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Fourteen Fourteen - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 212
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 388
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: 4DAloveofSTOUT on 01-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
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+

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

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Photo of Duff27
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a short medium mocha head that recedes quickly. Dark brown body.Above average lacing for an imperial stout.

S- Smells of alcohol, "like nail polish in a good way!". Some roasted notes.

T- Bourbon flavors turn this into sweet chocolate candy. Yum. Slight vanilla rounds this out perfectly.

M- Very full mouthfeel, chewy. Adequate carbonation.

D/O- Overall 1414 is one of the better impy stouts I've had in the last few months. The barrel notes mesh flawlessly with the base stout. Definitely recommended and worth seeking out.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

poured by the bartender at Central Waters during Fourteenth Anniversary party!

This beer is aged in 14 year Buffalo Trace barrels for 14 months in honor of Central Waters 14 year anniversary.

Beer reviewed from written notes on 1/28/2012.

Review# 275!

Appearance: black bodied beer with a finger almost 2 fingers of mocha brown head. Lacing is thick.

Smell: big barrel notes from this beer! Oak, bourbon, chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: Just like the nose! Nice bourbon barrel aged beer. Bourbon and wood upfront, fairly sweet without becoming cloying. Really chocolately with vanilla and marshmellows noted lingering in the back. Some minor roasty and smoky notes add balance. Alcohol is tasted, but not much of a burn is noted. Just right!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with carbonation that is almost moderate, but its just falls a little bit short of that. So the high end of a low carbonated beer. You do get more carbonation than your normal barrell aged beer, which I think is not a hinderance. Its fairly drinkable and creamy.

Overall: Be careful with this beer its a sipper that will go down really fast! This is the best offering I have drank from Central Waters! Peruvian Morning is not far behind this beer though. The only barrel aged beer I have yet to try from Central Waters is bourbon barrel cherry stout. This beer is very compareable Ivan the Terrible and Old Raspy XIV. Fantastic Job Central Waters! I am a big fan of your beer and commitment to quality craft beers.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I got to try this both 2 and 3 year aged. This beer has a special smoothness that only certain beers (like 2013 Black Gold) that take it over the top. Nothing unexpected or different, just a perfect BA stout.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

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Photo of maximum12
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottles picked up at the ever-fine Central Waters anniversary party last weekend, & after having a glass on tap, wish I'd been able to pick up more. A lot more. Hope it's as good out of the bottle: split into two snifters to top off a good night after a tasting. Nice 22 oz. bottle, with a nice, retro, minimalist label.

Pours, like, black. Like a big stout. Smell is rich: chocolate, roast, vanilla, all underpinned with massive bourbon notes. Ummmm.

Fourteen Fourteen is one more notch in the most underrated bourbon barrel programs in the country. Sharp roast manages to rise about the barrel. Luscious vanilla caresses the tongue while bourbon continues to fire up the nose. Perfect barrel balance. Chocolate is strong. Bourbon. The overall effect is sweet & strong. Smoothery. Alcohol is unknown here. Gorgeous in the mouth. And so easy to drink.

Wow. This is top-shelf stuff. Marvelous balance, lovely use of the barrel. Excellent.

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Photo of popery
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing Shane!

Not quite black as night, but with a nice dark tan head.

Smells wonderfully bourbony, roasted, slight coffee notes, chocolate and plenty of oakiness.

Tastes of burnt sugar, molasses, slight coffee roastedness, oak and light toasted vanilla and bourbon, all nicely balanced.

Medium to full body.

Great BA stout, wonderful balance!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to hannydawg for bringing this to my birthday.

A: pours opaque, thick, and black, creamy light brown head

S: nose features mellow coconut along with robust chocolate brownie, tons of vanilla in the back, smell luscious

T: the taste delivers exactly what is expected from the smell... delicious, rich, a bit heavy, tons of chocolate and vanilla, waves of coconut, great balance, great use of barrel aging

MF: huge body, viscous on palate, smooth and creamy

O: this is one hell of a beer. I enjoy the BBS from Central Waters, but this beer makes the Bourbon Barrel Stout taste like a second runnings small beer. Huge flavors and tons of character.

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Photo of Chaney
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
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....

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of jegross2
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Fourteen Fourteen from Central Waters Brewing Company.
Score: 97

Tap pour served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 03/24/12 at the Central Waters tap takeover at the Local Option during Chicago craft beer week.

Appearance: The beer is a black color with a thick caramel-colored strip atop the glass when held up to light. Served with a thin beige-colored head that settles to a bubbly ring around glass. Minimal lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Rich bourbon-soaked raisins and milk chocolate. Sweet fig, molasses, and a hint of vanilla extract. 4.5/5

Taste: Complex! A lot more bourbon flavor upfront than the nose led on, but it's not really "boozy" -- just warming on the tongue. Behind the bourbon is sweet milk chocolate covered raisins, fudge and a smooth molasses-y backbone with brown sugar flavor in the finish. A little dry whiskey spice in the throat off the swallow. Marshmallow and a hint of almond on the midpalate. Hint of burnt oak too. There's a faint hoppiness in the finish. I love these kind of beers that are loaded with complex bourbon and stout flavors without the bourbon bite from the barrel-aging. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Usually Central Waters' great downfall has been the mouthfeel of their barrel-aged beers, which are notoriously thin-bodied -- but not this one! Full bodied, low carbonation. This beer is dry and modestly sweet. 5/5

Overall: A knockout barrel-aged beer from Central Waters that does not let down in the mouthfeel department. Central Waters should seriously consider re-brewing this, packaging it in four-packs and then distributing it. It is easily Central Waters' best beer, and comparable in quality to Hill Farmstead's Damon in my opinion.

Recommendation: If you ever see this tapped again, run -- don't walk -- to the brewpub and order a couple of glasses.

Pairings: Filet Mignon.

Cost: $7 for a 10 oz snifter pour at the bar, or $10 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Fourteen Fourteen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.