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.

Added by Skidz on 05-28-2004

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#1,314
Reviews:
739
Ratings:
2,684
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
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Photo of BenBreeg
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

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours a two finger off-white head, that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color, no high lights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon and caramel nose and taste is similar with bourbon, caramel and vanilla. Higher abv, 9.5%, is hidden. Brewed in 2016, 12oz bottle $1.85 from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 batch

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of liquid fudge with hints of vanilla, caramel and oak. Slight hint of coffee.
T: Taste is big and chocolatey up front with some coffee and roasted malts. Nice and light vanilla and caramel with some drying tannic oak with a little wood spice. Swallow is more chocolate, coffee and roasted malts with a hint of oxidation before the oak and vanilla come back across with some lingering roasted malts with a hint of charred wood.
M: This beer is surprisingly light in body given the abv and style. On the palate it sits at about a medium. Carbonation is just below being prickly while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer with some great flavors and complexity. It has aged gracefully and only shows hints of oxidation. The only thing I really wish this beer had was a bit more body as it does come across a little thin. Still a very good beer that is worth a try.

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Photo of Aeroscorp
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,684 ratings