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 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.

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#1,414
Reviews:
746
Ratings:
2,701
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
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Photo of josanguapo
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

De Labirratorium. En copa Teku. Viendo Westworld 2x01. Con queso pok. Bastante buena integracion del bourbon con la birra pero le falta intensidad para estar a la altura de los mejores exponentes del estilo

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Photo of jsmith313
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ian_graf
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

2012 vintage. Poured into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly black pour with a bit of mahogany brown around the edges... thin off-white head leaves a modest ring of lacing.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, and sweet roast.

T/F: Sweet roasted grains and sugars up front. Strong cocoa presence... minimal coffee. The bourbon is subtle after all these years... with more vanilla than booze. Medium bodied.... smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O: A very nicely rendered big barrel aged stout. At 7 years it's probably lost some of the bourbon character, but has a very nice mix of chocolate and vanilla to go with the roast. Enjoyable and I'd love to try a younger vintage for comparison.

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Photo of Nurt20
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of epercuoco
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nruhlig
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mig100
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. '2017' vintage.
Deep brown to black colored body, with garnet colored back lit areas. One finger of beige head, which later exists as a thin cap and thicker ring. There is some scattered lacing left behind with each sip, but it is scattered and dispersed.
Aroma is very pleasant, with dark roasted malts combining with oak barrel that has lots of vanilla and bourbon.
Taste is dark roasted malts, balanced well with the barrel aging, which introduces smooth bourbon and vanilla. Can pick out ancillary flavors of chocolate, coffee, and toffee.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Well balanced barrel aged stout. Could have a more dense, thicker, sticky, coating mouth feel, but this is common with Central Waters stouts. The smell and flavors are excellent and enjoyable throughout.

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Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Duncian
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AllOfTheCats
3.39/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tittyfish
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Look - all black, tiny bit tan at top with a little foam from pour
Smell - smells great, nice stout notes
Taste- dang good! Strong bourbon flavor with that barrel dryness, not sweet, wow it’s nice!

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Photo of kemoarps
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage. From the depths of @FlintB's bottomless NBS BIF#007 box.

Pours a powdered dark brown like muddy coffee. Swell of creamy head settles back to its ring with apparitional whisps across the cap. Whispy lacing, though that's more than a lot of BA stouts can claim.

Nose gives notes of raisins and spicy bourbon. Some coffee bitter with sweet molasses, nuttiness, and a little chocolate.

Flavour is sweet and smoothe. Chocolate and coffee lead in with some creamy vanilla and oak. As it warms, the finish transforms into an incredible chocolate syrup descent down the back side of the flavour peak. The barreling comes through a little bit on the post taste with that alcohol/mash bitterness, and there's a little bit of bourbon spice to be found throughout the flavour experience.

Body is medium thin, but incredbily creamy and smoothe with little pinpricks of carbonation. That chocolate syrup slide down the back side mentioned above pushes this section into a different realm too.

Overall this is a really tasty BA Stout, and one that had been on my wants list for a while. Thanks Brian for sending it along and letting me enjoy some of the incredible stouts the midwest has to offer!!

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Photo of Chackman151
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of beersampler6
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice, tasty, well-balanced imperial stout. Nice dark oily-black color with some tan head and a little spotty lingering lacing. Smells of roast coffee, vanilla, bourbon and a hint of chocolate and raisin. Tastes similarly, along with brown sugar, molasses, malt and caramel. Nice smooth slightly creamy mouthfeel and just the right amount of carbonation.

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Photo of qrazvan
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown-red colour with a reduced head. Medium body.
Smells of bourbon, cognac, chocolate, cherries.
Tastes at first as a sparkling coffee with caramel, prunes, walnuts, vanilla and chocolate notes. All is nicely blended in the woody, bourbon barrel feel. Sweet taste along the tasting, becoming more dry towards the end and especially in the aftertaste.
A nicely crafted aged stout!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Daniel_Bates
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of sd123
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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