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Fifteen - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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55 Reviews
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Reviews: 55
Hads: 341
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 442
Gots: 71 | FT: 5
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: mobius387 on 01-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This has been a long time want of mine ever since missing the 15th anniversary party. Pours opaque black with a diminishing mocha head. Velvet chocolate, oak, figs, vanilla, and a bourbon breeze in the nose. Nutty flavors seem to underlie chocolate, graham crackers, sweet malt, and bourbon which begins hot then gradually becomes tolerant as the beer returns close to room temperature. The thin mouthfeel might be largely attributed to some age on it. Overall, a solid beer and somewhat complex for the style which is something I always look in new beers that I try. I look forward to trying the CW16 and CW17 this year for comparison in flavors.

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Photo of seeswo
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened alongside 1414, Peruvian, BBBW, BBS, BBCS. Also, I'm a huge fan of CW - they are really good people and I have been supporting them for a long time.

Pours black, like you'd expect. Short tannish cocoa head. Looks good. Smells of vanilla, a bit of dark chocolate and bourbon. Smells nice, though maybe a touch mellow. Certainly inviting. Taste was very balanced and smooth. Dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon spirit and a bit of wood come through. The body was inviting - smooth and relatively full. Enjoyable. Overall, this beer was one of the better from the balanced and subtle category. Nothing big in the flavor at all, but a nice drinker. I might even say it is a bit modest. Time was nice to this one, as it opened up (not from warmth, as it was served slightly above cellar) and you spent some time with it. Probably not the perfect beer to enjoy at a tasting unless you wanna give it 45 minutes to sip and get a decent pour (like I did do).

So, we decided to open a BCBS. This really popped in contrast to the 15. Following that, we opened Black Tuesday and Grey Monday. BT was a little hot and I think the argument could be made the 15 was better, but not substantially. Grey Monday was just better and that is that. Having recently enjoyed a lot of these barrel-aged imperials, this is the order of some recent ones I've done: Grey Monday = BCBS > BA Pt5 > 15 = 1414 = BT > Black Note > CW BBS.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A big thank to Jeff for this one. Guess I just haven't gotten around to it. 22oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a semi-course 1 finger mocha-colored head with low retention. Beer is thick, oily, and pitch black. Lacing is stringy with little stick. Big, oily legs coat the glass nicely. Great looking beer!

Nose is hot and boozy. Notes of dark fruit, molasses, milk chocolate and cocoa powder. Some fudge richness too. Pretty aromatic.

Opens bourbon, molasses, fudge, and cocoa. Notes of prunes and raisin in the middle mixed with milk chocolate and more booziness. Ends hot with sticky molasses sweetness. Finishes honey, bourbon and some leather. Sticky, dark fruit and chocolate aftertaste. Pretty good but a bit rough around the edges.

Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Oily, thick, and slick in the mouth and goes down hot and boozy. Sweet, messy finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Moderately smooth. A very enjoyable sipper.

1414 was great because it had incredible balance with just the right amount of booze lent from the Bourbon barrels. Meanwhile, though I'm sure it will turn into an amazing beer in itself, Fifteen just isn't there yet. Good complexity but the booze presence is very strong, covering a lot of the more subtle characteristics. I'd wait on this one for a couple of more months or so.

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Photo of jegross2
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing Fifteen from Central Waters Brewing Company out of Amherst, Wisconsin. This beer is Fourteen Fourteen aged for an additional fourteen months. Fourteen Fourteen, in turn, is Satin Solstice aged for fourteen months in select fourteen year old bourbon barrels (essentially their Bourbon Barrel Stout with extra TLC). In short, this beer is Satin Solstice aged for twenty-eight months in choice fourteen year old bourbon barrels.

Score: 93

January 2013 vintage bottle served in a Portsmouth snifter and enjoyed on 02/24/13. Review is adapted from iPhone notes. I lost my original photo, so I am using the picture I took of my tap pour at the Local Option during Chicago Craft Beer Week.

Appearance: Pour a deep brown color with a nearly black colored core and a caramel-brown halo when held up to light. Minimal bubbly tan head off the pour. Oily lacing, minimal retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Vanilla, alcohol (not quite "fusel" but the booziness is apparent in the nose), bourbon, molasses, chocolate and faint coconut. Dark fruit too, but not as much as 1414. The nose is more "barrel" and less "stout" than Fourteen Fourteen. 4.5/5

Taste: Boozy bourbon, fudge, oak and smooth vanilla primarily. Hints of raisin, licorice and fig. A little caramel too. Lots of barrel flavor here, and the bourbon qualities outweigh the chocolatiness. The marry of the chocolate and oak is noticeably choppy, and not as seamlessly integrated as Fourteen Fourteen was. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. A little dry, but not too dry. A little sweeter than I recall 1414 being. 4.5/5

Overall: I have had the opportunity to sample this beer off tap twice (at the release party and at Local Option during Chicago Craft Beer Week) and out of the bottle several times since the release. The bottles that I have had have been "hotter", "rougher" and less smoothly integrated in the flavor profile than the tap pours that I have had, and there has been some quality variation bottle-to-bottle as well. Fifteen is a very good beer, but Fourteen Fourteen -- both aged and fresh -- is the better beer. Fifteen needs to age a little in the bottle in my opinion.

Cost: $15 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into HF stemmed glass. Thanks Josh (thebigredone) for this one! First beer in our CW stout tasting that consisted of 15, '11 BB Stout, '12 BB Stout, '12 Cherry BB Stout, '12 Peruvian Morning, and '13 Peruvian Morning.

A- Pours a dark brown that appears an opaque almost jet black in the glass. Decent carbonation (definitely a bit more then I was expecting) with great consistency. A thin mocha head that has decent retention but recedes to pretty much a flat top leaving some spotty lacing.

S- Definitely strong notes of bourbon and oak (can definitely tell this has been sitting in a barrel for awhile) with some underlying notes of chocolate. Fairly aromatic, only complaint is the bourbon/oak is a tiny bit overpowering and overshadows the chocolate notes a tiny bit too much.

T- Similar to aroma with strong bourbon notes, some woody oak, creamy chocolate under the bourbon, and some light vanilla. Like the aroma though I thought the bourbon was a little bit too overpowering and got stronger as the beer warmed up. Overall though nice tasting with a flavorful base beer that still shined through despite 26 months of barrel-aging.

M- Medium bodied, fairly carbonated with a nice consistent feel, some heat on the finish which could have maybe been hidden a little bit better.

O- This was a very nice beer and one of my favorites of the night. The base beer was very nice and still had some chocolate notes hidden under the bourbon. For a BA beer I thought the bourbon flavors could have been balanced a little bit more and finished a little bit smoother. Overall though I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend checking it out, however I wouldn't say it's the best BB stout out there. I do think the extra aging improved it a little bit from 1414.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at cellar temp into a snifter. Gang bang tasting

Pours out pretty much black, a touch of a dark brown on the very edges in the light. Spotty dark tan head and some light alcohol legs on the glass.

Lots of booze, but it comes off fairly bourbony and nice, some sweet burnt sugars and hints of different barrel qualities.

A nice taste, but still pretty boozey. Lots of bourbon flavors. Behind the bourbon you get some sweet burnt sugar, caramel, molasses, a bit of vanilla.

Big mouthfeel, quite warming. Viscous and sticky.

Overall, a good BA stout, really showed off the bourbon, boozey, but the kind of boozey I rather enjoy. Good, but there is better out there.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting barrel character to this beer. There's a slight spice and booze on the nose, and that carries into the taste. The barrel character is fairly heavy and I think that's where the spice comes from. It's very interesting and a smooth/slick mouthfeel. It's a thin beer to hold up to this much time in a barrel.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm happy I had a chance to try this at a tasting the other night. Thanks to Skippychop!

Beer poured with a higher viscosity than regular BBS, thank god. Actually, the body appeared quite nice, with minimal head. Dark black.

Smells fantastic. Mostly bourbon and and roast notes. Not a ton of the umami flavor which is so popular with other big BA stouts. This is especially noticeable, considering we just went through a bottle of Assassin. Smell is rich and inviting.

The bourbon is most present in this one. It is the cleanest execution of a bourbon stout aimed to simply highlight the bourbon and the base beer. The beer is void of the other (more sweet and gimmicky) big BA flavors, such as umami, maple, toffee, etc... Don't get me wrong, I love these flavors, but this beer is designed to be pure, rich, simple, and delicious. There is a decent amount of dark chocolate/fudge flavor. It reminds me of Parabola, except not as hot, much smoother, and clean.

Mouthfeel is indeed fuller than CW BBS, which I appreciate. It's low-medium carbonation. The beer is excellent in this category.

To me, this beer is the quintessential example of a classic BA stout. Not as complex as some, but that's not the point. It's awesome.

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Photo of nrs207
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty dark, but not as dark as something like BCBS. Minimal head, not a surprise there.

S - Smells like bourbon at this point. That's actually my biggest complaint. It's dominated by dark fruits and bourbon notes. The actual base beer is minimal at this point.

T - Same as the smell. It is excellent if you want a bourbon bomb. I think the base beer just couldn't hold up to 26 months in barrels. Maybe that's what they were going for though. But It's barely a stout at this point for me. It tastes like some kind of strong ale, lacking big roasted, chocolate, and other notes an imperial stout should have.

M - Not hot, but big bourbon presence which can be mistaken for alcohol presence. It's very smooth and low to moderate carbonation.

O - It's a very interesting beer, and unlike anything I've ever had. I would never turn it down and I'd even seek it out because the flavor profile is pretty unique to me, but I think it went a little overboard in the direction of bourbon. That said, I had the opportunity to try it again, and I thought it smoothed out a bit after a few months, and it definitely was better than other BA stouts I had that night like Black Note. I think with a bit more time, it'll be even better.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes. poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- Pours black with a 2 finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- big fudge and chocolate, bourbon, vanilla

T- lots of chocolate, fuge brownies, vanilla and just enough bourbon

M- full body and medium carbonation. Syrupy and thick, but smooth.

O- amazing beer! Perfect amount of chocolate/fudge, vanilla, and bourbon. I guess that's what 26 months in the barrel does!

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Photo of Etan
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a snifter.

A. Murky black with reddish hues.

S. Huge tannic nose. Marshmallow, caramel, vanilla cream, milk chocolate, pleasant wood, bourbon.

T. More woody bourbon, fudge, vanilla and coconut, bitter cocoa, more bourbon heat.

M. Medium-bodied, silky, light carbonation, not very thick but a bit silky.

O. An enjoyable beer if you like bourbon. The base stout is still perceptible but this is all about the barrel-aging.

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Photo of Drucifer
4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Ri0
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured about 6oz left from a growler.

A - Dark obsidian with brown highlights around the edge of the glass. Only a very thin head and no lacing. I'm sure sitting in the growler reduced the appearance.

S - Huge bourbon nose (even after a year), bitter dark chocolate, rich caramel, vanilla, marshmallow, milk chocolate, and some wood.

T - It is quite bitter with a big bourbon presence. Plenty of dark bitter chocolate, caramel, vanilla, marshmallow, milk chocolate, and some wood.

M - Medium-bodied, silky, light carbonation, not very thick but still smooth.

O - This is good, but it did not quite live up to my expectations. Excited to try 16 as a comparison.

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Photo of Treebs
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle served in a BCBS snifter. Thanks to BA supercolter for this bottle. Thanks Jeff!

A: Pours a dark black color with ruby edges. A light tan ring forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring. Splotchy lace is left on the glass.

S: Bourbon, dark fruit and caramel sweetness. Nice notes of chocolate with some vanilla and oak barrel.

T: More of the same, heavy on the barrel with out being hot which is a nice surprise. Really smooth actually. Roasted malts with a marshmallow sweetness. Bourbon, oak and some caramel.

M: Medium thin bodied with out the heat. Smooth and sweet finish.

O: Thin, but it was pretty drinkable. Very barrel heavy, but it was still a nice beer that I'd definitely have again.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark brown color with a slight head. Scent is strong with delicious bourbon. The taste is smooth and mellow with lots of good oaky, bourbon flavor with hints of vanilla. Overall very malty and rich with flavor that gives a much different flavor than Bourbon County Stout or Dragon’s Milk.

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Photo of CityofBals
3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Central Waters Fifteen

Poured from 22 ounce bottle into CBS snifter. Served at cellar temperature....

A) Black with a slim tan head, which settles to a wispy dusting, and eventual collar. Some legs here too.

S) Wonderful.... But specifically, big vanilla notes with sweet wood and a hint of chocolate. This is so good...

T) Follows the nose very closely... The bourbon makes it's presence felt, but does so in a very smooth and balanced manner. Delicious....

M) A nice thick full body with soft carbonation. So smooth and palate coating. A light alcohol tingle with a pleasant woody finish...

O) Central Waters has clearly brought their A game with this brew. My goodness, this is just phenomenal. Reminds me of my favorite brew, BCBS. This is world class all the way.

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Photo of jeonseh
2.8/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75


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.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank this as part of our Central Waters Anniversary tasting (Fourteen Fourteen, Fifteen, Black Gold '13, 16, Black Gold '14, 17)

Much thicker/creamier mouthfeel than 1414. This was definitely a highlight from the tasting. I would guess it is at its apex right now. Delicious bourbon notes, chocolate, vanilla and slight taste of dark fruits.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was the first time I had the opportunity to go to The Great Taste Of The Midwest, one of the best collections of beer in one place that you will ever find. On the top of my list of things to try was Fifteen by Central Waters. CW is probably my favorite brewery but I had previously missed out on other chances to try their 15th anniversary stout.

The beer was poured in small 2 ounce servings but with the line at Central Waters not being that crazy, I was able to get a few samples of this beer. It poured very black and thick without much head. It looked similar to Goose Island BCS but not quite as thick. The smell was of bourbon, chocolate, dark malts and some fruits. The taste was very similar to the smell but even better as all of the scents I described were amplified in the taste. This beer basically tasted to me like what a good imperial stout should (dark malts, fruits etc.) and the bourbon complimented it nicely instead of overpowering it like is sometimes the case in barrel aged beers.

This was far as away my favorite beer of the festival and it cemented Central Waters for me as my favorite brewery.

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Photo of tut2528
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: deep jet black in apperance, with a slight film of khaki colored head (but this was created due to forced carbonation. alcohol legs are definitely evident

S: big big chocolate, nice amount of coffee, and big bourbon booze, alcohol, and it is extremely well balanced.

T: excellent balance here. big bourbon, coffee, alcohol heat, sweet ass bourbon, light graham cracker, and a nice finish of vanilla.

M: full bodied, leaves a big bourbon note on the palate with a nice sugary sweetness

O: just fk'in fantastic and so stoked to finally try this. simply amazing brew and the complexity was awesome!

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Photo of rodkin
3.25/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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...

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Photo of Jimmeekrek
4.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.

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Fifteen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.