Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
4.46 | pDev: 5.61%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: This beer is an expression of hard work, determination, gratitude, and love. A celebration of our 20th year. A careful blend of several barrel-aged stouts each aged a minimum of two years. Cheers to 20 more!
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crobinso from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

there are some big chocolate, licorice, charred wood, raisin notes. the chocolate reads as bakers chocolate or fudge depending on where it is on the palate. oak comes through more as it warms. bourbon is a bit spicy.

Mar 14, 2021
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aleigator from Germany

3.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Central Waters Twenty Years

Pours pitch black with a decent sized, stable beige head.

Smells of licorice, toasted coconut and red berries among chocolaty coffee. Brings a nice spicy whiff to the nose among old wood and smoky, sweet toffee.

Drinks smooth and oily, showcasing the decadent, rich body of this in a perfectly balanced way.

Tastes of a warming, honey covered bourbon presence, coated by milk chocolate and additional coconut. Inherits a rock sugar and licorice, together with calming whipped cream, vanilla bean and bakers chocolate. Has a praliné finish, featuring warming, dry Bourbon and complimenting, earthy coffee, chocolate and oak.

Complex and playfully balanced beer, evoking new flavors with each sip, since it is impossible to drink this.

Sep 06, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid black with a creamy, bubbly tan head.

Toasty semi-bitter cacao glides into silky chocolate met by an assertively spicy Maker's-like bourbon.

The smooth, medium-thick body comes to a semi-dry finish which brings out nutty pie crust and toffee on the swallow and exhale.

Damn I love their anniversary beers.

Nov 25, 2019
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours medium thickness, pitch black with no head
S: fudge and bourbon. Sweet and boozy. Yum
T: just like the nose..yum. Very delicious
F: medium thickness, coating and smooth
O: great beer and vastly under hyped

Jun 23, 2019
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle. Black body. Smells of chocolate, bourbon, and lots of oak. Taste is surprising. Nutty malts and licorice. Then comes the chocolate and bourbon. Very oaky. Not too heavy. Pretty good.

Jun 19, 2019
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Thirstygoat from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Last Saturday I drank a 18. It was good but the wood seemed to scratch against my throat.

This coats the throat with a trace of bourbon, Smells great and ticks all the boxes for a top tier BBA Stout
absolutely Delicious!

Jan 27, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let this one warm up! The best aspects of this one are the various subtle flavors of tobacco, leather, oak, soil, vanilla, and coffee. They pair perfectly with the big fudge, licorice, charred wood, raisin, and booze. Great depth in taste! The body is thick and heavy, not smooth but powerful

Dec 20, 2018
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with just a small tan fresh ring. Smell is dark fruit,wood,bourbon,notes of coffee and fudge. Taste has a batter rich combination of fudge,bourbon,cocoa, and coffee , some vanilla and char layers of flavors as it warms. Mouth feel. Very smooth mouth feel but rich with oak and whiskey,chocolate, some alcohol heat just a deliht to savor.

Sep 14, 2018
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. capped bottle into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is brownie, fudge, chocolate and molasses. Syrupy, rich and velvety. Really smooth with just a touch of booze. Beer opens chocolate, fudge, espresso, brownie batter and molasses. A touch of roasted malt coarseness in the middle behind waves of more chocolate and fudge. End is espresso powder and coffee grinds. Delicious. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Chewy on the palate and goes down a touch coarse with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. A little thin and a little rough.

Good, not great. This is a good beer but not one of their better anniversary offerings.

Apr 20, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

another awesome anniversary stout from central waters. im not sure how different this one is, or any of them really are from one another, but im also not sure i care. this one is apparently two years in bourbon barrels, and its as rich and heavy and decadent as any of them that i can remember. it sure would be fun to line all these up and drink them in one session to really appreciate the nuances of each, but in isolation this one is pretty special. huge vanilla notes on the nose from the bourbon, somewhat less sweet than i remember others being, a product of its maturity and of the enormous dark roasted barley complexion that its all built on, nutty and dense and almost burnt tasting, charred and awesome with all the whiskey in here. hints of maple and molasses and chocolate covered raisin, some middle sweetness and some coffee roast as well, smooth and substantial going down with an alcohol glow but not a burn. its sticky on the palate but not from sugar just from how much body it has. some cool tobacco and dried fruitiness on the swallow too, toasted marshmallow, oak. awesome stuff, obviously something very special. central waters does these barrel aged stouts as well as anyone out there!

Apr 14, 2018
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

All of the CW Anniversary beers are outstanding. But as I've mentioned before, they all run together after awhile and I can't truly remember what I thought of each of them fresh. This one to me was just a tick behind the others as I thought it lacked the bold nose and flavor that the others did. I did have it after a long weekend of drinking though. So my pallette may have been fatigued. I will revisit this after it has some age on it.

Mar 31, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a touch darker and thicker than the standard CW BBA Stout, with a half-finger of cocoa-dusted head with moderate retention and a spot of lacing--nice legs when swirled. Compared to the excellent BBA Stout, this still has a load of layered, subtle complexities to it. Slight vinous notes, mild coffee roast, significant bourbon and barrel character. Moderately full body and a rich finish accented by bourbon spice. Gorgeous.

Mar 03, 2018
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mschrei from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sent @beermanben a 2013 BCBS and he sent this. Dark, frothy lacing. Smell is strong roast malt with Barrel underneath. Taste is malt, oak, slight jammy flavor, mild coffee bitterness and vanilla sweetness with a little smokiness underneath. Very mild feel for a barrel aged even though there's a definite alcohol presence, super smooth, extremely well balanced. Superb beer. Glad I sent out something great to get something great back!

Feb 26, 2018
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally popping a bottle open after nearly drowning in this stuff during the Anniversary Party. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is black, & matches the label which, despite inexplicable complaining, I find minimalist & tasteful. Smells like fudge dipped in milk chocolate that some wag dropped a shot of bourbon in. Just as good as I recall.

Central Waters XX is Cylon Number Six fantastic. Whiskey seems a touch more prominent than past years without being overly aggressive, but suffuses the palate & makes the gonads smile. Then comes the rest of the nose: fudge, chocolate, cocoa nibs, & every other permutation that makes this Kit Kat/Peppermint Patty/Three Musketeers junky so happy. Plenty of lactose & a touch of roast that lends a lovely jab of bitterness right at the end. Thicker than your typical CW offering; I could have taken this whole bomber myself. And with several still in the cellar, I will, eventually. That’ll be fun!

Bloody excellent & a whisker away from joining the elite. Central Waters rarely disappoints & continues to prove they have one of the best barrel programs in the world. Salut!

Feb 25, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle of XX. Served in a Central Waters snifter and the entire bottle was enjoyed throughout the course of a single evening. And it was a very nice evening indeed. Pours a dark black body, slight cola brown hue, one finger light mocha head. Fair retention, thick sheets of lacing on on the drinking side collar. Smell is oak and slightly smoky whiskey, dark chocolate fudge and cocoa, a bit of milk chocolate, light earth. It's not overly complex on the nose, but it's well-integrated and there is plenty of barrel presence without too much obvious heat. Flavour is an impressive fudgy dark chocolate and bitter cocoa, with a touch of sweeter milk chocolate lingering in the background, touch of brown sugar, fair bit of earthy bitterness. That slows down the roll, and allows me to enjoy this over the course of the evening. Mouthfeel is medium fuller bodied, good carbonation, smooth and creamy yet substantial body, light earthy cocoa bitterness on the finish. Not much in way of heat, but it's definitely a big boy that deserves to be savored over the course of an evening. In a way, it's nice not to have to share this bottle with anyone...

Feb 24, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

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

Tremendously chocolate-y, quite sweet, very subtle alcohol presence. This was aged for exactly the right amount of time - well done, Central Waters.

I've thus far had the pleasure of drinking Eighteen, Nineteen and Twenty - I believe Eighteen is my favorite of the three, but Twenty is just barely second place.

Feb 04, 2018
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