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

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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
Ratings:
2,554
Reviews:
695
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.83%
 
 
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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
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 -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of soco89ziegler
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OneEyemick
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bammer21
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikey2333
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into a snifter. The appearance was dark brown close to black colored body with a quickly dieing slim white somewhat foamy head, barely any lacing was shown at all. The smell is the best part of the beer as it starts out bourbon up front, however, once it warms a bit, there’s a good amount of oakiness and even after more warming - wow, the vanilla comes out along with some light licorice and close to the end of the drink I even got some light chocolate; throughout the entire drink its fairly roasty as well. The taste is bourbon sweet throughout with the vanilla complimenting it pretty well in a somewhat roasty sort of way; bourbon slightly vanilla aftertaste, dry bourbon-like finish. On the palate, its fairly hot in the feel, still I say it sits about a medium to heavy in body. Not really sessionable - more of a sipper and I expected that so I sipped the whole thing in about 2 and a half hours; carbonation is pretty smooth for the most part. Overall, what a nice night cap to end my day.

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Photo of stanale
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shade1951
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

THIS is a damn good stout! Sure, it has the typical stout/porter look, with very little head. It smells delicious - earthy and chocolatey.

But the flavor is outstanding. First sip covers the tongue with creamy goodness, like a slightly bitter chocolate milkshake. Carbonation is mild, but still pleasing - doesn't taste flat the way Guinness often does. While I detect some hops, it is definitely not a hop-forward stout, unlike others I've tasted that I didn't like nearly as much as this.

There is very little alcohol burn. Drinking this is a pleasure, even on a warm early summer day like today. I would gladly buy a 12-pack or a case of these.

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Photo of Chris7482
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

(2016 vintage, 12 oz bottle... poured into a teku)

L: very dark brown liquid, just about opaque... medium-tan foam, variety of bubble size - tall stand, almost immediately deflating into some chunky, bubbly islands... not lacing much

S: devil's food donut, chocolate syrup, bit of dark-roast coffee syrup on the back end - altogether quite potent and just lovely... faint whiff of medicinal alcohol around the edge, later centering and coming forward, but hardly strong, hot, or boozy

T: kind of equal parts coffee and dark cocoa, moderate roastiness, a little roasty caramelization to balance, with a very subtle spicy-citrusy zip on the back end... the malt has a fantastic, meaty density/flavor... coffee and toasted nut lingers in the aftertaste, a little black pepper perhaps as well... marginal bitterness still intact, but it might be all from the roast by this point

F: medium bodied, approaching full... some of depth on the heat in the finish, back of palate down through the chest... kinda like an extra-creamy, slightly silty white russian maybe, just with a weak gassy tingle... ghostly viscosity through the finish - fades out as it falls back

O: dense and richly flavored... though arguably having a somewhat dull, lugubrious flow, the vanish in the finish with its accompanying restrained heat is what saves it... dessert seems to be the best pairing for this (but maybe a gamy steak?!), and I'm thinking something nutty and aggressively-crunchy and of course decadently chocolaty to compliment the flavors here (dreaming of a dense chocolate mousse pie with a peanut brittle crust - oooh baby)

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Photo of agrinnell
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Isarnan
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nwhittin
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rammed96
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biggoon16
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Small beige head which dissipates to thin rim bubbles. Only a couple of spots for lace. The liquid is dark brown but very bright light can pass through the center of the glass.

Lightly sweet to the nose with an alcohol backbone. I smell the bourbon which reminds me a little bit like brandy. Strong, semisweet chocolate but it doesn't dominate.

The beer starts smooth and spritzy. The taste doesn't really start until the swallow. Prior to that, the taste is dry with cocoa notes. The finish is very chocolatey with a lot of alcohol warmth. Less brandy-like in the taste. Long aftertaste with more warmth. Toward the final fade, I pick up some bitterness which I think is from the hopping of the beer. Overall, I like the complexity without overdoing any particular element.

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Photo of buzzy
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2016 vintage served at cellar temps.

Appearance: classy and informative label. Beer was very dark brown with a coffee colored head and a ton of lacing.

Nose: chocolate, coffee, bourbon, slight alcohol, raisins, vanilla, oaky, roasted malts and char

Taste: follows the nose well but adds a strong warming sensation. A bit sweet but it isn't distracting. Very nice barrel character

Overall: I would like to see a more full body and mouthfeel. Nice beer

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Photo of tvenne
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lanciloti
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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