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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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I'll be honest... I'm not a big stout fan overall.

But WOW. The smell alone on this is worth the purchase. THE SMELL ALONE.

These guys aren't big enough to put crazy prices on their bottles yet, so if you encounter this beer, buy it or regret it.

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4.36/5  rDev +2.3%

Review taken in March 2014. This bottling was their 2013 release which was release December 2013.

12 oz brown bottle with a dark greyish like black label with orange and white lettering. You know this is craft beer and good local tradition at its finest. The label is themed around their Brewer's Reserve barrel aged series. Just a great simple look. Poured into a stemmed tulip snifter.

A - black in color with a dark brown gleam in the light. Head poured better than expected quickly settling into a ring of lacing leaving decent stick.

S - a great aroma with big bourbon character. Vanilla and coconut sweetness, milk chocolate, toasted caramel and a mild black coffee note. Licorice and some dark fruit notes shine through while it warms as the milk chocolate take more of a dark cocoa note.

T - up front showcases a blend of milk chocolate and sweet caramel. Nice big bourbon notes gradually get more depth as this warms. A light coconut and a big blast of vanilla sweetness lay over the flavor. Finishes with a mild black coffee bitterness with some notes of dark chocolate and more sweet vanilla balances very well. Some raisin like dark fruit notes creep up from the back end. The more it warms the more the more depth they show riding along that bourbon flavored wall of vanilla, chocolate, coconut and caramel.

M - medium full body with a brilliant thickness and mouth coating texture. Alcohol is barely present as the sweetness really knocks it out. Smooth and fairly easy going bourbon barrel style. Very drinkable.

O - great example the quality of bourbon barrel aging has on a well made big stout. Central Waters offers a great stout with this. A more blue collar bourbon barrel stout that is simply well made and oozing quality and drinkability. I took great pleasure in this experience and hope one day I can get my hands on another one of these.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,574 ratings
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