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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
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: Fall

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
Reviews:
646
Ratings:
2,368
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
17.46%
 
 
Wants:
434
Gots:
796
For Trade:
91
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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Garret L. for the opportunity to try this one.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and plenty of creamy foam and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive in this one, as I pick up considerale milk dud, milk chocolate, vanilla and light coffee. There's a hint of bourbon as well, but the milk chocolate and milk dud aroma really dominates in this one. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted stout. It's a bit on the sweet side from all the milk chocolate and vanilla flavor, but there's enough hoppy bitterness at the very end to keep that sweetness in check, and to keep it from coming across as cloying. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long, slightly creamy finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and I had no trouble at all downing my 12 ounce bottle.

A very nice effort from the folks at Central Waters.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/1/2010

Extra received in a trade with Flandersned, thanks Steve. The beer is dark brown with a subtle crimson tinge near the edges. The head is half an inch and light brown with decent retention and minimal lacing.

The nose is of milk and dark chocolate, oak, vanilla and a nice moderate level of bourbon. As the beer warms I detect a light lactic tartness that manifests in the form of dark cherry. It would seem out of place if it were less subtle, but in its current form it's vinous and it enriches the chocolate and bourbon.

The flavor is dark chocolate, lightly tart lactic dark cherries, wood, and bourbon. Bourbon is well integrated. The finish is chalky and lightly astringent with a stronger dark cherry presence and a lingering lactic sourness. Carbonation is at a lower medium level and the mouthfeel is just a little thin.

The sourness was unexpected and I doubt it was intentional, but the beer was still pretty good. I look forward to trying this in the future sans the sourness.

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Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a medium plus brow color with a fair amount of brown coming through in on the edges.

The aroma is extremely bourbon barrel forward with huge notes of coconut and sweet vanilla. It’s surprising how vanilla forward the aroma is. Lots of rich oak, bourbon, a light fudgey chocolate.

The beer again follows with that sweet vanilla, toasted coconut in the front, melded with bourbon and oak. A milk chocolate, black coffee, espresso. Finishes off of drying from oak and bourbon.

The beer has a medium mouthfeel.

This beer has a slightly thin mouthfeel, but very appropriate for the ABV. The beer is relatively drinkable, but still has beautiful complexity of a bourbon barrel aged stout. Very aggressive coconut notes, even more so than Proprietor’s.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for this one in a trade...
Appears a black with a dark caramel hue around the edges. A nice, 2 finger tan head slowly fades out into a gentle cap. Scattered spots of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, cocoa, and sweet, warmed, brown sugar.
Taste is of the same aromas highlighted by the oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and cocoa flavors that is a blend that's certainly worthy of any beer/bourbon lover's time.
Mouthfeel is creamy, bourbony bite, chocolate sweet, and perhaps just a shade of sourness that is buried far in the background and not noticeable enough to penalize.
If anyone has any more bourbon aged brews that they would like to trade, or sell...please let me know. These always seem to be a sure fire winner in my book.

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Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep dark brown almost black hue with a half finger mocha head that faded rather quickly to leave a thin halo and light clouding. Very light lacing.

S - Not a whole lot of chocolate and roast malts. Its overpowered by the pleasant vanilla-y bourbon with that coconut like aroma that comes from a good barrel age.

T - The chocolate is there along with roasted malts, light and subtle. The bourbon (which itself is mellow) is the true star here. Nice and sweet with good vanilla and oak barrel notes. Quite nice and super smooth/balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is very, very good for a stout of this ABV and with aging. Smooth and creamy but with just a splash of sharp carbonation. The bourbon is very mellow, not harsh at all. It walks the line between a sipper and something one could enjoy large amounts of.

O - Overall this was an enjoyable brew from Central Waters. Everything melds nicely together with no one flavour or characteristic jumping to the forefront. Have a few more bottles of this vintage to cellar.

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Photo of corby112
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Wow, the aroma of this beer is incredible with a complex barrel presence that's perfectly integrated into the characteristics of the base beer. Very nice bourbon presence with dry oak, vanilla, toasted coconut and marshmallow followed by roasted malt, silky chocolate and a dessert-like fudge cake quality. Very complex and although the bourbon barrel is the strongest component, the dark malts and stout notes aren't overpowered at all. Smells incredible! I could see some folks wanting more bourbon in the nose but to me the aroma is nearly perfect.

Full bodied with a blast of bourbon heat that lingers over the other barrel notes and roasted malt into a slightly spicy, dry finish. A bit boozier and heavier on the bourbon flavors th an the nose suggests, but the barrel character remains complex and is nicely integrated into the base beer. Some dry, charred oak followed by a strong sweet and spicy bourbon presence that's followed by a smooth vanilla bean flavor before the roasted and sweet malt notes come in. Not as sweet or dessert like as the nose hinted at but there's still some subtle silky chocolate flavor countering the intense roast. The rost compliments the dry oak and spicy spirit with hints of dark chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal and espresso bean. Slightly hot with some warmth in the finish but after the palate adjusts, the high ABV is relatively well masked. Definitely a sipper but the complexity and intense flavors make it a very enjoyable drink.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/20/12
*From notes

A: Bottle brown in hue. Just not as dark as you'd expect. A decent pour yields a pale 2.5 finger head. Minor retention and lacing.

S: Vanilla, with hints of milk chocolate and toasted coconut.

T: Quite simple and one note. It's just a barrel aged ADIS. Period. All the standard features are here, like the creamy chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. The finish is rather green and a bit underwhelming.

M: Thin. This just isn't where it should be. Instead, it's meek and one dimensional.

O: See a running theme here? Central Waters BB Stout is simply that: a BB Stout. No frills or overt complexity. It's just a stout thrown into a bourbon barrel. If that does it for you, then have at it. For those who like layers and depth to your beer, I'd suggest looking elsewhere.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a inky black body with a thin cloud of tan head that fades pretty quickly. The dense body gives up no signs of carbonation.

S- The smell of vanilla comes through with sweet and dark roasted malt with some black roasted malt notes. There is a note of wet wood that comes through when it is really warm.

T- The big taste of bourbon and dark malt has a flavor of earthiness and cola with a soft alcohol heat in the finish. There is a soft dry brown sugar flavor behind the malt and an oaky flavor that really increase as the beer warms. It becomes almost overpowering in the last few sips.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with the alcohol heat cleaning the palate after each sip.

D- This beer has a big bourbon flavor with a little stout hidden underneath. Perhaps it is age or just to light but more stout would be nice.

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

Edit: Cracked open a bottle from the same 2007 DLD trade with nflmvp. Incredible. The ale has matured nicely, bringing out more bourbon and stout elements. The stout is nutty, full of chocolate the nicely contrasts with the vanilla of the barrel. The barrel is neither strong nor cowering, settling in the perfect middle. The vanilla is strong, licking at the tastebuds. Another winner from Central Waters.

Taste was upped from 4.0 to 4.5; mouthfeel from 3.5 to 4.5. Overall moved from 4.05 to 4.30.

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A 12 oz bottle from a Dark Lord Day 2007 trade with nflmvp.

A: The stout is a deep amber color, black from a distance with dark red up close (really up close, that is). A finger of head resulted from the pour but it did not last long.

S: The first sniff damn near blew me away. This beer is practically bourbon. The aromas are so full and strong, replete with vanilla and pepper, chocolate and roasted malt. The nose really sets the stage for the taste.

T: As soon as the beer hit my lips, I was in love (or at least lust). This one packs a wicked punch with enough bourbon flavor to make you forget it is a beer. The oak aging has added a vanilla and buttery chardonnay flavor. Surprisingly, for the big taste the alcohol doesn't grab you by the throat. The bourbon is met nicely by the stout body, one of the few times that both components work together. The stout body has roasted chocolate and burnt toast but is rather fleeting, it is somewhat less robust than I would have hoped. The flavors don't last long, which is too bad.

M: The bourbon is strong, deliciously intense but it doesn't last long. While the flavors last though, this is a great sipper.

D: The abv is so well hidden that I'd gladly enjoy several over the course of a day, assuming that someone will send me a few more bottles.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From taste notes. Appearance: Brilliant black with a 1” tan tinted persistent and lacy foam cap. Smell: slight bourbon, fruit, dark malt, dark fruit – prunes, raisins, Taste: Flavor: Creamy, bourbon and caramel quickly joined by chocolate and then espresso and some vanilla notes. Mouthfeel: Medium full body, carbonation medium but so soft as to suggest nitro beer. Overall: A very drinkable and enjoyable bourbon barrel stout.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Skidz. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of medium brown head over the opaque dark, dark brown brew. Head retention is good, laces well. Aroma is of coffee and chocolate malts, with an undercurrent of bourbon, as advertised. Taste is pretty evenly split between coffee and chocolate, making for a nicely balance flavor, dark malt-wise. Some alcohol notes ala the bourbon sneak in at the end. Mouthfeel and drinkability is are high, would want to drink this all day for the flavor and feel, even if my head would rue the day in the morning...

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First off, many thanks to Ri0 for sending this bottle.

A - Pours a very dark caramel brown color that comes off looking like black, this tan lacing ring and very thick looking. Eventually what little ring is left dies off and leaves a tulip full of black liquid.

S - Bourbon, roasted caramel/toffee, cocoa, oak, light char, and vanilla. The nose is really good and everything blends nicely with the bourbon being a little more forward than the rest.

T - The bourbon and oak definitely rule here and everything else falls in behind it. Bourbon and oak up front followed by warm roasted toffee, with light notes of vanilla and cocoa. The alcohol does create some warming on the way down and avoids being too hot. There's also a light smoke sensation from the barrel aging.

M - Heavy medium body, rich texture, silky carbonation, slippery, viscous, and lip smacking sticky.

O - Definitely worth a try if barrel aged beers are your thing.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good black beer with a full half inch of tan head on it, looks pretty. Amazing rich chocolate and bourbon aroma, nothing hot or heavy for the sake of being the biggest beer, they went with soft touches here and it works magnificently.

Taste just keeps establishing this as the #1 when it comes to cost/benefit analysis in the barrel aged stout world. Good size, not in the double digit range, not trying to be the biggest, allows the base and the barrel to equally shine. Mouthfeel brings out little notes of oak, vanilla and smoke in the tiniest way imagineable.

This stuff is so gangster. I can never have enough of this beer. If it was $20 a bomber, it would be just another beer, but you can get more than twice that much of this for less than that, so dope.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 "vintage"

Black in color with brownie brown coloring on top. I can't see the bubbling IN the beer, but I see a tiny bubble or two break the surface in my snifter. Not much in the way of head or foam though.

Chocolate, oak, brown sugar, and roasty coffee and dark bread crust. With a little hint of alcohol. Smells like a great night cap. But overall it is a bit subdued.

Flavor has brown sugar, milk chocolate, creamy coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt. This is roasty, warm, a little syrupy on the palate. A good sipper with complexity and depth. Will recommend and buy again!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with 2298 code (25 October 2012) poured into a stemless snifter. Drank yesterday, 9 January 2013 and going off notes from my trusty brew journal- note that I only score in whole numbers.

Aroma- Nose is chock full of vanilla and oak. Hints of bourbon which reminds me of my college days with Jack on the rocks. I very much enjoyed this one. (4)

Colour- Very dark brown, similar in appearance to Coca-Cola. Pours with a 1cm brown head that mostly dissipates within a minute. Not much in way of lacing. (3.5)

Flavour- Starts off with strong hints of sweet vanilla, some weaker hints of chocolate quickly transitioning to a dryness of bourbon and oak flavours which dominates the rest of the experience. Very mellow; not particularly sweet or bitter. But these flavours themselves are very strong. (4.25)

Mouthfeel- A thin, light-bodied stout; most stouts I've tasted have a thicker body. This bottle was well-carbonated with a little bit of fizz on the tongue during the first sip. A bit dry as expected from the nose and the aftertaste is mostly the bourbon. This is certainly a sipper as there is a bit of heat, plus the flavours hit the palate pretty hard. (4.25)

Overall- I enjoyed the nose the most. Ended up sipping this one throughout the evening after dinner. It's not a difficult BA stout to drink at all. Compared to bigger BA beers like BCBS, the mouthfeel is certainly lacking as the base stout must not have been very thick to begin with. But for what it is, if you're looking for a lighter-feeling BA stout with a good nose and some flavour that happens to be reasonably priced ($11.99 for a 4-pack), this is your beer. (4)

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

vintage 2011.

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a brown hue when held up to light. head is solid one finger head that is light to medium brown. The head falls down to a small cap on top of the beer and minimal lacing is noted.

Smell: This beer really showcases the bourbon and vanilla notes of a barrel aged beer. Hints of roasty notes, charred wood, and light smoke.

Taste: Very similiar to the nose. Its starts sweet with vanilla, bourbon, and marshmellows. Its almost a vanilla bomb. Its also got a nice oak kick imparted by the barrel; right upfront to compliment the vanilla. I also taste gourmet dark chocolates and molasses in about the middle of the beer. The beer has a nice gradual transition into mild roasty and smokey notes that makes you want another sip almost immediately. The beer finishes mildly bitter without much of a booze burn to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This is one of the easiest drinkin' barrel aged stouts I have drank to date. I just wish this beer was a little thicker. The beer also has more carbonation that I expected, but surprisingly its not a distraction when enjoing this beer.

Overall: I love Wisconsin beers and I love Central Waters! This beer is no exception to these rules. Great price at 11.99 a four pack. Straight up...this beer is worth your time if you enjoy bourbon barrel aged stouts! The beer really showcases the bourbon barrel well.

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Photo of DrJay
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from EliteDigger in a recent trade. Thanks Scott!
Very dark with deep brown edges and a thin cap of fine, tan bubbles. A few soapy bubbles formed a collar and there was a fair bit of streaky lacing. Smells delicious! Big chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oaky aroma, some hazelnut and bourbon, reminds me of a chocolate bar. A bit of roasted grain is in the background. Lots of caramel sweetness in the flavour, bitterness was present but not strong, plenty of oak and bourbon character. Vanilla and chocolate filled out the middle, along with nuts and a light fruitiness. Finished with lingering alcohol warmth and a flash of drying roasted barley. Faint tartness as it warmed. Nice texture, quite smooth with restrained carbonation a little on the creamy side. Quite drinkable and nicely balanced for a barrel aged stout.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A near ink black body with a dark mocha colored cap. The cap rose about one finger before falling to a thin layer of bubbles. Some stray lace here and there.

The aroma is lively and well-rounded with notes of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak, molasses, roast, dark chocolate, and coffee grounds.

Some initial sweetness (vanilla, chocolate, molasses) is swept away pretty quickly by the bold flavors of dark roast, bourbon, coffee, and oak. The finish is slightly boozy with a lingering roast bitterness.

A medium body; smooth with higher carbonation than anticipated. A touch of ethanol heat in the finish.

This is a tasty little number, but the mouthfeel is a real downer. A fuller body with low carbonation would do wonders.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

*2009 vintage*Scores reflect this vintage until I get a chance to verify that the excellent bottle I had wasn't a fluke.

I received what is hopefully an uninfected bottle from someone in the midwest, probable eyncognito? Thanks, Ian!

Dark brown with reddish brown highlights, this beer has a thin beige head that recedes to a ring rather quick. The nose is interesting in that it's rather unconventional for an imperial stout and more like a brown ale with caramel, brown sugar and some vanilla from the bourbon barrel. Mildly woody, I get some tannin character. Some cocoa is evident as well. The palate opens with a grainy sourness, not really infection-like, but with a mild but medicinal character. Not particularly pleasant, this also has flavors of cherries, some cocoa and a little roast. This tastes off too, and I'm dropping my scores.

**Original review dated 02 Jan 2009
12oz bottle received from nflmvp in a recent trade. Thanks a bunch, Steve! Split with largadeer after lunch on day 3 of our decadent tasting.

A: Black with reddish brown highlights. Thin beige head that recedes to a ring rather quickly 3.5

S: Mild bourbon with a strange sourness and funk. Some chocolate and oak. There's a pleasing roastiness and coupled with the funk, it's kinda refreshing 4/5
T: Opens up with some bourbon and oak before some chocolate and roasted flavors come in. Mildly bitter and rather tannic on the finish, along with some acetic sourness 3.5/5

M: Rather light, decent carbonation, OK finish - average at best3/5

D: Meh.3.5/5

** Edit 16 Oct 2010**

I got a couple of bottles from asmokingoat and CaseyK. Thanks, guys! This is the 2010 vintage
This one looks pretty nice. Again, dark brown with a light brown head with excellent retention and lacing. With this vintage, the barrel really overwhelms everything else. Plenty of vanilla and coconut are present, obliterating the base beer. Moderately sweet, I wonder if they used Elijah Craig barrels this time around. Only some dry cocoa is apparent from the base beer.
It looks like they've ironed out some inconsistencies from previous batches by whelming the base base beer with a really nice barrel character. Coconut and vanilla are present in rather large quantities, and the base beer seems bigger with some chocolate and cocoa present. The base beer also seems sweeter and less ashy and dry than I remember it being. Booze is moderately restrained, and tannins appear on the finish, drying up the palate. Mildly fruity towards the finish, this is a pretty remarkable turnaround for a beer I expected to dump. Very well done:
4.5/4/4/4.5/4

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Photo of sweemzander
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2010 Vintage. Huge thanks to beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a dark black color that produced a light layer of tan bubbles.

(S)- A nice roastedness. Bits of vanilla, brown sugar, raisin, and molasses. A touch of coffee grounds. A slight dry woodiness of oak. A great barrel aged smell.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. A great maltiness & sweetness from the bourbon; rich.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. A tad warm from the abv, but it is not really all that bothersome. A light bitterness & bite from the abv goes well with the sweetness & malt. Surprisingly smooth despite its potency.

(D)- A solid to excellent stout. I would be excited to see how this ages, but it is rather good even at this stage. Rich, malty, and sweet. If it wasnt such a potent brew, I could have a couple of these, but one at a time is good enough for me. I enjoyed this one very much.

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Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a very opaque dark brown/black, medium sized tan head forms, settles down to a medium sized ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, good retention.

Smell is nice, sweet, brown sugar and caramel, bourbon, vanilla, lots of oak, slightly buttery, some chocolate and coffee roast, a lot of dark fruit, a bit of oxidation, some raisin character, more bourbon barrel, well done.

Taste is real nice, super sweet and malty, caramel/butterscotch, light chocolate and roast, some biscuit, lots of vanilla and bourbon, good oakiness, some butter, raisin and dark fruit, alcohol is non existent, not insane but super smooth and well rounded.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, some warmth but goes down really smooth. Pretty nice stuff!
Thanks Russ!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black. Streaks of ruby are noted. Thin and very creamy light brown head. Lacing is quite full and comes in rings. Aroma is excellent. Chocolate and tar and tobacco juice and bourbon and oak and vanilla...Nice! The alcohol is noted up front on the palate. But so is the sweet bourbon and oak cask characteristicds. Chocolate and vanilla come together like ebony and ivory...in perfect harmony. Bitter roasted tones are quite noticeable and coffee bean accentuates as well. All in all a quite enjoyable, complex flavor profile. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated (but not overly so) and the body is about medium-full.

Quite enjoyable and intoxicating beverage.

Thanks for the goods cokes.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 5.25.13
2012 Vintage

A - Pours a dark brown with a fizzy dark tan head that is gone quickly.

S - Lots of bourbon and some chocolate, smooth and nice.

T - Malty, bourbon, chocolate, very lively.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Good bourbon and chocolate. A lively body and very active on the tongue. Good stuff.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my Marquette brethren curtisloew for including this in our trade. Black beer, decent sized 1/2" brown head on it. Smooth, rich bourbon and chocolate aroma, not boozy, not a big waft of alcohol, just dark chocolate, coconut and bourbon in a small way.

Taste, even more decadent, rich, smooth, mild notes of oak, a little more coconut again. Faint smoke noticeable, a little bit more vanilla. Not sweet, just rich and sturdy, avoiding becoming overly thick or roasty, almost zero bitterness. One of the easiest bourbon barrel beers I've ever come across.

Would probably be rated so much higher if it wasn't so easy to get and so relatively cheap. Can't wait for jegross2 to hook me up with some more of these. Very good. Its really become one of my favorites in the world. If you have some of this beer, and you want something from the west coast, hit me up, I trade Black Tuesday, White Chocolate, Pliny, Eclipse etc. . . for this stuff all the time.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.18 out of 5 based on 2,368 ratings.
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