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

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout
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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dirtylou on 03-22-2007

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Ratings: 807 |  Reviews: 264
Photo of ManLoveBeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Scotchboy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2012 vintage from a stellar trading partner (thanks man) poured into a Jackie O's tulip.

A: Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with light showing through on the edges of the glass. The head was initially a good two fingers of tightly bubbled creamy light tan foam, but it fades relatively quickly; between the abv, bourbon barrels and cherries I would expect that.

S: Real nice; bourbon, caramel, oak are all prominent on the nose...faint bitterness from a roasted component, hints of vanilla and faint, faint cherry...really no alcohol to speak of except for a very slight bourbon booziness.

T: Cherry comes through more here as the beer warms, mixing with the bourbon, notes of caramel and vanilla...pleasant alcohol notes, no real burn though...definite sweetness, with a touch of tart cherry...hints of charred oak, burnt caramel, faint coffee, chocolate, and licorice.

MF: Fairly viscous medium mouthfeel, creamy, light carbonation, dry body.

O: I liked this one a lot, enjoyable and unique..definitely has Central Waters signature BA profile, with a unique cherry component that blends well and isn't off-putting.

Thanks Aaron!

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Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of maDUECEgunner
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of srgj88
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of RKing44
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Hendrick24
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of J_Mueller
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fabiand
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nrbw23
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark reddish brown color with a tannish colored head. The head is fizzy and gone in a flash. Just a tiny bit of bubbles around the edge of the brew and no lacing at all.

S- Smell is a nice light bourbon, wood, vanilla,
a bit of cherry. Maybe a bit of plum too.

T- The cherry makes itself known and is not over powering at all. A good mix between the cherry and bourbon. Good amount of sweetness, vanilla, and some brown sugar. A touch of roasted malts, hint of chocolate, and wood.

M- On the lighter side of medium for sure in body almost a bit watery and quite a bit of carbonation too.

O- This one exceded my expectations and is a very solid brew. Quite a bit going on here, complex, but easy to drink.

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Photo of jakemn91
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Camel242000
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alpinebryant
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened first out of a group of Central Waters barrel aged brews.

Pours a healthy tan head later settling to slightly funky looking lacing.

Smell is fantastic although slightly funky tasting. I would say in the next year or so this one is going to change for the worst. If you have it, drink it now... Sour cherry aroma with bourbon and cocoa. Chocolate malt most prominent in the nose.

Taste of sour cherries, slightly tart sour barrel funk with bourbon barrel aging, oak and plenty of whiskey to boot! I love bourbon, and this comes in on the light side of some of the others I have had. On the Goose Island BCS scale, this is about 1/5 of the bourbon flavor. Cherry is prominent and a very nice addition. The beer is rounded out nicely with all of these different flavors, none of them really dominating over the cherry taste.

Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation. Very enjoyable and goes down easily

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz bottle as an extra in a trade with kestrel. Poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours deep mahogany with a 2 inch tan head, good retention, with some lacing in its tracks. Aroma is mellow overall - mostly tart cherries, some dark chocolate, plumb, barrel and faint vanilla notes. Flavor is thankfully much more bold than the aroma - sweet chocolate and toasted malt up front, followed by fresh sour cherries - tanic and bold, vanilla notes from the barrel, and dried fig and plumb on the finish - some heat on the finish as well but not over the top - great balance. Mouthfeel leaves something to be desired - on the lighter side of medium-bodied, thin for the style actually, carbonation is on point and the finish is dry.

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Photo of younger35
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a bottle of this from and Bells Big Head from hoppymeal at Dark Lord Day on a very random meeting. This is my first Central Waters brew and I look forward to the opportunity. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours pitch black with a fairly decent one finger head that doesn't ever fade. The cap and collar on this beer is frothy and nice (much like a fresh cappuccino) and the lacing is quite thick.
Smell- Very dark and rich this thing is full of big bourbon goodness. Fairly woody along with the alcohol vapors and full of sweet caramel goodness. A bit of vanilla makes its way in as well accentuating the woodiness. A bit of chocolate is slightly detectable in the background along with some dark luscious fruits. Big nose but devoid of any cherry!
Taste- Ah the cherries! Starts with a slightly sweet dark caramel bite that slowly gives way to the tartness of the cherries. They definitely aren't overpowering but they add a very natural tartness that doesn't have that weird fake aftertaste. Semi chocolaty with a gritty bittersweet taste that is pretty nice. The bourbon doesn't really make a presence until the end and it seems to linger for days along with the smooth vanilla aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Nice medium to large body with a light prickly carbonation that is dead on.
Drinkability- Overall this is a pretty damn tasty stout. There's a lot going on in my glass right now but nothing is over the top. The cherry is very nice and actually welcomed in this stout. The bourbon isn't over the top and adds a nice finish that is fairly unexpected after this tartness of the cherries. Big thanks to Derick for the opportunity!

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Photo of TheBeer
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

after a year on it, still way better than the reg bbs. this beer is about a 3.9, good but not truly interesting or full-flavored enough to be satisfying. penultimate bottle of the 2010 touched off an unfortunate night of indulgence in an attempt to satisfy a desire awakened by the cherry stout but never quenched.

cw bbs and cherry bbs, back to back

a 4 both are quite black and look about the same. not much head or lacing, but that will be forgiven i guess due to the barrel aging and abv.

s 4.5 sweet bourbon dominates the nose of the bbs, but it is not nearly as aggressive of my memories of the bbb. the roasted barley is far in the background, just where i prefer it to be. this isn't the most complex nose i could imagine, but it is wonderful and inviting nonetheless. the bourbon is less noticeable in the aroma of the cherry bbs, in which the tart cherries are clearly present. the cherry has a somewhat more subdued nose overall, yet it's still quite pleasant (4-4.5)

t 4.5 whoa this is smooth! not nearly the challenge to drink that I half-anticipated. indeed, this is shockingly smooth and quaffable. the alcohol is present only by way of the delicious bourbon, with the malts playing a supporting role. no hops detected. the cherry bbs offer less bourbon for the palate and an impression that i am sucking down cherry pie while drinking the bbs. these are both excellent beers. amazingly, the bourbon was so friendly and easygoing in the bbs it seemed to be teasing me to add a splash of good bourbon to kick it up a notch, which i did--outstanding.

m 3.5-4 the mouthfeel is thinner than expected (same for both), but it doesn't prevent me from loving the beers. the carbonation level is relatively low and doesn't contribute significantly to the mouthfeel. the cherry bbs adds enough tartness to the sensation of the beer to perhaps bump the mouthfeel up to good.

d 6 (ok 5) these beers are shockingly drinkable, shockingly hard to sip rather than gulp, shockingly friendly and approachable. in a word, dangerous. i'd better only open either of these when i'm feeling particularly self-disciplined, or when there's only one left. just bought the bourbon county for comparison, and my curiousity is escalating out of control. despite the hype that for a while basically turned me off from buying barrel aged beers, is bourbon barrel aging simply the best thing that's ever happened to beer? is there a way to get all our daily fluids in a bourbon aged format?

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Photo of veachster
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very deep red almost a dark brown with a tan head that recedes quickly with no retention.

S - A scent of cherry mixed with oak. I picked up a slight alcohol scent as well.

T - Heavy on the bourbon side with a little bit of sweet cherry. You can almost taste the oak. It's very good. Boubon, oak alcoholish aftertaste.

M - It sits as a medium bodied brew. Goes down smooth with an alcohol bite.

D - It's very good and I would love to have another by itself; and I more than likely will, this could be served to family and friends during the holidays. I would not; however, be drinking one after another at a party or other event. Not only would you be trashed, you would probably gain heart burn quickly... unless you are of the bourbon type.

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Photo of OnWisconsin
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

For some reason this beer is incredible father two years on it. At least the 2012 version was!

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Photo of Brewding_n_deep
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A nice beer, but not what I was hoping it would be. Bought a 4-pack and have spaced them out over the last 8 months.

Look: Dark with some redness to it, looks a bit like a flat cherry coke.
Smell: Booze (big surprise) a malt extract kind of smell, roasted but nothing special.
Taste: it's a Bourbon Stout, you figure it out... Now, having made a milk stout with the same strain of cherries (former Wisconsinite) I know their flavor, and I felt like they went overboard, but they're the pro's. It brings a nice non-hop (but hop adjacent) flavor, which is what makes stouts so fun.
Feel: Think flat soda... found myself wishing it had thickness, would've really helped the beer.

Nice beer, but I won't be chasing after it again.

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Photo of corby112
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 2010 vintage courtesy of boatshoes. Thanks again Fletcher!

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a thin fizzy light beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Roasted malt aroma with a prominent barrel character and boozy sweetness. Lots of bourbon and toasted oak in the nose but the cherry presence is a bit overpowered. The oak character compliment the deep roasted malts pretty well. Hints of dark chocolate, toast, coffee bean, oatmeal and some vanilla.

Medium bodied with a decent balance of roasted malt, vinous dark fruit, sweet booze and earthy barrel character. Sweet booziness up front with lots of bourbon yet there is little to no heat. The ABV is excellently masked with only faint warmth in the finish. Dry toasted oak presence blends well with the roasted dark malt notes. Hints of bitter dark chocolate, coffee bean and toast. The cherry is more prominent than in the nose, adding a vinous dark fruit character that contributes to the complexity of the beer. I can see how some might think that the cherry is too sweet but I found that it improves the beer's flavor.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into CCB Snifter

Pours a copper brown, but settles near black. Pours a small amount of fizzy light beige head that fades down fast.

Aroma: The nose seems a bit muted. It has light notes of cherry , oak, chocolate. Not very much here. Not really a big bourbon flavor either.

Taste: Roasted malts with fresh tart cherries up front. The bourbon shows here actually and it is lightly warming. It follows with some oak flavors and then chocolate. Ends with some alcohol showing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and lightly tart. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with cherry flavors.

Overall, this is a decent ba cherry stout. The cherries used are really nice and give it a nice tartness to it, but the bourbon flavors aren't as good as I was hoping they would be. They are light in my opinion. I still like this one and think it is fairly drinkable.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown bordering on black. Almost completely opaque with just a hint of brown around the edges. There is a light tan head of half a finger which fades to a ring of foam.

S: The first whiff I get is all tart cherries. This is followed quickly by a light bourbon scent and some dark, chocolate malt.

T: The cherry flavor is similar in the flavor as the aroma but slightly more subdued and complex. The bourbon flavor is more noticeable but blends well. The fruit flavor develops with a little bit of raisin and maybe plum. There is some sweet vanilla to accompany this. Overall the flavor is very sweet with just a few notes of bitterness, mostly from the bourbon. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Moderate body for an imperial stout. Carbonation is minimal. Just a little bit sticky.

O: Interesting but not fantastic. The regular bourbon barrel stout is better but this is a fun take. The cherry flavor is a nice touch, very noticeable but not overwhelming.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 70.3% out of 100 with 807 ratings
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