Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Bean Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
4.25/5
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71 Ratings
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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): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The latest beer off of our pilot system - a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bean Stout! This is a new stout recipe that we aged for 1 1/2 years in bourbon barrels and added vanilla beans.

Added by Stevedore on 08-13-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,190
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
71
pDev:
5.65%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
15
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of REVZEB
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I wonder if this beer had been released years ago would it be rated higher? Because it really is a nice bright and sweet vanilla barrel aged stout. Tastes and smells exactly how you would imagine, vanilla brings out sweet brown sugar and chocolate out of bourbon and oak. Has a sneaky full body to meet vanilla sweetness, with creamy texture that is refreshing. I just find that with so many complex barrel aged stouts out now, people have found this to be one dimensional. Good more for me, enjoyed as a dessert on a fall evening

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Beer Bazaar on October 3, 2018. Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans. Thick and rich yet very drinkable.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheEpeeist
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a red wine glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin body with a tan head which rose very subtle and dropped to nada after one sip. I wish the body of the beer had just a notch more definition to it.

Smell: Light whiskey scent. Dissipates quickly once it enters the nostrils but it is super appetizing with a warm brown sugar aroma.

Taste: As the beer warms up the palates definitely feel the lust. Sweet whiskey and vanilla with a light note of coffee. The chocolate is there but subtle and I like the fact that it is.

Mouth: Lingering after-taste which the bourbon might overpower you but no complaints on my side. Thin body but full flavor with a medium carbonation.

Overall: Happy with the pick up and can be compared to Lagunitas Willetized Imperial coffee stout if you want an idea. Always in a glass and keep drinking. Salud.

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Photo of Mikexw
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Benish
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AuntBea
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BSiegs
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black pour, dark brown around the edges when held to light. Two fingers of light mocha foam, retains well for the style. Aroma is vanilla, vanilla, vanilla. Very prominent. Notes of chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Taste is more balanced, with bourbon and vanilla leading the way. Medium full body, low moderate carbonation, and a dry finish. Another BA winner from Central Waters.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in trade with @bstyle. Poured from undated, 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. It has a classic stout appearance: rich, dark walnut in color with a thin cap of khaki head that dissipated slowly leaving a thin film of creamy lacing inside the glass. The aromatic nose features roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee, nuts, vanilla, and just a whiff of bourbon. It tastes even better than it smells. The chocolate is more evident and, in addition to vanilla beans and nuts, there are welcome notes of black cherry/dark fruit, which add to the complexity. The bourbon appears throughout and is pleasingly subtle - its taste comes through clearly but doesn't overpower the other flavors, each of which is distinct but which blend superbly and produce a delicious stout. For a "big" stout the feel is average in viscosity and creaminess. I wouldn't describe it as chewy. The carbonation is light to moderate and the 9.5% ABV, while warming, doesn't distract. Overall, Central Waters has done a great job with this stout. The barrel aging compliments the other flavors as well as any stout I've had recently. It's simply a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of stanale
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of npachl
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Muss42
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vabeerguy
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass shows a mostly headless dull looking dark brownish boost that allows a red tinted light through at the edge. A more aggressive second pour causes a 1/2in cocoa powder colored head if variable sized bubbles, but no lacing either way.

Aroma is vanilla and bourbon forward with a touch of leather and ash.

Flavor matches with added hints of cocoa.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thinner side, but still a fuller leaning medium that finishes clean. A booze warmth is a good closing feel in the back of the throat and chest.

Overall another well done bourbon barrel aged stout from CW.

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Photo of SpaethJam
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmh21
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dovers
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, no date or ABV. Pours dark brown with a medium sized light khaki head. Smells of vanilla, bourbon, cocoa, and caramel. The taste follows with vanilla, bourbon, cocoa, caramel and roasted malt with a hint of lactose, peanut, and dark fruit. Average intensity. Medium sweetness, bitterness, and dryness. Below average body and carbonation but fairly drinkable. Overall, nothing too remarkable stands out here. It has its classic rye profile from CW stouts and solid flavors, but could use even more vanilla and intensity.

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Bean Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 71 ratings