Maple Barrel Stout
Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #456
Ranked #2,032
4.28 | pDev: 8.18%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Notes: Working with our good friends at B&E's Trees in Cashton, WI, we have given them our bourbon barrels before we age beer in them, they age their incredible syrup for a full year, then we age an imperial stout for a full year. This beer is one of the biggest we have made, smooth and velvety with a good dose of maple and bourbon!
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.31/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle. Black with an ample khaki head. Smells of strong bourbon, soy sauce, and maple. Tastes of sweet maple, oak, bourbon, a little soy sauce, long bitter roasted malt finish. Medium heavy, very sweet. The roasted malt helps, but it's very sweet and kinda soy saucy.

Jul 17, 2021
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. capped bomber into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours surprisingly light with a .5 finger mocha colored head with moderate retention and nice, oily legs and lace. Nose is roasted malt, toast, sweet soy sauce, maple syrup, liquorice, and chocolate. Very aromatic. Beer opens maple syrup. Syrupy and sweet up front. In the back I get notes of roasted malt, chocolate, sweet soy sauce, liquorice, and brownie. Semi-sweet chocolate towards the end and a slight roasty tartness at the finish. Aftertaste is more chocolate and syrup. Delicious! Body is full with low carbonation. Velvety and luscious on the palate and goes down warm and slick with a long, lingering aftertaste. Near perfect for the style.

This one's just a well-made beer. The barrel-aging is perfect and the base beer is incredible. Definitely worth trying.

Jul 07, 2021
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Central Waters Maple Barrel Imperial Stout, 10.5% ABV. Pours black with a 4+ finger brown head that left little lacing. Nose is maple and bourbon. Taste follows, plus roasted malt and chocolate, moderately sweet, slightly bitter. Excellent mouthfeel, overall world class.

Jun 12, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. This one blew me away with how pure the maple is in the taste. It also does well to star AND compliment the bourbon, roasted nuts, rich oak, fudge and a kiss of toasted caramel. This is interesting especially because the smell is pretty much maple and bourbon with light fudge, but doesn't convey the same luxurious depth the taste does. Feel is sticky, thick, medium weight, somewhat boozy and leaning sweet in the finish. Perfect winter dessert. The wife liked it

Nov 21, 2019
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Radcpa from Washington

4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried at the Denver Rare beer event. Very dark appearance with tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a very pleasant maple that is not overpowering. Taste is a very pleasant maple malt combination that is well worth trying. Slightly thin for my taste but that may have to be with the maple aging.

Oct 05, 2019
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y2kawakami from Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generous gift from @Vidblain

A - Pours a nice, dark brown with mocha colored head that dissipates pretty quickly

A - It smells like a sweet delicious maple explosion. Definitely picking up the syrup barrels on the nose.

T - The first taste is pretty sweet. It almost has almost something of a barleywine sweetness to it. Not really getting too much of the bourbon barrel at all. The sweetness does stick around at the end, but not in an overly cloying kind of way.

M - Slightly thin, but not to a point where I feel it takes away from the beer.

O - I'm really glad I got to try this beer. Definitely not a beer to solo; share it with a friend or two. It is tasty, but the sweetness will get to you after a while.

Dec 31, 2018
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick with a motor oil viscosity.

Rich and bold sweet maple character with nice barrel notes of char, oak, vanilla, and bourbon.

Barrel character definitely provides a delicious complexity since the maple REALLY stands out. If not for the barrel character I think this would lean a little too sweet for my taste.

Full-bodied, nice carbonation, sweet, but not cloying.

Overall, this was quite a delicious brew. The barrel provided the much needed balance to counteract the strong maple character. Grab one and share it with a friend!

Apr 28, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The nose on Central Waters Maple Barrel Stout is an absolute stunner - what a knockout. It's also a notable beer in that it's quite thick, as compared to many of their other barrel-aged offerings. The sweetness is worth noting - it's incredibly maple forward, very sweet, and should probably shared. The lingering aftertaste is a bit strange, but as the beer warms, that fades rapidly.

There isn't much head to the beer, and the carbonation is quite laid back. Both of these things are great with me. The beer, as noted, is quite thick, almost viscous.

Excellent beer - so pleased I was finally able to try it.

Dec 25, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

while i am certainly always lusting after maple beers, reviewing biased and overly favorably because of my love for maple syrup, and genuinely always looking for more of it, i have to say that objectively speaking, this is one of the best and most maple driven beers ive ever tasted. central waters is obviously a powerhouse when it comes to barrel aged beers, but i had no idea this was even in their repertoire. dead sexy beer from label art through to the final sip. deep shiny black in color, thick but radiant, sticky as a spill a little on the side of the glass, sappy and rich, with a tall tan bubbly head. aroma here is pure maple, toasted malts, coffee, cocoa, and charred oak, dry aside from the syrup, with a warming alcohol hit to the nostrils. i love the dark roasted grain with the maple, its coffee forward for sure, but the maple is dark and deep and of the highest quality. the beer has literally the same viscosity as the syrup itself, palate and throat coating, sticky but so heavenly delicious. i get a ton of wood here, charry with the dark grains and the earthy coffee notes in the malt, but also loaded with whiskey notes, sweet bourbon complimenting the maple well, i think the maple syrup gets aged in the bourbon barrel, then the beer, thats how they get this amazing flavor in here. heaps of maple all the way through and it lingers longer than anything else in the finish, syrupy in texture and just sensational overall. i taste this for an hour after my last sip, and i love every second of it. central waters does some amazing barrel aged beers, one of the best in the country at it, but this for me is hands down their best work. how do i get my hands on another bottle?!?!

Oct 04, 2017
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ctyne from Wisconsin

4.96/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The new version is fantastic! Sweet, bourbon-y and down right awesome. I had a pour of the 2015 version a few years back, and it wasn't all that great. The new one is up there with my favorite beer overall. Top 5 for sure.

Apr 28, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tan head. Black/dark brown color.

Tons of maple sweetness. Light roasted malts. Chocolate and caramel. Thickness level is between the regular barrel stout and the anniversary stouts. Vanilla and oak. Bourbon is light due to the maple being in the barrels beforehand.

Full bodied but not oil thick. Smooth.

Really solid maple stout! Very enjoyable on tap.

Apr 22, 2017
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TheStoutHound from Wisconsin

4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I tasted this beer a few times in 2015 when it was a work in progress. The 2017 vintage is improved in every way; so much I don't even consider it the same beer. The body is much bigger, with a much smoother feel to it. Not sure what they did but its like they switched the base from being the brewer's reserve bourbon barrel stout to a blend of stouts they use for anniversary beers. It has a powerful sweet maple aroma that really comes alive when proper drinking temp is reached. There is a big sweet maple syrup presence on the front end of this big stout. It lingers for quite awhile after drinking and there is not much heat or bourbon presence. Overall, this has been a major improvement and CW has been successful at creating an excellent maple barrel aged stout. A fitting #1000 for me.

2015- (3.85)
Dark brown with pretty subtle bourbon notes and really subtle maple smell and taste. Really tastes more like rye to me. I love CW but feel this one needs some work. Not a bad beer but I know they can improve it. I'd like to see a bigger bodied stout for the base and more maple flavor and smell.

Apr 21, 2017
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft. Poured jet black, darker than their traditional BA stout. Aromas was a little hard to detect. Faint maple and boozy. Upon tasting, it starts out very sweet and desert like with notes of brown sugar and a dose of maple. Subtle at first but the maple more noticeable the second sip. The beer has a medicinal sweetness throughout and a mild charred finish. Full bodied mouthfeel. Overall: I have not had many maple beers, however this one is a winner. The maple is very easy to pick up and well blended into the beer.

Apr 21, 2017
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fondyball20 from Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had it on tap at Cruise Bar, at CW, and out of the bottle. Smooth chocolate and maple stout, pretty sweet. Good mouthfeel, on par with the CW anniversary beers. I would have liked more bourbon barrel characteristics to add some complexity.

Apr 20, 2017
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PHBoiler from Illinois

3.47/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Quite thin for a BA stout with no noticeable notes of maple in the flavor or the nose. Hints of oxidation in the flavor profile. There is a bit of maple in the reduced bourbon heat on the palate but the beer doesn't deliver in ways that other BA stouts from CW do.

Oct 12, 2015
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TboneRN from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is basically the bourbon barrel stout aged in maple barrels...very subdued maple...honestly I don't even know if I could pick out maple, more of a generalized sweetness...either way its a notch below the regular reserve bourbon barrel stout in my opinion

Sep 22, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, served in a Central Waters snifter. Pours a dark black body, one finger white head, good retention, little lacing. Smell brings a huge aroma of maple, chocolate fudge, light whisky, touch of roast, oak. Flavour follows with a rich maple syrup sweetness, brown sugar, chocolate fudge, bourbon, oak, touch of roast. Wonderful balance. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, good carbonation, slightly sticky syrup, quite appropriate for the beer.

Aug 09, 2015
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Part of a big bottle share with some good friends. This beer was spot on and definitely lived up to the hype that I had heard about it. For me, maple can be hit or miss in a beer depending on how prominent it is. But this was just the right amount. It was sweet but melded perfectly with the trademark Central Waters barrel flavor.

Aug 09, 2015
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