Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
4.45 | pDev: 5.84%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Our Nineteenth Anniversary beer released exclusively at the brewery, is a meticulous blend of several different barrel aged stouts.
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 135 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pretty typical for a BA stout - black with a thin mocha head.

Aroma: Bourbon comes through here nicely. Also chocolate.

Flavor: Dark chocolate and bourbon are prominent, and they're balanced well. Raisins and dark fruits, tobacco.

Palate/Finish: I wish it were a bit thicker... it's not thin though which is good. I'd say oily and medium-bodied, fairly sticky. Finishes with bourbon and chocolate.

Overall: This is really a great brew, but I'm not sure its score of 97 reflects my experience. I'd call it a 93 or something like that. No negativity there though - just didn't quite live up to the hype. Anyway, this is a wonderful BA stout with rich flavors. I do wish it was a little more complex. Worth seeking out still in my opinion.

Oct 14, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

4.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from 2017 RIS tasting. Black pour with beige head...yada yada yada. Another big sweet ice cream sundae of a beer, with a boozy twist. Vanilla and chocolate. molasses and roast grains, barrels and bourbon. Pretty tasty.

Jan 07, 2020
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I LOVE the bitterness and strong bourbon forwardness. Given the flavors now, I bet it would be super hot when fresh. I’m so happy to have scored a bottle now. Their anniversary blends have never disappointed.

Jun 22, 2019
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soze47 from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to believe this has had two years to mellow - still really Woody and hot. Great base beer here with lots of nice dark malt complexity of semisweet chocolate and slightly acrid from black malts. Nose is dominated by wood and booze and the linger is pretty heavy.

Mar 31, 2019
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.18/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle. Black body. Smells of bourbon, oak, nutty and chocolate malts. Tastes of strong barrel. Really strong bourbon and oak. Roasted malt and strong oak. Booze. Very big stout without being all that sweet. It's pretty slow to drink, though, because of the strong alcohol presence.

Mar 07, 2019
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Thirstygoat from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After a couple years in the bottle this is still right at the edge if being too woody. Still a great stout, glad I got a bottle, But will let the other one sit,

Jan 19, 2019
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bound4er from Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown to nearly black appearance with a fast breaking tan head. Smells boozy with vanilla, roasted coffee, macerated cherries and chocolate. Complex nose but not overly appealing. Taste is similar with barrel influences of oak with some vanilla, fudge and booze to round things out. Nice creamy feel for a CW stout. Good beer but one that gets tiring quickly.

Aug 25, 2018
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super dark, decent head, nice rung of bubbles. Roasty fudge smell followed by alcohol. Tastes very roasty, boozy, pretty good. Not a ton of bourbon barrel but a tasty beer.

Feb 11, 2018
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured 22oz bottle into snifter. It's a dark black body, opaque with a one finger tan head, good retention and spotty lacing. Smell is distinct bourbon richness, roasted malt and coffee, milk chocolate, hints of oak and vanilla. Nice bourbon presence from the start with rich chocolate, caramel, vanilla and roasted malt, hints of coffee bean and oak. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, good carbonation, creamy with a richness to it. Just another outstanding anv beer from CW.

Jan 28, 2018
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Zoomslowik from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L- Close to ideal appearance. Black with a solid amount of khaki colored head that lasts. Pours a little thin.

S- Oaky with milk chocolate and some vanilla.

T- Similar to the smell. Boozy, but not overpowering, just a little bit of alcohol burn. Good amount of oak with a milk chocolate base and some vanilla. A little bit of caramel.

F- Richer than most CW BA beers I've had. Good creaminess, closer to a medium thickness. Smooth. Just a bit of carb.

O- I generally haven't been that thrilled with CW stouts, but this one hit the right notes. Normally I find them too boozy and thin, but this had a better mouthfeel and slight fudge to balance it. Very nice.

Sep 05, 2017
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chicagobeerguy from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black into my snifter, head is non existent. Smells of bourbon and a buttery Auntie Annes pretzel to me. Hints of toffee and caramel. Dark fruit notes and slight barrel char. Booze can be detected though faint. As you drink this you're greeted with all the flavors you picked up in the nose but not as distinct. They all hit you at the same time making it almost one dimensional but that dimension is quite complex. I do get vanilla notes as it warms which is a pleasant surprise. The beer ends on a boozier note than the beginning but nothing overpowering. This beer is well done and worth a try. Compared to other BBA stouts I'd put this on the lighter side but the flavor and complexity is all there.

Sep 02, 2017
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from desp59 a while back. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A clear black pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, slightly foamy, light tan head with good retention. Black body with no real carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full creamy cap and leaves traces on the glass. Splotchy wisp and ring remain until the end leaving traces of lacing down the glass. Good looking.

SMELL: A nice nose of bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut and milk chocolate. Marshmallow aromas with some sweet cream in there as well. Medium strength but really nicely put together.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak, alcohol, some milk chocolate and vanilla flavors up front. More booze and wood at the swallow with a bolder and lingering finish of bourbon, vanilla and coconut, milk chocolate, some roasted, bitter coffee beans and sweet, vanilla cream as well. Some definite booze and wood but the bitter base stout and sweet bourbon flavors work in great harmony here. Really nice.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Enough weight on the palate, creamy enough, goes down fine with a bit of a burn and finishes somewhat mouth-coating. Some heat lingers. Good feel.

OVERALL: Solid, solid stuff. Another excellent entry in the Central Waters anniversary stout series. These have all been great and this one is no exception. They are all pretty much the same beer to be honest, so I don’t see why they all need a separate entry, but either way, whenever a new year comes out, I’m always stoked to see it. Thanks again desp!

Aug 23, 2017
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Slack from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz
No date

Deep brown in color with a brown head that dissipates to a solid ring.

Nose alcohol burn, barrel, burnt sugar, a minor bit of coffee, and maybe chocolate.

Taste is similar with caramel, bourbon accented alcohol, barrel, char, and a touch of vanilla.

Mouthful is medium to heavy and smooth. Carbonation is average to low. Finish is semi sweet.

Barrel aged stout through and through. Unfortunately it's still a bit hot as very noticeable on the nose and less so (warming) on the taste. Tasty nonetheless but hard pressed to put this above more regularly available stouts.

Aug 19, 2017
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Masonz223 from Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smell: big fudge marshmallow whiskey milk chocolate coconut oak

Taste: right upfront big fluffy marshmallow fudge middle of the mouth dark chocolate coconut hints of dark fruit in the finish you get oak and whiskey with an underlining dark fruit sweetness

Feel: medium to full body. A fuller body then any of the other BA Stouts I've had from them.

Overall: Central Waters has a great barrel aging program. This beer doesn't disappoint.

Apr 25, 2017
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Angerhaus from Rhode Island

4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark like any of the other anniversary beers.

Nose if full of bourbon chocolate malts.

Taste, to me, isn't as boozy as 18 was right off the bat. The bourbon is present, but it's more balanced with the dark chocolatey malt.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I like from big stouts, but I've been spoiled a lot lately by Abraxas, Huna, and Twelve Dog.

Mar 03, 2017
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MilwaukeeBeerMaker from Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another year and another awesome CW anniversary beer. Chocolate, bourbon and fudge bomb that is smooth drinking right off the bat. IMHO, the best (at release date) anniversary beer since 16. Enjoy folks!

Mar 02, 2017
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Cfred371 from Minnesota

4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: 19 pours a dark dark brown with a slim khaki head, about a fiver in width, that dissipates quickly. Carbonation can be seen streaming towards the top.

Smell: Bourbon, specifically the rye component, pop out to me at first. Chocolate and coconut hit the nose quickly after swirling.

Taste: Molasses, dark chocolate, the bourbon itself, notes of dark roast coffee, coconut, and some fudge. Initially, I didn't pick up complexity, but as the beer opened up, all the above flavors popped to mind.

Feel: Slight bitterness throughout the palate, with sweet notes occurring at points as well. 19 definitely packs some heat, as my tongue and throat have a slight burn occurring. The body is short of full, but much thicker than your typical Stout, and definitely more than regular CW BBS.

Overall: Nineteen's complexities, and intense flavors really drive home how great this beer is, and how Central Waters is one of the leaders in barrel aging beers. There's not much to complain about, but if I'm picking at it, the body could be thicker, and I could go for some more chocolate.

Feb 21, 2017
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium black color with a 1 finger tan head. smell is chocolate & bourbon, mocha and fudge very nice. Taste follows nose fudge brownies with mellow bourbon ,very chocolate forward with a dash of hops sweet finish with delicious oak. mouth feel sweet with chocolate and mellow with bourbon. If you like your BA Stouts with fudge/brownie you will like this.

Feb 15, 2017
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Always excited to try the newest Central Water anniversary beer. So far, every year has produced a world class barrel aged stout. But as I said last year, I wish at times there was a little more variety from vintage to vintage. So with that, my initial impressions are that this beer is virtually the same as Eighteen but I will revisit it after it has some age on it.

When I poured it into my glass I could instantly smell bourbon and fudge. Not many beers produce that dominant of a nose. The taste didn't quite follow suit. There was a slight roasty and bitter taste initially but it eventually gave way to bourbon, fudge and caramel. A fantastic beer but CW has created a bar that is hard for them to outdo from year to year.

Feb 05, 2017
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Onyx and mocha hues with a thin sandy head
S: Molasses, cacao nibs, and a faint strain of coffee
T: Dark chocolate, vanilla beans, fudge, and a nice complement of bourbon barrel
F: Medium thickness with moderate carb
O: An incredible stout. Nice hints of chocolate, coffee, and dessert decadence. Really well done. If for some unimaginable reason this beer makes you feel anything other than happy, man, I can't help you - this stuff is incredible.

Feb 05, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After three glasses on tap Saturday night, pretty sure I like this, so after swimming in it, let’s analyze it. I want that on my tombstone. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

G-Black. Nose of bourbon, cocoa, oak, & good vanilla. Nice start, & a hard thing to taste when you’re ass-deep in neck beards & locals.

Nineteen does not live up to the raw power of 1414 through 18. This is thinner, quieter, less aggressive, less bourbony than those who walked these hallowed halls before it. And I like all those things. This is lean, with a mouthfeel reminiscent of CW BBS. Strong chocolate, lighter bourbon & vanilla, plenty of wood. There’s a richness, a depth to the malts that saves this from run-of-the-mill. Obviously, I can drink a lot of it.

Five years in a row Central Waters has pumped excellent to astounding out anniversary stouts worthy of a King. This is very good, but leaves me a bit sad.

Feb 02, 2017
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IMFletcher from Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served at the Release party Jan. 28. The creamy chocolate was front and center for me, the booze wasn't really noticeable and it wasn't as thin as some CW beers I've had.

Jan 30, 2017
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really well made BBA stout. Big chocolate and bourbon nose leads right into fudgy, dark chocolate flavors on the body. Bourbon balances with some brown sugar, oak, and a bit of heat on the end.

Jan 30, 2017
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a pitch black color with an inch of brown head. Viscous looking while pouring.

Aroma: deep heavy chocolate liquore. Very rich and sweet. At room temp, the bourbon is all over the nose.

Taste: very rich chocolate liquore comes first. Very sweet yet the chocolate has a subtle bitterness with it. The bourbon comes in but is so well melded with the chocolate. Sweetened coffee near the finish that sticks around in the aftertaste. ABV is 11% but heat is very noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied. Much fuller than their annual BB stout release.

Overall: exceptional. The beer is so rich and flavorful. In other beers it seems you taste the stout and bourbon separately, but in this one, it came together so well as a single entity.

Jan 30, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. 8 oz was served in a plastic cup and subsequently transferred to a snifter glass.

Appearance is a dark chocolate body with a one finger mocha head. Excellent retention, medium collar. Stains the snifter brown, light legs.

Smell is a dark chocolate, a bit bitter like bakers' chocolate. Light fudge. Light earthy ashiness. Touch of milk chocolate. Medium bourbon presence, light oak. More like 17 than 16 or 18.

On the palate, there is more of a chocolate fudge presence. Mild bourbon sweetness, touch of oak and ashy smoke. Milk chocolate, bitter cocoa on the finish. Light earth. No dark fruit, as typical for CW anniversary beers.

Mouthfeel is noticeably thinner than previous years. But not too thin like 15 was. Wish this one had more of a body to it, but not complaining. Good carbonation, smooth like a nice spirit. Not very boozy at all.

Overall, another very good barrel-aged stout from a very good brewery which remains a relative bargain in the world of craft beer.

Jan 28, 2017
Nineteen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 135 ratings