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

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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:
#612
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
684
pDev:
5.96%
 
 
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73
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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SiepJones
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Welcome to Happy New Taking the Central Waters Sunday (Week 719), which may be short-lived due to redundancy, but c'est la guerre!

From the Bottle: "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."; "Stout aged in used oak Bourbon barrels with coffee, vanilla beans, and cinnamon added".

This sounds fantastic! I recently spoke of heating beer in a double-boiler & this might be another candidate! I began by Pop!ping the cap, followed by a slow, gentle, C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. This, along with the dimpled bottom of the glass, caused a pseudo-cascade followed by the formation of three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head with very good retention, leaving loads of lacing in its wake. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was redolent with cinnamon, underlain with chocolate, coffee, vanilla & a light smokiness. 8=O Mmm. The oak barrel aging brought out vanilla, coconut & wood, as well. 8=) Yum. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, although I found it a tad thin for the style. The taste was exactly as advertised - coffee & cinnamon up front, followed by coconut & vanilla, backed up by a light chocolatiness. Oh man, I could warm this up, throw in a cinnamon stick, a dollop of whipped cream on top & we would be off & running. Once again, I found myself licking my lips following a drink of a beer. Joe Sixpack advises me that my method is "wassailing" NOT "mulling" & there is a difference! How do I suck, I mean, get sucked into these things?!? Well, I am telling you, as I have drank (& become drunk) through this one, it has been a revelation! The cinnamon was the big win with the rest of it as secondary flavors/adjuncts enhanced/fortified by the barrel aging. This was a great, big, great big beer for the holidays! Hohoho. Finish was dry, especially due to the inclusion of spices in the form of cinnamon. Muy bueno! Mexican Cinnamon Chocolate … did I invoke that or did a random synapse just connect & fire?

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Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bourbon, chocolate. Taste is of bourbon, black coffee, some chocolate and cinnamon. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall, I didn't find it to be world class, but it is a good beer.

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Photo of jhavs
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter.

Pours dark dark brown with a mocha colored head. Head is foamy and pops itself out quickly into a thin collar of foam.

Aroma of rich roasted coffee and some boozy bourbon.

Flavor is smooth bittersweet cocoa, bitter coffee and a rich layer of smooth bourbon. Slight booze warmth but blended nicely into the background flavors. Vanilla seems a bit hidden to me and cinnamon only comes through when it warms as a slightly spicy finish.

A bit thinner than I was expecting, smooth with a bit under moderate carbonation.

A great flavor brew that has a nice level of booze and barrel presence. Flavors meld together nicely.

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Photo of samEBC
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tittyfish
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of briandgilbert
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-dark pour almost no head
S-smells great
T-good flavors from deep to sweet all in one
F-not really thick at all smooth
Interesting combo of flavors, I like it!

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Photo of EdFed
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of npendres
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of black chocolate notes with some dry floral coffee notes with some bourbon and residual sugar notes also perceptible. Taste is a mix of black chocolate notes with some dry floral coffee notes some residual sugar notes and some light oak, bourbon and vanilla notes also detectable. Cinnamon is very subtle and hard to detect. Body is pretty full with good carbonation with light alcohol warming notes also perceptible. Enjoyable but maybe a tad sweeter than it really needs to be.

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Photo of schinebd
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elohim
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tracker83
4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesMantooth
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BdM
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbertsch
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Mancannon_of_Slothrop
3.69/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours dark brown, no head. Aroma recalls walnut fudge. Taste has all the bite you'd expect from bourbon barrels, along with cinnamon and vanilla. Coffee not immediately recognizable but hits at the back end. The balance seems just...a little off. Like eating a piece of brittle while drinking Wild Turkey. Mouthfeel surprisingly thin considering the booze. Central Waters is a magnificent brewery, this is not their best offering.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, small, quickly receding tan head no lacing, but a slight oily film remains on the glass.
Lotsa' aroma here, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, char and of course the barrel.
Taste matches the aroma to a T.
Texture is thin for the style, but not a big deal.
I love CW's brewers reserve series beers, I think this is really good, but there's almost to much going on. I prefer the Brewers Reserve Stout.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a goblet. 2018 vintage.

pours thinner than you might expect. jet black body. small tan head dissipating to a ring & covering. no lacing too speak of.

faintly boozy & some dried fruit on the nose.

But this is a good tasting beer overall. Very nice mesh of flavors, none dominant, well balanced. coffee, vanilla bean, cinnamon are all quite mild. Faintly sweet, good heat, some fruit flavors come through. very little bitterness. Smooth. Enjoying this one.

Mouth fuller than you would think from the pour, finish a warm sweet booziness. Could send you off to sleep.

Overall, an enjoyable sipper on a cool fall evening.

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Photo of YvesB
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Elicoleman
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barnzy78
3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
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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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cassian Sunset from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 684 ratings