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

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

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

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Ratings: 661 |  Reviews: 170
Reviews by ALC82:
Photo of ALC82
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
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 tbryan5
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best BA Central Waters brews I have had. Coffee, Vanilla, and Cinnamon are all present. The coffee takes the backseat while the vanilla and cinnamon mesh perfectly. Great mouthfeel and an outstanding beer!

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

This is top of the line barrel aged goodness. There are so many notes of flavor well rounded throughout drinking this beer. The coffee, vanilla flavor, with a nice sweet cinnamon that gets those taste buds roaring, with after hints of a mellow hazelnut. This Stout is well aged and well put together. I had this fresh from this years batch and definitely on the hunt for a bottle of this! Well done!!!

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Photo of bennyman12
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Came as an extra in a traded from a very generous individual. Looks great! Love actually seeing a head on a barrel-aged stout. The cinnamon comes through most prominently in the nose, but on my palate it is all chocolate and vanilla. I would not guess there was a coffee component if the bottle did not say so. It is fairly thin, And I remember 16 and 17 being the same way. Very nice stout tho! And here's a vote for more impy stouts in 12-oz bottles rather than bombers or 750s!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite good if a bit thin. Brown with some auburn tinges and a small mocha head that fades. Smooth cinnamon notes that strike me as wood, cedar, mahogany with subtle vanilla and coffee in the backdrop. Commonly one will get chocolate notes with stouts but those are absent or at least very subdued here to the benefit of the beer - it's more interesting, dry with an impression of sweetness from spices, quite woody and warming.

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Photo of jwenig
4.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The last two reviews were kind of brutal and I disagree with them. This stout is one of the finest offerings Central Waters has, it is near perfect. The flavors are balanced and so tasty for me at least. I might even prefer this over Black Gold, that is how good this stout is.

I will say that if you drink this stout right out of the fridge, you are not going to agree with the above. This stout needs to warm up to fully enjoy like most stouts where the Vanilla and Cinnamon really shine closer to 60 degrees or so. Enjoy!

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Photo of maximum12
3.69/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I’m willing to swill anything CW puts in a barrel, so I ran out & bought this without knowing anything else. 12 oz. bottle from the Midwestern master of barrel aging.

The pour is shadowy black & exhibits minimal head. The beer exhales vanilla like my crazy Medusa Head puts out oxygen. Plenty of barrel, light roast, & really, who needs anything else? Lovely.

Cassian Sunset - whoa! Foreshadowed by the label but not the nose, somebody tipped enough cinnamon in here to supplant a daily dose of Coumadin. The spice is up-front & off-putting, & it takes me a couple sips to alter my expectations & get my rioting taste buds under control (promise them barrel & give them cinnamon, & I’m lucky they’re not completely on strike). Light bourbon, & the vanilla rides higher as the beer warms. Dark chocolate arrives mid-palate, & the nearly forgotten coffee makes a dim, strangled appearance. Thick, warming, boozier than anything CW puts out except my beloved barrel aged barleywine. Twelve ounces will be enough, thanks.

I feel this would be off the foul pole (which should really be called a ‘fair pole’) without the spice; perhaps Central Waters just invested in a local cinnamon producer? Good beer, but the cinnamon is just too heavy-handed for this ink-stained wretch.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz stiffer bottled sometime in 2017. Pours a very dark almost completely black, with a solid 2 finger head.

Smell Cinamon, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, vanilla bean, and chai.

Taste follows cinamon, chai, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and strong toffee.

Mouthfeel is bigger than average, plenty of life, maybe a tad dry, and extremely drinkable!

Overall this is excellent, very smooth and easy drinking . Thanks GreenBayBA for this BA treat.

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Photo of EJJ1848
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with a nice tan head. Nose is heavy vanilla. Taste is vanilla with some cinnamon, not much coffee or barrel for me. My biggest knock on this beer is like much of the BB Stout , a little thin on the mouthfeel. Overall, Very enjoyable beer, really wish this would have been a Fall/Winter release could crush these on a cold day at$13/4pk.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours from the bottle a dark, opaque brown with a half-finger tan head that quickly fades to a thin skin of bubbles on the surface.
The aroma is vanilla, coffee, chocolate, a hint of booze and barrel and a touch of cinnamon.
What an amazing beer! The taste follows the nose. Vanilla and medium roast coffee with notes of chocolate and caramel. The cinnamon shows up in the swallow and is a lovely part of the flavor without standing out. This is a near-perfect blend of flavors with a touch of booziness.
The mouthfeel is medium, smooth and creamy. Outstanding!

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

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

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, 2016 version. Pours transparent reddish black with a medium sized khaki head. Smells of oak, raisin/dark fruit, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, and some roasted malt. The taste follows with mostly oak, raisin/dark fruit, and roasted malt with some vanilla and cinnamon on the finish. Mild bitterness and dryness. Below average carbonation and body but with some stickiness. Overall, a very well done BA IS. Could be improved with a less raisiny taste.

12oz bottle, 2017 version. It's better than the 2016 version since a lot more of the adjunctions come through in the smell/taste. Lots of cinnamon, vanilla, and coffee and less of a raisin profile.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

I think this is my favorite of the 4 pack reserve BB series that has been offered by CW. The cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate all blend perfectly with a strong base stout aged in bourbon barrels. Not overly boozy, yet strong with a rich body. This is a complex beer that is worth savoring and sipping.

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Photo of Johnnybastard
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pretty solid beer from central waters. Cracked this bottle open not expecting much and is was quite shocked with how well the flavors mingled together. Very pleasant mouthfeel and taste. Overall this is one good beer and I wish I had more than a 4 pack. I could drink this everyday.

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

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

Photo of FlaviusG
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brian1357
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cassian Sunset from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 661 ratings