Ardea Insignis
Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.54 | pDev: 6.39%
Jul 21, 2020
Apr 15, 2016
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Notes: Ardea Insignis
The rarest heron in the world. Also the name of the rarest barrel aged beer we have ever made and bottled. An imperial stout aged for over 3 years in 25 year old bourbon barrels. 1000 bottles produced.
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4.5 by That_Bearded_Guy from California on Jul 21, 2020
4.56 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan on May 21, 2019
4.79 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on May 11, 2019
4.73 by craftybeergut from Wisconsin on Jan 28, 2019
5 by A_Rad from Wisconsin on Dec 27, 2018
4.29 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Jul 08, 2018
4.27 by BrutisDestructus from Indiana on Jul 01, 2018
4.76 by whitenads from Michigan on May 21, 2018
4.56 by Virby44 from Wisconsin on May 19, 2018
4.25 by rspauldi from Texas on Apr 16, 2018
4.62 by YvesB from Belgium on Feb 12, 2018
4 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Dec 23, 2017
3.83 by chippo33 from Vermont on Dec 19, 2017
4.59 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania on Nov 04, 2017
4.5 by Narthax from Texas on Sep 23, 2017
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by OompaMentor from Georgia

bottle share - 8/19/17

Aug 20, 2017
4.96 by MTKATL from Georgia on Aug 20, 2017
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4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a small foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- the most bourbon-forward stout I've smelled; tons of barrel, toasted coconut, vanilla. Undertones of roasted malt, chocolate & alcohol

T- taste follows aroma, bourbon dominant up front with tons of toasted coconut, vanilla & caramel. Mid-palate gives notes of chocolate and roast. The finish gives more bourbon that dominates the flavor and lingers of barrel juice

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly viscous mouthfeel and a warming finish

O- extending aging in bourbon barrels makes this a bourbon-heavy beer that is sure to please bourbon drinkers, quite unique

Aug 20, 2017
4.46 by deebo from Michigan on Aug 17, 2017
4.53 by SlightlyGrey from Minnesota on Aug 14, 2017
4.49 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Aug 13, 2017
4.39 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Jul 29, 2017
4.5 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Jul 23, 2017
4.56 by dddddddd from Washington on Jul 06, 2017
4.25 by mklisz from New Hampshire on Jun 07, 2017
4.24 by Coorsy from Massachusetts on May 25, 2017
4.5 by oline73 from Maryland on May 25, 2017
4.5 by Zuidman from Illinois on May 21, 2017
4.75 by tvenne from Minnesota on May 08, 2017
4.11 by Duff27 from Illinois on May 06, 2017
4.59 by RobinLee from Wisconsin on Apr 24, 2017
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4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Angerhaus from Rhode Island

I can't really add too much to what's already been written, and if you're smart then you've already read the rest of it. I will say that it's very similar to Black Gold, just a little boozier.

Apr 24, 2017
4.5 by t2grogan from Arizona on Apr 23, 2017
4.59 by Resuin from Massachusetts on Apr 14, 2017
4.98 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Apr 01, 2017
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4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

about as good as it gets, if people knew about this, and what it tasted like, they would freak out about it like they do the goose bourbon county rare, the old one in the pappy barrels, its every bit as good as that one, if not even moreso, its just astounding. 3 years in a 25 year old bourbon barrel, i mean, how insane can you get. i thought black gold was insane, this is even a level beyond that. seriously almost as much a solid as it is a liquid, a patient near black color that seems so viscous its almost gelatinous, like it might not spill if i tipped over my glass, may hold its shape like a cake mold or something, syrupy for sure, just so concentrated and intense. the maturity of the bourbon barrels is immediately evident here, with this real regal refined sort of whiskey quality in the nose that also comes through in the flavor, the good vanilla beans, the decaying oak, the charcoal complexion of it, so awesome. the stout itself too is quite mature at this point, with all of the wood soaked in, an incredible dark chocolate crumbly high cacao vibe, and subtle raisin, toasted coconut, and unlit cigar of fine quality. layers upon layers here, is it slides around the teeth and tongue and finally down the hatch, coating every nook, chocolate again, fresh scraped vanilla pod, whiskey i cant afford, and all in this shockingly smooth glide, thick as toothpaste though, and never fading in the aftertaste. i do not care the least that this is pretty boozy, with all this whiskey character, how could it not be? thats not a valid critique of this one in my opinion. heavy but not sludgy, its an appealing weight to me. as mature and refined as big beer gets i think, and some of the very best stout that exists. i pray to encounter it again one day...

Mar 29, 2017
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4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Very boozy on the nose and pretty much full on bourbon scent with subtle wood/oak tones. Taste is also very bourbon forward with a nice aged oak/wood earthly undertone. Could mellow out in couple years after being in barrels for 3 years, but still really great BA stout with nice complex barrel flavors. Maybe more balanced over time, hope to revisit in years to come but to likely seeing how hard it was to land this whale.

Mar 28, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

A: Dark pour with light brown medium head.

S: Delicious chocolate, wrapped in oak and bourbon.

T: A fantastic splash of sweet chocolate, transitioning to a perfectly restrained bourbon barrel flavor that takes over the palate.

M: Less viscous than desired.

O: This is the best bourbon barrel treatment I have ever had on a beer. Simply put, this beer did what Rare 2015 could not, which was to restrain the barrel character to compliment, not take over, the base stout. The mouthfeel was a bit thin in comparison to other whale stouts, so overall, I think this beer lands in the "great" category without fully catapulting into Moby Dick territory.

Mar 26, 2017
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4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

L: pours thick and black, no head
S: huge barrel and bourbon. Smooth bourbon.
T: really good, big bourbon. Hot booze actually. 3 years in 25 year old bourbon barrels, big booze as expected.
F: smooth but a ton of booze.

Mar 25, 2017
4.77 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Mar 23, 2017
Ardea Insignis from Central Waters Brewing Co.
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