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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4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle (2013 Vintage) into a snifter with a nice 2 finger mocha colored head.

appearance-Beer is pitch black with some noticeable sediment.
aroma - dark fruit, bourbon, oak, vanilla
taste - sweetness, oaky, nice bourbon flavor,roasted malts, toffee, vanilla,
mouthfeel - medium to strong body, warming but smooth finish
overall - outstanding BBA stout. , will definitely need to pick this up on a yearly basis, and at this price point 14.99 / 4 pack, I should consider getting more than just one.

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

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

Had this last year and wasn't blown away, but I liked it enough that I grabbed another 4 pack. At $14.99 for 4 bottles, you can't really beat it, especially when Dragon's Milk goes for the same.

The beer pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a decent amount of head. Smell is pretty similar to BCBS: Boozy, with some prunish notes wafting up.

This is a great tasting beer--Lots of chocolate and vanilla running around, and the whole thing is integrated very well. The only thing that bothers me about BBS is how thin the mouthfeel is. I get that this is probably intentional, because the beer is only 9.5% ABV(which is pretty low for a BA stout), but I still think the beer would do well at a higher ABV, which a thicker mouthfeel.

Hopefully CW wouldn't be offended by me calling this BCBS Jr., because this stuff really does taste like a "smaller" version of BCBS. Not quite as complex, and definitely not nearly as thick and oily as BCBS, but this is a great beer, and certainly worth grabbing at its price point. I would imagine this would be a great "training" beer for those trying to get into BA stouts as well, since nothing about is overwhelming, and you get a great sense of what bourbon barrels can add to a beer. Great job by Central Waters!


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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage. 12 oz bottle poured into my trusty pint glass.

Appearance: Pours nearly pitch-black with a khaki tan head. Based on other reviews, I expected the head to dissipate quickly, but it's lingering a bit longer than expected.

Smell: Smells of caramel, chocolate, vanilla and - obviously - bourbon flow out of this one. A little sweeter smelling than the BCBS i recently reviewed. If this tastes anywhere near as good as it smells... I'm in for a good time!

Taste: Hmm. Pretty freaking good. A little boozier than the BCBS, a little more in-your-face with the flavors. Definite vanilla and chocolate aspects poke through. Not as complex as the BCBS, but the flavors still play very well with one another.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a warming, almost hot, mouthfeel. That said, it's quite... soft and smooth at the same time. Doesn't linger too strongly in the mouth.

Overall: Very delicious. Very drinkable. I'm gonna stash at least 2 of the bottles in my cellar and see what happens as it ages. Very excited to see where this goes - got another bottle of BCBS stashed alongside this, so I can do a direct comparison.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,561 ratings.
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