Fifteen - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.09/5 rDev -9.3%
Thanks to scribe594 for sharing this one during the Churchill's weekend festivities.
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with a cocoa flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that tastes much better than it smells in my opinion.
03-05-2013 02:45:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.05/5 rDev -10.2%
Quick review from written notes, thanks Aaron for sharing!
Black body with a ruby glint in the light, wispy tan foam on the surface has little staying power, leaving behind a small amount of random spotty lace around the edges of the glass.
Alcohol is very present in the aroma, plenty of whiskey barrel heat, a little one-dimensional.
Fudgy chocolate, toasted caramel, almond, roast malt and a bit of barrel char in the back. Tobacco, woody oak. Very dry finish.
Light bodied, it could use more heft to it, like most of CW's stouts. Overall it tastes solid, just a little boozy and thin for my taste personally.
04-29-2013 17:40:44 | More by emerge077
4.09/5 rDev -9.3%
So apparently this is the same recipe as Fourteen Fourteen, but aged in barrels longer. Served in a snifter at Sarah's birthday bash - don't remember who brought this.
A - Tan foam settles to a collar, wisps, and minimal lacing. Dark brown body with hints of amber-brown transparency at the fringes of the glass.
S - A lot like Fourteen Fourteen, but perhaps even more whiskey and booze heavy. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and a really nice coconut note. I had a similar complaint about last year's version and the additional time in the barrel hasn't mellowed things one bit.
T - The taste has a bit more roasty malt presence, dark chocolate, caramel and a touch of char. The base stands up a bit better relative to the intense and oak and whiskey flavors, but this loses some of the great coconut and marshmallow I dug from last year's edition.
M - Moderately tannic and oaky medium-full body. Surprising alcohol warmth that makes this seem stronger than last year - guess it picked up more bourbon? Pleasant moderate carbonation, and a bit rough around the edges.
D - The flavors are nice, but this a bit hot out of the gate. I like last year's release better, but given some time this may eventually equal it. I'd like to give it another shot in six months or so as I think there's a great beer waiting to get out.
03-18-2013 04:34:11 | More by MasterSki
4.19/5 rDev -7.1%
Thanks Ray for knocking this one off my wants list!
Dark brown-black color with mahogany tints, with a small tan head that held at a collar; a few dabs of lace on the glass appeared with a swirl. Big aroma of bourbon-soaked oak, seemingly pretty mellowed out by now, caramel and burny brown sugar, notes of dark fruit and vanilla. Taste came in almost like a stout-barleywine hybrid, strong dark sugars--caramel, molasses--roasty cocoa, nice bourbon/oak/vanilla profile, with the booze heat still being fairly strong, but well-integrated. The body was actually pretty thin for a BA stout, coming in about medium, and again feeling more like a barleywine or hefty strong ale. But the mouthfeel was still pretty smooth, and the drinkability was good for an 11% brew. Very enjoyable overall.
08-05-2014 22:47:42 | More by Rifugium
4.3/5 rDev -4.7%
Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Served side by side with 1414.
The beer pours a mahogany color with a layer of tan head. The smell is sweet and quite rich with some nice dark fruit, vanilla, and bourbon notes. The booze level is a bit high. The heat carries over to the taste with a nice sweetness level. I'm still getting dark fruit, mild vanilla, and some bourbon. The finish is a touch more bitter than expected. The mouthfeel is thinner than expected but not so much that it's a problem. There is an aggressive amount of carbonation with a finish that's quite dry.
Overall I really enjoyed this one and would love to have it with some age on it. I liked this better than the 1414.
03-20-2013 22:49:57 | More by oline73
4.26/5 rDev -5.5%
A: Poured jet black with a moderate but appealing tannish cap which resedes after a few moments leaving spotty lacing and a ring of bubbles
S: As you woould expect. Big bourbon nose with wood, vanilla, chocolate and a whiff of drak fruit to boot
T: Damn good. Initial bourbon upfront greets the tastebuds in a good way. I could immediately tell this was a good barrel with great tretament. Chocolate, hints of coffee, light wood and vanilla are found. This beer is just good. The finish is nice, loads of flavor and a nice warming burn.
M: Full bodied, well carbonated, a nice heat presence on this, a creamy mouthfeel with a truckload of barrel character
O: Very nice beer. Balanced. I was more pleased at how well the barrel complimented the beer versus burying it!
03-03-2013 14:22:44 | More by barleywinefiend
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.15/5 rDev -8%
Black. Light tan head.
1414 even better. Is that possible. Very smooth bourbon flavors. Oak ad vanilla. Chocolate. Rich and smooth. Full bodied. A little heat shows.
Very good beer. A little hot which surprised me because I don't remember 14 being so hot. Still very good.
08-17-2013 22:47:09 | More by mothman
District of Columbia
4.74/5 rDev +5.1%
I acquired this recently via trade. Very excited to try this, based on the rave reviews. typical big stout appearance. Near black with an oily beige head. Fantastic aroma. Bourbon and oak in abundance. Vanilla, chocolate, roast. Dark chocolates and bourbon. So smooth. Just silky on the palate and teeming with flavor. Beautifully balanced. Dangerously easy to drink. Mild warmth in the finish. I understand the high review average. This beer rocks.
02-06-2014 02:53:59 | More by Huhzubendah
Fifteen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.