Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.51 | pDev: 5.76%
Feb 05, 2022
Dec 29, 2014
Notes: Seventeen is the product of blending two different bourbon barrel aged stouts to achieve a beer worthy of its forerunners. Barrel aging and blending is an art form, and we like to think we get better at it year by year. Happy Anniversary!
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Consumed 2/5/22

A bit more alcohol than I expected given the age, but my buddy and I love it. Perhaps a barleywine blended in here? World class BA stout though. Could be thicker with more head.
Feb 05, 2022
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
First had this one back at March Madness 2015. I really should have kept acquiring these, I think I stopped after Eighteen. They're pretty similar and consistent I guess, plus you have the old regular version of the barrel aged stout that is always top notch and easier to acquire in greater quantities.

Pours black. Brings 1/3" tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, bourbon, oak. Simple as it seems, its a proven winner.

Taste keeps it going, not overly roasted, bitter or acrid. Mouth feel avoids sludge territory, both avoid hot booziness but instead drape the palate in mild chocolate and bigger bourbon and oak tones. Relatively smooth, bigger than the usual Central Waters stout, but not so much that it takes away from the experience. Deft hand in a big beer, smooth, almost creamy, not overly thick and stupid Chicago pour territory, mild amount of char to it that is perfectly complimentary. A fun beer to share 2 ways, not 115. Its a special occasion bigger variation and blend of the stuff they put in the 12oz bottles basically.
Sep 09, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

May 11, 2019
Rated: 4.94 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Mar 22, 2019
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Aged but not forgotten, Central Waters gets better year by year and their seventeenth anniversary stout is a testament to nearly two decades of trial and error. What's old is... well, old again in a beer that's really a tale of two beers; each aged in bourbon barrels before blending.

As schizophrenic as it sounds, the abyss black Seventeen pours a luscious cream-like texture into the snifter, building a compact, dainty froth along the way. Its illustrious scent of dark roast coffee, chocolate, caramel and cream are only precursors to its malt dominance which lays sweetened tracks of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, heavy cream and vanilla on the early palate.

As the ale opens up through the middle palate, its sweetness holds steady while inviting a more robust taste of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, candied walnut and faint char in secondary support. Notions of honey and milkshake come to mind as the ale trends softly bitter with the earthiness of coffee, cocoa and nuttiness in tow. Its bourbon spice keeps the late palate lively and varied, right down to a coconut and campfire finish.

Full bodied and creamy, the beer's maturity easily hides its strength. Devilishly smooth and easy drinking for such imperial status is a nod to what this beer has done in five years of additional cellaring in the bottle.
Feb 06, 2019
Rated: 5 by tittyfish from Minnesota

Nov 29, 2018
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Rated by sposter4 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Feb 17, 2018
Rated: 4.48 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Nov 20, 2017
Rated: 4.38 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Oct 20, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Oct 17, 2017
Rated: 4.52 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Sep 30, 2017
Rated: 4.59 by Kuges from Texas

Aug 03, 2017
Rated: 4.65 by sirhc3034 from Texas

Jul 01, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Jun 24, 2017
Rated: 4.75 by tvenne from Minnesota

May 08, 2017
Rated: 4.75 by bgold86 from New York

Apr 21, 2017
Rated: 4.56 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

Apr 14, 2017
Rated: 4.43 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

Mar 26, 2017
Rated: 4.41 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Jan 31, 2017
Rated: 4.79 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

Dec 07, 2016
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Reviewed by SeanBond from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
As is typical of all the CW BA stouts I've had (no, I haven't had Black Gold or Ardea Insignis), the beer could benefit from a thicker base. The nose is pretty excellent, and the flavor is nice and complex (probably the blending of the barrels), but there's a bitter finish I can't quite place (wood or char, maybe?) that really hurts the beer in my opinion. An excellent BA stout, and just a couple things hold it back from being top-tier.
Nov 28, 2016
Rated: 4.34 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Oct 09, 2016
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Reviewed by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to Matthew for this treat!

Dark brown body with a thin beige collar. Aromas of oak, bourbon, chocolate, perhaps a note of cinnamon. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Tannic with lingering notes of oak. Bold and assertive. Outstanding.
Sep 23, 2016
Rated: 4.6 by tshanahan from California

Sep 20, 2016
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Thanks bpolgaze for the epic extra!

A- Motor oil black pour from the bomber into a tulip. A frothy and deep mocha tan cap rises up to a half finger high. Decent retention and a wide belt remains dropping spotty lace and a few sheets.

S- Deep fudge brownie dessert and a hefty dose of Bourbon barrel. Deep chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla bean Bourbon oak, a touch of dark fruit esters, peppery whiskey and burnt barley.

T- Chocolate fudge, peppery Bourbon whiskey barrel and vanilla beans lead the flavor off with a blast of high strength. Rounding it all out are notes of toasty oak, caramel, sweets, cocoa puffs, heavily charred grains, milk chocolate, cherry truffle stem and all, pure oak wood and booze.

MF- Massively thick body with an oily slick and chewy creamy texture. Carbonation is at a medium level as the beer remains smooth despite ending in a very warm, even hot finish.

The barrel is strong with this one but the massive chocolate fudge and caramel do a great job balancing it out. Spicy whiskey is strong but it suits the malty base beer, also plenty of vanilla bean sweets.
Sep 20, 2016
Rated: 4.66 by joemetric from Kansas

Sep 08, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by cjgator3 from Florida

Aug 24, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by gibgink from Missouri

Aug 21, 2016
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Reviewed by Benish from Utah

3.76/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured pitch black in color with minimal head. At the nose it was instant whiskey/booze and notes of dark chocolate and little licorice. The flavors were ton of whiskey - almost a bit too much. Then there were some chocolate and little molasses. But the booze was quite overwhelming and without a lot of depth. The mouthfeel was thinner then I expected. This was alright, just not nearly as good as one of the previous releases. I have not tried this when it was released, so I'm not sure how this beer has evolved overtime.
Aug 20, 2016
Rated: 4.43 by Jmorey from Michigan

Aug 02, 2016
Rated: 4.27 by That_Bearded_Guy from California

Jul 30, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

Jul 30, 2016
Rated: 4.53 by Ryannotbryan from Texas

Jul 30, 2016
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Reviewed by BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Damn this one is crazy good. I had this side by side with 16, and this one crushed it. Still tons of chocolate and caramel in this one and the mouthfeel was super creamy and perfect.
Jul 12, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by shoegueuze from California

Jul 09, 2016
Rated: 4.49 by MuFugga from Wisconsin

Jul 04, 2016
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Reviewed by Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bourbon, sweet chocolate, oak, dark chocolate, brownie, chocolate cake, alcohol, vanilla, roasty

Same for taste and smell. Phenomenal barrel stout like the other big CW beers
Jun 04, 2016
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Reviewed by Scooter1027 from Wisconsin

4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Terrific terrific stout. I liked this one more than Eighteen, though both are great. Has great barrel flavors with vanilla, chocolate, hints of coffee, and an overall smooth roastiness. A more full feel than some of their Brewer Reserve barrel series. Definitely glad I got a shot at this one.
May 17, 2016
Rated: 4.51 by pagriley from Illinois

May 14, 2016
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