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.

The brewery's most highly sought after beer, this imperial stout is aged to perfection in oak bourbon barrels. Look for this tasty teat to contain hints of bourbon and vanilla with roasted overtones that is [sic] sure to please any connoisseur's palate. Serve at cellar temperature from a snifter glass and enjoy this expression of out passion for brewing.

Added by Skidz on 05-28-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#776
Reviews:
732
Ratings:
2,665
pDev:
8.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Wolvmar
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage poured into a chalice. Served at 47 degrees and warmed as drunk.

Pour: jet black with small light tan head. Lasting ring with some lacing. Very nice.

Nose: dark, sweet fruit, bourbon are what hit home.

Taste: dark roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, a little bourbon alcohol but well hidden. Sweetness like maple syrup or brandied dark fruits. Well balanced, maybe slightly to bitter aftertaste but hats quibbling.

Mouthfeel: substantial but not syrup. Medium carbonation. Doesn’t feel like it “coats” your tongue; good or bad depends on you.

Overall: just had 2017 KBS and this is very similar. Not quite as much much hop bitterness as KBS but might linger a bit more. Also, less alcohol but slightly more watery. Really good and readily available is a bonus in Central Waters’ favor.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 Vintage bottled 3/2016

Appearance - Dark mahogany nearly black body with dark tan head

Smell - Oak, Bourbon, Dark chocolate, caramel

Taste - Bourbon, oak, Dark chocolate, caramel

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, bourbon/oak upfront, dark chocolate and caramel in the middle, oak takes back over on the back end, smooth and booze is barely detectable. This is coming in a bit thin as compared to other Barrel aged brews on the market

Overall - decent beer here, although I knocked the score down on the mouthfeel as the body comes off thinner than I prefer for a barrel aged stout. Give it a shot

Price Point - $18.99/4pk 12 oz bottles

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Photo of LuckyPharoah
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of martinpfal
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first try of Central Waters. Overall very good. For a bourbon barrel stout it is quite good, not exceptional though. Small amt of head receding quickly into its bourbon-y abyss. Very dark, nearly black color. Smell is tremendous with bourbon on the forefront. Taste is very good with hints of oak and stout playing runner up to the bourbon star. Medium mouthfeel. And finish is nice and smooth. I probably didn’t allow it to warm up to fully appreciate it. Will just have to buy more and try again.

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Photo of jkblr
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled December 2017 poured into a snifter at fridge temp, no ABV listed on bottle. The beer pours very dark brown, nearly black, with mocha colored head. The head recedes to a thin ring and paper thin cap. The aroma is full of oak, bourbon and vanilla. The flavor follows with bourbon, oak, vanilla and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is full to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and finishes with a roasty, somewhat dry bitterness. Overall, very good. This is a well made stout with the bourbon barrel adding to the beer nicely instead of overwhelming it. Recommended.

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Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown beer while pouring turns into a pitch black look while in the glass. Half a finger worth of light caramel colored tightly held head.
The nose is of bourbon the most and then offers caramel, vanilla, oak, coffee and char. Smell is complex.
Taste follows the nose very well except the bourbon plays the background to huge chocolate. Along with the others of coffee, vanilla, caramel and char.
The feeling is creamy and thick. Lighter carbonation but not flat by any means. It works really well.
Overall, this is a very good beer that has multiple dimensions.

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Photo of scream
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TLA
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ppavlick
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLK7299
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierman9
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had two 12oz pours of this ($6.25 ea) with lunch at Krugel's in Wilkes-Barre on 01FEB18.

Served in a small snifter, it was a dense, oily black liquid. Had a fine, thin layer of beige bubbles covering the brew, with most heading to the edge of the glass. Lacing left behind was decent. Nose was inviting, with choco, coffee and bourbon being most noticeable. It was fairly smooth going down, with a solid medium body.

Flavor picked up where the aroma left off, with choco, roasty coffee, cocoa, toffee and some molasses hitting the palate. Had a nice touch of sweetness to start, and the bourbon action was present, but in a subtle fashion, not in your face. Quite tasty, all in all. Prosit!

4.21/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of cryptichead
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brendanjames
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mkh012
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours near-black with a half finger of tan head.

The nose and taste are chocolate, toffee, leather, and tobacco. Medium barrel character and mouthfeel. Medium boozy heat.

Overall, pretty good. A little hot from the barrel. 8/10

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Photo of VoxRationis
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; 2016 vintage.
A: Pours a very dark brown to black with a half inch dark tan head that clears to a rim and spidery lacing.
S: Aromas of whiskey/bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, and molasses predominate.
T: Flavors follow the nose with a lot of butterscotch and booziness. Bitterness present but in the background
F: Medium bodied with light carbonation.
O: I find that barrel aged brews can be a bit variable, but I felt that the bourboned oak aging definitely added an additional dimension here. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Jpb123
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajm5108
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black, creamy tan head that fades quickly. Smell is super woody, almost pulpy, but had good undertones of bourbon caramel & vanilla. Taste also has lots oak & wood - some of the most pronounced I have encountered in a barrel-aged beer - with a less prounced bourbon character besides a little bottom-shelf heat. Missing a lot of actual stout characteristics, it is pretty much all barrel, which isn't an affront to my tastes but leaves me wanting a little more. A bit thin on the tongue as well.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Commandophile
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Raime
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckeegan04
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vikingpillager
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting more from this given how fantastic the Brewer's Reserve BA Barleywine was, but this was a bit of a let down. Pale head, recedes quickly, and the overall taste is watery. Definitely lacking the booziness that I'm used to in an imperial BA stout.

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Photo of edmod2001
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,665 ratings