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

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4.37/5
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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): 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:
#399
Reviews:
158
Ratings:
624
pDev:
5.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
74
Gots:
166
Trade:
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Ratings: 624 |  Reviews: 158
Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of folkstar
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a fairly muted flavor— not much nose , and at first it’s hard to detect the vanilla or the cinnamon. Getting more coffee and barrel notes as it warms.. but overall, I’ve had other BBA stouts with a ton more flavor

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Photo of mando31
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerBucks
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SpaethJam
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Budlum
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky hazel with a fast falling sandy head. Just a little lacing & head retention

S: Bourbon, booze, a little fig

T: Follows the nose, a little cinnamon, plenty of barrel dryness up front. Some booze heat, a little cinnamon, a bit of fig & raisin as this warms, just a touch of dark cherry. Finishes dry with plenty of barrel & a little bit of figgyness

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation, warming, kind of thiined out as it warmed & the carbonation picked up

Solid, but much higher hopes for this one

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Photo of chewy6935
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours jet Black
Smell is of coffee with just a slight hint of cinnamon
Taste of coffee and slight of cinnamon
Cannot taste the 11% alcohol very well hidden
Goes down very smooth
Overall this is one of the best I’ve tasted
Would never turn this one down!

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Photo of jkblr
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle coded 1418 and notched as 2018 vintage poured into a snifter at fridge temp, no ABV listed on label. The beer pours dense very dark brown with chocolate tan colored head. The head recedes to a few bubbles and pencil thin ring with very little lacing. The aroma is oak, vanilla and bourbon in that order. The taste is stout first with the vanilla, bourbon and cinnamon coming on in the finish. I struggle to find the coffee in aroma or taste. Nice balance, not sweet or overly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is a little booze in the taste on this one as it warms. Overall, very good, but my least favorite of the Brewers Reserve series.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/24/2018. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, nutty dark roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, fudge, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of coconut, marshmallow, molasses, smoke, char, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warmed, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, nutty dark roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, fudge, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of coconut, marshmallow, molasses, smoke, char, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Mild roast/char bitterness and cinnamon/bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, nutty dark roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, fudge, dark/brown bread, coconut, marshmallow, light smoke/char, herbal, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet and cinnamon/bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering roast bitterness and cinnamon/bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 11.7%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome BBA flavored imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/spicy/tannic/drying finish. Wasn't as rich as I was expecting, but still impressive. Awesome balance of imperial stout malt complexity, cinnamon, vanilla, and fruity/nutty coffee flavors; outstanding barrel integration as usual. Not overly boozy, tannic, or drying. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours black with a thin, creamy tan head that collects on ring and collects in middle. Leaves lacing.
S- Smell is amazing. Coffee up front, bourbon and coffee blends well in which vanilla bean and cinnamon present. Chocolate and carmel malt detected.
T- taste follows nose kn which barrel notes hit just right. Taste all other components with a nice bitterness in finish. Spice and black licorice are detectable.
F- Not overly thick, but nice oily cinsistency.

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Photo of hermit990
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmkapalka
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of GetTheYayo
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wmartin
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice! Had a "vintage 2018" bottle. No idea what month it was made, but coffee flavors were still good. Not rating it a 5 as I've had a couple other coffee stouts I liked better, but would acquire more of this in an instant, if I ever see it again.

Lovely flavors with nice mellow overtones. What makes a good coffee stout is excellent coffee flavor. This was very nice, not burnt like some examples of this style. Vanilla and cinnamon round out the flavors and enhance things with good malt/hop balance and some nice bourbon barrel flavors. Very well done!

Only retail bottle I've ever seen without an ABV on it somewhere. Web says 11.7%; could be, but it is so well hidden, it could be 0 to 11.7.

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Photo of Lucular
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish brown with a moderate head and lacing. Smell is bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and dark roasted malts with chocolate. Taste is similar although the vanilla predominates. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. The 11.7% abv is hidden amazingly well. Overall, a very good BBA stout but not quite on the level I was expecting.

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

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knickfan3
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 release. I've only had one previous release of Cassian Sunset and don't know if it's basically Peruvian Morning with cinnamon and vanilla or not. However, that's the impression that I get, and it's great. Just the right amount of cinnamon for someone, like me, who is fairly sensitive to it.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.79/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

12 oz bottle. Pours a black with thin beige head. Lots of coffee on the aroma with some cinnamon. Flavors of coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, bourbon, toffee. My favorite of the series so far. Amazing

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Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cassian Sunset from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 624 ratings