Fifteen - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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4.99/5 rDev +10.6%
One of the many bottles I have cellaring, 4 to be exact.
Thought I'd compare my thoughts of bottle versus tap at the brewery.
A: Pouring out the bottle a dark almost black, yet no opaque into the glass, similar to 1414. A hair more viscous. I wish I couldn't see the reddish brown hues, but that's the only area this beer suffers.
S: Overwhelming to the nose, massive flavors of toffee, vanilla, coconut, and a nice smooth bourbon spirit presence. Aging in barrels this long you'd expect that. A very nice baker's chocolate combined with sweet caramel overwhelms the olfactory. Amazing.
T: What can I say, this is the best Imperial Stout I have ever tasted, especially with the barrel character. Layers and layers of complexity. I am seriously speechless. I taste amazing stout meets barrel. Smooth as can be. Absolutely incredible.
M: I used to knock CW for a lot of their stouts being thin, and to be honest, I thought this one would suffer as well, 1414 was a bit thin, but this is perfect. I don't know what they did, but they balanced out everything so nicely, no syrupy characteristics, perfectly carbonated. A+
O: Once again, CW knocks it WAY out of the park. This beer is perfect. I'm excited to see what a year or two makes this...But how can you already improve upon darn near perfection! YUM!
02-01-2013 18:40:55 | More by Blackboardbrewing
4.96/5 rDev +10%
Got this bottle in a trade with Mike (SixPack6)
I am not sure why the last few reviews have been so average as this was one of the best beers I have ever tasted.
A: Cola colored pour with a decent ring of carbonation in the top of the snifter
S: I could just sit and smell this beer. Bourbon, chocolate, molasses and oak hits the nose.
T: Wow, mind blown. This was the most perfectly integrated stout I have ever had. It hit every taste that I am looking for in a barrel-aged stout. Every smell I listed above, I tasted in the beer.
M: Albeit a little on the thin side (not every BA Stout is as thick as BCBS), it was very well carbonated and creamy on the tongue.
O: I would put this just below BB Vanilla Bean Dark Lord and Rare but above just about every other barrel-aged stout I've ever had. Fantastic beer, and if you have the opportunity to get a bottle I would do it in a heartbeat.
02-22-2013 23:30:09 | More by CLCardinal84
4.96/5 rDev +10%
The only thing I can say is that this is my favorite beer of all time. Had a bottle of 2010 Ivan The Terrible in same tasting session, and that was damn near as good, but not quite at the level of this. The only thing I wish it had was a little more thickness to it, but that is splitting hairs. The flavor was beyond what I thought beer could be. Roasted Marshmallows, Coconut, Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Fudge were present in the nose, and taste as well. I couldn't possibly do a quick review of this beer, its greatness deserves more respect than that. Glad I have more of it, so I can see how it develops. Simply a phenomenal beer.
03-23-2013 17:45:47 | More by Jimmeekrek
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
4.94/5 rDev +9.5%
Had on-tap in a plastic 8 ounce cup at the CW 15th anny party.
A: Not much head on it, but it was a very dark brew
S: Lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate. As with appearance, very similar to 1414 here as well
T: Wow, this is a world class brew. This is where it seperates itself from 1414. Very similar all around, but the borubon/oak character is much more pronounced. Vanilla, chocolate, roasts are all very balanced. No flavors really dominate the others. No booze or hotness to it at all.
M: Not too thin, not too thick. I'd say it's just right. for the abv and style.
O: This is a beautiful barrel aged stout that hits everything you want in the style at a perfect balance. I could easily drink 40 ounces of this if it were more available and my health/wallet wasn't at stake.
01-30-2013 18:08:32 | More by Drucifer
4.81/5 rDev +6.7%
Poured from 22 oz. bottle into Central Waters snifter.
A: Pours a very smooth deep black with an amazing, long lasting, frothy beige colored head. Good appearance of very small bubbled lacing around the edge of the glass, slowly working it's way down.
N: The nose is really fantastic. Erupts out of the glass upon pouring, notes of big fudge, cream, vanilla, and some really mellow bourbon character. A subtle bit of dark coffee give way to notes of marshmellow and mild oak.
T: This beer is very, very complex. It has many deep layers, followed by other deep layers. First impression is a very robust deep roast coffee filled with chocolate and nuts, only to give way to this beautiful creamy sweet vanilla character, rounded out by that beautiful dry oak again. The oak is so slight, but settles in amazingly as the vanilla fades.
M: Ohh so creamy. It's a full mouthfeel. With so many layers, it touches every taste on your palate, minus maybe any spice. It's so lasting, giving way to new things for what seems an eternity. The carbonation is right on, just enough to provide some room for everything to dance. It allows the full, rich body to shine.
D and O: This beer is much more impressive out of the bottle, I'd say. When I tried it on tap at the anniversary party, I wasn't blown away. I thought it was good, and slightly better than the traditional BA Stout, Peruvian, etc, but out of the bottle this beer really shines. There is something to be said about drinking a beer out of the proper glassware, sitting in your own living room, and really being able to dissect a beer. With that opportunity, this beer shines greatly. It's so deep, and rich, yet remains very well balanced and extremely drinkable. This beer is on par with Rare and RareR D.O.S., yet firmly sits above the likes of Abyss, Black Note and BCBS...
01-29-2013 01:45:19 | More by MarcatGSB
Fifteen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.