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

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

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.

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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1/5  rDev -76.5%

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1.25/5  rDev -70.7%

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2/5  rDev -53.1%

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2.14/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I honestly don’t know where to start with this one. First off, this is far from a stout. It is a very watery light brown. Clear around the edges. This is more like a barrel aged dubbel. If it was a dubbel it wouldn’t be half bad. Other than being water thin, it has an overbearing sour grape flavor going on. Didn’t get much bourbon out of it. Plenty of oakiness coming through. I hope this was a bad bottle, because this is nothing that I would seek again. I was expecting a lot more out of this. Instead this will go down as one of the worse beers I’ve ever had.

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2.25/5  rDev -47.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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2.53/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

cw bbs and cherry bbs, back to back

a 3.5-4 both are quite black and look about the same. not much head or lacing, but that will be forgiven i guess due to the barrel aging and abv.

s 3-4 sweet bourbon, vanilla and butterscotch dominate the nose of the bbs, but it is not nearly as alcoholically aggressive as my memories of the bbb. the roasted barley is far in the background, just where i prefer it to be. this isn't the most complex nose. the bourbon is less noticeable in the aroma of the cherry bbs, in which the tart cherries are clearly present. the cherry has a somewhat more subdued nose overall, yet it's still quite pleasant (4-4.5)
now that i've placed the main scent of bbs as butterscotch, it's not quite as alluring. oh well.

t 3-3.5 whoa this is smooth! not nearly the challenge to drink that I half-anticipated. indeed, this is shockingly smooth and quaffable. with the malts playing a supporting role. no hops detected. the cherry bbs offer less bourbon for the palate and an impression that i am sucking down cherry pie while drinking the bbs.

m 2-2.5 the mouthfeel is thinner than expected (same for both). the carbonation level is relatively low and doesn't contribute significantly to the mouthfeel.

o 2-2.5 these beers are drinkable, sometimes hard to sip rather than gulp, too friendly and approachable. over time though, the butterscotch combines with a dishwater off-note and makes me want to hurl. i liked these at first so much because i expected to hate them and didn't, as the feared boatload of burnt barley was absent. but bbs, based on solstice which i cannot stand, is ultimately fairly gross. unfortunate as i have a few 4-packs still in the cellar.
overall, i just cannot drink this at all anymore.

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2.8/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle to snifter. As I poured I could not help but notice the thinness to the depth in this beer. Imperial Stouts IMO should be dark, with no light shining through. This beer was dark, but not dark enough. The light passed through it too easily, something I would expect from a standard stout, not an imperial. The smell was just ok. Faint bourbon, no vanilla, no malt or indentifying nuances that stood out. I'm a fan of bourbon stouts, this beer lacked substancially in comparison. The base beer stands out in no way to me. It's awfully thin and watery. The bourbon barely helps. I like my beers to be big and heavy on the bourbon. This one just didn't do it for me. I appreciate the trader who got this to me. Cheers.

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2.82/5  rDev -33.8%

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2.86/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bit of a disappointment from one of my favorite Midwestern breweries. Pours a dark amber/ruby/translucent brown. Not particularly appealing, and not what I'd expect for a bourbon barrel aged stout, or any stout for that matter. The smell is quite good, with typical bourbon notes of vanilla, oak, and toffee, with a touch of alcohol.

The taste is another matter. The alcohol has a spicy burn, like I took a regular porter or stout and poured some bourbon in the glass. Kinda tastes like a whiskey-Coke. Not very good.

The mouthfeel is thin for the style. Watery and prickly from the alcohol.

Overall, a below average bourbon stout that is overrated. I will age a bottle to see how it fares.

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not very impressive.. I was expecting more...

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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3.07/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, espresso, malt, and dark fruit. Taste is malt and fruit forward. Bourbon is there, but it feels out of balance to me. Needs more dark roast to balance the dark fruits. Its too sweet with a thin mouth feel.

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3.14/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2010 12 oz bottle poured into DFH signature glass. 

A: Deep brown with deep amber highlights. Not much of a head, which is unsurprising.  Excellent clarity. 

S: Smells of bourbon, damp wood, and maybe a touch of vanilla. The base imperial stout is indiscernible. The barrel has bowled over the base beer.

T: Bourbon booziness assaults the palate: bourbon, oaky woodiness, a hint of vanilla and sweet malts. Bitter, boozy and drying finish. No dark fruits. No coffee. No chocolate. No roasted malts. 

M: Low carbonation and thin. Slightly astringent and definitely warming. 

D: CW Bourbon Barrel Stout is a sipper, but i find it to be too simplistic for a barrel-aged imperial stout.  This beer is to that style what Backwoods Bastard is to barrel-aged scotch ales, except a bit more direct and one-dimensional. I wouldn't seek it out but I wouldn't reject it if someone offered me a pour. 

Thanks to joshuaseresse for the generous extra!

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