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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

502 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 129
Gots: 135 | FT: 17
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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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birchstick

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 03:33:46 | More by birchstick
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AleWatcher

Illinois

1.53/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 23:21:43 | More by AleWatcher
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 01:51:13 | More by cpetrone84
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draheim

Washington

2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 05:16:02 | More by draheim
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 03:04:14 | More by Jwale73
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 10:26:41 | More by nrbw23
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 05:02:49 | More by corby112
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

-GFunk

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 02:51:54 | More by Gfunk720
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 06:42:01 | More by womencantsail
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 06:00:13 | More by bennetj17
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emmasdad

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 21:30:39 | More by emmasdad
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 13:34:41 | More by ShanePB
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gregshead

California

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 3/6/11, reviewed from notes. Thanks to mnbearsfan for this as an extra in a trade:

A: a dark brown with a half finger of head.

S: Bourbon and cherry smells intermingle. Smells mostly sweet with a cherry tart smell.

T: Lots of bourbon up front, then the malty stout flavor. Finishes with a surprising tart/sweet cherry kick in the end. Intriguing.

M: Taste a little thin for a stout. However, for a bourbon barrel, lots of carbonation.

O: A deeply enjoyable unique experience. Sweetness is put in its place with the dark malts of the stout. Look forward to trying another straight cherry stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 03:20:40 | More by gregshead
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UMNbeerhunter

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on 4/7/11 into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a nice dark hazy brown that is totally non- transparent. Head is off brown and dissipates quickly, like a Coke Classic on a sunny day.

Smells of coffee and fruit. A tinny bit of vanilla on the back side.

Taste is very inviting, great job. Lots of bourbon when fresh that gives way to a supper fruit flavor. Hops make an apperance but not much.

Mouthfeel is light to medium

Overal this is a good sipper on a cool MN evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 05:39:43 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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hopsbreath

Oregon

1.9/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

My main man Zimmerbloke coming through in the clutch again with a local specialty. Thanks a lot Matt! Vintage 2011.

A: Dark purple-brown, a couple fingers of tightly formed espresso head, moderate patchy lacing, looks good. 4/5

S: What the?... Bourbon barrel stout nothing. Blind-folded, I'd be hard pressed to identify this as anything other than a young kriek. Not a typical stout at all. 2/5

T: Bitter, murky, and rancid cherries are on the front of the palate and not at all pleasant. Some sour bourbon assures me that this came from a barrel but its not a good reminder. Classic impy stout tastes don't really come to mind. 2/5

M: Thin, low carbonation, and dry. Not good for what I want from a big stout. 2/5

O: Flat out one of the least enjoyable stouts I've ever had. If I ever felt like a beer deserved the lowest score here, this is the beer for it. I've had Cherry Adam so I know that cherries added to a big boozy beer in a barrel can be a wonderful thing. Made it through two ounces for the review and drain poured the rest. 1/5

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 04:55:38 | More by hopsbreath
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle generously provided as an extra by brian23456, thanks Brian!

2010 bottling.

A - Pours a pretty dark brown, surprisingly light for a double stout. The head is about a finger's worth tall with low retention. The lacing is some of the most non-existent I've seen on any beer; after sipping halfway through, it looks like my glass is almost completely clean.

S - The smell is foremost focused on caramel and vanilla, it smells more like a slight funk than having any defined cherry characteristics. Some slight acetone notes that give off a slightly unpleasant nail polish smell, but they are subtle.

T - As in the nose, I'm getting a lot of the vanilla and some slight oak moreso than the bourbon in this beer. Fortunately, the acetone is mitigated here and the stout seems to shine through and give off some nice chocolate flavors that help the overall profile. The cherries here aren't tart and in my opinion, come through almost solely in the finish. I would've liked to see them play a bigger role here. Alcohol is present in the little acetone that remains, but it's still unfortunately a deterrent.

M - Mouthfeel is relatively thin with moderately low carbonation. Pretty smooth and leaves a bourbon-filled finish.

D - Drinkability is moderate. I think this beer is trying to do a bit too much while failing to flesh out the individual qualities that make up this beer. The bourbon isn't very noticeable until the end when all the other flavors fall out, the cherries contribute a somewhat medicinal taste, and the stout is too thin doesn't have enough of the base beer shining through.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 03:09:48 | More by nhindian
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xsists

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this for a couple weeks in the fridge and it finally called my name today.

A - Dark brownish red in the light but with a quick glance it is all dark. The head is minimal and it dissipates very quickly.

S - Smells a bit roasty and sweet. Get a hint of caramel. Almost a scent of a dark chocolate covered cherry.

T - Its great, very smooth. You get the roast right up front which gives way to a sweet cherry flavor with a tart bite at the end. I taste a sweet malty flavor that I can only describe as a tootsie roll somewhere in the middle.

M - Low carbonation and a tad thin. It is very smooth.

I enjoyed this beer a lot. Great flavors and great smells. Its a bit stouty, but not really. Reminds me more of a roasty sour. Its worth a try, I doubt you'll be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 23:20:17 | More by xsists
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to burnheartsMKE, poured into a Dogfish Head snifter.

A- Pours a dark red. No head, no lacing.

S- Nice tart cherry smell, slight hint of roast and a slight hint of bourbon.

T- Taste is very reminiscent of the CW Bourbon Barrel Barleywine but with a nice tart Cherry kick to it.

M- A little thin. Carbonation is good.

D- Very good. No clue what the ABV is but it's not noticeable at all.

Overall, I thought it was a very good beer. Seems to be styled wrong as it tasted nothing like a stout. I would love to drink it again because it tastes great but again, it's not a stout. If I rated it to style, it would get a bad grade.

Thanks again burnheartsMKE.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 00:35:28 | More by GehenHerzog
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readbaron

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to goodstrongbeer for sharing this one at a tasting.

A- Dark, redish brown, and looks thin with no head to speak of.

S - Perfection - sour cherry with a good dose of bourbon, not overpowering on the booze, just a pleasant sweetness. Finishes with malty sweet notes.

T - Taste is all tart cherry - not a lot of bourbon or stout. Unfortunately, the tart cherry flavor and sweet bourbon do not meld well.

M - A bit thin, but still quite nice. Carbonation is a bit on the low side, but that's how I like my stouts.

O - Not bad - unusual - something I'd like to try again.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 21:18:35 | More by readbaron
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Out of the bottle this has a walnut color with a cherry tint. A very modest beige head forms initially, fading to obscurity and not bothering to leave much lace behind.

Smell: The aroma is first and foremost bourbon. Cherry and roasted caramel malt fade into the background.

Taste: The bourbon is quite forward in the taste as well. The oak and vanilla work well with the cherry flavor, which initially hides behind the booziness a little bit. The roasted malt comes through next, adding some body and sweetness, before a tartness steps in. Not overbearing, but noticeable, this provides a twist on the usual flavor profile. Overall, however, bourbon and sour cherry are not a home run. The finish is lightly sweet and boozy.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation is actually more bubbly than smooth, which is not what I look for in this style of beer.

Drinkability: The combination of cherry and bourbon flavors worked out nicely but does not break into my favorites. This is definitely a fun beer to try, although there is room for improvement.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 20:19:36 | More by KickInTheChalice
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JLeege

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011~poured into a tulip
Thanks to madtowndmb1 for this one!

Appearance- Pours a murky brown color with a bubbly one finger tan head. Thought this would be much darker. A little lace.

Smell- Caramel, vanilla, oak. Chocolate. There is cherry as well, but doesn't stand out much.

Taste- Chocolate up front, with some very light roasted malts. Leading into the bourbon notes, caramel, vanilla, a bit of oak, bourbon not as predominate as on the nose. Cherry pops up towards the finish, ever so slightly tart. Lingering cocoa and light cherry on the finish.

Mouthfeel- medium body, lower carbonation. Not sure on the ABV's, it feels around 8%.

Overall- The flavor is pleasant, just not as in-your-face as you would expect. A nice beer overall that becomes much more flavorful as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 03:09:45 | More by JLeege
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage cellared since March of the same year. I cellared it for one year at less than 45 degrees.

A - Dark brown body allowing traces of light to peak through offering purples and hues of red. The head was quick-lived and a medium tan color. It didn't even cover the entire surface inside the six inch width of the snifter.

S - Plum, dark hard candy, a hinting at booze, and a very subtle chocolate.

T - Very deep cherry flavor with minimal chocolate and no coffee. This beer's flavors have changed significantly over the course of the past year.

M - Warming with a nice mild coarseness. It's very warming in the back of the throat. It goes down smooth and laziliy.

~ This was worth the cellaring. It has certainly changed with time. I recommend you give it a shot.
~~~
Below review posted on 10/25/08.

I purchased this brew in April 2008 and have had it waiting patiently in my cellar along with his twin brother.

A - Dark as night with a deep tan head standing tall. (4.5)

S - The scent of cherry and chocolate. (3.5)

T - Rich in chocolate, mild in cherry, strong malt, subtle alcohol, and a sweet bitter finish. (4.5)

M - Smooth and casual feel. It has the thickness of a good vino. (4)

~ This is one you'll want to take in slowly. Pour it into a snifter or any other round glass. Enjoy! (4)

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 23:37:20 | More by cdkrenz
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billab914

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a dark brown color, with a bit of a dark ruby color to it in the light. It started with a thin head that retreated to the edges of the glass after a minute.

The aroma has a very smooth barrel character to it. A woody, oak flavor along with some vanilla and bourbon all come out in a nice smooth barrel aged flavor. Some cherry comes through and mixes very nicely with the vanilla. Love the cherry mixing with the barrel flavors.

The taste mixes the cherry and bourbon flavor pretty nicely. I get more of a sweetness to it up front with the cherry juice, vanilla, and some brown sugar to it. Towards the finish I get a little bit of a roasty finish, along with some bitter-sweet chocolate notes. The chocolate mixes with cherry flavor pretty nicely too.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side, with carbonation being low. Drinkability was good, I really liked the way the cherry, chocolate and bourbon flavors mixed. As a cherry lover I really liked this beer a lot, definitely was an easy drinking beer to sip on this evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 02:29:38 | More by billab914
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mjn5036

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter. This one pours an alarming brown color - dark leather, earth and coca-cola. Not the color I was expecting for a stout... Pour gives way to a small, cocoa powder colored head that does not retain for very long.

Bourbon barrel aging is noticeable on the nose which is pleasant. Oak and roasted grains work well together in this one. Cherry is also quite noticeable, something that a lot of other cherry beers in this or similar styles fail to hit the mark.

Taste starts off sour and bitter. Sour cherries blended with molasses, caramel and roasted flavors. The sour fruit kind, while fairly weak in its own right, sort of takes over and overpowers the typical stout flavors.

This is my first cherry stout (that is supposed to have cherry characteristics anyway...) and to be honest it is not really doing it for me... There are plenty of complex flavors working together here but they just don't seem to mesh all that well in this beer. Mouthfeel is decent enough - medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 03:00:18 | More by mjn5036
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 bottling. Pours a deep reddish brown with a scant head. Drinking this right after the 2010 regular Bourbon Barrel Stout. Nose is a bit lighter on the roast than the non-cherry BB stout. Light roast, some oak, something sweeter on the nose. Mouth at first bitter, slightly sour, and lightly roasted. Tart black cherry skins, I'd venture. Oak is fairly low, sour elements don't play together well with the roasted elements. The regular BB stout was much better in its singular nature. This is an interesting experiment but it kind of wavers between a stout, a fruit beer, and a sour beer, and it's kind of a mess.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 01:47:18 | More by JAXSON
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