Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout (1-Year Aged) | Central Waters Brewing Co.

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout (1-Year Aged)Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout (1-Year Aged)
55 Ratings
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout (1-Year Aged)Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout (1-Year Aged)

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing beer. I've had numerous CW beers and been to the BP but this takes it all!

A: good, jet black color
S: phenomenal, treacle, burnt caramel, vanilla, amazing
T: the alcohol is there but the same nose sensations are in the taste, WOW
M: chewy, chocolaty, very nice
D: best all-around beer I've had in quite some time

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Photo of Bighuge
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black appearance. Thin brown head. The lace that is left behind struggles to maintain itself. Appropriate given the strength of this. This smells perfect. Like chocolate mousse aged in a bourbon barrel. The pefect blend of chocolate and bourbon and vanilla and nougat. The flavor is damn near perfect as well. Somewhere between exceptional and perfect, so still a 5 in my mind. All those great things I spoke of on the nose (chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, nougat) with an added sense of char, some caramel and some spicy alcohol. This is like a milkshake...Big Daddy style. Another marvel from the likes of Central Waters.

Gotta give some props to nflmvp for throwing me this Super Bowl Winning Touchdown!!

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Photo of Tim725
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lowbit
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of TheDTrain
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Who needs to spend $50 on a bottle of Bourbon County Stout rare...give the D Train a Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout! After being disappointed by cherry version, Andy from BeerFM recommended this one. From the thick midnight black pour to the punch you in the effen face bourbon blended with strong malts, coco, vanilla, and molasses, this brew is epic. The price tag makes it even better. One of the best stouts out there. Choo Choo!

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer can actually be described in one word:
The oak aromas hit you as soon as you crack the bottle.
Pitch black pour with a half finger of tan head that melts quickly to sticky lacing.
Aromas are definite oak, then subdued coffee and chocolate.
Let it warm to almost room temperature and the aromas are pure alcohol and bourbon.
Flavor is much more blended and smooth than the original.
LIght bourbon, dark cherries, coffee, deep dark chocolate, dark raisins.
Nice warmth of alcohol going down.
Very, very creamy, smooth, and thick mouthfeel.
Save this one for the last beer of the night. It's a wonderful dessert and anything afterwards would be a total letdown.
I love it when it works this way.
Second sampling of this fine brew and nothing has changed.
Love this sh***&^
Wonderfully crafted beer.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep brown, if not black with a very small tan swirl at the end of the pour.

S: Sweet malt with vanilla, caramel, and a very nice bourbon burn scent.

T: A great beer! It's a 5 for me for sure. It has all you'd want in a stout of this style! The creaminess is fantastic! It also has hints of chocolate, caramel, vanilla and the bourbon burn is there but a very appropriate level.

M: Smooth creamy tongue coating!

D: These could catch up to you, but worth it for a cold winter day!

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4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle courtesy of nflmvp - big thanks!

Dark brown, almost opaque. A bit of light comes through at the edges. This, and the final sip in the glass, showed as a clear mahogany color. Virtually no head, fairly still. Possible to stir up a small brown one. Some legs, may just be hard to see.

Aromas of dark fruits & bourbon. This is a different animal than it's younger cousin (BRBBS). Vanilla & oak are strong and come through early - they also keep increasing as the beer warms. Coffee (mild) and bittersweet chocolate show up a bit later. As the beer warmed, the bourbon & chocolate scents really picked up. A hint of soy sauce towards the end.

Taste started as bourbon with some coffee in it. Much more boozy than BRBBS. Alcohol/phenol flavors linger in the aftertaste. Bitter at finish, actually seemed more noticeable than in BRBBS, herbal and well mixed with roast notes (quite strong). Picked up raisins and dark cherries. Bittersweet chocolate. Taste, overall, seemed more bitter than sweet, which is the reverse of BRBBS.

Heavy & coating in feel. Viscous & chewy as it warms. Low to no carbonation. Dry. Alcohol warming profound and immediate.

Excellenter! I drank this next to the BRBBS, and they were both amazing, but this one wins out. A stout that demands respect. More boozy, with better integrated flavors and a better mouthfeel. What a great beer!

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Photo of Derek
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a hint of deep mohogany, tan head, some retention, nice lace.

S: The aroma is light, but very pleasant, like a freshly baked cake (brown sugar, vanilla), sherry, with underlying mocha, molases and wood.

T: Vanilla, coffee, demerara sugar, dark chocolate, slight dark fruit and roasted nut. Good bitterness; alcohol is dry and slightly warming.

M: The well-attenuated, moderate to full body is smooth, with some roasted acidity and a dry finish. Carbonation is on the lighter side of moderate.

D: Very enticing.

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Photo of nflmvp
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 24 ounce snifter, leaving a small head of smooth and creamy kahki foam, just covering the surface and fading to faint bubbles on the outside edge of the glass. Nearly pitch black in it's appearance, it just barely lets light through the edges.

Smell is very subtle and inviting. Molasses, caramel, chocolate, coffee and bourbon are all very tantilizing to the nose.

Taste follows similarly with molasses in the forefront. The bourbon is definitely there. Not as upfront as their regular BBS. It's more subdued but easily as dignified. Caramel and coffee make their appearance here, too. Alcohol is there too but very well hidden which I think makes this a dangerous beer to drink (in a good way ;-).

Mouth feel is smooth and moderate. Alcohol is hard to detect. Carbonation is light.

Drinkability is very high for such a big beer. I wish I could get some more of this one but sadly, only 6 cases were bottled for the grand opening. Luckily, I got about 1/4 of that myself :-p

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of djhowell
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of JonathanSuarez
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TATURBO
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Lahey
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This site claims that this beer is retired. I just purchased and am drinking a bottle of a batch that was set to age in 2016. The label has changed, but the name is the same.
The look and smell is what you'd expect. Black with a thin head and little lacing.
Bourbon coffee and chocolate in the smell.
The flavor is difficult to explain. Bourbon, coffee and chocolate all show up as expected. There is a bitterness to the coffee that keeps it from being too sweet, but adds a certain note i can't put my finger on.
To me, the mouth feel is a little thin, and slightly chalky. Not enough to ruin the beer, but could be smoother and chewier.
Overall its a decent bourbon aged stout. I would recommend getting a single to see if you like it, as there are so many competing stouts to compare and everyone has their own tastes.

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Photo of akorsak
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with nflmvp.

A: The bottle opened with dead calm. Even a somewhat vigorous pour was unable to shake up any signs of carbonation. As I look at the glass, a pool of bubbles in the center is the only sign that CO2 once inhabited the bottle. The stout is a dark coffee brown, nearly black.

S: The year of aging in the barrel has done wonders for the beer. The bourbon aromas remain strong, with vanilla and corn sweetness. The stout has softened up, taking on a chocolatey aroma that really mixes nicely with the bourbon.

T: The lack of carbonation has a negative impact on the body, removing the scrubbing, cleansing quality that the beer needs. The result is a fairly static taste. The good news is that that static taste is a heavenly blend of stout and bourbon. The bourbon flavor continues to impart a vanilla flavor but the alcoholic, boozy element has really faded away. That allows more of the stout to shine through, adding chocolate and coffee flavors to the mix. Black cherries and dark alefruits round out the flavors. The more I sip the beer, the more I don't miss the nonexistent carbonation.

M: Except for the carbonation issue, this beer is near perfect. I really hope that the one in my basement has held on a little better.

D: The abv is unknown but the beer is pretty heady. The booze is hidden but it can jump at you quickly. Even in its uncarbonated state, it is superior to most all bourbon barrel offerings in the market.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is Dark brown almost black with hues of orange and reddish brown as the light tries but can not pass through. The head must be with Elvis. This brew has little carbonation left after a full year in a barrel. A small brown ring and some suds on the side of the glass is all it can muster up.

Smell Ahh, What the barrel takith the Barrel givith back ten fold. I will gladly swap a little carbonation for the awesome aromas coming from this glass. Notes of vanilla are over powered by chocolate and espresso that is in turn eaten bay the bigger fish. Alcohol!

The tatste follows, lots of complex goodness from a fine Imperial Stout are worked up to an orgy of flavors by a barrel leached of all it's usefullness. Yes the brew got the better end of that short marriage. I love the Coffee and Chocolate flavors of the stout mixed with the barrel's extra velvety smooth alcohol and vanilla. For some reason this brew works so well and as it warms it really comes alive. Wait to drink this baby at room temp. You shall be rewarded handsomely.

The Mouthfeel is OK no, maybe even Good. Swish it around squeez out what carbonation you can, someit there, The body is still full.

The drinkability is great. Really this beer kicks, Literally and figuratively. I love this brew, respect this brew and Thank NFLMVP for thinking enough of me to send me this brew. Thanks Man you are the best. I will hoard a small personal cash but share some with those few with equaly high personal character.
Prosit Und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of maximum12
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyncognito for an in-person trade before the Great Taste of the Midwest. Never thought I'd have one of these since it's been retired a while, so very happy to snag two bottles. Salut!

It's black. Some head even after lying dormant for all this time. The smell is...good. Vanilla, barrel, dark fruits. Something indefinite too, that might be barrel funk, or something beginning to change in the bottle. Very good, & unique. Another point for that.

And the taste of this monster comes hard home through the same alleyways. The vanilla is ascendant, & not in a vanilla-additive kind of way. The bourbon is second-fiddle, toned down, I presume, by age. Smushed up cherries & raspberries are in the mix too, giving it that unique tint I noted in the nose. The malts of course make up the base, offering all this up on a sweet pillow.

It's smooth & silky after whatever aging it's gone through. This has to be high ABV - it feels like it's eating its way through my internal organs (in a good way). 6 oz. is enough for the moment, although if someone handed me another bottle I think I could choke it down.

My wife would like me to note that "she loves this shit" & would give it an A+.

Excellent beer. Another in a line of impressive brews from Central Waters.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge thank you to nflmvp for sending this wonderful, rare Imperial Stout my way. Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a large snifter. Served at 50°F. The small green sticker on the side of the bottle's label proclaiming "Aged in Oak One Year" is the only noticeable way (without opening the bottle) to discern this from their "normal" Bourbon Barrel Stout.

A - Opaque, very dark brown, almost black color with barely an eight of an inch of tan foam that disappeared within seconds. Only the slightest amount of lacing to speak of.

S - Aromas of bourbon are, obviously, most prevalent followed by dark molasses, raisins, vanilla, coconut, espresso, wood, and something I can only describe as buttery.

T - Wonderful notes of bourbon soaked oak, vanilla, and alcohol upfront leading to flavors of rich roasted coffee, dry, bittersweet bakers chocolate, and more mellow alcohol. The mocha aftertaste lasts for several minutes. Just enough to keep you satisfied between sips.

M - Rich and satisfying with a moderate to full body. The dry, bitter aftertaste fades away leaving a thin oily coating on the tongue. Carbonation if fairly minimal, but that's to be expected.

D - This beer got more complex as it warmed and with each sip, led me to crave another. I enjoyed this beer over the course of about an hour and a half. Given that fact, I consider this beer a sipper that is meant to be savored and I would love to have the opportunity to do so again.

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4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 Bottle received in the WW3 BIF

A - Pours a slightly thin black with dark brown highlights. Small head rises, leaves no lacing.

S - Vanilla, alcohol, oak, chocolate.

T - Bailey's irish cream chocolate shake. Oak backs it up, with a tinge of alcohol and little to no vanilla left.

M/D - A medium body with decent carbonation makes this glide over your tongue and leaves you going back for another taste.

I will seeking this out in the future.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thick dark brown liquid, essentially black with no light penetration what so ever. Rich deep, and thick chocolate colored lace then formed on the top of it

nice sweet milk chocolate, lactose, and a nice burnt caramel aroma. Very sweet, with hints of coffee throughout. Rich milk chocolate, molasses and vanilla hints were the first right out of the gate. Very sweet with lots of lactose sugar like flavors coming in, probably from the oatmeal. A slight warming on the back of the throat, but other then that there was literally no hint of the alcohol what so ever. Really a fine quality stout here. Nice dry touches in the finish capped it off well and left a long lingering sweet coffee like taste in the mouth. Very well done indeed.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout (1-Year Aged) from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 55 ratings
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