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

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted alongside the regular BBS.

Pours black, but without the creamy foam of it's younger counterpart. Thin skim of larger bubbles that quickly dissipates.

Oaky woodiness, with a tartness in the aroma. More subdued than the BBS, but nice for an oak-aged stout. Very vague bourbon at the edges that amplifies as it warms.

Taste is bigger, roasty and boozy with bourbon notes, and rich molasses. However, the ABV is well-masked. Bourbon comes out more as it warms, with layered notes of vanilla, oak, and char. Bittersweet bakers chocolate with a dry, oaky aftertaste. This stout is worthy of the imperial distinction, solely by it's volume and bold character. Velvety mouthfeel that envelops the palate. Approaching BCS in density, but falls short by 20% or so. A sublime sipper of a bourbon stout...

Huge thanks to thefatkid13 who provided this in a trade...

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of Derek
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
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 TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of akorsak
4.44/5  rDev +4%
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 Jwale73
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing this rare treat from his trip to WI. Served in my DT tulip. Poured black with zero light penetration with a quarter inch dense, coffee-colored head that dissipates into a swirl that coalesced in the middle and around the edges. Head was refreshed with each swirl - some lacing, but no legs. Intense nose consisted of bourbon, vanilla and butter. Taste entirely consistent with nose with a mild hops bittering detectable at the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and lightly carbonated. This brew is a great sipper and 6 Oz. serving was extremely decadent and satisfying. Definitely plan on seeking more out from this brewery.

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Photo of maximum12
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Bighuge
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
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 Viggo
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for this sample, followed the Cherry RIS with this one. Reviewed 4/20/07.

Pours opaque black/brown, thick tannish head, settles to a thin ring, lace spots. Smell is sweet, vanilla/bourbon, oak, chocolate, toffee, nice roast, nice aroma. Taste is similar, sweet and malty, nice vanilla bourbon flavour through the middle, lots of vanilla and chocolate roast in the finish, very nice finish on this one. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Nice beer indeed, enjoyed much more than the cherry version. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of M_chav
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dheldman
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Overlord
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Grynder33 for the generosity.

This is my first experience with this brewery. Some big, bold bourbon flavors here. I have to disagree with the reviewers who claim they blend well or are attenuated with other tastes; this is a bourbon tasting beer, period. Not that there is anything wrong with that, mind you.

Pours a solid stout looking black. No real head, just some minimal bubbling and a dark tan crust. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin.

Smells like bourbon. The taste is (wait for it) ... mostly bourbon. There's some coffee and chocolate notes ... maybe a hint of molasses/roasted sweetness. But not much.

A good beer, but a sipper for when you're in the mood. Just a bit too one-note and boozy for me.

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Photo of mcallister
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

What a stout looks like and not much more. Missing black by a few points, a very dark chocolate color. Hard pour results in nay a head and what is there doesn't want to stick around and get to know you.

The nose on the other hand is very nice if not different. A very sweet toasted vanilla oak aroma leads into hints of bourbon. Milk chocolate and thick caramel with hints of toffee. Bits of cassis and other black fruits. Lacks a roasty stout like aroma you would expect but it's made up for with the sweet barrel aging aromas.

Quite the tasty beer here. Does lack some depth and complexity, but definitely not lacking in big alcohol explosiveness. Alcohol evaporates quickly on the palate and follows through too a good long burn in the throat and chest. Slightly thin, lacking viscosity. Cassis and black cherry with a black currant laced mid palate. Very toasty and full of vanilla with a hint of what seems to be a peat type smoke. Milk chocolate with honey comb and toffee and bits of marshmallow are lead into a bourbony finish.

I enjoy this beer, except for the watery thin mouthfeel and the prolonged alcohol burning in the chest. The regular BBS I think is head and shoulders above this one.

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Photo of grub
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one as a bonus in a trade with nflmvp. thanks steve!

12oz bottle. sampled may 20/07.

pours deep brown, nearly black, with a big dense tan head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves a sheet of lace behind.

aroma is great. lots of vanilla and bourbon. bit of roast. dark chocolate. espresso. bit of caramel.

taste is great. lots of vanilla. bourbon. light roast. dark chocolate. low bitterness. big biscuit malt. bit of licorice. caramel and toffee. bit of cherry and date.

mouthfeel is good. med-low carbonation. nice big body.

drinkability is great. hides its alcohol quite well. very well balanced and enjoyable. thanks steve!

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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
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 jegross2
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jacewg
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to nflmvp for this one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Would have liked to have this in a snifter but I only brought my travel pinty with me. Very dark with some black cherry highlights. Tan head. A little bit of the yeast and sediment in the bottom of the bottle came out and landed on top of the foamy head and looks like a cinnamon topping on a cup of hot chocolate.

The aroma was a bit disappointing. I was hoping for that in your face bourbon barrel aroma but I did not get that. Slight metallic aromas. Bourbon and vanilla. Sweet toffee butterscotch.

Great broubon flavor. Plenty of vanilla and chocolate as well. Kind of a sweet, caramel, milk chocolate flavor. Almost like a Milk Dud or Caramello candy bar. Those are my favorite, by the way.

Medium to full bodied with a sweet, sticky finish. Slightly dry as well, if that is possible. As far as bourbon barrel aged beers go, this was an easy sipper. Warming to the cheeks and ears.

I was a newbie to the bourbon stuff about three months ago but every bottle grows on me and I am beginning to really dig these beers. Thanks again nflmvp.

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Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout (1-Year Aged) from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.27 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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