Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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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.

Added by Skidz on 05-28-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,561
Reviews:
698
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.83%
 
 
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Gots:
869
For Trade:
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Photo of Poloplaya
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of B-Nut-GoBlue
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sparty1224
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. Bottle on 12/9/14, making this 3 months old.

A: Pours a thin, almost completely opaque black. Subtle, light brown, bubbly head around the edges. No motor oil here, but still a nice body.

S: Lots of sweet, dusty milk chocolate. Some vanilla, coconut. The bourbon aroma is more like whiskey, and it's very clean and fresh.

T: Lots and lots of oak and bourbon here. Doesn't taste fully integrated, and it's almost like it's "poured in". Also in there is coconut, vanilla and a hint of freshly brewed coffee.

M: Kind of falters here for the style. It's quite thin and watery. Alcohol is quite noticeable and the finish is rather boozy.

O: So I've heard people refer to this as BCBS Jr., and I can kind of see that. It's thinner, smaller, less boozy, but still packs a great union of flavors and aroma. It's very balanced and well put together. Reminds me a lot of Dragon's Milk or Arcadia's BBA Imperial Stout. It's not that huge, thick, boozy beer BCBS is, but it's a nice, more mellow alternative. It's done well, and if you're in the mood for nice BBA Imperial Stout and you don't want to get super buzzed or work hard to finish a bomber, this is your guy.

Recommendation: A bit easier to find than you're average BA Imperial Stout. So at this quality, I'd definitely recommend grabbing a 4-pack if you can. It's pretty cheap, too.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4) - Nice dark thick pour into the glass. A little head, not a lot, though.
S (4.25) - Nice earthy, malty, bourbon-y smells.
T (4.5) - Plenty of bourbon taste, right off the bat. You also get some of that faint chocolate and coffee of a quality stout. I haven't had their stout, so I can't compare.
F (4.25) - Good creamy feel. A little alcohol (bourbon) burn, but not too much.
O (4.25) - I really like this beer. I've been really into these bourbon barrel aged beers, and this is towards the top of that list. Will defintely buy again, and may consider aging some of them.

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Photo of Smconnor
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SF_Posse
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth taste with a boozy finish. Another fine bourbon barrel that everyone should try.

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Photo of whitenads
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chIAhawks89
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of boogerisu
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samibr
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Malty_Hopper
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mill3859
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MartzMimic
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a dark brownish black. Nice chocolate aroma, and the bourbon makes me think of warm fudge. The chocolate and bourbon predominate the taste, followed by creamy spice. I really enjoy how the bourbon doesn't overpower the beer. Instead, it compliments it. Medium mouth. This is easily one of my favorite barrel-aged stouts.

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Photo of Smitch
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer4B
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RayReed522
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slatetank
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Central Waters Brewer's Reserve bourbon barrel aged stout
Original rating Appearance -3.75 Smell -4 Taste -4 Feel 4 Overall -4
March 3 2015

Re-review 2013 bottle enjoyed chilled in a snifter.

The color is almost black with opaque clarity and thin biege head with tiny compact beads with lace wavy w/ very good retention. The smell is excellent with bourbon domiance and woody scent with vanilla from the barrel mixed with dark toffee and mild cocoa perhaps with a smidge of coconut and light alcohol. The feel is medium high in carbonation with medium sweetness and woody texture with moderate alcohol warmth for the listed strength with relatively dry and spicy finish.

The taste is excellent with toasted malt and bourbon with some stone fruit from yeast with slight woody tannin. There is an almost blackberry or plum-type taste as it warms with chocolate covered caramel flavor and slight nutty vanilla-like influence with bourbon taste that augments the grain base with dark toast and chocolate truffle element with some sweet wood in the flavor and light smoke accent in the semi-dry finish yet still manages to retain a light alcohol flavor at almost 2 years old. This is a WOW! I had this beer about 365 days ago and it has really developed into a great example of what can happen when you age a beer of this style. I consider this one of the best barrel aged stouts I have had recently -lots of bourbon and malt with the 'green' quality all but gone it has morphed into a rich bourbon and stout dessert-like prize.

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Photo of GDrew93
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Andrew041180
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very strong bourbon in this one. A little thinner than I would like given all the bourbon flavor. Very tasty though.

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

Photo of JohnofUpton
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of portia99
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (2010 vintage) poured into a snifter.

A - Bottle opens with a small wisp of carbonation and pours an extremely dark brown color with no head, a slight collar of white bubbles and no lacing.

S - Sweet smelling overall with notes of caramel, toffee and brown sugar, mild molasses, fair amount of bourbon booziness, slightly herbal/minty.

T - Bourbon tingle up front, mildly sweet with caramel and molasses, oaky vanilla, roastiness, faint burnt/char.

M - A bit thin in body, medium at best...light carbonation. Sweet and bourbon, mildy roasty overall. Chocolate notes creep in subtley.

O - Good bourbon barrel stout, but doesn't really stand out to me as especially impressive. I would certainly have another, but this is a crowded style with lots of really good entries. An older vintage, so perhaps I waited a bit too long on this one - will have to try a newer vintage and compare.

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Photo of DrKarl
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wulfie85
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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