Brewer's Reserve Rye Barrel Chocolate Porter
Central Waters Brewing Co.

Brewer's Reserve Rye Barrel Chocolate PorterBrewer's Reserve Rye Barrel Chocolate Porter
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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #36
Ranked #1,502
4.29 | pDev: 7.23%
Mar 23, 2022
Apr 30, 2014
Brewer's Reserve Rye Barrel Chocolate PorterBrewer's Reserve Rye Barrel Chocolate Porter
Notes: Chocolatey beyond compare, Rye Barrel Chocolate Porter is made with our Imperial Porter brewed with cocoa nibs and aged in rye barrels.
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4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Mar 23, 2022
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4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black pour with a beige head. Good retention, wispy rings of lacing.

S: Fatty cocoa nibs, moderate roastiness, quick hint of cherry cola and dark fruit, faint whiff of smoke. Oak and rye whiskey start off subdued, but come out more as it warms.

T: Rye barrel is forward in taste. It brings a fair amount of oak and the familiar sweet and spicy rye in a bold but not hot kind of way. Fatty cocoa nibs show up in big way too, and immediately follow on the tail of the barrel flavors. Hints of roasted malt and smoke are rather subdued. Bit of cola. The barrel flavors never really back down from start to finish, so the ending notes are still rye and oak.

M: Medium-full body. It feels lithe and easy, with a pleasant creaminess. Well carbonated with some moderate scrubbing and lifting action.

O: This is one bold little beer. Not the most complex or balanced beer since the barrel really runs away with the show, but on the other hand it delivers on what it promises and does so with grace. It’s almost criminal how easily it drinks for such a barrel-forward brew. No heat, and no problems coming back sip after sip.

Jan 03, 2022
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4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by zonker17 from Texas

Great body for a porter with exceptional rye barrel coming through. Chocolate presence appropriate and not turning this into a dessert ale. Slight bitterness, boozy, good longevity for the style.

Dec 15, 2021
3.94 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 30, 2021
5 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts on Dec 05, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jkblr from Indiana

12oz bottle with 2019 notch and no visible date stamp poured into a tulip glass at just above fridge temp, no ABV listed on label. The beer pours dark brown with limited light penetration and a meager medium brown colored head. The head recedes to a pencil thin ring and leaves no lacing. The aroma is mild and features chocolate, oaky barrel and roasted malt. The taste is a bittersweet tapestry of chocolate, rye whiskey, barrel tannins, roasted malt and coffee, punctuated with a slightly boozy, slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just less than medium carbonation. The rye whiskey and oaky barrel notes really dry out the finish. Overall, very good to excellent imperial porter.

Nov 08, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by mikeinportc from New York

From a growler, filled yesterday.

Very dark brown, almost black, with slight tan head, that leaves a 1/8" ring.

Smell is chocolate, rye bread, and light whiskey.

Taste is mostly dark chocolate, a light roasted nut flavor, slight bread crust, oak, boozy vanilla, and whiskey . Light rye spiciness , and light bitterness, linger past finish.

Feel is medium, slick, and slightly oily, with light, soft carbonation.Actually seems light for the abv. Very slight internal warming - none on the palate. Alcohol is almost invisible.

Overall , enjoyable and dangerously easy-drinking . Reminds me of aged KBS. The price is nice, too ($7.50/32oz) , making it a good value. I'd get it again.

Nov 01, 2020
4.26 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Oct 11, 2020
4.31 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Sep 01, 2020
4.23 by mojuyt from Massachusetts on Jun 07, 2020
4 by imperialking from Illinois on Apr 24, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Pours a light fizzy smaller tan colored head that fades quickly and reveals some weird floating brown sludge on top, really weird sludge, especially since it floats on top, that I will remove before continuing... very dark almost black color with a little brown light coming through

After removing the strange protein coagulate, I nose in... lots of whiskey and barrel notes, raw whiskey with some spicy rye notes, sweet candy chocolate, cocoa, some vanilla barrel and toasted oak, a little fudge, some roasted coffee, black roasted malt, a hint of toasted nuts and baking spices

Taste brings rich dark chocolate and cocoa out front, a bit fudgey as well, into toasted nuts, general nutty with mild baking spices, a hint of licorice, some whiskey and alcohol in the middle, not as much whiskey as the nose, with some mild rye whiskey spicy characters, vanilla barrel and a little toasted buttery oak, some dark fruity esters late, a bit of caramel and roasted coffee with the dark roasted malts as well, drier finish, a bit more alcohol and spicy whiskey late, with more fudge and chocolate

Mouth is med to fuller bod, rich but not quite full chewy like, fair tingly alcohol, med foamy carb

Overall pretty nice, once I got past that weird protein coagulate on the top, nice barrel notes, nice chocolate and stout characters, a bit of hot alcohol but it is almost 12%

Apr 24, 2020
4.24 by Bennick218 from Ohio on Apr 15, 2020
3.52 by thedifferencemaker from Ohio on Apr 10, 2020
4.28 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Mar 31, 2020
4.35 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois on Mar 29, 2020
3.95 by Chilmer from Iowa on Mar 27, 2020
4 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Mar 25, 2020
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3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Funkowd

Had on tap at local beverage center - must admit, was quite boozy and tasted mostly rye. I am a fan of rye, so not utterly disappointed; upon being halfway through my 32 oz vessel, am noticing a considerable change in presence of rye - is nicely subdued, blending well to the overall flavour - the smoothness and sure presence of cacao is more apparent - in a word, yum (dare I say, nirvana - RIP Kurt). Being as I got off tap on 3/15 and it being 3/18, could the beer have settled, accounting for straightforward rye in the first half of drinkage, then more subdued in 2nd half? If so, I think inverting beer once or twice may prove to correct this conondrum. This is not the first time I have encountered this situation, alas - my beer heart weeps (any true aficionado has 2 hearts). In parting, we shall persevere through these most troubling of times with our craft beer banner standing tall above all else - #[email protected]% Inbev!!!

Mar 19, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BB1313 from Ohio

2019 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and solid lacing. There's some odd brown spots in the head, almost like it's sediment or something. It's honestly the first time I've ever seen something like this, so it's hard to explain or figure out what it really is. It's not really a big deal, just odd. The aromas have a nice subtle blend of bourbon and chocolate. Some black cherries along with some dark fruits. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. More chocolate leading the way along with the bourbon. Nice balance between the two. More dark fruit in the mix. Some rye and black pepper. Subtle spiciness. Malts do their thing. Mild warmth in the finish, but the alcohol is still well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, slick, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice barrel-aged brew. It might not be flashy, but it's simply well executed. It has everything that you'd look for in the style. Once again, this one is truly dangerously drinkable.

Mar 05, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by hoptheology from South Dakota

12 oz bottle, 2019 vintage
Snowman chalice

Deep dark brown with slight black hues and a creamy 1/2 finger of head. Recedes to a thin line leaving sparse lacing.

Aroma of milk chocolate, lactose, slight tin, and faint blackberry.

Flavor is of tin, melted chocolate, blackberries, blueberries, cacao nibs, and slight alcoholic oak.

Feel is extremely thin, nearly like a lager, with slight creaminess and a harsh carbonation with a moderate alcohol burn.

Overall it's not something I'd buy again, but it brings a fair amount of chocolate and interesting biting alcohol burn. In fact I'd say those are the two main factors - chocolate and alcohol burn. It lacks depth and body. Not going to be a repeat purchase.

Mar 05, 2020
4 by MountainHiker from Wisconsin on Feb 27, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by pathman from Ohio

02/21/20 draft @ The Brew Kettle Hudson

Feb 21, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by VashonGuy from Washington

2019 bottle. It pours a medium brown with a foamy tan head that forms quickly, and dissipates, leaving a lovely lacing. The smell is cocoa, coffee, and whisky. The taste is all of that, and some rye spiciness. There's a little oak in there as well, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. Overall, a well made barrel aged beer, just what I'd expect from Central Waters.

Feb 16, 2020
4.31 by chrismattlin from Ohio on Feb 13, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Lucular from Maryland

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Lots of chocolate and spicy rye character with some vanilla and whiskey. Plenty of booze. Fairly thin mouthfeel, as is the case with many Central Waters barrel-aged beers. Somewhat disappointing.

Feb 10, 2020
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 12oz bottle in a snifter. This fantastic brew pours a
rugged and oily blackish brown with a nice head of off white foam
that settles to a thick ring, thin light dusty layer, and displays some
very nice lacing. Nose of rye whiskey, dark chocolate, dark roast,
vanilla, spicy rye, and subtle oak. Flavors---WOW. Period. Finely
balanced dark chocolate and coffee mingle nicely with rye whiskey
notes of vanilla, spicy rye, and oak amid a layer of roast and faint
char with some subtle notes of dark fruits with warmth.
Very nice mouth feel; full body, smooth, rich, warming, lightly boozy,
medium light verging on light carbonation that is lightly prickly, and
a nice full rich faintly dry finish that is fantastically balanced.

Pert near a Clown Shoes brew but with their own nuances, most
excellent. Worthy of buying some to lay down.

2019 vintage.....awesome!

I have enjoyed their other brews, this one hits the spot!


Feb 03, 2020
4.1 by GOBLIN from Ohio on Dec 03, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Strix from Wisconsin

Near black with brown edges, decent head that fades to nothing, some sediment

Chocolate, vanilla, whiskey

Roasted notes that blend into milk chocolate and oak with a subtle vanilla and whiskey finish

Smooth silky mouthfeel

Can't complain about anything in their Brewer's Reserve series!

Nov 15, 2019
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BIGPOPPAS from New Jersey

Has to be one of the best Porters that I have ever tasted - Pour it cold in a snifter and sip away slowly as it warms - then repeat - ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS :)

Nov 07, 2019
4.26 by einman from Minnesota on Nov 03, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by wl2bill from Wisconsin

Nice balance of sweetness and the the whiskey spice. I am a rye whiskey fan and glad to see something different in a barrel program. I like all of their brewers rescue beers and almost always have some in hand.

Oct 30, 2019
4.56 by Trmmilwwi from Illinois on Oct 30, 2019
3.79 by stephenlee93 from England on Oct 27, 2019
4 by Bum4ever from California on Oct 26, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MesaDan from Minnesota

From a 'bomber' bottle: Nice chocolate nose with hint of whiskey; fine tan foamy head; smooth carbonation (oatmeal); Rye whiskey & oak taste with cocoa malt; finishes with tongue quenching rye whiskey taste and warming throat feel w/o an over bearing alcohol taste.

Oct 25, 2019
4.19 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin on Oct 25, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by nycbeerfreak from New York

Love the Whiskey and chocolate mix Breakfast stout !

Rye Barrel Love here !, sweet and spicy notes of rye whiskey, chocolate.

Medium-full bodied, medium carbonation yet Bold and everything you want in a big cool whether Imperial Porter for sure!

LOVE , their entire barrel program !! Really ...I mean that good !

Oct 24, 2019
4.47 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey on Oct 14, 2019
Brewer's Reserve Rye Barrel Chocolate Porter from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 411 ratings