Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cassian Sunset | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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4.38/5
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567 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
centralwaters.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with local Emy J's coffee, whole vanilla beans, and cinnamon. The flavor profile of this wonderful beer boasts a lush mouthfeel, with just the right amount of creamy spice character to meld with the rich malt and barrel aged profile.

Added by tourdot on 08-09-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#372
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
567
pDev:
5.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
75
Gots:
156
Trade:
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Ratings: 567 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of SpdKilz
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rfgetz
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sauced4life
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenBreeg
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Milktoast75
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful blend of the right stuff. Coffee, vanilla, cinnamon to make amazingly smooth drinkable imperial stout.
Pours dark opaque as expected. Smell at first is somewhat limited to a light bourbon scent with a touch of vanilla.
Malt and coffee to start. Bourbon, cinnamon with warm alcohol finish. Allowing to warm will bring out the hidden flavors. Easily one of the best barrel age from Central Waters.

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Photo of Scottsbeer
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wish I had bought more. Great stuff.

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Photo of rjp217
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Holderness
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L — Pours a very dark clarified amber body with a scant half finger of tan head produced with aerated pour. Minimal retention or lacing
S — Smoke, molasses, oaky bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, toffee
T — Fudge, bourbon barrel, cinnamon, coffee, molasses, fig, date, char, turbinado sugar. Very distinctly fudgy rather than chocolatey — a first for me. Not too sweet. Pretty roasty
F — Unfortunately thin and lacking in dimensionality for the style. Medium+ mouthfeel, medium- carb. Could be more viscous
O — Good value stout using a tried and true adjunct combo. It’s also a combo that is very difficult to be the best in, but Central Waters comes pretty darn close

86/100

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Photo of JD_Brewhaha
4.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MaximalC
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours seal brown with auburn highlights and a modest head of khaki foam that recedes in short order. Aroma smells of coffee and mildly roasted malt with notes of cinnamon and peanut shells.

The taste is pretty well in line with the ingredients list, featuring coffee and cinnamon up front, followed by full but mellow buttery bourbon barrel and vanilla. Earth hops lend contrast but remain largely unobtrusive. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation make for a surprisingly dry mouthfeel that keeps the big flavor from becoming cloying.

Overall, this is an original RIS that lets the barrel shine, even if I'm not too keen on having my stouts spiced. It would probably be most at home around the holidays, but I wouldn't turn it down regardless.

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Photo of Mikecd234
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AngusOg
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jrcassi77
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 5toutman75
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It finally came to Chicagoland market along with Peruvian! This wins as my favorite of the Brewer’s Reserve so far. Look is very nice although you can see it’s thin like a porter as you pour it. The lacing sticks around though which I like. The smell is not as strong bourbon or cinnamon as I would have thought it would have, and that mirrors the taste. The alcohol is hidden and the cinnamon is slight although it comes on more as the beer warms. I like that the cinnamon is subtle though. Feel is very smooth. Definitely worth seeking out!

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Photo of MykeJ
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GreenBayBA for gifting me with three of these gorgeous elusive stouts.

Pours a muddy brown to black color with a firm sliver of yellow-beige.

You know, this aroma reminds me of smoked meats. It's strange. I'm actually getting a lot of dill here, as if I've just opened a tinfoil pack of smoked salmon. Did they do some secret ninja fuckery with sorachi? The herbalness is very apparent. Some slight coffee, maybe a faint tin note that could be called cinnamon. Was not expecting this, kind of pleased, kind of like our mediterranean suppers under my roof. Lighter fainter notes of melted milk chocolate bar.

Flavor is highly complex. It's like a puzzle you'd buy but it's more than 96 pieces but less than 140. Like a steak on a grill you are smelling nearby (we put herbs on steak too), but your beer also brings vanilla and coffee ( I swear I don't have my grill on) . Cinnamon, slight red hots, coffee, caramel, and slight chocolate bar all float around politely but never develop a foundation.

Feel is carbonated and hot to start, with a drying stickiness and slight coating on the palate. Substantial. Coating is like what you'd expect from vanilla beans.

Overall, it's what I'd rank as "highly decent, but not like Prairie or anything like that". I know their 4 pack price point and for what they go for it's worth picking up ANY of their 4 packs. Totally delicious, nothing wrong with this beer, lots to ponder on. I keep getting that meat thing, and that's fine with me.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jpb123
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Redrover
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 4 pack at Woodman’s and am now kicking myself for not getting more.

Poured into a snifter, the beer is a super dark brown with a skim of foam and just a bit of lacing.

Love the aroma of heavily roasted malts, dark chocolate and just a bit of vanilla and spice. Some of the people I drank this with thought they picked-up soy sauce, but I did not.

The taste is much like the smell. Nice hearty roasted malts, a bit of coffee, dark fruit, baker’s chocolate, light bourbon, vanilla and cinnamon. I love how this beer is put together and would like to see the vanilla pushed more into the foreground. The brewer also has a light touch with the bourbon influence with this beer. No harsh or hot notes.

The mouth is silky and smooth but only medium thick.

Another great BA beer from these guys. Color me impressed.

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Photo of Winston3737
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmh21
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zenboy99
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer, but the cinnamon flavor

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Photo of stortore
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2017 edition. Had 5/1/18.

Pours a dark cola brown, somewhat opaque, with a half inch head and slick, soapy lacing. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, oak, malt, vanilla, light bourbon, some chocolate, light cinnamon, an occasional whiff of maple. The taste is vanilla, coffee, malt, some bourbon, lighter cocoa than the nose, some oak and chocolate, a hint of cinnamon. Smooth, a decent medium to full body, well carbonated.

Went through 4 or 5 bottles since release before finally writing this, because I’m clearly in the minority on this one. I love the CW Brewer’s Reserve beers, and this is good, but I don’t get the high rating and love for this compared to others of the series. The cinnamon barely shows, the barrel influence is light- especially in the aroma, and it’s certainly thinner feeling than any in the series. It’s good, it’s not special. It’s worth a purchase, but not in the same class as the barleywine or scotch ale.

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Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cassian Sunset from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 567 ratings