Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.54 | pDev: 6.83%
Mar 21, 2022
Nov 17, 2013
Notes: To celebrate our Sweet Sixteen, we made this Anniversary beer that builds itself on the shoulders of its predecessors. Using a bigger, bolder imperial stout, we aged this beer for 21 months in oak bourbon barrels. The result - rich, decadent bourbon, vanilla and toffee; complemented by the chocolate and roast of the stout. Enjoy this beer from our Gold Medal winning Anniversary series, because Sixteen is a milestone, but our life is just beginning.
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Ratings by stevoj:
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3.96/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

Bomber at share. Dark ruddy brown pour with a thin beige head that doesn't last long. Aroma is mildly sweet roast malts, barrel notes and earthy elements. Taste brings in caramel and chocolate, woody, whiskey and sweet. latent warmth keeps rising.

Mar 21, 2022
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4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger foamy dark khaki head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- aroma opens with bold barrel aromas, immediately noticing the extended barrel aging. Tons of wet oak, barrel juice, coconut and vanilla. Undertones of brownies, chocolate, caramel, toffee, burnt marshmallows and molasses

T- sweet and malty up front with notes of cocoa, tootsie rolls, marshmallow and molasses. Mid-palate brings out flavors of brownie batter and caramel. The finish brings out a strong barrel presence, adding complex oak, barrel juice and enhancing notes of coconut flakes and vanilla bean. The linger gives chocolate brownies and gives a long linger of bourbon barrel

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a silky, warming finish

O- as expected from the extended barrel aging, the barrel leads the way. However I was really impressed with the variety of undertones that kept popping up as well

Sep 29, 2020
4.5 by MTKATL from Georgia on Mar 14, 2020
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4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin

Amazed at how well this one aged after 6 years. Incredibly smooth with a silky mouthfeel,

Feb 15, 2020
4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois on Jan 08, 2020
4.5 by YvesB from Belgium on Jun 24, 2019
4.38 by SaCkErZ9 from South Carolina on Dec 26, 2018
4.06 by Eman17 from Illinois on Aug 26, 2018
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4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sandis from Minnesota

Poured into a Rastal Pint glass. The bourbon is evident in both the aroma and flavor of this one. Balanced by roast and chocolate. I like how this has aged.

Jul 05, 2018
4.5 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Sep 23, 2017
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4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

The coolest thing about this beer is that my WI bros hooked me up with four bottles of it, and it in fact, like every other anniversary stout of theirs, is phenomenal.

Pours black and dark brown, good 1/2" brown (lighter) head on the top. Exquisite aroma, smacks you with plenty of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and marshmallow feels.

Taste is more of the same, deep, rich, soaked oak and bourbon continues on. Never hot. Not bitter. Smooth, rich, deep, dark. Plenty of fudgy baker's chocolate without the sweetness. Amazing how well it covers the alcohol up without resorting to going full on pastry stout. A minor amount of toffee and caramel feels to smooth it out even more, but the barrel really is the driving force here, but it has a deft touch. Such a good beer, this review is the culmination of drinking 3 of the bottles, there was like, no variation, all just phenomenally superb stuff. Good cost, good people hookin' it up. Love this beer.

Sep 22, 2017
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4.91/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Masonz223 from Michigan

Smell: Huge fudge, oak, vanilla, bourbon, milk chocolate, coconut. Smells amazing!!

Taste: I'll make it simple everything that's in the nose is in the taste. It's fantastic. It's a real treat. This beer has aged like a fine wine.

Feel: Medium to full body. Best mouthfeel out of any of the central water barrel aged beers I've had.

Overall: This is almost like a 4 year old bourbon County but slightly more mellow. I never had this fresh but I could imagine it was amazing then as well.

Sep 10, 2017
4.74 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Aug 13, 2017
4.74 by A_Rad from Wisconsin on Jun 23, 2017
4.03 by Coorsy from Massachusetts on May 25, 2017
4.5 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Mar 10, 2017
4.49 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Jan 27, 2017
4.93 by bcsbeer from Florida on Jan 26, 2017
4.21 by Mikexw from New York on Dec 25, 2016
4.5 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Dec 23, 2016
4.46 by loganburgh from Michigan on Dec 20, 2016
4.22 by SimcoeKid from California on Nov 21, 2016
4.29 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Nov 12, 2016
4.23 by Fitze from South Carolina on Nov 10, 2016
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4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Spring 2014 vintage; drank 7/31/14 @ Yuss Haus.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black hue.

Tan head; no lace.

Milk chocolate & whiskey nose. Nice!

Thick mouthfeel.

A smooth, delicious melding of chocolate milk & whiskey. Very nice.

Oct 26, 2016
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4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by gatornation from Minnesota

Pours a thick black color with slow forming bubbles that emerge to a beautiful 1/2 finger head. Smell is musty wood and roasted chocolate , toffee and dark fruits. Taste is superb mature oak barrel with mellow bourbon these mix with delicious chocolate/coffee taste , more char slight bitterness with some dark fruit, and vanilla, , mouth feel was rich with bourbon and chocolate roast, as this stout warms such great components mix and compliment the brew.

Oct 08, 2016
4.48 by kidzord from Illinois on Sep 10, 2016
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4.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by boilermakerbrew from Indiana

A- Pours thick and black into the glass. A small layer of bubbles forms on top of the beer and is a light chocolate in color. There is just a bit of lacing from the small head, and there are a few alcohol legs as well.

S- Big, boozy bourbon notes hit the nose first and dominate the scent. Next come some sweeter, balancing chocolate notes that take a bit of the alcohol sting away from the smell. The back end of the scent contains some dark malts and just a touch of coffee that adds a touch of bitterness into the smell. As the scent drifts away, the lingering smell is mostly of bourbon barrels, but also a combination of chocolate and more bitter roasts as well.

T- As the beer washes over the tongue, the flavor basically follows the same arc as the scent. Bourbon barrel spice and strength comes first, displaying great vanilla and char flavors, along with just a touch of a coconut note. The chocolate and dark malt flavors come next, first starting out with a bit of semi-sweetness, then moving directly into a dark and more bitter flavor. As the beer is finishing on the tongue, all of these flavors combine to leave a delicious, lingering flavor in the mouth.

M- Thick and boozy are the two best words to describe this beer on the palate. The weight of the beer is pretty heavy, as it drinks very thick and creamy. The alcohol content is definitely felt in this one, with a bit of a warming sensation as you drink it.

Overall, this is a pretty great barrel aged imperial stout. It has held up great after a couple of years in the bottle. My only potential suggestion for improvement is that I wish it had just a touch of coffee in it. In the end, I really like this beer and I am glad I was able to trade for it.

Jul 22, 2016
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4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BeerSamurai34 from Texas

Another great one from CW. Age has done this one really well. The flavors were very well balanced and the mouthfeel was spot on. Over time it did seem to get a bit thinner, but was still great.

Jul 12, 2016
4.59 by MuFugga from Wisconsin on Jul 03, 2016
4.43 by Raziel313 from California on May 24, 2016
4.49 by maz from Illinois on May 18, 2016
4.5 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona on May 17, 2016
4.54 by pagriley from Illinois on May 14, 2016
4.39 by 1Nrwyscotch from Wisconsin on May 02, 2016
5 by Gheller7 from Illinois on Apr 27, 2016
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4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

A: Dark black with no head
S: Coconut, milk chocolate, bourbon, sweet, brown sugar, very light roast, chocolate cake. So amazing as it warms
T: Balanced bourbon, sweet chocolate, oak, coconut, vanilla, light roast, dark chocolate, brownie batter
M: Medium thick, very drinkable, hidden alcohol
O: Wow this is incredibly balanced and so much flavor

Apr 23, 2016
4.23 by McHenry from Wisconsin on Apr 16, 2016
4.56 by SPLITGRIN from Kentucky on Apr 16, 2016
4.8 by Robdiesel21 from Michigan on Apr 11, 2016
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