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

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout
2,573 Ratings
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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Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Deep chocolate with a carbonated head that fizzes and pops, then disappears.

Nose: Milk chocolate, vanilla, definite bourbon barrel character. Cadbury's Mini Eggs.

Taste: Chocolate, toffee, and vanilla explode on the palate. Sweet. Smoked wood finish. A bit medicinal. Black licorice emerging as it warms.

Notes: Some have commented on a thin body for the style, and I would agree, but overall it's a worthwhile beer that isn't syrupy or too sweet.

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

Photo of aoampm
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Long time want here and first Central Waters beer.

Pours nearly pitch black with less than a finger mocha colored head that vanishes within a minute. Not much lacing.

Smell is great! Cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, toffee, caramel, and some molasses.

Taste is very nice also. The bourbon and vanilla is first noticeable and then some roasted chocolate and oak flavor comes in. Huge molasses and toffee just as in the nose. Caramel, hazelnut, and dark fruits also in there.

The feel is easily the most disappointing aspect of this beer. It really doesn't have a nice robust and thick feel to it that I've become accustomed to with BA Stouts. I gave it a 4 but that is being generous.

Overall this is honestly a little bit of a let down. I had no idea this beer was only 9.5% ABV which makes sense with the lack of body in the beer. I have seen people compare this to BCBS and there really is no comparison. Still would love to try some of their other Barrel Aged stuff but I won't come in with such high expectations next time.

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Photo of wflamholtz
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brureview
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a chocolate color with a 1/2 F
Head in a Stone Snifter. I was expecting a larger head, but it didn't materialize.

Excellent aroma: chocolate, milk chocolate, oak.

The MF was a little disappointing. . I was looking for a heavier body. It was bit thin and carbonated for the style.

Taste was excellent- not as pronounced as aroma: milk chocolate, powdered chocolate, roasted malt.

Good bitter finish.

Overall, an excellent stout. The body is a bit thin. More viscosity would have suited the style more.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bum4ever
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frozyn
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a very dark mahogany, a little head on an average pour that dissipates quickly. Poured at somewhere near room temperature, maybe around 55-60.

S -- A nice soft, somewhat sweet bourbon note, along with vanilla and slightly charred oak.

T -- Roasted malts with a sweet bourbon twang. The vanilla hits late on the tongue. I occasionally got some cola flavor towards the end of the sip, on the edges of the tongue.

F -- A little thin for what I think of a BBA stout, but I don't mind it. Still very smooth, and its nicely carbonated. Very enjoyable.

O -- A very nice beer. I prefer their bourbon barleywine a bit more (which tends to be true for me of most BBA stout-barleywine combos breweries put out), but this is definitely tasty.

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

Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I do not remember the whole story, but PA (Philadelphia & its neighbors) is the only place that gets Central Waters BC distro outside of Wisco & it is due to a friendship on the part of the owner/brewer. I have met him on a couple of occasions during PHL Beer Week & I always feel a twinge of excitement when I see his beers on the shelf.

From the bottle: "

This was also a 2016 bottle, but it may have had enough age on it to begin to collect lees, so I employed a gentle pour. Once sufficiently decanted, I performed a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise a brief finger of deep-tan/light-brown head that seemed anxious to fall back to wisps. Hey, pal, we all have better things to do & places to be! Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) with ruby highlights. Nose smelled like Duty Day morning coffee. An old, inveterate alcoholic RM1 taught me how to sneak a small flask in on Friday or Saturday night for Saturday or Sunday morning duty & it was always a welcome part of breakfast. Oaky, the beer smelled of VERY strong coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, vanilla & bourbon. Oh my. Mouthfeel was medium, but on the thin side for this style. I was unimpressed with this aspect of the beer. The taste was ... Holy Hot, Batman! Jeez, I may drinking this too young! It was burning a hole in my tongue until I worked up the courage to swallow it down. Phew! I could easily see at least another year of aging on this one at this point. The taste was riotous, with coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, smoke & fusel alcohol all coming to the fore. Whee! Oh my. I could really fall in love with this beer to the point of elopement. I may have been young, but it knew what it was doing. Mmm, baby, I think I love you, but I wanna know for sure. Wild thing! Finish was hot & dry, but again, I think that some aging will lead to smoothing out of the rough edges. I am going to rate in some nebulous way that should be disregarded in favor of the actual review. It was a decent beer, but with time, it has the potential to become a fantastic beer.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jrodsmrs51
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 57md
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage

Pours a dark brown to black color with ruby edges and just about a half finger of head. The nose has modest notes of bourbon but has molasses notes, as well. The flavor has includes the sweet taste of bourbon alongside the roasted stout goodness. The body is a wee bit thin for the style but since the bourbon flavors are a bit muted, the residual alcohol esters never get obtrusive in spite of the lack of heft.

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Photo of BarileMatt
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zoomslowik
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L- Dark brown to black. Very little head on the initial pour, though a thin ring stuck around for quite a while.

S- Solid bourbon smell with a little bit of roasted malt and vanilla behind it.

T- A bit too heavy on the bourbon and oak for my taste. There's a bit of chocolate sweetness behind it, but it's overpowered by the bourbon.

F- A little too thin. Not enough richness to counteract the booze. Slightly harsh going down.

O- I don't hate it, but it's not particularly well balanced. I like the other Brewer's Reserve beers I've had, so this was disappointing. They all had some good bourbon and oak flavors without beating you over the head with them.

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

A little bit disappointed in this. I had Bell's Expedition Stout and this one. The Bell's was first, and this one paled in comparison.
It was a very dark brown color with a small tan head.
Bourbon and roasted malt aroma.
Coffee, vanilla, and bourbon taste.
Good beer but I was expecting more.

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Photo of TheeBeardedEMT
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma - Initially you get hit with the delicious smell of Bourbon. Following that you get hints of vanilla.

Appearance - This beer pours dark brown. There is a nice tan head that disappears.

Flavor - Holy Bourbon! Your first taste is Bourbon. Behind is vanilla and chocolate.

Mouthfeel - This is medium bodied. Carbonation is good. Slight tingle as it hits your tongue.

Overall - This was a beer I was looking forward to trying and I wasn't disappointed. The only complaint would be the Bourbon flavors were lacking a bit.

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Photo of ruzzal
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of strohme2
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a deep brown with a short lived tan head. Looks thin on the pour. Rye bread, molasses, anise on the nose, also some hints of heat. Deep caramel, licorice, molasses, cola, wood and small amounts of bourbon. Thin bodied mouthfeel. Good tastes but the body is what I like in a big bourbon barreled stout.

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Photo of A-Sox
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a midnight black with a one finger tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, toffee and dark chocolate.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, oak and bourbon.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice easy drinking barrel aged stout.

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Photo of MrDarcy
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of hermit990
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,573 ratings
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