Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cassian Sunset
Central Waters Brewing Co.

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cassian SunsetBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cassian Sunset
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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #345
Ranked #846
4.35 | pDev: 5.98%
Apr 12, 2022
Aug 09, 2015
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cassian SunsetBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cassian Sunset
Notes: 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.
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4.5 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Apr 12, 2022
4.31 by Ox8840bo from Illinois on Feb 19, 2022
4.5 by TWStandley from Massachusetts on Nov 12, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

12 oz bottle, fresh 2021 bottle

black, but some ruby highlights when held to the light. foamy head that quickly fades. aroma is complex - mild bourbon, espresso, mild cinnamon. similar flavor, deep roasty malt flavor without any booziness. fuller bodied, fairly slick mouthfeel

Sep 15, 2021
4.31 by craigbelly from Iowa on Sep 07, 2021
4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Aug 04, 2021
4.33 by LunchMoney from Minnesota on Jul 30, 2021
4.3 by jakecattleco from California on Jul 14, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Purchased at Bound Beverage, Warrington, PA. Label indicates this is a 2021 batch. $18.50/4pk

Pours a jet black, totally opaque black color. Not a glimmer of light showing through this brew. A slight mocha colored head that fades very quickly.

A malty, sweet, chocolaty aroma. A slight hint of booziness. Smells really good.

Wow…an awesome tasting stout. A mix of sweet chocolate, bitter coffee and malt. The 11.7% ABV is well hidden but the bourbon barrel aging does give a smooth boozy taste to each sip. A beer meant to be savored.

A smooth, mouth coating creaminess after each delicious taste. Low carbonation, rather heavy consistency.

Overall, an A+ stout. For my money, on par with Founders KBS. Ranks up there as one of the best I’ve had in a long time. Highly recommended!

Jul 03, 2021
4.16 by cmsfish from Minnesota on Jun 07, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bushbeer75 from Michigan

poured from a 12oz brown bottle – vintage 2018 [neck has code 14418]

Bourbon Barrel Cassian Sunset– Brewers Reserve filled my snifter with a very dark brown [almost black] and when held up to the light has ruby highlights. A ½-finger tan head was produced. The head quickly reduced to a thin collar of foam. The smell is spicy, mostly cinnamon with also vanilla, and coffee malt. The taste follows the nose with nice bourbon notes added and a spicy warming finish. Mouth feel is creamy, full bodied and a lighter amount of carbonation.

Overall, a nice bourbon barrel stout that is full of flavor and very drinkable for a 11.7 abv.

Jun 01, 2021
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4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Color is great deep black tar looking no light escape worthy but head is just a 1/4 inch of mocha foam that settles to nothing. Smell is intense! Strong cocoa and bourbon mild spices rounding cinnamon, Taste is surprisingly smooth and balanced chocolate mild barrel little oak and coffee are the flavors to expect but I do get some faint spices like a good rum. Body again is super smooth dangerously drink able for almost 12%.

Overall very impressed with this beer such a shame I can only pick up Central waters in Ohio. If I see this again I will be sure to score a four or six pack for sure!

May 28, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BB1313 from Ohio

2021 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; small khaki head that fades quickly leaving okay retention and lacing. The aromas are somewhat mild. Some bourbon along with some hints of cocoa. Mild hints of coffee and spices. Malts are there. The flavors are balanced. The bourbon ultimately shines, but doesn't dominate or diminish everything else. More hints of coffee, cocoa and vanilla. Hints of coconut. The cinnamon and spices aren't exactly bold, but they're noticeable, especially in the finish. Subtle sweetness. Malts do their thing. Subtle warmth, but it's not hot or boozy at all. The alcohol is well hidden, especially when considering the ABV. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy and smooth.

This is an alright barrel-aged stout. I wish that the coffee and cinnamon was bolder and more pronounced. It's not bad or anything like that though. I guess maybe I just had high expectations since I'm a sucker for cinnamon and then you add coffee, vanilla and bourbon? That's right up my alley. So it's ultimately fine, but I guess I was just expecting something different in my head.

May 26, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pathman from Ohio

05/20/21 bottle @ home

May 21, 2021
4.25 by Bruno74200 from France on Apr 14, 2021
4.77 by matt-evans2 from Wisconsin on Jan 25, 2021
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3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

12oz bottle from 2016, so ~4 years old

Dark with amber cutting through the sides, but just barely. Smell is all chocolate and sweet initially, then comes the stale coffee and harsh booze notes. Holding up pretty well for being so old. No alcohol in the taste, just a very pronounced chocolate flavor. Weird, because there are no claims of chocolate being added. You feel the heat of that ~12% in your chest, like taking a shot of bourbon

A supreme stout

Dec 20, 2020
4.21 by stephenlee93 from England on Dec 06, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by bret27 from California

Bottle courtesy of basaywhat.
I think it’s 2018 vintage so ~2 yrs old.
Standard stout appearance, minimal brown head.
Very very coffee-forward, with some burnt and cinnamon finish. Vanilla notes. Not boozy.
Pretty good.

Nov 15, 2020
4.41 by puftdank from Illinois on May 14, 2020
3.98 by nmann08 from Virginia on May 06, 2020
4.35 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois on Apr 18, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a dark cola-black with a finger and a half of khaki foam atop. Head retention is good. Aroma is roasty, toasty, nutty and caramely malts with fig, toffee, vanilla beans and cinnamon sprinkled over the top. Light boozy burn courtesy of the bourbon. Flavor profile is vanilla bean, cinnamon and toffee alongside roasty, toasty, nutty and caramely malts. There is a boozy bourbon kiss at the back, surging heat forward. Mouth feel is still, low in texture with a very light siltiness. Thickness is medium-thick. Overall, stout playful between the vanilla bean and cinnamon additions and the boozy bourbon burn. It's a mix of dessert and booze.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

Apr 03, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2018 vintage.

A: Black with some lighter mahogany hues. One finger of beige head settles into a thin cap. Tiny spots of lacing.

S: Cinnamon rolls, fudge sauce, mocha, caramel, bourbon ball candy, oak, and bourbon barrel.

T: Baker's chocolate and roasty malt flavors up front. Thin ribbon of caramel. Mocha. Bourbon ball candy. Cinnamon is on the more subtle side. Nougat and vanilla. Oak, mild woody char, and an undercurrent of sweet bourbon minus any bite. Long and pleasant finish of semi-sweet chocolate, cinnamon, and bourbon ball candy.

M: Thick, moderate heft, chewy and velvety texture. Ample carbonation has a very gentle touch and creates an airy, whipped feel.

O: So many of the so-called "pastry stouts" out there today are just sugar bombs and a bad case of diabetes waiting to happen. I'm very happy to report that is not the case here. This ends up being a very drinkable imperial stout that really grew on me as I made my way through the glass. There's a subtle touch here, and a great sense of balance. No one ingredient outshines another, and the sum of the parts creates something greater. One would struggle to believe this is nigh on 12% abv, too. It goes down far too easily for a beer of its size. Well worth a drink.

Apr 01, 2020
4.47 by TastyIsBeer from Illinois on Mar 31, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Dope from Massachusetts

Bottle is stamped 2018, just bought it yesterday. Whoops. Scores may be a little low as a result.

Mar 27, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by wl2bill from Wisconsin

This one took a couple of bottles to warm up to. I did not appreciate all it has going on right away. I just drank the last one in the 4pk, about a year since the first. I have liked it more with each bottle.

Mar 20, 2020
4.26 by Gemini6 from Michigan on Jan 05, 2020
4.33 by SayBoom from Ukraine on Dec 14, 2019
4.41 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Dec 09, 2019
4.75 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Nov 23, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rex_4539 from Greece

L: Jet black color, almost no head, not lacing to speak of, light carbonation.

S: Chocolate, coffee. Quite faint.

T: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon. Delicious!

F: Full bodied, full flavored. Very smooth.

O: A super delicious dessert imperial stout.

Oct 08, 2019
4.43 by desint from Belgium on Sep 06, 2019
4.38 by Scottors from Wisconsin on Sep 04, 2019
4.45 by Explosion72 from Michigan on Aug 24, 2019
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3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Wolvmar from Michigan

Oct 2018 Update
All the same as prior except a few months older. Still a huge cinnamon taste with vanilla behind it. It’s interesting but not my thing. Revised rating down .25 points for taste.

12oz bottle. 2018 vintage, maybe April bottle date, so likely 16 months old. Bought at B&V on clearance... Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: deep brown with a thin light tan head. Solid ring and some clouds. Small amount of lacing.

Nose: coffee, sweet malt and bourbon. Surprisingly sweet.

Taste: rich dark chocolate, coffee with a little sweet cream, cinnamon definitely present especially in the middle and end. Moderate bitter coffee/chocolate at the end.

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, fairly thick and rich. Not real viscous and fairly clean, dry finish.

Overall: this is a good beer that is differentiated by the cinnamon spice. I like but don’t love it. Worth trying for sure. Will see how second bottle is and one after aging some more.

Aug 24, 2019
4.31 by ian_graf from Minnesota on Jul 28, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

Dark chestnut brown with a fat finger of light tan head that looks like it will fizz away quickly but does last for a minute or two. Moderate lacing.

Light cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla and coffee in the nose — in that order — with a slight hint of sticky toffee-and-cherry bourbon notes.

Nice mix of chocolate and cinnamon up front in the taste. Just a hint of coffee and vanilla in the finish. The barrel presence is very restrained, but there is a hint of alcohol.

Smooth feeling — almost slick, but a bit too thin to feel oily — with some life left in the carbonation.

This has less barrel qualities than other BBA Central Waters beers I’ve tried. The cinnamon levels are really excellent, and the vanilla adds a nice undertone. The coffee seems to have faded, as should be expected in a 2017 bottle.

Jul 13, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Black in color with minimal light penetration. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering half of the top. The aroma is of cinnamon, vanilla, and coffee. I’m tasting cinnamon, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon. The mouth is thick and viscous.

Jun 23, 2019
4.06 by brewskis from Indiana on May 11, 2019
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