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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
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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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3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this in a trade, I've never heard of the brewery before. Overall I think it's a really good beer. Last week I did a taste test of KBS vs. BNS vs. BCBS vs. Great Lakes Barrel Aged Blackout Stout. This one falls around where the Great Lakes was in that test (BNS was the winner IMHO). It's a really good beer. Is it in the same league as the others, not quite. all the components are there but it seems a little disjointed. At the time I'm writing this I've let the beer warm up quite a bit. At this point the ETOH has come out much more in the flavor and aroma but so have the Stout flavors of Chocolate and Coffee. When it's cold the Vanilla dominates the aroma and flavor but has blended nicely at around 55 degrees. Bourbon flavors and aromas are still the most prevalent but the Stout underneath is starting to come through. It's a very good beer, worth trying if you've never had it.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage, poured into a snifter

A- Pours nearly pitch black with a tiny fizzy light-tan head that reduces almost immediately, leaving nothing behind even after agitation

S- Big barrel notes up front with vanilla & oak, there's some sweet caramel notes with a touch of black licorice, barrel juice with a whiff of toasted coconut, slightly smoky with some chocolate at the end. Nice and complex aromas

T- Wow, big punch of straight bourbon up front that eventually gives way to some roasted chocolaty malt, barrel notes kick in providing flavors of licorice, oak and vanilla, more bourbon on the finish with some raisin and dark fruit

M- medium body & medium-low carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish with some lingering booze. The booze definitely lingers long after the swallow, even after nearly a year of aging

O- This is definitely a bourbon-forward beer, which plays well to my preferences. I can see how this would be overpowering to those who don't like straight bourbon. I'm looking forward to seeing how my other bottles continue to develop as it's still drinking hot after nearly a year. Overall, a great BA Stout that seems to fly under the radar.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage

A - pours near black with almost a finger of lighy mocha head, so so lacing and retention.

S - sweet cocoa, vanilla, oaky bourbon

T - wow, superbly rich with cocoa and vinalla. Really nicely balanced with the sweet oaky boozyness.

M - medium bodied, relatively light bodied. Decent carb but still fairly smooth

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,584 ratings
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