Fourteen Fourteen - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tewaris:
4.1/5 rDev -7.9%
Have to thank Yulles, dc55110 and Mista for the tip. Enjoyed on tap at Muddy Waters.
Black! With good head and retention. The aroma reminded me of The Abyss in several ways in its charred, burnt character. Whiskey by the campfire?
There is plenty of vanilla later but not with a BCBS like silkiness... quite creamy and smooth nonetheless. Char and firm bitterness with mellow sweetness and booze. Woody.
Very warming but with some solvent like notes.
I am not sure on the mouthfeel... on one hand I want it to be bigger, thicker while on the other hand I want it to be thinner and more liquor like (Dark Knight is a good example).
Overall there are so many options now that this one doesn't seem to be worth the trouble of going after a bottle, especially because it reminds me of The Abyss that I like better and is relatively much easier to come by.
That said, it's a damn fine beer!
4, 4, 4, 4, 4.5
06-15-2012 12:29:09 | More by tewaris
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4.69/5 rDev +5.4%
22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Satin Solstice was one of my favorite Imperial Stouts so this one seems really promising. Shared with schen9303.
Pours a .5 finger dark mocha head that dissipates quickly into a thick ring sitting atop a pitch black brew. Legs are viscous and oily with good stick. No lace though. Average.
Nose is crazy delicious and aromatic. I can smell it as I'm pouring. Notes of sweet soy sauce, plum, prunes, raisin, chocolate, fudge, cocoa, brownie and all things sweet and dark in the world, tied together by waves of mellow booziness. Doesn't get much better than this.
Sweet soy sauce, plum, booze, molasses, chocolate, fudge, cocoa, and the slightest bit of roasted malt. Real sweet, fruity and chocolatey. Booze is still present but its dropped off significantly enough to reveal the complexities present in this beer. Finishes sweet and boozy with a chocolate, molasses and roasted malt finish. One of the best I've had.
Medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Oily, smooth and warm in the mouth and goes down with a bit of heat. Messy finish with a sticky, long, lingering aftertaste. Awesome.
I had high hopes for this beer when I learned it was BA Satin Solstice. It doesn't disappoint. From the outstanding aroma to the great, balanced complexity to the perfect mouthfeel, this beer impresses in every way. Definitely a must try.
01-10-2013 01:45:03 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.09/5 rDev -8.1%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Not a lot of head, and what it has settles quickly. Not quite black. Collar of khaki foam.
Smell - Hot bourbon. Chocolate and molasses. Mostly bourbon from the barrel and less of a true barrel character.
Taste - Very intense bourbon. The barrel isn't as influential as the whiskey itself. Chocolate and a little less molasses than the nose implied. Hot finish and finally some oak appears in the back.
Mouthfeel - Barrel hot. Low carbonation. Thin for its size. Boozy, but it's barrel booze not so much beer booze.
Overall - It's good, but not as amazing as I'd hoped. Like many other Central Waters stouts, it comes off a bit thin.
02-04-2013 11:15:14 | More by Alieniloquium
4.58/5 rDev +2.9%
BIG thanks to kalvarez for picking this up for me
poured into a CBS snifter
appearance: jet black, pours smooth, 1" thick chocolate head, the perfect look and pour to a stout
aroma: huge huge huge bourbon nose. could maybe benefit from some variety, but its so awesome that its just a big bourbon nose
palate: about the lightest feeling BA stout ive had so far. its nice, but i wish it did have more body to match the bourbon flavors. medium carbonation, and the alcohol makes its presence known, but its not overpowering. very smooth too
taste: great array of flavors here. bourbon is the strongest, followed by caramel, chocolate and vanilla notes.
overall: not the big bodied stout i imagined, but about as bourbon forward as ive ever had. great taste variety and so smooth. this is a home run by central waters. 14 years and going strong, thanks CW!
02-20-2012 22:59:14 | More by mobius387
4.1/5 rDev -7.9%
A massive thanks goes out to StayWhatYouAre2 for sharing this one during his own Bachelor Tasting a few days before his wedding! Congrats buddy! Served from bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, vanilla, sweet alcohol, and coffee. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, sweet alcohol, wood, and coffee. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma on this one really stood out to me as it was very well balanced and had just the right amount of intensity. The flavor had the same amount of balance, but just didn’t have the intensity in all the right places. Definitely glad I got the chance to try this one. I suggest you do the same!
05-31-2012 12:33:56 | More by thagr81us
4.95/5 rDev +11.2%
22 oz bottle split and poured into a Central Waters tulip.
Serving temperature 45-50°F "Learn to serve" with a snifter shown.
I picked this up at the Central Waters anniversary party before sampling it. Had I had it first I would have got much, much more of this!
A - Central Waters debuts their anniversary beer with their greatest label design yet (not a hard feat really...). Clarity through the silent pour results in a near pitch black-filled tulip. Fourteen Fourteen needs a pretty tall pour to coax the thin-but-dense tan head from it.
S - The thick, rich chocolate aroma reminds of Satin Solstice with it's faint coffee undertones, but the impeccable barrel aging Central Waters is known for is near orgasmic! Soft wood char adds depth to the heavy malt profile while light vanilla bean overlaps the incredibly smooth bourbon alcohol. Subtle heat wafts out, but never does it get overwhelming.
T - Voluptuous, rich chocolate coats the tongue gently as cold, fresh (oxymoron, I know) coffee follows up with a faint bittering quality. Creamy vanilla perfectly engages the chocolate roast while mellow wood and smooth, aged bourbon flavor really show Central Waters' barrel aging finesse.
M - Creamy, soft, and smooth, this rich stout feels like black velvet. Fourteen Fourteen's thick body is perfectly carbonated with a discrete alcohol warmth that keeps this beer from becoming disruptive.
O - Move over Rare, Fourteen Fourteen is better and $40 less. This sophisticated imperial stout is near perfect in every regard! From it's deep, inviting aroma to the luscious, rich flavor and feel, Central Waters' balance in barrel aging is damn near unsurpassed. I know it's only January, but this may very well be my favorite beer of 2012!
02-01-2012 14:26:56 | More by BeerFMAndy
Fourteen Fourteen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.