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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout
BA SCORE
3.84/5
Very Good
815 Ratings
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by dirtylou on 03-22-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,131
Reviews:
267
Ratings:
815
pDev:
11.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
143
Gots:
210
Trade:
29
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Photo of spahlstrom
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, opaque brown with a minimal tan head.
Aroma is chocolate, roasted grain, fresh cherries and a touch of vanilla.
Tastes amazing. Cherry tartness with dark chocolate, hints of roast coffee, booze and vanilla.
Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and perhaps, a touch thin.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry is subtle and comes through on the finish. As always the bourbon barrel notes with oak and vanilla are bold and up front. Another solid addition to the Brewers Reserve line-up.

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Photo of FBarber
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pouring very dark red, but filling to almost black, this has a thick khaki foam that dies to a bubbly collar.

Smell is is slightly spiced bing and dark cherry with roasted coffee and nutty chocolate with a light, wet woodiness. There's only a hint of bourbon here.

Taste is woody and slightly sour of cherry, which, in a way, seems to make it finish thinner. In the middle there's a light smoke that brings to mind roast beef, with juicy dark cherry in the background.

Medium bodied, this has a bubbly carbonation with a semi-wet tingle. It's easy drinking, but it also kind of muddled and savory. Blah.

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Photo of npachl
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenBayBA
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dharmelink
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xtonytx
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MNAle
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 Strong bourbon aroma with just the faintest hints of fruit. Almost completely opaque with a deep, dark red tone. Tan head recedes quickly to a bubbly ring with a center circle cap. Smokey taste. Lots of bourbon there as well. The cherry starts to come through as the beer warms a bit. Boozy alcohol warming the throat in the aftertaste. Smooth tasting with some tartness / bittering in the middle and aftertaste.

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Photo of Dovers
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vidblain
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I drank this side by side with the recent New Glarus Cherry Stout release - and while I'm typically a critic of how thin the Central Waters beers are, the NG release just doesn't even compare. The depth and complexity of the Central Waters Cherry is just leaps and bounds ahead of the New Glarus beer, which tastes far more like a cherry ale than a stout.

I'm not generally a fan of fruited stouts - but I do very much like this one. The nose is fantastic, and it tastes like a chocolate-covered cherry (note: the chocolate is subtle). What a delicious beer.

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Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blackop555
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is pretty far from a stout in my opinion. The bourbon charecteristics are nice, but that's it. Think of frootwood this is that but more tart

Pours dark reddish-brown. Foamy, medium, tan head that is short lived.

Smells bourbon and cherry with hints of caramel malt.

Tastes tart cherry and light bourbon. Malts and other flavors fight to show up. Hints of caramel. Finish is dry with a tart cherry and oaky linger. Lighter medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OompaMentor
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into glass. Dark color with modest head. Cherry notes rise from the glass! Well balanced with the malts; not to tart on the palate. 6/3/17

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Feldpausch
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jamison85
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/5/16; drank 5/13/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small tan head; minimal lace.

Montmorency cherry, brown sugar & faint autumn leaf notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Mildly tart cherry & brown sugar flavors up front; a prickly bite settled on my lips on the finish.

As this warmed, a very faint booze heat emerged. Easy to enjoy & not overly challenging, this is a nice summer sipper of an barrel aged, imperial stout.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 815 ratings
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