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Fourteen Fourteen - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.85%


Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: 4DAloveofSTOUT on 01-30-2012)
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Nugganooch

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz - NYC bottle share with mdfb79. Thanks to mid for this gem!
12/12/13 – Served in a Duvel tulip glass
Aged 1+ years

A: Dark oily black body with a soft glazing. Reddened at the edge it is dark chocolate looking at times. Thin oatmeal colored rim gives out to a halo almost instantly. Some minor alcohol leggings and large formatted dots of gentle stick.

S: Huge Bourbon infused nose meets bakers chocolate with roasted grains, darkened caramels, vanilla, rum raisin, and charred oak. Alcohol is definitely present and nearing boozy. Light earthiness with some root like character to it. Big bourbon spirit and oak influence here which is nice.

T: Tastes of Bourbon spice, chocolate malts, roast grains, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits, and charred wood. I get some subtle nuances of marshmallow and toasted coconut as well which is pretty awesome. Slightly sweetened by charred sugars with lots of grain alcohol noted; this one has some barrel heat. There is a moderate to low amount of bitterness to the beer and a dash of earthy minerals layered in. Very delicious with big Bourbon flavor and barely mellowed at this point.

M: Heavier body but only slightly viscous. Has a very manageable consistency with an even carbonation. Fairly hot on the palate with some mild bitterness. Finishes relatively clean with some more ABV warmth.

D: A very nice sipper. Glad to have finally shared this one. It is very bourbon forward if that is your thing and still relatively hot. Slightly more aggressive than Bourbon County and a little rougher in that regards. As in not as smooth. Great flavors however this one should go another year or two then I think you will hit perfection. Would love to get my hands on the 15.

There is now one less of these bottles in existence.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 23:17:13 | More by Nugganooch
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mdfb79

New York

4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From 12/12/13 notes. Huge thanks to Nugganooch for sharing this one; thanks Dane! Big want of mine. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident. Looks very nice, like a big stout.

s - Smells of sweet bourbon, oak, milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweet cocoa and chocolate, toasted notes, and alcohol. Smell has a ton of bourbon and chocolate to it, and definitely smells strong. A bit hot but I like it.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, sweet bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts, light coffee, coconut, cream, toasted malts, and burnt malts. Taste again is very strong with a lot of bourbon. I like the nose a bit better.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation. A bit thin in the body and some alcohol heat.

o - Overall a good BA double stout, though I was slightly disappointed. I was surprised how strong this one tasted and while I liked it, I like hot beers so if a beer is very bourbon forward and well made, I still enjoy it. I could see someone who doesn't like such a strong bourbon presence not liking this one as much. Body is a bit thin. A good beer but if I had another bottle I'd recommend sitting on it for a while.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 18:40:45 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Acquired courtesy of the very gracious Duff27. Thanks, buddy!

22 oz brown glass bottle with classy label art and unbranded pry-off pressure cap served into an Odell stem-tulip in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, CO. Reviewed live. Expectations are sky high given the brewery and style. Reviewed as a barrel aged imperial stout as the label identifies it as such.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a quarter finger wide head of lovely khaki colour. Nice cream and thickness. Retention is awful - maybe 20 seconds at best. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. Jet black. Sleek.

Looks good for an imperial stout, but I do want more from the head. Not unique or special, but I'm really looking forward to trying it. No egregious flaws here.

Sm: Strong. Real spicy bourbon hit me as soon as it was poured. Chocolate, faint vanilla, oak barrel wood notes, dark malts, chocolate malts, and marshmallow.

Alcohol presence is noticeable but light. No yeast character or hops are detectable. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: Marshmallow, seamlessly integrated caramel, light faint burnt character, dark malts, chocolate malts, dark chocolate (without any bitterness), and cream. Both my companion and I would like more chocolate from it. It's got impressive depth. Nicely complex and subtle, even intricate. I could also use far more of the bourbon barrel notes; there is some faint vanilla and light oak - but it's quite timid overall and the oak lacks richness and/or refined character. Not as toasty as it ought to be. None of the spice from the aroma comes through here. Certainly balanced and cohesive, but not quite gestalt.

Has good impressive depth of flavour, and above average duration of flavour. Average intensity of flavour for the style.

No alcohol, hop character, or yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth, wet, creamy, lightly sticky, a bit syrupy, a bit too thick, nicely full-bodied, and comforting. Silky. Not boozy or hot, surprisingly. Also not astringent, harsh, gushed, or rough.

Complements the flavour profile well, but more in a general sense - not such that it feels custom-tailored specifically to the flavour profile.

Dr: Quite drinkable overall, but ultimately it's still a sipper. I'm really liking it, and I would be lucky to pick it up again. Age has probably done it well. It really nails the marshmallow, but I do want more character from the bourbon/barrel. I'd recommend it to friends, and it's definitely worth trying. Another incredibly tasty brew from Central Waters. Thanks for the beer, Duff27!

Ages well.

Low B+

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 02:59:57 | More by kojevergas
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oline73

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I had this side by side with Fifteen. Poured from the bomber into a goblet.

The beer pours a mahogany color with a layer of tan head. The smell of this one is a bit hot with some dark fruit and bourbon, but it's not as rich as the Fifteen. The taste is not overly sweet but it has nice notes of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, and perhaps some cherry. The finish is slightly bitter. I was surprised how hot this beer was considering the age. The body is just on the thin side with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit but I liked the Fifteen more. The main difference is the smell.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 04:02:14 | More by oline73
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popery

California

4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown. Looks a bit murky but it could just be the color. Light beige head. Small bubbles. Dissipating head. Lots of brown sugar, roast and chocolate in the nose. Well blended bourbon character. Lots more good barrel character in the taste. Starts sweet but dries out well as the wood comes in. Solid roast and chocolate flavors. Smooth mouthfeel. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 03:24:46 | More by popery
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 11:15:14 | More by Alieniloquium
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks BeerFMAndy for this awesome "want!"

Served in a Port City snifter.

A: Black as night pour for sure, with a wispy, mocha head that stuck around like a bat out of hades.

S: I got fresh ground, high quality hot cocoa mix, with a bit of dog food kibble in there (being a dog person, I mean that as a compliment). Definitely a chocolatey brew.

T: A bit of booze warming, dark fruit-like quality in there, but overall, this a chocoholic's dream in a glass. Holy shit, this give Southern Tier's "Chokolat" a run for it's money in that category.

M: Nice prickle, yet the carbonation was appropriately low. Lots of wavy mocha bubble screens left on the glass. the bitterness was played pleasantly to a tea.

O: If Hershey and other chocolate makers ever decided to get into the beer biz, they should study this brew. It will be worth it....

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 07:04:00 | More by Chaney
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 01:45:03 | More by SpeedwayJim
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into HF glass split two ways.

A- Pours a dark brown that appears a pretty much opaque jet black in the glass with a thin mocha brown head that recedes to pretty much no head and doesn't leave a ton of lacing.

S- Lots of oak, some chocolate, and a hint of booze. Definitely a lot of oak dominating the nose and letting the barrel-aged presence known. Slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Again lots of oak, smooth chocolate that balances well with the oak, light lingering chocolate and oak on the finish. Overall a decent stout with some nice oak flavors that come out from the barrel.

M- Nice medium body, decent carbonation, fairly smooth, very drinkable.

O- This was a nice barrel-aged stout, however I was expecting a lot more from it. The base beer stout was decent and the barrel-aging gave it a nice oaky flavor however overall it wasn't anything that really blew me away. It was a nice BA stout that I enjoyed drinking, but I didn't get that much complexity out of it. I think I actually enjoyed the CW BB stout more since the bourbon gave it a little bit more sweetness and overall flavor. Overall I definitely enjoyed this and I would recommend trying it if given the chance but I would definitely not recommend giving up a lot to obtain it. The HF Genealogy of Morals we had before this was significantly better.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 04:12:38 | More by jaasen64
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BasterdInABasket

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into Tulip glass
A- Body is Jet black, opaque, head is a light tan, maybe half finger thick, retention only on sides of glass, a little lacing
S- Oak, bourbon, vanilla sweetness, chocolate, slightly roasted, slightly boozy
T- Similar to nose, oaky, some sweetness, but more chocolate, oakiness lingers for a little but surprisingly great milk chocolate flavor takes over on the finish
M- Pretty diverse, Big, not huge body to start, some carbonation and alcohol, very smooth milk chocolate/slight bourbon finish, kind of wish there was a bigger feel/lingering flavor
O- Oak and bourbon taste doesn't blast you in the mouth like some BA Stouts but the flavors are delicious, especially the chocolate, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 02:55:21 | More by BasterdInABasket
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Major thanks to Andy for snagging me a bottle!

(A)- Pours a deep pitch black color. Some good tan froth and surprising lace.

(S)- A nice chocolatey raisin and subtle caramel, bark, and nice vanilla oak component.

(T)- Similar to the smell mostly. A bit chocolatey and with a subtle oaky caramel this time. Bits of raisin and vanilla too.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Its actually a touch thin in the mouthfeel for the style, but it helps its drinkability all the same.

(O)- A really good stout from a great, under-rated brewery. Well-balanced with a very harmonious taste and aroma despite a slightly thinner feel. Not ridiculously complex, but just an awesome stout that showcases the barrel aging very well.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 14:16:09 | More by sweemzander
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this at Matt's birthday tasting last night. Thanks for sharing this, CJ! I didn't think I'd see this

Very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, this looks nice. The nose is great. Coffee liqueur, chocolate liqueur, a big bourbon, oak and vanilla note and even a little bit of a raw oak aroma. The base stout isn't particularly roasty, but that seems to be a Central Waters characteristic, as neither their Satin Solstice or -bal imperial stout is particularly roasty. A mild booze character is present

The palate opens with a blend of chocolate, coffee and booze. Mildly flabby, mildly dull and muddled, this is yeasty, fruity, mildly vinous, especially in the way that the tannins and alcohol play off each other. Medium-full in body, medium-low in carbonation. Mildly roasty and boozy on the finish, this is decent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 16:16:30 | More by DefenCorps
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Chris. Thanks buddy.

The beer appears dark brown with a thin, light tan head. The aroma is buttery, with notes of oak, bourbon, roast. Smooth feel, but perhaps a bit flabby, per se. Different aspects of this beer lack harmony and continuity. Still, a solid beer and quite tasty. Alcohol presence is tree, but generally unobtrusive. Overall, pretty tasty, but nothing extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 01:56:07 | More by Huhzubendah
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Chris for sharing this one.

Beer pours a dark brown/nearly black with a tiny off-white head. Aroma is rather impressive, bourbon, oak, vanilla and a bit of roasty coffee all mix together nicely. The only thing keeping it from being a 5 is that there's a bit of alcohol in there. Flavor isn't quite as impressive as the nose however. It's a nice mix of bourbon, chocolate, oak and roast, but nothing really stands out here. It's a nice bourbon barrel stout, but not the best I've had. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but full bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall, this is a good beer, but doesn't really stand out among other similar beers. I like it, don't love it.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 01:46:37 | More by starrdogg
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for this nice rare beer!

It pours a nice very dark brown color with just a ring of head and not much lacing. The smell has a bunch of powdered cocoa, deep dark malt that is semi roasty, some great bourbon cask in there as well. Some nice dark fruits in the nose and the taste as well. A little coffee in the taste along with the bourbon, malt, molasses, brown sugar, etc. the flavor lingers such a long time, it's quite remarkable! The mouthfeel is great and smooth, not much alcohol at all, and great long finish. Overall, a very nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 01:37:28 | More by Dreadnaught33
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dtmets84

New York

3.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks! rom a long awaiting tell me how you feel about the brew aka mediocre

very thinL ight roasted malt presence with strong bourbon aromatics. wishing for more

Overall: Really nice. Reminds me of a barrel of something i i wish i could have been..

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 01:03:55 | More by dtmets84
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HopHead84

California

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7/28/2012

Thanks! Snifter.

A: Brown bordering on black with a deep reddish tinge near the edges. The head is half an inch of beige froth.

S: Nutty dark toffee in the nose with dark chocolate and vanilla. Cocoa and a little coconut with brown sugar and oak. Light roasted malt presence with strong bourbon aromatics. Smells a lot like a Barleywine.

T: A blend of toffee, dark chocolate, and caramel with a lower moderate bitterness. Bourbon is well integrated and there's a pretty great vanilla profile. Nutty notes blend with oak and roasted grains. Well hidden alcohol in the flavor.

M: Upper medium to lower full body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel soft, silky, and creamy with alcohol warming.

Overall: Really nice. Reminds me of a barrel aged blend of Barleywine and Imperial Stout. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 05:50:44 | More by HopHead84
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brystmar

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to this one for awhile. Body is dark brown and pours a little watery. Medium-ish tan head, still lacking for a stout.

Good aroma with bourbon melting smoothly into the stout base. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the taste as the bourbon barrel character overwhelms the base stout. This fault seems to improve as it warms, though the bourbon is still overpowering overall. Wish the barrel was more an accent on the base than the predominant flavor.

Body suffers from CWS (Central Waters Syndrome): thin, weak, and watery. A decent stout, but still falls quite short of my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 00:00:36 | More by brystmar
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pitch black with a smallish dark mocha head that is perfect for the style that laces extremely well as it recedes to a thin film.

lots of sweet dark malts and bourbon. a nice bourbon heat, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, mocha coffee, cacoa nibs, charred oak. complex and balanced aroma. could sniff this one all night.

bourbon first and foremost, but its well integrated into the sweet and dark roast stout flavors. some chocolate, hazelnut liqueur, a good amount of wood character brings in some earthiness and a lot of sweet molasses, caramel, and brown sugar. a lot of dark fruit as it warms with raisins, dates, dried candied fruits... excellent.

One qualm I've had with the couple CW barrel aged beers I've tried is their thin mouthfeel. This one does not suffer from that AT ALL. very thick and sticky mouthfeel with a nice lingering bourbon heat and sweetness.

tremendous. One of the best stouts I've had in quite some time. Would love for this to be readily available, but I'm just glad to have the opportunity to enjoy this on my birthday. very complex, balanced, and tasty. a monster of a beer and one that puts many of the "BIG BOYS" to shame.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 04:54:39 | More by silentjay
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 12:33:56 | More by thagr81us
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largadeer

California

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Jason.

Appearance: Dark brown, not opaque by any means - looks more like a big brown ale. Pours with a half-inch of tan foam that recedes to a collar.

Smell: Brown sugar and chocolate chip cookies. Oatmeal, vanilla, molasses, a touch of coffee and bourbon. Wonderfully rich, with an integrated bourbon character that melds perfectly with the base beer.

Palate: Molasses and licorice, oatmeal chocolate cookies, raisin an a touch of red wine, plenty of bourbon but not a ton of booze. Body is medium-full, not overly viscous, but not thin. Sweet, but never cloying. The finish is sweet and rich with cocoa and cookie dough.

Overall: This is damn good.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 04:37:24 | More by largadeer
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.73/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beige head. Color is a deep brown.

Aroma: Bourbon, oak, and vanilla up front. Lots of chocolate and caramel. Some coffee roast as well.

Taste: Warming bourbon with notes of vanilla, caramel, and oak. Chocolate and cocoa blend together. It is a bit roasty with some coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Warming and smooth. A tad roasty. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, I thought this was a decent -bal aged stout, but nothing as the reviews suggest. Pretty drinkable, but it kind of blends in with the rest of them. A bit too roasty for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 23:02:11 | More by mothman
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to someone for sharing this in line at Dark Lord Day 2012. Served in a taster glass. Pours near-black with a nice mocha head and some spots of lacing as it falls to a thin collar. The nose is unbelievable with loads of fresh vanilla and a bit of oak alongside smooth bourbon and a bit of chocolate. The flavor falls off from there with the bourbon taking over alongside a fair amount of booze. Heavy body with low carbonation. Nose was killer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 17:26:22 | More by Thorpe429
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bauermj for sharing this one. Served in a Närke snifter. Apparently this was aged in Buffalo Trace barrels.

A - Thin tan foam settles to a collar, some wispy patches of haze, and a few splotches of lace. Near-black body.

S - Massive whiskey presence here - tons of overt bourbon and barrel presence. Coconut, vanilla, toasted almonds, and charry oak mingle with intensely roasted grains, dark chocolate, and a hint of marshmallow. Definitely a punch to the face, and perhaps a tad boozy for my tastes.

T - The taste is a bit friendlier, as the massive bourbon bite has been tamed a bit by the base beer's chocolate, roasted malts, and dark fruit flavors. Still, a hefty dose of earthy bourbon, marshmallow, and toasted coconut fill out the flavor profile. Quite excellent.

M - Smooth, medium body, mildly chewy, medium-low carbonation, and minimal alcohol warmth for the listed 11%. Dry, tannic finish, but surprisingly clean otherwise - not much residual stickiness at all.

D - I'm not sure how a 7.5% base beer (Satin Solstice) ends up at 11% after 14 months in a bourbon barrel. Perhaps they made an extra-hefty batch for this specific release, or perhaps they regularly dilute Satin Solstice - who knows? In any case, I enjoyed this quite a bit more than Central Waters' Bourbon Barrel Stout and would recommend seeking it out if you like a lot of whiskey in your beer. Looking forward to drinking the bottle joshuaseresse sent me - think I still owe him some beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 12:39:31 | More by MasterSki
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel glass

A: One-inch mocha head that dissipates to a nice ring around edges of glass, jet black color, decent carbonation for an Imperial Stout, little bit of lacing

S: Bourbon, dark chocolate, molasses, nice blend of malts, dark fruits and a bit of tobacco as it warms

T: Sweet caramel, bourbon, chocolates, roasted malts, oak, spicy bitterness from barrel and hops, slight earthiness, complex

M: Smooth and silky, good carbonation, medium-full to full bodied, warming, bit of a dry finish

O: Very good Imperial Stout, aged 14 months in 14-year-old barrels, this will be the last beer of the night for sure

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 03:24:53 | More by derkfromwi
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Fourteen Fourteen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.