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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.

Added by Skidz on 05-28-2004

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

357-13 Julien date so just a few months on this...

A - Black as night in color. Very good lace retention

S - Immediate oak and bourbon on the aroma. Milk chocolate hits in the middle and fresh chocolate chip cookies

T - I get the exact same notes in the same order in the taste. I also get a minor bitter bite in the finish. Great barrel character

M - Medium body. Not thin to me in the least. Smooth and supple with a little heat in the finish

O - This is excellent. Great use of the barrel here. Everything works pretty harmoniously. Usually always impressed with CW

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into mini snifter

Glad to see Central Waters Brewers Reserve stuff here on the island. Had the Wee Heavy recently and was blown away.

Semi transparent brown in color with a 1/2 in. Burnt brown sugar Head that fell apart sort of fast. Left a ring for a minute or so but that fell apart as well. Leaves sparse lacing and this girls wearing a skirt cause I can see them legs.

Smell for me was immediate bourbon barrel. Same barrel used as the wee heavy(type of, not actual). Sweet Sweet bourbon. Toffee, caramel, nice coconut presence in the nose as well. Slight fudgy scent but honestly bourbon barrels always distract me from other scents/smells.. Booze scent to it as well...

Taste was immediate hot, boozy bourbon on top mixed in with tons of toffee, caremel, dark bitter chocolate and a nice vanilla and coconut taste lingering in. Swish it in your mouth and that boozy sweet bourbon makes its presence...

Thin and medium bodied but felt full and creamy. Went down nice with some burn and lightly carbed...

Overall the beer Is excellent. Glad to have it around if I need a good Stout fix. Bourbon barrel was very overpowering and most of the love it gets is what I believe to be whatever actual bourbon barrels they use or the time/process they use. Thier barrels seemed to complement the wee heavy base better than thier stout. This is by no means a bash on the stout. It was an excellent brew but not much stout is in the mix for my taste..

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a medium plus brow color with a fair amount of brown coming through in on the edges.

The aroma is extremely bourbon barrel forward with huge notes of coconut and sweet vanilla. It’s surprising how vanilla forward the aroma is. Lots of rich oak, bourbon, a light fudgey chocolate.

The beer again follows with that sweet vanilla, toasted coconut in the front, melded with bourbon and oak. A milk chocolate, black coffee, espresso. Finishes off of drying from oak and bourbon.

The beer has a medium mouthfeel.

This beer has a slightly thin mouthfeel, but very appropriate for the ABV. The beer is relatively drinkable, but still has beautiful complexity of a bourbon barrel aged stout. Very aggressive coconut notes, even more so than Proprietor’s.

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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. No head. No lacing.

The initial smell is all bourbon, baby! Hardly anything else, not that I mind.

Tastes like a vanilla, bourbon soda. Very sweet upfront. Back end brings on a touch of bitterness, but not much.

Maybe there's too much bourbon flavor? I'm sure when this sucker warms up, I'll be dealing with a whole new flavor profile. Can't wait!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The lacing dies down and eventually leaves only a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of charred oak and bourbon are present in the nose. The smell becomes srronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has tons of vanilla flavors from the barrel aging. There is more vanilla then there is bourbon.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really well blanched beer as you can get both the oak and the bourbon.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,574 ratings
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