Fourteen Fourteen - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev -9%
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.
05-09-2012 17:26:22 | More by Thorpe429
4.48/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
05-27-2012 04:37:24 | More by largadeer
4.33/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
05-08-2012 12:39:31 | More by MasterSki
4.2/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
03-21-2013 04:02:14 | More by oline73
4.09/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
12-13-2013 18:40:45 | More by mdfb79
3.83/5 rDev -13.9%
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!
12-10-2013 02:59:57 | More by kojevergas
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.73/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
05-25-2012 23:02:11 | More by mothman
District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
08-26-2012 01:56:07 | More by Huhzubendah
4.48/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
07-29-2012 05:50:44 | More by HopHead84
Fourteen Fourteen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.