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): 9.50%

Availability: Fall

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

Added by Skidz on 05-28-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
682
Ratings:
2,512
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.85%
 
 
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862
For Trade:
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Reviews: 682 | Ratings: 2,512
Photo of 57md
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage

Pours a dark brown to black color with ruby edges and just about a half finger of head. The nose has modest notes of bourbon but has molasses notes, as well. The flavor has includes the sweet taste of bourbon alongside the roasted stout goodness. The body is a wee bit thin for the style but since the bourbon flavors are a bit muted, the residual alcohol esters never get obtrusive in spite of the lack of heft.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Dark brown to black. Very little head on the initial pour, though a thin ring stuck around for quite a while.

S- Solid bourbon smell with a little bit of roasted malt and vanilla behind it.

T- A bit too heavy on the bourbon and oak for my taste. There's a bit of chocolate sweetness behind it, but it's overpowered by the bourbon.

F- A little too thin. Not enough richness to counteract the booze. Slightly harsh going down.

O- I don't hate it, but it's not particularly well balanced. I like the other Brewer's Reserve beers I've had, so this was disappointing. They all had some good bourbon and oak flavors without beating you over the head with them.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little bit disappointed in this. I had Bell's Expedition Stout and this one. The Bell's was first, and this one paled in comparison.
It was a very dark brown color with a small tan head.
Bourbon and roasted malt aroma.
Coffee, vanilla, and bourbon taste.
Medium-bodied.
Good beer but I was expecting more.

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Photo of TheeBeardedEMT
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma - Initially you get hit with the delicious smell of Bourbon. Following that you get hints of vanilla.

Appearance - This beer pours dark brown. There is a nice tan head that disappears.

Flavor - Holy Bourbon! Your first taste is Bourbon. Behind is vanilla and chocolate.

Mouthfeel - This is medium bodied. Carbonation is good. Slight tingle as it hits your tongue.

Overall - This was a beer I was looking forward to trying and I wasn't disappointed. The only complaint would be the Bourbon flavors were lacking a bit.

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Photo of strohme2
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a deep brown with a short lived tan head. Looks thin on the pour. Rye bread, molasses, anise on the nose, also some hints of heat. Deep caramel, licorice, molasses, cola, wood and small amounts of bourbon. Thin bodied mouthfeel. Good tastes but the body is what I like in a big bourbon barreled stout.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a midnight black with a one finger tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, toffee and dark chocolate.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, oak and bourbon.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice easy drinking barrel aged stout.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle - vintage 2016

Pours black with a dense creamy tan foam head. Smells like toasted nutty oak, bourbon, caramel, rich marshmallowy vanilla, toffee, molasses, spice, brown sugar, dark chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruit, coffee, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like toasted nutty oak, bourbon, caramel, rich marshmallowy vanilla, toffee, molasses, spice, brown sugar, dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruit, coffee, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with some oak and marshmallow notes.

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Photo of bobv
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch tan head over a dark brown body with some lacing.
Nose of milk chocolate, some dark fruit, and some booze from the barrel. Taste follows with a little malty creaminess across the palate. Overall, a solid offering!

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Photo of BWood
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not as dark coloring as I would like in a BA stout. Tastes great though. But it's a little thin imo. I like the beer. But to me dragons milk is much better easy. To get BA stout.

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Photo of Martin194
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours very dark brown, looks like coffee. When held up to light, revealed to be a deep ruby red. Small, quickly-dissipating tan head.

Smell: It hits you right away with the bourbon scent, but that gives way to baker's chocolate and cherries along with hints of vanilla.

Taste: Bourbon stands out all the way through along with a nice coffee taste, little hints of fruit right after swallowing. This one's just a little watery in my opinion, not quite as strong as other stouts I've had, but still a fine taste.

Feel: Not a lot of carbonation, leaves the warm, dry feel and taste of bourbon after swallowing.

Overall: A fine stout, fairly easy drinking.

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Photo of beergoot
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unique bottle info: Vintage 2016 Kudos to @LongTaco15 for the brew...

Deep, dark brown body; thick, creamy, light tan head. Rich, roasted grain aroma; cocoa with traces of vanilla; a touch of bourbon on the nose. Deep roasted and charred grain flavors blended with a heavy milk chocolate sweetness; bourbon tones noted; some nice ester notes; subtle bitterness. Heavy body; thick and lush with a velvety touch; lots of fine, residual sugar smoothness.

This is an outstanding tasting beer and the mouthfeel is exquisite. It is well-balanced and displays great depth and complexity for the style. Although far from being a lightweight beer, it doesn't bludgeon you with undue heaviness. The barrel aging is done about right to (in my opinion): not too overpowering, just the right touch to add to the depth and complexity of things. A righteous dark ale, for sure...

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Photo of avalon07
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: A solid aroma of the advertised bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and some malt.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of dark chocolate, a lot of the bourbon (especially in the finish), a hint of vanilla, some oak, roasted malt, and dark fruit (plums, raisins). A pretty good flavor that's heavier on the bourbon than other elements. Very tasty and somewhat aggressive.

F: A good shot of carbonation with a mostly smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer might have a few minor flaws, but it's generally well done. Drinkable.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan/white head. Aroma, chocolate, cherry, raspberry, Bourbon. taste- whiskey, a creamy chocolate. In the back is a pretty clear coffee note. Very creamy and slick mouthfeel. Overall- this is a very good Barrel aged stout. It is a kind of clean tasting beer surprisingly. It invites drinking. Drink ya some!

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Photo of scotorum
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

CENTRAL WATERS BBA STOUT 1/29/17

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a; Very dark clear ruby. Inch thick tan head receded to thick even surface foam and some spotty lacing.

s: Alcohol and dark roasty malt mellowed by slight dark fruit notes.

t; Booze battles dark fruit notes for attention. Finish is varied with emphasis on bitterness and the other two flavors.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: Seems more like a BBA porter than a stout but very good as such.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great BBA stout that depicts how several brewers are slowly but steadily closing the gap between formerly untouchable BBA stouts. At ~9% ABV this is surprisingly drinkable. Dark brown (borderline black) pour that's light at the edges. Thin film of head slips away into the liquid fairly quickly. Aroma of chocolate, malt, whiskey. Taste is fire-roasted malt, toasted grains, chocolate, whiskey heat, burnt sugar, vanilla and oak. Nice balance; alcohol heat comes through every now and again. Slick mouthfeel, perfect amount of carbonation.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

**
01/26/2017

Bottle (12/08/16) to snifter.

Look: cola looking black brown. Smallish head that is off white. Fades.
Aroma: caramel, whiskey, hazelnut. Very nice, even from the start when it was pretty cold.
Taste: light malt, brown sugar, whiskey. Some wood.
Feel: thin for a stout. Also overly flat.

Smells great and tasty enough, but not much body or complexity here.

**

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Photo of jeffreed61
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winter 2016 release. If you pour this cold, please, please let it warm up. Beautiful barrel nose, tons of bourbon and caramel. Thin feel, but deep, rich flavors really step up with the warmth.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours deep brown thin tan head spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts and leather.

Taste - Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon very well balanced.

Feel - High side of medium well carbonated, very smooth and coating little burn from the alcohol

Overall - Very good BBA stout great flavors and very well balanced.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10oz draft pour into a snifter is a dark brown opaque body floating a nice 3/4in tan head that dissipates to a fine cap. Some artistic lacing remains.
Aroma is not overpowering but there is booze, vanilla, caramel, and a slight hint a cocoa.
Flavor is similar, though the presence of each is different. There is significantly less booze in the flavor than the smell as the chocolate becomes more prominent. A very well hidden abv.
Mouthfeel wants to be thick but clears the pallette quickly, clean, and almost dry. The mouth begs for more.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a caramel carbonated head that soon disappears

The aroma is absolutely inviting! Roasted coconut, sweet caramel and toffee, chocolate, sweet and strong bourbon, oak, a bit of vanilla

Taste is coconut, bourbon, chocolate, stone fruits, bits of vanilla, as well as I'm picking up notes of coffee in the aftertaste

Overall this beer was fantastic and will definitely be getting another 4-pack! I do wish the bourbon would come through a bit more, a little more sting in the finish would be nice! Fantastic though!

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Photo of Masonz223
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smell: Sweet bourbon oak big vanilla marshmallow dark chocolate milk chocolate carmel toasted coconut.

Taste: upfront milk chocolate and toasted coconut middle of the mouth big vanilla carmel dark chocolate in the finish you get sweet bourbon oak and a slight dark malt biterness.

Feel: medium body a bit thin for the style low carbonation. Sillky smooth on the tongue. Dangerously easy drinking.

Overall: smell and taste are pretty nice on this beer maybe a little more mellow then most Barrel aged Stouts but still really good. Mouthfeel is where this beer really lacks it's a bit thin. The beer would really benefit from a fuller mouthfeel.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks a reddish brown and thin on the pour. In the glass its a murky dark brown with a one finger light brown head that's gone in a flash, leaving very little lacing.
Aroma of cherries, fig and some roasted malts with just a hint of bourbon.
Taste has some vanilla, androasted ashy malts. Bourbon is more pronounced as is a the fruit. Definitely warms you up...
Texture is thin for the style.
I've tried CW's, Scotch Ale, Barleywine, Quad and the Cassian stout and found them to be excellent. This was a bit disappointing. Purchased 2 4packs, I'll drink one and cellar the other.

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Photo of Prager62
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A twelve ounce bottle dated 2016 vintage poured in a 13oz. snifter.

Look- Pours a very thin root beer colored brown leaving a couple centimeters of light tan foam. It quickly settles leaving a thin ring and some lacing.

Smell- Bourbon, vanilla, dates and leather.

Taste- Slightly sweet bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit and oak in the finish.

Feel- Very thin and watery for a stout.

Overall- A very appealing beer in the smell and taste. The negatives are the rather boring look and super thin feel. Once you get past that, it's quite enjoyable. It reminds me of a barrel aged Scotch Ale-stout blend.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage '15

Wow; what an excellent BBA stout. The malt isn't overly sweet or beyond roasty letting the bourbon shine through on the nose as well as the flavor. All the flavors you want from this style...cocao, vanilla, oak...just the right amount of bourbon. Very drinkable with a slightly thin mouthfeel that is somewhat welcome after so many gloppy sugar bombs. A lot of breweries could take note of the subtlety and balance of this blend. Great with 1.5 years on it and could go a bit more. More elegant than overpowering. Would definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light barrel aged stout with layers of chocolate, dark fruit and vanilla. The barrel is pronounced, but doesn't dominate the base beer like many BA beers do. The mouthfeel was a little thin, but I'm not hating it. It's a very good beer.

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