Fifteen - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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2.79/5 rDev -38.1%
A - Dark brown with medium body and a small foam head
S - Light chocolate and caramel to it. Really a strong and astrigent bourbon into it that ruins the nose.
T - Dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and a slight metallic kick in the finish. Too much coffee and roastedness that makes this way too bitter in my opinion. This is also really hot as the beer doesn't just have a bourbon flavor, it has a straight up taste of alcohol near the back end.
M - Thick body to it with lots of roasted bitterness that leaves an astringency that lingers on the tongue
O - In my opinion, this beer was totally overrated and a huge disappointment. Maybe this was a bad bottle but it was all out of sort. It had too much bitterness and too much straight up alcohol taste for my opinion. I was not a fan.
06-15-2013 01:59:21 | More by jeonseh
2.95/5 rDev -34.6%
22oz. Poured into a snifter, like a boss!
Appearance - Dark, dark brown, with about 1 fingers worth of beige head. At this point I was pretty amped...
Smell - Heavy whiskey/bourbon in the nose, very in your face and it severely overpowered any other aromas wafting forth. At this point I was still mildly amped...
Taste - Heavy whiskey/bourbon notes with a decent chocolate, toasty stout flavor in the background. Slightly one dimensional. At this point I was a little disappointed...
Mouthfeel - Very thin and fleeting. Many reviews claim this is thicker than the 1414...which makes me glad I never had it. This is definitely the weakest component of this beer. At this point I was very disappointed...
Overall - not for nothing...but I'm pretty mad at myself for buying into the hype of this one. This beer completely fell through my expectations of it, based on the hype. I've had countless barrel aged stouts that were far and away better than this. At this point I was extremely pissed I traded for this...
02-20-2013 05:21:00 | More by RandomBattle
3.2/5 rDev -29%
Appearance is pretty flat, black, medium thickness. Nothing special.
Smell is humongous chocolate, followed by vanilla, caramel, oak, bourbon. Really just waves of chocolate though. Smells great, if slightly one-dimensional.
This is, well... hmm. Boozy upfront, astringent bitter coffee, oak, some chocolate in the finish, slight bit of vanilla. The flavors are jumbled together, it's kind of a mess. This is very average. As it sits it opens up slightly, becomes a bit less boozy and a bit more chocolatey. Still though, a BCBS blows this out of the water.
Mouthfeel is overcarbonated and not thick enough.
I don't get what people are on about with this beer. Smells great, but it's all downhill from there. Honestly, I don't think you should waste your time on this. Not worth what you have to trade to get it.
02-19-2013 04:29:38 | More by rodkin
3.49/5 rDev -22.6%
Thanks to thetomg for sharing. 22oz bottle into tulip.
Pours black, light mocha head, thin ring around the glass, and some legs & spotty lacing. The nose is lots of booze, some chocolate, burnt sugars, and a good amount of barrel influence. Taste is all barrel and hot booze, pretty messy. The chocolate and burnt sugars are hidden by the overpowering oak & booze...the extra time in the barrel is to blame, I'm sure. Body is medium, light carbonation, sweet creamy finish.
After being let down by 1414 last year and reading all the stellar reviews here on BA, I was expecting this one to be amongst my top beers of 2013 so far. After trying this, I can easily say this is overhyped beyond belief and is just a hot boozy & oaky mess. Perhaps some additional time in the bottle will improve this one, but right now, it's the most overhyped beer on BA.
02-18-2013 18:25:34 | More by Sean9689
3.71/5 rDev -17.7%
Thanks to joshuasereese for the bottle!
Pours motor oil black with hardly any head from a vigorous pour. Slight lacing. Looks fairly flat.
Big chocolate aroma. Some vanilla and maybe oak and chocolate if I strain enough, but chocolate is overpowering, but smells delicious.
Unfortunately the flavor does not live up to the smell or hype. Big chocolate bomb of a beer. Up front the tastes are muddied and all over the place. A little booze although not nearly as integrated and present as I'd prefer. Some roasted malt, oak and vanilla. Finishes with a big bitter dark chocolate linger. Easily the best part of the flavor.
Pretty thick body with lowish carbonation.
Don't understand why the hype train is pulling out of the station for this one. Not bad by any means, but the flavors are a jumbled mess, alcohol is not very well integrated and it's just hard to drink in general despite the fact that there are some legitimately good flavors coming out of this at times. Really it's a slightly less sweet version of what ST Chokolat wants to be. Maybe it'll age better, but for now I'll pass on trying to obtain any more.
02-19-2013 15:45:30 | More by jmarsh123
3.96/5 rDev -12.2%
Served on-tap at Central Waters into a plastic taster cup.
A: Black with brown edges, small cascading mocha bubbles rise as the beer nestles into the plastic cup.
N: Huge notes of molasses, vanilla, bourbon, fudge, dark chocolate, and a slit hint of coconut. As it warms, the flavors start to open up, chocolate liqueur poured on to raisins, marshmallows, light oak notes, this thing keeps changing every time I put my nose to the cup! World class.
T: This beer is about as complex as I can imagine. I was worried that it would be thin, but hell no. My first sip was like a bourbon soaked snickers bar, molasses comes to mind immediately, followed by beautiful vanilla and nut accents. There really is no way to explain how smooth this beer goes down, the beer changes so much as it warms, it's really great stuff. I'm happy this is lower ABV, it'd be way to dangerous at 15%>. This is like BBPT5 to the Nth degree. Cheers Paul and Anello!
M: Can you say chocolate milk? This is smooth, creamy, complex, and it leaves you wanting more. (just lick your teeth for a second taste!) The carbonation is enough to allow the beer to open up, and coat your mouth in delicious bourbon and fudge.
O: Well, this is a game changer. Supremely balanced, smooth, and worthy of sharing CW's 15th birthday. The complexity of the flavors meld so perfectly, it is a testament to the talent of the brewers at CW's. Cheers again guys! Move over BBPT5, BCBS, BN, and say hello to BA DL and Rare. This is a real treat, share this with the best of friends.
01-30-2013 01:11:10 | More by CityofBals
Fifteen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.