Fifteen - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.55/5 rDev +0.9%
Thanks! Snifter. Very dark brown with an inch of light brown foam. Slightly smoky aroma with big fudge and toffee notes. Huge bourbon component with roasted grains, vanilla, and oak. Touch of oxidation with a little coconut. The nose is amazing. The flavor exhibits a firm oak presence with lots of toffee. Notes of vanilla blend with roast and chocolate. Alcohol heat is present but not harsh. Big bourbon character throughout with lots of oak. I liked this a lot, about as much as Fourteen Fourteen, though my score of that beer doesn't accurately reflect how much I like it. Anyway, Fifteen is fantastic.
05-29-2013 03:26:42 | More by HopHead84
4.29/5 rDev -4.9%
Bottle opened on 3.30.13
A - Pours a dark brown with a smaller dark tan head that quickly moves to the edges.
S - Tons of bourbon, some chocolate and a touch of barrel-wood.
T - Still lots of bourbon, but more chocolate and wood and more balanced than the nose.
D - Lower carbonation with a heavier body.
O - Boozy bourbon and chocolate with some of the barrelshowing. A very nice beer.
04-12-2013 03:29:56 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.21/5 rDev -6.7%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Black, but transparent at the edges. Thick collar. Not too much of a head. But some wisps.
Smell - Loads of bourbon. Almost corn. More barrel than Fourteen Fourteen, better oak and vanilla. Roasty, but almost lost behind the barrel.
Taste - Lots of bourbon up front. Raw bourbon flavor. Sweet malts. Deep roast but bright alcoholic flavors. Tasty, but mostly bourbon and barrel character.
Mouthfeel - Extremely hot. Extremely boozy. Thin, as always from Central Waters.
Overall - It's boozy as hell, but the flavors are very nice. Better than 1414, but not by much.
03-12-2013 02:54:11 | More by Alieniloquium
4.94/5 rDev +9.5%
22 oz bottle poured into a Central Waters tulip.
Serve in a snifter. Serving temp 45-50°F
A - This imperial stout pours velvety smooth and almost creamy, filling the glass with an inky black beer. With the amount of alcohol and time in the barrel, it's hard to request a firm, long-lasting head from the beer. A ring of tan foam creates a surface halo though.
S - Fifteen's robust and powerful nose displays layers of complexity within this beer beginning with mellow, not hot, bourbon alcohol. Notes of white chocolate and vanilla follow and pair with the oak's nutty, earthy characteristics, becoming reminiscent of a white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookie. Milk chocolate and notes of coffee assist with a touch of astringency on the finish.
T - The robust aroma expands ever further in flavor, developing deeper complexity and changing flavors from a white chocolate cookie to a barrista-made coffee drink. Creamy milk chocolate overlaps espresso like a chocolate-covered coffee bean while a swirl of French vanilla and hazelnut are dribbled in. Fifteen's exceptional flavor finishes with a subtle undertone of earthy, wet oak which compliments the nutty characteristics of the beer.
M - Fine carbonation gently lingers on the tongue keeping this imperial stout from feeling flat, but the voluptuous, full body is impeccably smooth and creamy with a chewy, lingering finish. Mildly dry, warming solvent alcohol finishes out with a nod to bitter black coffee.
O - Paul and Anello continue to out-do themselves. Central Waters' Fifteen anniversary beer is exceptional in every regard from it's captivating aroma to the bold, evocative flavor and smooth, creamy finish. This is what barrel aged stouts should aspire to be; ready to drink without cloying booziness but also worthy of further cellaring. I see another GABF medal in their future.
01-28-2013 23:37:51 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.39/5 rDev -2.7%
A big thank you to Robbie for this bottle! Consumed on my birthday, March 7th.
Poured in to CBS snifter.
A - Poured black with a thin layer of espresso brown head that reduced to a ring around the glass.
S - Sweet chocolate fudge intermingles with massive barrel aromas of charred oak, bourbon and vanilla. Some roast and sweet molasses with a hint of coconut in the background.
T - The barrel really shines in this beer, which is expected given the 26 months of barrel aging. Bourbon, charred oak and vanilla are dominant with some lighter chocolate fudge, molasses and roast flavours also present. The charred oak stands out more and more as the beer warms.
M -Medium to full body. Light carbonation.
O - This was a huge barrel bomb. A little more barrel than I would like but drank very nicely nonetheless.
03-09-2013 20:03:49 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.16/5 rDev -7.8%
Pours dark brown. Looks pretty transparent. Dissipating light brown head. Aroma is a bit boozy but still has lots of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, roast and a bit of wood. A bit better than fourteen. Taste adds some soy and a bit more roast. Low carbonation. Good beer, a bit boozy but good flavors. I preferred Fourteen Fourteen slightly, but it's awfully close.
03-17-2013 03:40:29 | More by popery
4.7/5 rDev +4.2%
22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Major thanks to Treebs for sharing!
(A)- Pours practically pitch black in color. Subtle tan froth that dissipated rather quick, but still left a light layer for quite some time.
(S)- A lovely rich chocolate and raisin caramel bourbon oak profile. Ever so slight vanilla hint on the finish.
(T)- Very similar to the smell. A lovely rich chocolate/vanilla/raisin bits. Just a superb barrel showing that surpasses its younger brother (14).
(M)- Very smooth and mellow carbonation level but fitting for what you are getting out of this. Just awesome barrel notes yet extremely smooth and drinkable for the style.
(O)- This really is just a superb showing of what a barrel aged stout can be like without having a massive cloying sweetness or thickness. At least for me, this exceeds the 14 in almost every way.
04-08-2013 20:39:05 | More by sweemzander
4.45/5 rDev -1.3%
Big thanks to Evan for sharing this at my place a few weeks back; reviewed from notes.
A: Pitch black body, 1 finger of fine tan head. Decent retention and lacing for the style. Quite nice.
S: Rich, complex, and very barrel-forward. Lots of coconut, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Some sweet toffee and chocolate behind. Excellent.
T: Follows the nose, but with the addition of some interesting graham cracker and marshmallow notes. This tastes like a s'more soaked in bourbon, and I'm a fan. The finish is slightly roasty and warming, but not boozy at all. Delicious.
M: Medium-to-thick body, with a moderate amount of creamy carbonation. Good, but not quite as viscous as I was expecting for a big BA stout.
O: Terrific beer, and definitely far better than the CW BB Stout I've had in the past. I won't be trying to trade for more, but I'm extremely thankful I got to try it.
11-30-2013 23:59:27 | More by woosterbill
4.63/5 rDev +2.7%
Finally popped a bottle open with my wife after drinking a few glasses of this at the Anniversary Party...with the creeping beginnings of a cold. Glad to enjoy it properly now. 22 oz. bottle split in half...almost.
Pour is black & fairly still, even with a harder pour. The nose is much more impressive, & mimics almost exactly a bourbon-soaked, double-chocolate Ghiradelli fudge brownie. That's a pretty nice smell. Actually, that's a damn marvelous smell. Nice start.
Fifteen isn't going to get you a supermodel GF, make you popular, or thicken that hairline, but hey, only dumb beer geeks expect things like that of a brew. What it is, is much like the smell. Bloody big bourbon jars the palate right out of the gate: no subtle touch, & that's fine by me, I hate searching for the booze in my barrel-aged beers. That lovely fudginess comes up right behind, almost batter-like. Big vanilla & nice roast add to the mayhem. Drying, toasted wood rides up at the end. Thick & chewy. Ridiculously drinkable, I'm sipping this like ice tea in the Sahara.
Is Fifteen the end of beer evolution? No. Haters are hatering, though, the backlash being so obvious as to be amusing. Anyways, I love this beer less than my daughters, which by geek standards means this beer is a miserable failure. Wait, no, actually, it's excellent. A beautifully constructed brew.
02-28-2013 03:41:15 | More by maximum12
4.11/5 rDev -8.9%
Pour is black with thin brown head. Nose has chocolate and a touch of peanut butter, light wood note and a hint of bourbon in back. Taste has a hint of that peanut butter, less wood, still some. Some cakey chocolate batter, a bit like a slightly muted Rare. Good full body, moderate carbonation and a smooth creamy feel.
07-12-2013 16:11:53 | More by cpetrone84
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
4.2/5 rDev -6.9%
On tap at Brickhouse BBQ
Not quite a fully opaque black. Certainly some light coming through the edges revealing a dark brown brew. Little head, bit what is there is dark tan in color and sticks to the edges. Very little lacing. Aroma is coconut, chocolate, dark malts, and barrel. Taste is similar. Moderately sweet, slightly boozy, some barrel, some bourbon, dark malts, dark fruits, a touch of coconut, and just a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin for the style but about par for CW. Overall a very enjoyable beer, but not one that I believe warrants the hype.
08-10-2013 00:12:22 | More by Florida9
Fifteen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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