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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

500 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 128
Gots: 136 | 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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05-20-2014 02:03:48 | More by HoudiniRN
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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5%

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Wisconsin

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served at cellar temperature.

A) Deep brown with red on the edges. Not much head, but what was there, settles to a collar quickly. Has some legs too...

S) This has a fair amount of tart cherry on the nose, and some booze. There is a hint of chocolate, and some of the oak barrel as well.

T) The roasty malty stout flavors quickly give way to the tart cheery juice. A decent sweet tart balance. Packs a little alcohol heat too. Initially I found the finish a bit medicinal, but sip after sip, I grew to enjoy it a little more. Perhaps it is more earthy than medicinal.

M) The mouthfeel is very slick and smooth, but also a tad thin for my liking.

O) A well crafted brew... I rather enjoyed it, and I'm interested to see how it develops with some time in the cellar. Glad to recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 16:52:36 | More by RoamingGnome
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

05-17-2014 06:15:28 | More by drewone
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Symz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

05-17-2014 04:12:50 | More by Symz
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ManLoveBeer

Florida

4/5  rDev +5%

05-16-2014 10:49:45 | More by ManLoveBeer
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, wood, and slight cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, bourbon, and vanilla flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a subtle cherry presence that is really only noticeable in the smell at this point.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 03:53:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage. Poured from a bottle into a Stone IRS snifter. The pour is very dark, not quite black, and admits very little light. It sports a thin layer of foam that quickly dies down to a thin lacing (low carbonation in a barrel-aged beer does not bother me). The nose is really nice. It's a bit faint, but the barrel comes through pretty nicely. I get notes of oak, some cherries, sweet vanilla, and just a hint of bourbon.

Medium-full body and a tart flavor. The tart cherry flavors hit you very quickly - right on the front of the palate. The malt doesn't even have an opportunity to provide a base for it. Whatever sweetness there is lasts only briefly. At mid-palate, some of the oak notes try to provide a balancing sweetness instead. These also fall a bit short. Last to try is the bourbon with its boozy sweetness. It joins with the cherries and adds richness to the flavor, then a hint of roastiness comes through right on the finish. When it blends with the cherries, you get a chocolate-cherry flavor that lingers very pleasantly.

I don't have a lot of experience with cherry stouts. I did not care for Bell's Cherry Stout at all (too tart), yet I thought that their Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout was absolutely divine. This one is in the middle. It's still a bit too tart for my liking, but the bourbon barrel provides some interesting flavors that counter the sour notes well. My kingdom for a brewer who's willing to make a cherry stout with a shit-ton of chewy, malty sweetness to balance out the sour flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 00:37:55 | More by deadonhisfeet
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RKing44

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%

05-15-2014 13:34:23 | More by RKing44
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mj81

New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was very excited to try this. I love cherries and have heard good things about central waters. 2014 release.

A- was let down from the get go. Pours out like cherry Cola. Cheap carbonation head went from 2 fingers to nothing in literally less than a second. I've seen much better head retention on fountain soda. You can see the overly aggressive carbonation cascading up the glass.

S- about the only shining star on this beer. You get that earthy bourbon smell like that of a prairie brew. Cherries and chocolate come through as well.

T- follows the nose. cherries dominate with some vanilla, chocolate and earthy oak.

M- cherry coke. Too much carbonation, very thin mouthfeel. Barely thicker than something I would pour out a plastic bottle.

O- this beer could have been something so much more if they just toned down the manufactured co2 carbonation and had some more body to it. Flavors were there for the most part but it feels like they cheaped out on taking the necessary steps to make this a world class brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 02:18:52 | More by mj81
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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gio540

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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fthegiants

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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ackeeper

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Zuidman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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jakea

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5%

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djhowell

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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IrishHockey

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage

Appearance: dark, almost black. When held up to the light, red shines through. Very nice looking beer

Smell: WOW! Bourbon....Cherries...so damn good!!!

Taste: alright, I loved it. It's a top 5 for me. Taste is bourbon and cherries. It's the cherry coke of bourbon beer. I want this to be a never ending glass. As it warms, the malts start to come out a bit, but the bourbon and cherry shine. This is everything I wanted a bourbon cherry beer to be.

Mouthfeel: this is the only component of the beer that I feel was lacking. It's a little thin. Almost like a soda. Carbonation was higher than I would have guessed. This in no way made it subpar. It would have been almost perfect with a creamier body.

Overall: I loved this beer. I will buy as much as I can and horde it! Fuck everyone else! Or I'll share, cause damnit, everyone who loves bourbon and cherries needs this. Once you do, Welcome to the crack pipe

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 03:50:23 | More by IrishHockey
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.