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

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout
BA SCORE
4.26/5
2,573 Ratings
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: Rotating

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
Ranking:
#717
Reviews:
699
Ratings:
2,573
pDev:
8.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
428
Gots:
871
Trade:
92
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Photo of SpaethJam
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZEB89
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LloydDobler
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deg
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a snifter at Ansari's, this is great on the nose-- boozy, oaky, earthy, baker's chocolate, yum -- very good on the tongue but the mouthful and finish is fairly blasé.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjones5045
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of Harrison8
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with just under a finger of khaki foam on top. Head retention is poor, with no lacing left behind. Aroma is big, with booze, bourbon, oak, toffee, and roasted, toasted, and earthy malts. Flavor profile is a wall of bourbon and oak at first, with roasted, toasted, and earthy malts following it up. Toffee, and caramel notes sweeten up the center of the flavor profile. Despite the bourbon start, it refrains from being boozy. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a smooth texture. Overall, a huge beer, especially in the flavor profile, but falls short of the creamy, huge feel, or aroma depth of a next level stout. Still, this beer is excellent, and tastes the part.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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

Photo of heddar33
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RedhawkPoke
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Dark black beer color with almost no head and no lacing within 5 minutes of the pour.

S- Main smell is of bourbon up front. Can't pick up much other than whiskey.

T- Taste is somewhat subdued on the bourbon end based on the smell. Picking up some chocolate toffee flavors on the backend as it warms.

F- Somewhat thin compared to other stouts. A bit easier drinker than a lot of stouts, likely due to low ABV (9.5).

O- An easier drinking stout but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of psmith161
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopHunter19
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - brown black beer with a mocha head that leaves a nice lacing
S - vanilla, chocolate, mild oak, some milk, really not much bourbon, toffee, toasted coconut, or roasty qualities that i'd like to be seeing here
T - vanilla, more bourbon on the tongue than on the nose, milk, chocolate, mild oak flavor. Again not much mature barrel character.
M - medium mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is milk chocolate, vanilla, mild bourbon
O - in my book, it needs a little more. More abv, more bourbon barrel. Maybe the combo of 9.5% abv and used bourbon barrels is whats making this one lack luster for me. Who knows.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from @jolson in NBS BIF #4 – Thanks Josh!
Vintage 2013 (?) if the barely visible mark on the timeline is really there. The neck is marked (smudged) 113. Stored at 42 degrees. Served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Quite nice. Sweet and a bit of molasses, very mellow bourbon. This would be a great air freshener scent.
Head – Small (< 5 mm, aggressive pour), fizzy, gone almost instantly leaving no head, ring, layer, or lacing.
Lacing – none.
Body – Stygian black, totally opaque.
Flavor – Again, very mellow bourbon, sweet but not cloying. The oakiness comes peeking through. Allowing it to warm on my tongue produces an enhanced bourbon taste and a bit of alcohol. As I swallow, make that quite a bit of alcohol. No hops, no malt bitterness, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, creamy approaching syrupy, soft carbonation.
This beer, alone, is enough to make one want to live in Wisconsin. Just one damn good beer that ages well.

Appearance 4, Aroma 5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5.

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Photo of bwarren82
3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of soco89ziegler
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OneEyemick
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bammer21
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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