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 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

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2,560
Reviews:
698
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.83%
 
 
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage poured into a snifter.

A- black with more brown than expected. Has some lightness to it.

S- bourbon chocolate and caramel

T- follows the nose with some caramel and toffee goodness.

M- definitely good mouthfeel. The way a BBA stout should taste.

O- well done

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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of MaximalC
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

*2014 vintage bottle consumed on 2/29/16

Pours seal brown with a meager head of khaki suds. Aroma smells of molasses, dark fruit, peat, and toasted marshmallow. Sharkjaw lacing clings to the glass as the beer recedes.

The taste is sweet, warming, and slightly papery up front, featuring gobs of toasted marshmallow in the malt department. Notes of wood, vanilla, and butterscotch add depth and complexity, especially after sufficient warming. A slow creep of roasted malt and cocoa powder blooms beyond the finish. Medium body and mild carbonation make this a smooth and drinkable stout, albeit a little less fortified than I prefer.

Overall, this is one of the sweeter barrel-aged imperial stouts I’ve come across, evoking a slightly mellower version of Parabola (which I personally find to be a little overrated). Probably the least dazzling of Central Waters’ Brewer’s Reserve series, but that’s more a credit to CW’s standard of quality than a knock on this particular brew.


From Notes (6/08/14 @ Farmhouse):

Pours an oily, nearly black color with wisps of khaki foam in lieu of any head to speak of. Palpable dark chocolate in the nose follows in the taste. Very smooth. The taste also features coffee, with burnt roast on the back end. Oaky notes are very mild and mostly present up front. Hints of toffee emerge with warming. Alcohol is extremely well concealed--this tastes more like 6% than 9.5%. The flavor is reminiscent of Founders Breakfast Stout with a kiss of barrel aging. The mouthfeel is a little thin for the style, although this enhances the drinkability.

Overall, this barrel-aged stout doesn't steamroll you with flavor or body, but its quite delicious and classy nevertheless. The admirable dark chocolate presence is sure to please those who prefer their stouts with more of a chocolate bent.

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4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

***2013 Vintage***

Thanks to Tricerahops for this one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown with very thin head though it does coat the glass a little as the glass empties. Aroma is boozy and sweet. Flavor reminds me of an Irish coffee with some smoke and maple syrup thrown in. Nice treat overall.

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Photo of roger617
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

A: Pours deep black with less than a finger of khaki color head that reduces fairly quickly and leaves a collar around the glass. No lacing left behind through the glass.
S: There is a strong, and welcome aroma of bourbon wafting from the glass. Hints of chocolate and roast linger in the background.
T: Very similar to the aroma, I get a good amount of bourbon up front. The background flavors compliment nicely, and are more so prominent than in the aroma. What I think is going to be a bourbon bomb up front turns into a well balanced stout on the end. Granted, I love bourbon, so being a bit bourbon heavy throughout is very nice to me.
M: Feel is thin in comparison to what I've come to expect from comparables. However, at 9.5% and having seen the pour, this was expected.
O: This beer for me was tempering expectations. I had only heard good things, so I knew I was in for a treat. I went in thinking it would be good, and it exceeded my expectations for sure. It's definitely a small dark horse in a world of big whales. I enjoyed it from first to last sip.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,560 ratings.
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