
T - the taste is sweet chocolaty cherries that become more tart as they 1. slide down the palate and 2. warm up. Chocolate becomes more prominent on the back end of the beer. Ends with a slight oaky bitterness with a modicum of vanilla and cherries. The bourbon makes a very late and pretty subdued entry on the finish and exhale. Leaves dry with cherries and chocolate coating the mouth. Solid stuff!
M - medium body and a little slick; finishes dry
D - this is a solid American Double. I really love the concept of a bourbon barrel cherry stout as that combines some of my favorite fruits and spirits in my favorite beverage. The cherries were definitely there, however I think the bourbon was really faded - not to say that this was a product of aging because I don't think 9 - 10 months would make the bourbon all but disappear. I'll have to try to grab a fresh one this year and see if it makes a difference. Other than than, really good beer here!
09-27-2011 03:33:46 | More by birchstick
1.53/5 rDev -59.8%
So I'll preface this review by saying:
I gave Satin Solstice a B rating... And while I haven't reviewed Bourbon Barrel Stout, I would have given it a far lower grade than B. The Brewhouse Coffee Stout didn't impress me either. Needless to say, the CW stouts I've had just haven't done it for me... I'm going into this one with low expectations.
Served in a Founders snifter.
Dark brown with rusty red hues in the legs and on the edges. Small soda-like-in-color head fizzes away pretty quickly and leaves no lacing. The head becomes a collar of loose lazy bubbles.
The nose has some sweet malts and black cherries. Some booze, but where's the bourbon character? The flavor has a decent amount chocolate malt that compliments the black cherry notes well enough-- too bad neither of those notes are enough on their own (or in conjunction) to save this beer for me. Some charred oak comes through, but still no bourbon. No vanilla either. The beer has a slick oily feel with a bit too much carbonation. It is thin and watery.
This was a $6 single from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee... Wow is that $6 I wish I could have back.
As this warms, to nearly room temp, I finally get the bourbon notes I was searching for... For some reason I keep depleting that scene from Empire;
Han- You said you wanted to be around when I made a mistake, well this might be it sweetheart!"
Leia- I take it back!
The bourbon is cheap and boozy... It doesn't add to flavor any aspect tgat improves it... To the contrary, it makes the finish unpleasant. It tastes like a chocolate covered cherry cordial-- you know, the ones with cheap bourbon liquor inside.
Overall-- I'll just flat out say it: my step-dad used to drink "diet cherry chocolate soda" from a brand I can't remember. That shit was terrible. This isn't much better, in terms of feel or taste-- but at least the soda didn't hit with an unstoppable boozy note. Way too fizzy.
I'd hope aging this helps to tone down the booze, but I doubt it would help.
09-11-2011 23:21:43 | More by AleWatcher
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
Pours a murky dark brown with fizzy cola type head that fizzles away quickly. The nose is rather nice, light bourbon and wood, rich chocolate and a light sticky caramel, faint cherry in the back. The flavor is a hint more bitter and less rich. The wood is underneath, a bit sweeter than I anticipated with more cherry and malt sweetness. The chocolate is less rich, more chocolate malt, bitter and fizzy in the back. A bit slick in the body and thins a touch in the finish. Interesting beer, they do some great stuff, this is decent.
09-01-2011 01:51:13 | More by cpetrone84
2.58/5 rDev -32.3%
12oz bottle (2011; bottled December 2010) poured into a snifter. Dark brown/mahogany with a reddish tint. Plenty of light gets through around the edges. Minimal head diminishes quickly. Looks like a Cherry Coke.
Aroma is faint cherry syrup and a little oak as it warms.
Taste is a bit medicinal with a slightly sour, almost vinegary quality. Cherry is at the forefront, but this is a pretty thin stout. I think I'd like this better if the cherry played more of a supporting role rather than lead. I continue to find myself wincing with every sip, which is never a good sign.
The ABV is the only thing indicating that this is an imperial stout. Where's the deep, dark roasty malt? Where's the richness? If I didn't know any better I would have thought this was a cherry brown ale. Disappointing.
08-23-2011 05:16:02 | More by draheim
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
Thanks to seeswo for the trade. 2011 vintage served at 50 degrees in my Old Stock snifter. Pours the color of cola with a fizzy, half-inch, tan-colored head that quickly dissipates into a sudsy skim and a broken, frothy band around the shoulders. Copious tiny bubbles clustered to the sides of the glass below the pour line. Some spots of lacing, but no legs. Nose expresses tart cherries, chocolate malt and molasses. Taste follows nose; however, there is also a light buttery quality consistent with oak aging, as well as a some citric acid. Mouthfeel is light-medium and really quite light for the style. Carbonation is consistent from start to finish and falls just short of lively. All and all, somewhat watery for the style, although it's hard to believe that it weighs in at 10% abv. If you are looking for a full-bodied stout, this isn't it. That said, the tart cherries, lighter body and acidity has an interesting complexity. Not really a beer that I think will hold up with time, so drink this one sooner than later.
08-14-2011 03:04:14 | More by Jwale73
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with a tannish colored head. The head is fizzy and gone in a flash. Just a tiny bit of bubbles around the edge of the brew and no lacing at all.
S- Smell is a nice light bourbon, wood, vanilla,
a bit of cherry. Maybe a bit of plum too.
T- The cherry makes itself known and is not over powering at all. A good mix between the cherry and bourbon. Good amount of sweetness, vanilla, and some brown sugar. A touch of roasted malts, hint of chocolate, and wood.
M- On the lighter side of medium for sure in body almost a bit watery and quite a bit of carbonation too.
O- This one exceded my expectations and is a very solid brew. Quite a bit going on here, complex, but easy to drink.
07-09-2011 10:26:41 | More by nrbw23
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
12oz, 2010 vintage courtesy of boatshoes. Thanks again Fletcher!
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a thin fizzy light beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.
Roasted malt aroma with a prominent barrel character and boozy sweetness. Lots of bourbon and toasted oak in the nose but the cherry presence is a bit overpowered. The oak character compliment the deep roasted malts pretty well. Hints of dark chocolate, toast, coffee bean, oatmeal and some vanilla.
Medium bodied with a decent balance of roasted malt, vinous dark fruit, sweet booze and earthy barrel character. Sweet booziness up front with lots of bourbon yet there is little to no heat. The ABV is excellently masked with only faint warmth in the finish. Dry toasted oak presence blends well with the roasted dark malt notes. Hints of bitter dark chocolate, coffee bean and toast. The cherry is more prominent than in the nose, adding a vinous dark fruit character that contributes to the complexity of the beer. I can see how some might think that the cherry is too sweet but I found that it improves the beer's flavor.
06-16-2011 05:02:49 | More by corby112
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
Out of my Harpoon Tulip, 2010 bottle.
A- A cool dark reddish brown. Pours with a nice khaki color head, but it quickly disapears. It's really not that dark, more like an old ale in appearance.
S- Sour cherries, port, and a hint of booze. Probably the best part of this beer. It almost smells like a very rich sour.
T- The carbonation hits the tongue immediately and overpowers the taste. I get notes of cherry and oak, but not a whole lot else. The bourbon is not very evident, but the booze is.
M- Very light and too bubbly. For a stout, it is way too thin and light. The malt is almost non-existant.
O- A bit of a let down, as the bourbon barrel barleywine is pretty darn tasty. I feel like it they had gone for a Flanders Red with this beer it could have been a success, but it's kind of trapped between a sour and an old ale.
06-14-2011 02:51:54 | More by Gfunk720
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
Thanks to Mark for sending this one to me.
A: The beer pours a very dark brown with some hints of garnet and a couple fingers of khaki head.
S: Starts off with a cherry aroma to it underneath what is a rather strong smell of charred oak. Not too much roasted malt character to it, though there is some dark chocolate and a hint of metal.
T: The woodiness is just as pronounced on the palate. A strong oak flavor, but not that much bourbon. A moderate fruitiness from the cherries, but not as strong as I had anticipated. There is a subtle tartness to it, though.
M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.
O: This was good, but it had a few flaws that were just a bit too obvious to gloss over.
06-06-2011 06:42:01 | More by womencantsail
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
Dark brown color, you can almost see through this beer in the light. Not much head develops, just a wispy thin ring of foam. Mild aroma of tangy cherries, chocolate, and if you get a bit deeper some vinous notes with alcohol fume. I only wish the nose were a bit more potent. I let it sit a few minutes and taking another whiff I get the cherry smell more predominantly. It has a character very similar to Flanders Red.
Acidic cherry flavor with chocolate malt notes underneath. Finishes with some vanilla sweetness and increasing alcohol flavor, not overpowering but warming as it goes down. The mouthfeel is not real thick but is slightly syrupy. The carbonation provides a nice tingle which is more than anticipated.
Cherry and Stout don't always seem to mix together perfectly for me, but this beer is certainly worth a try. The key here is that the usually heavy stout notes are held in check and the focus stays on the cherries with that touch of bourbon. Overall a success.
05-21-2011 06:00:13 | More by bennetj17
4/5 rDev +5%
2011 bottling courtesy of FrankenBrew---thanks so much for procuring me a bottle of this one.
Poured a deep black color with a thin beige head. Aromas of cherries, bourbon, chocolate and roasted malt. Medium bodied with flavors of cherries, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt.
04-12-2011 21:30:39 | More by emmasdad
3.85/5 rDev +1%
2011 bottling courtesy of ScreamForMe - thanks!
A: Dark brown with some light beige hues, a little too light for me for an Imperial Stout. A bubbly and thin off-white head dissipates rather quickly and doesn't leave any impressive lacing.
S: Bourbon whiskey notes are overwhelming initially. I had to pull my nose away from the glass, recuperate and try again. The second whiff is much more mellowed but the initial shock of all that bourbon just wasn't too inviting. Further notes of cherry, oak wood and smoke come through.
T: The first wash over the palate is, again, tons of bourbon flavor. It's not too overpowering but if you don't like the taste of bourbon, you won't like this beer. Some cherries come into play then after the bourbon dries up. Further sips and as it warms, loads of tart cherries become the focus of this beer with the bourbon being a nice accent instead of the centerpiece. Surprisingly, this turns into an absolutely delicious tasting beer. Don't let the first sip deter you as subsequent bring a wonderfully balanced and unique flavor profile.
M: Bubbly and carbonated, a bit more than I would like but still quite nice. A little thin for the style -- I want that big, thick and chewy mouth feel for something touted an Imperial Stout - something this is lacking.
A good attempt at a fruit-infused bourbon barrel Imperial Stout. The taste is spot-on but the body, appearance and aroma could use an overhaul. A little more refining in the aging process and this could be a top contender for a fruit-barrel aged beer.
04-11-2011 13:34:41 | More by ShanePB
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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