Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American-style stout aged for 1 year in used 12 year bourbon barrels.

The brewery's most highly sought after beer, this imperial stout is aged to perfection in oak bourbon barrels. Look for this tasty teat to contain hints of bourbon and vanilla with roasted overtones that is [sic] sure to please any connoisseur's palate. Serve at cellar temperature from a snifter glass and enjoy this expression of out passion for brewing.

Added by Skidz on 05-28-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#788
Reviews:
735
Ratings:
2,672
pDev:
8.45%
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Photo of zotzot
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dafla67
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown. The smell is chocolate, vanilla, malts and bourbon. The taste is amazing. Begins with the vanilla and caramel flavors followed by malts and chocolate and finishes with a bit of spicy bourbon. Very complex and well balanced. No one flavor is over powering. Feel is a bit light for the flavor of such a stout.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown pour with a finger of tan head.
Smell is bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla.
Taste follows, chocolate, barrel, roast malt, toffee, and caramel.
A bit thin to me but overall a tasty BA stout. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, just a touch of heat on the tongue.

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Photo of Zenboy99
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DavidR_9
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin dark mahogany brown/amber, settles into a shiny black body in the snifter. Fizzy tan head with small bubbles, fizzes out to edges with some small spots across surface.

Smell is straight up charred oak, roasty malt, caramel, vanilla, all followed by slightly spicy bourbon.

Taste is semi sweet up front with caramel, vanilla, and some earthy oak, a cola like roasty maltiness with some peanut character, quickly overtaken by a medium subtle bourbon charscter that has a slight spice and some sweetness. Not a whole lot of heat, just the right amount for this brew imo.

Feel is fairly light- medium light. Fairly high carbonation that gives it a sight cola like character but I think it works really well. The high carbonation quickly fizzes out to a smooth blanketing bourbon finish that lingers just long enough to encourage the next sip.

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Photo of sposter4
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scott_McCool
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong bourbon smell. Tastes not as sweet as I usually like in this style.

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Photo of vabeerguy
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chilmer
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has really nice bourbon, butterscotch, toffee, caramel and milk chocolate. Taste follows with dark malts, butterscotch, some roasted malt acidity on the finish with medium roasty bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, quite smooth mouthfeel. Overall the bourbon flavors come through really nicely but there is also some alcohol heat.

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Photo of mishi_d
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is cola reddish-brown but surprisingly fills to shiny black, accumulating a lumpy, fuzzy light tan head that clings in slight ridges.

Smell exhibits plenty of spicy bourbon and charred oak with chocolate roasted malt, roasted peanuts, wafer and vanilla. It's a very pleasant and solid aroma that fills the nose without too much heat, capped off by a hint of licorice.

Taste is vanilla and cake batter right up front, but that's quickly hit with a splash of spiced bourbon and waxy, nutty oak. Flavors of cocoa and toasted dark malt support the middle, as bourbon comes back out on the swallow with a heated exhale.

The moderate to full body has a soft froth that delicately dissipates to a perfectly semi-dry, soft yet tingly finish, warming the gut.

This is a sleeper hit behind all the flavored variations Central Waters does. I'm glad I finally got to try the OG, as it's easily my favorite of theirs.

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Photo of alexsergio
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FrancisM12
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage, warmed to slughtly below room temperature, enjoyed from a tulip glass.

Pours jet black with zero head on a hard pour... I imagine four years in storage has something to do with that. Wonderful aroma, dark fruits, subtle bourbon, faint vanilla, some char. Taste has dropped off a little from years past, possibly a little astringent, but still deeply enjoyable...oak, bakers chocolate, deep roast.

Looking forward to getting a fresh batch this fall.

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Photo of mschrei
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage. Not super dark, tannish foamy lacing. Smell is boozy barrels with malt and sweet chocolate and vanilla notes. Taste is balance of barrel, booze, malt, sweet chocolate and vanilla. Smooth and flavorful, just not as bold as I'd like.

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Photo of StormAles
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lahey
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having a 2 year old bottle from 2016.
It's a black inky beer with small disappearing head with very little lacing.

Smell is dark fruit, bourbon and roasted malt.

Flavor follows the smell. I'm not a big fan of too much dark fruit in my stouts, but the barrel balances it so well. I don't always like a lot of barrel, but this barrel flavor isn't too hot or rough. Some coffee/cocoa roasted malt.

Feel is somewhat thin due to the reasonably low abv for thr style.

Overall a very good example of the style. Maybe the time on it mellowed it out, but it's a very well rounded complex beer. I'll probably go back to the store and buy more. Not sure how it's stayed in the cooler this long.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark with tan head. Aroma is bourbon with a bit of chocolate and roasty malt. Taste is pretty much the same. It's very nice though with a bit more bourbon than I'd prefer. For an imperial stout, feel is medium. Overall, a very nice and surprisingly drinkable barrel-aged stout.

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Photo of dunklevice
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of samEBC
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jrcassi77
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of byronic
3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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