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

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout
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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #772
Ranked #1,782
4.26 | pDev: 8.45%
Sunday at 02:07 AM
May 29, 2004
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.
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Reviewed by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This beer pours black but with a definite brown hue about it. The aroma is very pleasant with hints of bourbon, wood, and the unmistakable sweetness of an imperial stout. The flavor is not overpowering and it is extremely balanced between a mellow sweetness and a lingering but subtle bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth, but more carbonated than I was expecting. This is a great barrel aged imperial stout and I would definitely seek it again.
Nov 19, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Justinbshelton from Alabama

Nov 12, 2023
Rated: 4.34 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Oct 12, 2023
Rated: 4.19 by hopley from Massachusetts

Jul 02, 2023
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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Purchased as part of a 4 pack from Goshen Beverage in West Chester, PA on 6/29/23.

L- Pitch black with a very delicate head.

S- BBA notes very forward: vanilla,

T- Beautiful bourbon but not over-
powering. Some “boozy “ heat
very delicate stout flavors on
the back end.

F- Rather light mouthfeel. Very delicate

O- A great BA imperial stout!
Jun 30, 2023
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Reviewed by Brenden from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
L: Dark brown with some light sneaking through the edges, very thick; slight tan head with some lacing
S: Barrel, including some oak, caramel, and vanilla notes, with a touch of barley, chocolate, and vague dark berry
T: Fudgy up front, not just chocolate but thick fudge, with nice drying from woody notes and no letup from some sweet vanilla, toffee, and caramel notes all the way through; a bit of those dark fruits linger throughout
F: Not as thick as it looks, more of a medium body; it would be better if it didn't thin out a touch as it went, but pretty good from front to back
Jun 26, 2023
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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nice deep color, but not pitch black. Head dissipated quickly. Noticeable carbonation.

Good smell. A bit sweet. Very pleasant.

Very tasty. Smooth, a bit of sweetness, but not too much. I like the carbonation.

Overall a very good stout.
Mar 14, 2023
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Reviewed by defunksta from Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a completely dark black color with a strong dark tan head. SRM of 23-24. (4.00)

Aroma: Strong aromas of bourbon upfront. This mixes into a chocolate, sweet caramel, and bread pudding aromas. Aromas are rich and sweet. (4.00)

Flavor: Strong flavors of bourbon again upfront. There's a strong bourbon and boozy bite in the middle before it melds into a warm caramel, maple syrup, and bread pudding flavors that lingers at the end. Sweet. (3.75)

Feel: Heavier bodied, mild carbonation. Strong and sweet with a booze and bourbon bite. (3.75)

Overall: Heavy on the bourbon here and I'm sure a great Stout. A little too much bourbon and booze flavor for my taste, but still has some nice warm and rich flavors off the end. Caramel, maple syrup, bread pudding. Sort of reminds me of an imperial Backwoods Bastard. The heavy bourbon isn't my forte, but okay. (Rating: 3.88)
Mar 05, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by bruindre from Massachusetts

Feb 09, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Jan 14, 2023
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Reviewed by Blogjackets from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a twelve ounce bottle, the body is a deep brown or black. One finger of a light tan head and good lacing.

Aroma is the barrel, vanilla, chocolate and dark fruit (a bit of cherries).

Taste follows nose with an assertive bourbon flavor and some oak, chocolate, dark fruit, and malty char. At the end of swallow, a light bitterness appears. As the stout warms, everything softens. Wonderful.

Creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. Not the thickest stout feel, but flavor more than makes up for it.

A top notch barrel aged stout.
Jan 02, 2023
Rated: 4.16 by not2quick from Missouri

Nov 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A nice tan head sits atop a dark body. Very pleasant aroma: bourbon, the sweet scent of fermented malt, vanilla, brown sugar & implied happiness. Only the slightest bit sweet with a touch of saltiness. Flavor is everything promised by the aroma with some complex barrel flavors. As thick as expected but a bit thin on carbonation. An excellent stout.
Nov 05, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by jakecattleco from California

Nov 03, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by DBosco from Massachusetts

Aug 31, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by beefbucket from Missouri

Jul 14, 2022
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Reviewed by lwillitz from Wisconsin

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith pint glass
Vintage 2019

A - 3 fingers of deep tan over a pitch black body with orange/ruby highlights

S - sweet malts, a little milky, a touch of metallic, some chocolate, wood and other delightful complexities of bourbon; marvelous!

T - sweet malt and chocolate, alcohol warmth in the back, wood/bourbon/vanilla in the finish; complex and delightful!

M - smooth oily medium/full body, low carbonation

O - just excellent
Jul 11, 2022
Rated: 4 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
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