Rye Barrel Chocolate Porter | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
centralwaters.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TonyTalon on 04-30-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
303
Reviews:
52
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
6.67%
 
 
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65
Gots:
82
For Trade:
12
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Ratings: 303 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle. Black body. Small khaki head. Smells of strong rye whiskey. Really dominates. Some chocolate behind it. Oak. Tastes, again, of mostly rye whiskey. Sharp whiskey and oak. Milk chocolate. Silky, creamy, and a little sweet. Oaky finish. Medium heavy and creamy. I like rye a lot, but this is even a little much for me. Still good, but very intense.

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Photo of Jamison85
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tylerstravis
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small foamy head and some nice sheets of lacing.

This smells like dry rye spice, oak, silky chocolate, and very light whiskey.

Central Waters almost always does amazing barrel aged stuff, and this is no exception. I had heard reports that this was very boozy, but I don't honestly get that here. It does get slightly boozy as it warms, but it works well. There's definitely a dryness here, from the spicy rye and the dry oak. There's a good bit of silky chocolate, with a hint of roast and cookie dough. The barrels were probably kind of dry, since there's not a ton of actual whiskey flavor here.

This is medium bodied, not super thick, but not as thin as their usual BA beers.

This is a very fun beer, and it's super well done.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Virby44
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of n2185
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eric_T_07
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of swanfungus
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaycase
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aoampm
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Motor oil black with an average sized head that is a light tan color. Pretty nice lacing on this one.

Smell is big on the chocolate. Some vanilla, hickory, rye spice, roasted coffee.

Taste is very similar to the smell. The chocolate is up front then a subtle but very noticeable bourbon / whiskey flavor comes in afterwards. Vanilla bean, roasted malt, oak spice, and bitter cocoa bean also..

Feel is butter. No ABV listed on the bottle so was surprised to see it was only a 9.5% beer. Full bodied, chewy, and drinks like a typical BA Stout / Porter. Thick like a bowl of oatmeal. Has a better feel to it than a Vanilla Bean Stout for example.

Overall a really well done beer here. Haven't had many BA Porters but this is excellent. I recently had the Central Waters BA stout and I actually prefer this beer over their stout.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rolltide8425
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pagriley
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soze47
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Actually a little too hot for me - love the cocoa bitterness with the peppery rye notes. Nose is amazing with the taste maybe just a little too blasted out by the heat.

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Photo of sposter4
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of futiledevices
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap many times.

L: Pretty much pitch black in the glass, dark tan head with substantial lacing.

S: Toasted coconut, rye, and milk chocolate dominate. Plenty of oak, dark roasted malt, vanilla, and brown sugar.

T: More of the same - I get a lot of toasted coconut for some reason, but rye spice and warmth are abundant, lots of chocolate, some dark cherry, oak, malt, vanilla, and more fudgy chocolate. Finishes quite warm and boozy.

F: Thick for a porter, thin for how bold the flavors are. A little sticky, but relatively clean. Light carbonation.

Overall, one of my all-time favorite porters. Haven't been disappointed by just about any CW's darker offerings.

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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eddiehop
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of fthegiants
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crow
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
3.59/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of krl2112
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Rye Barrel Chocolate Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.35 out of 5 based on 303 ratings.
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