Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Bean Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Bean StoutBourbon Barrel Vanilla Bean Stout
BA SCORE
4.25/5
Outstanding
81 Ratings
Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Bean StoutBourbon Barrel Vanilla Bean Stout
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:
#2,155
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
81
pDev:
5.88%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of Ri0
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Black as coal with a 1.5 finger tan colored head. Thin ring remains and lacing coats a portion of my glass. The aroma fills the air with a sweet chocolate, brownie like with hints of vanilla and wood. The flavor is semi sweet with notes of roasted malt, mocha, and chocolate brownie with some vanilla frosting. Some warming from the alcohol in the finish. Absolute joy to sip on. Rich and creamy with a thick mouthfeel. Decent amount of carbonation for a barrel aged beer. This was sublime and a nice dessert beer.

 547 characters

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

Photo of tittyfish
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TooGood
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaximalC
3.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours seal brown with a modest cap of khaki foam. Complex aroma smells of brownies, peanut brittle, graham crackers, toffee, and toasted bread with hints of marshmallow and vanilla.

The taste features a surprisingly bright burst of bourbon up front, accompanied by roasted malt and an appreciable dose of earthy hops. Alcohol shows itself more than I'd prefer considering the ABV isn't exactly over-the-top. Warming reveals notes of vanilla and marshmallow, though the vanilla is surprisingly quavering considering the name. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation make for looser mouthfeel than I'd expect of an imperial stout.

If you've ever had to ask yourself how you can be sure a beer was aged in bourbon barrels, this is the answer. If Central Waters didn't use fresh, single-use bourbon barrels for this operation, color me surprised, as this borders on beer barrel-aged bourbon. Whether or not that's a good thing or a bad thing is for you to decide, but no one can argue they weren't decisive about it. I would have appreciated a more complex malt profile and bigger body, but it remains a drinkable stout that isn't shy about its barrel-aged character.

 1,175 characters

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpdKilz
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tylerstravis
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

 535 characters

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.

 159 characters

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.

 851 characters

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.

 377 characters

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.

 1,147 characters

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

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Bean Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 81 ratings