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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

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dirtylou on 03-22-2007

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Photo of bertram
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mobius387
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage

appearance: dark brown with a small sudsy brown head

aroma: hints of chocolate, bourbon, and cherry, but i cant help but think it smells a bit like socks? maybe im making that up, but either way, very light nose for a BA beer

palate: very light and smooth, nice finish

taste: strong cherries hit the tongue first, but not overly sweet. some mild chocolate/stouty flavors, then at the end you get the bourbon flavors. nice robust flavor profile

overall: a very good beer, but not the best of CW bourbon barrel line. still, definitely worth a pick up. very smooth, pretty tasty, and not the big bodied beer its brothers (BBS and BBBW) are. thanks again CW for another great offering!

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Photo of wyatt13
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Only scored one bottle of this. I've really enjoyed the other Central Waters barrel-aged offerings this year, so I'm excited to give this one a go. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Half Acre snifter.

A - Black as night, with maybe the tiniest hint of red, although that very well could be my mind playing tricks on me. Tiny off-white head that quickly fizzles into obscurity.

S - Good amounts of vanilla right away, with tart cherries & bitter chocolate providing depth.

T - A sustained tart cherry is present throughout, always on top of the vanilla, chocolate & bourbon components. This is pretty unbalanced for my tastes, I wish the cherry was incorporated more subtly.

M - As seems to be true of most of Central Waters BA offerings, a rather thin mouthfeel. Also, lots of carbonation, which is a little puzzling for me in this style of beer.

O - I'm sad to say that this is my least favorite of Central Waters barrel-aged lineup. Certainly not a bad beer, but I hope they tweak the recipe, because this one has some untapped potential.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nflmvp for this bottle.

a - pours nearly black with a one-finger cappuccino colored head, retention around the edges, modest lacing

s - dark chocolate covered cherries with strong notes of bourbon, oak and vanilla, very nice

t - bittersweet chocolate and sweet cherries up front, mid-palate is a bit hollow with some vanilla and oak, finish is more vanilla and a bit of tart cherry, not much bourbon evident on the palate, mid-palate and finish disappear a bit, which is a bit disappointing

m - medium-to-full bodied, low carbonation, fairly dry on the finish

d - not overly drinkable, though it is quite balanced and is not overwhelmed by the cherries or the bourbon

Decent beer overall. Well balanced and interesting with the addition of the cherry. Well worth seeking a bottle out.

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3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 bottling courtesy of ScreamForMe - thanks!

A: Dark brown with some light beige hues, a little too light for me for an Imperial Stout. A bubbly and thin off-white head dissipates rather quickly and doesn't leave any impressive lacing.

S: Bourbon whiskey notes are overwhelming initially. I had to pull my nose away from the glass, recuperate and try again. The second whiff is much more mellowed but the initial shock of all that bourbon just wasn't too inviting. Further notes of cherry, oak wood and smoke come through.

T: The first wash over the palate is, again, tons of bourbon flavor. It's not too overpowering but if you don't like the taste of bourbon, you won't like this beer. Some cherries come into play then after the bourbon dries up. Further sips and as it warms, loads of tart cherries become the focus of this beer with the bourbon being a nice accent instead of the centerpiece. Surprisingly, this turns into an absolutely delicious tasting beer. Don't let the first sip deter you as subsequent bring a wonderfully balanced and unique flavor profile.

M: Bubbly and carbonated, a bit more than I would like but still quite nice. A little thin for the style -- I want that big, thick and chewy mouth feel for something touted an Imperial Stout - something this is lacking.

A good attempt at a fruit-infused bourbon barrel Imperial Stout. The taste is spot-on but the body, appearance and aroma could use an overhaul. A little more refining in the aging process and this could be a top contender for a fruit-barrel aged beer.

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3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011~poured into a tulip
Thanks to madtowndmb1 for this one!

Appearance- Pours a murky brown color with a bubbly one finger tan head. Thought this would be much darker. A little lace.

Smell- Caramel, vanilla, oak. Chocolate. There is cherry as well, but doesn't stand out much.

Taste- Chocolate up front, with some very light roasted malts. Leading into the bourbon notes, caramel, vanilla, a bit of oak, bourbon not as predominate as on the nose. Cherry pops up towards the finish, ever so slightly tart. Lingering cocoa and light cherry on the finish.

Mouthfeel- medium body, lower carbonation. Not sure on the ABV's, it feels around 8%.

Overall- The flavor is pleasant, just not as in-your-face as you would expect. A nice beer overall that becomes much more flavorful as it warms.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pour: Dark brown, almost black body with two fingers of creamy tan head. Some lacing, but not a ton, and the head recedes to a nice rim.

Smell: Overripe cherries burst from the glass during the pour. Lots of bourbon vanilla and a light roasted malt profile. Some cherry twang, but not a ton.

Taste: Sticky malts up front, and some hot bourbon. Boozy, but not much barrel. Overripe cherries that take a slight medicinal astringency., unfortunately. Roasted malts and a lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty sticky. A splashy mouthfeel. A little bit of astringency from the cherries. This becomes greater as it warm.

Overall: Okay, but not great. I wouldn't buy this again.

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3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a bark brown color with a small head that forms a rim around the sides of my snifter

S - the aroma is almost a seamless blend of chocolate infused cherries with hints of vanilla

T - the taste is sweet chocolaty cherries that become more tart as they 1. slide down the palate and 2. warm up. Chocolate becomes more prominent on the back end of the beer. Ends with a slight oaky bitterness with a modicum of vanilla and cherries. The bourbon makes a very late and pretty subdued entry on the finish and exhale. Leaves dry with cherries and chocolate coating the mouth. Solid stuff!

M - medium body and a little slick; finishes dry

D - this is a solid American Double. I really love the concept of a bourbon barrel cherry stout as that combines some of my favorite fruits and spirits in my favorite beverage. The cherries were definitely there, however I think the bourbon was really faded - not to say that this was a product of aging because I don't think 9 - 10 months would make the bourbon all but disappear. I'll have to try to grab a fresh one this year and see if it makes a difference. Other than than, really good beer here!

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3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lupercmda
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GregSVT
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip - 2011 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy light brown with a small tan head that fades to a ring and leaves some small bits of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is almost identical to the regular bourbon barrel stout but with a touch of cherry in the background.

T: The taste is much different from the bourbon barrel stout. It has all the basic flavors from that one like caramel, vanilla, and toffee as well as a tart dark cherry flavor. The cherry flavor is almost overpowering and makes it tough to pick out the other flavors.

M: The feel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: This was an interesting beer but not something I'd be drinking all the time. I thought the cherry in the taste was a bit excessive. I'd like to see it more like BBQ where it integrates a little better with the base beer. Still worth a try if you've not had it though.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, you can almost see through this beer in the light. Not much head develops, just a wispy thin ring of foam. Mild aroma of tangy cherries, chocolate, and if you get a bit deeper some vinous notes with alcohol fume. I only wish the nose were a bit more potent. I let it sit a few minutes and taking another whiff I get the cherry smell more predominantly. It has a character very similar to Flanders Red.

Acidic cherry flavor with chocolate malt notes underneath. Finishes with some vanilla sweetness and increasing alcohol flavor, not overpowering but warming as it goes down. The mouthfeel is not real thick but is slightly syrupy. The carbonation provides a nice tingle which is more than anticipated.

Cherry and Stout don't always seem to mix together perfectly for me, but this beer is certainly worth a try. The key here is that the usually heavy stout notes are held in check and the focus stays on the cherries with that touch of bourbon. Overall a success.

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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bighuge
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pitch black. The brown head that is erected fizzes away quickly. Leaves a collar of brown froth that laces sporadically as I drink. Aroma is tart cherry blended with chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor has a little complexity to it, but the tart cherry is the over-riding flavor. Not that that's a bad thing in a "cherry" stout. As for the bourbon character, it's hard to isolate. I get a little alcohol taste, but not bourbon, per se. The stout qualities are evident through chocolate and roasted malts. The body is medium at best, which is weak for an imperial stout. Gives a good impression of a chocolate covered cherry sensation, with the tartness over-riding the sweet and rich qualities. This is pretty good, just nothing special, which I've become accustomed to from Central Waters.

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 816 ratings
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