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

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4.37/5
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660 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

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:
#529
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
660
pDev:
5.95%
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
171
Trade:
25
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Ratings: 660 |  Reviews: 170
Photo of barnzy78
3.81/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, vintage 2018. Cola-like brown body is capped with a fizzy light brown head that fades to nothing quickly. Boozy aroma with vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak, cinnamon, and coffee filling the nose. Bold flavors similar to aroma with obvious notes of boozy bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, and woody oak along with caramel, brown sugar, fig, toffee and earthy hops. Full body yet it feels thin for the style, lively carbonation dances the flavors over the palate, sweet & sticky finish. Unfortunately, this fell short of expectations for me.

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Photo of jcoleMA66
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CanConPhilly
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - 1.5 finger hazelnut head atop a pitch black body.

S - yum! Tons of cinnamon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, roast.

T - follows the nose. Cinnamon heavy but not in a cloying way. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. Moderate-low booziness.

F - medium body with minimal carb.

O - lives up to the hype I had in my head.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMH73
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown with a massive tan head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring and left large spots of lacing. Smells and tastes of dark roasted malts, rich coffee, vanilla, cinnamon and bourbon. Additional flavors of black licorice, tobacco, brown sugar and some dark fruits. Full bodied, lightly carbonated, smooth mouth feel with a slightly dry finish from the cinnamon.

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Photo of MrDarcy
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of timmy2b
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stanale
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Taste: Complex, smooth coffee, semi sweet, oak barrel notes, bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa. Nice bold bourbon, sweet brown sugar, Vanilla cinnamon coffee bean nose. Dark brown hue, semi clear, tan head smaller delicate head from barrel aging. Medium to full body. This stout alcohol sneaks up on you. Tasty and easy to drink. 27 IBUs

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Photo of StormAles
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drstalker
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Label is marked for Vintage as '2017'.
Deep brown colored body, with very dark brown highlights when back lit. Aggressive pour results in one finger light tan head, which stays around as thin cap and ring. Leaves behind large spots of lacing.
Lots of bourbon barrel in the aroma, with cinnamon, vanilla and coffee notes.
Rich flavor of dark roast, with coffee, vanilla, and cinnamon. Barrel notes but not as strong as in the aroma.
Quite smooth and creamy for mouth feel, but more in the medium thick range, not full. The vanilla extends out long into the after taste, along with a light taste of cinnamon.
Surprisingly easy drinking beer for its ABV%. Coating mouth feel means that each sip is savored fully in the mouth before the swallow. Swirl in the mouth for full expression and appreciation. Really quite a mellow beer but very enjoyable. Best to allow the beer to warm before sampling.

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Photo of michaelsmith11
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Pours dark black. The smell was very roasty. Also picking up some coffee,vanilla, a bit of cinnamon, and of course the bourbon. The taste had a lot going on, coffee and roast up front with some spice then the bourbon. This was a very smooth beer to drink. It was very well balanced and the bourbon did it's job without dominating the taste. Very good beer.

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Photo of jbu0126
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samact
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tkolterman
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheHopsman
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of travelguy
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sulty
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of envizz1
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. This goes into my personal top ten. Beautifully balanced sweetness with crispness. Great creamy vanilla. Makes me think this is what pancakes with maple syrup would be like if they were beer

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Photo of Justincredble
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cassian Sunset from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 660 ratings