Fourteen Fourteen - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.65/5 rDev +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.
06-17-2012 04:54:39 | More by silentjay
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
3.75/5 rDev -15.7%
On tap at Muddy Waters, a decently prices pour too.
Deep brown, small head, a nice looking beer with a good aroma of bourbon, fruit, oak, vanilla, all the good stuff. Taste begins with a little butterscotch, roast, and follows with all that smooth bourbon and oak. The barrel really chimes like a BCBS, but less roast and with some more English character. Smooth as all hell too.
My only issue is the butterscotch problem. It wasn't offensive, but it also wasn't appreciated.
06-07-2012 20:07:44 | More by olympuszymurgus
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
4.48/5 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
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
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
4.33/5 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
Fourteen Fourteen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.