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

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3.21/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: 2012 release
Glass: Snifter

Like most other bourbon barrel stouts, Central Waters' features more bourbon than stout-related flavor, though it is not as unbalanced with its ethanol presentation as BCS and others are. Generally, more of the tepid "bourbon stout" style, far unbalanced in terms of bourbon to stout flavor. Why this is considered an exceptional stout seems strange to me, as it features only mediocre stout-related flavors. If you enjoy stouts, why bother with over-the-top bourbon; if you enjoy bourbon, why not partake of the real thing? One I will pass on in the future.

Pour a 1cm tall head of khaki colored foam, which fades in under a minute to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is moderate, with a fairly sparse scattering of medium-sized dots and blotches clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black color, opaque, light not changing its color, with carbonation visible along the sides of the glass. Fairly mediocre all around.

Aroma of bourbon, with lesser scents of caramel, roasted malt, vanilla, and ethanol.

The label suggests "hints" of bourbon, but this is a lie: the taste is predominantely of heavy, smooth bourbon with cut with a modest amount of pale malt sweetness and roasted malt characters. Front of palate is slightly sweet, with obvious bourbon, ethanol, and hints of roasted malts. Mid-palate predominantly of bourbon, with subtle vanilla, caramel, and roasted malt notes. Back of palate features substantial bourbon, mildly noticeable and hot ethanol, roasted malt, and hints of vanilla. Aftertaste of bourbon, spicy ethanol, and faint roasted malt.

Beer is heavy to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth, moderately foamy mouthfeel. The slight stagnation that the lower carbonation imparts is fitting for this bourbon-like sipper of a beer. Closes dry, with substantial and lingering stickiness on the lips and tongue.

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4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a flute glass. vintage 2012

pours a very dark brown with a slight beige head. appropriate for the style. smell is of caramel, chocolate and bourbon. all quite subdued but apparent. pleasant. taste is extremely complex. i get vanilla, espresso, caramel, coffee, sweet candy... a ton of traditional big stout flavors but all blended together nicely. feel is creamy instead of syrupy, a definite plus. bourbon is very slight and not overwhelming like in a lot of other beers of this style. lower side of full bodied with low carbonation.

overall we have a definite winner right here folks. with an exceptional taste and feel, this is a beer that i'd love to return to again and again.

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

Pours from a bottle into a Freetail snifter
pour was dark no head and little lacing
smell is overwhelm chocolate and slight bourbon
taste is very chocolate like the smell and hint of bourbon no heat
not so fond of the barrel they used to age but it grows on you after a few sips just has
an odd sort of aftertaste
it is good but nothing i will seek out again think central waters just always seem to miss the top echelon when it come to barrel aging they are one step below

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 2,548 ratings.
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