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Fourteen Fourteen - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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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.

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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 212
Photo of tewaris
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 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 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 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 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 derkfromwi
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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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 beerwolf77
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black with a solid two fingers of mocha hued head. Aroma is fantastic. Chocolate, bourbon, coffee, molasses, barrel wood. Flavors are right where they should be. Rich fudge, coffee, bourbon, vanilla. Full body but not syrupy like most BA stouts. Overall this is an amazing beer. I'm sad I didn't pick up more.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a dark brown with a light brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is incredibly interesting on this one. At first I get notes of peanut butter with chocolate and vanilla in there as well.

T: The taste is on par with the nose. It actually tastes like peanuts and almonds with a nice chocolate, vanilla, and molasses backbone.

M: The feel is in the middle of medium with decent carbonation.

O: Very interesting beer and very tasty. The peanut is a surprising aroma and flavor given that it's not announced anywhere on the bottle. I wish I had another to age for a bit.

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Photo of sommersb
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 03-22-2012
Freshness: Released 01-2012
Packaging: 22 oz. bottle
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Black and opaque, with a small tan head. Low retention and just a little bit of lacing.

S: Strong oak aromas, plus roasted malts, licorice, vanilla beans, dark bread (like rye), woodiness, and alcohol. Aromas are bold and pleasant.

T: Rich tastes, with a strong alcohol presence. Woody, with flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, and dark breads. Bitterness is low. The spices come to the forefront as the beer warms to room temperature.

M: Smooth and luxurious feel, with a low amount of carbonation. Aftertastes are of roasted coffee bitterness and alcohol warmth.

O: A highly enjoyable and recommended beer. I wish I had more of these!

Thanks to Duff27 for this one!

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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 DCon
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 22oz. bottle of this w/ STLWIll & Friends @ The Royale. Poured from the Brown/Black Oak or Wooden Labeled bottle w/ "Anniversary Edition" labeled twice into a 12oz Shaker Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle but do know its from 2011.

Aroma- Big time oak and bourbon hits the nose first. Malts, roastiness, and booze are in here as well but the oak came out the strongest. You can tell this bad boy has been aged in these 14yr barrels!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that dies fairly quickly. The body has legs and is a deep brown color. Leaves dark suds behind.

Flavor- Richest malts, sweetness, and oak flavor comes out huge! Very strong and complexed. One of the most flavorful 2x Stouts I've had in a while! Medium bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Chewy, and then Chocolate and oak finish off on the palate. Awesome finish! Couldn't ask for more.

Overall Impression- Very impressed! The oak and richness was huge in this one! Couldn't even believe the chocolate as well on the finish. I HIGHLY recommend grabbing a bottle of this so you can see for yourself what I'm talking about!

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Photo of mobius387
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of TATURBO
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Central Waters 1414. Based on my review from the bottle, and I had on tap in a CW Snifter at the 14th Anniversary party.

Appearance: Dark, nearly totally Opaque. No head.

Smell: Very boozy and Chocolaty. Smells very inviting.

Taste: Strong flavor of Chocolate with a Marshmallow flavor that comes on strong next. Great Barrel notes, so very smooth going down. I couldn't dream up a better tasting beer if I tried. Really over the top as far as my personal favorite flavors.

Mouthfeel: Again really good. The base beer is a great starting point. It's got it going on. Not too thick or viscous nor too thin or watery. Gave a 4.5 based on the smoothness just a tad less than other top notch barrel aged beers I've had.

Overall: This beer seriously did it for me. I absolutely loved it and I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. My drinking buddy called it "His CBS face" Yeah, liked it like nothing I've ever had.
Damn near perfect on my scale for the kind of beers I truly like and seek out. My overall would be a 4.75 of more. Central Waters deserves a High 5, They knocked this one outta the park!

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a nice black with a 1 finger mocha head. Minimal lacing that speckle the glass.

S- nice bourbon and vanilla notes followed by chocolate and some alcohol.

T- sweet and bitter chocolate, bourbon is there but not overpowering with vanilla and oak as well.

M- medium body with low carbonation. Abv is noticeable but this beer is not hot.

O- another amazing BA beer from Central Waters! This is a drinkable BA stout that has amazing aromas and flavors that the style should have.

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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 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 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 Alpar
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Anniversary party. The smell is of strong bourbon and a really sweet vanilla. Just a tad of coffee that compliments the barrel and vanilla. The taste is outstanding. Coats the mouth and the vanilla/marshmallow flavor really comes through. This is excellent. Central Waters has never let me down.

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