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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, wood, and slight cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, bourbon, and vanilla flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a subtle cherry presence that is really only noticeable in the smell at this point.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a cool concept, a huge barrel aged stout with cherries in it. as expected, being central waters and all, its outstanding. the cherry is pretty powerful in here, i was surprised to see the sweet and tart dark ripe cherry juice element show through such a robust base beer, the stout beneath it is obviously enormous. especially with the bourbon barrel, which adds a ton of char to an already bitter dark full bodied base, and a hint of vanilla that really brings the cherry to life, the balance and depth of flavor here is pretty astounding. its not too much bourbon, some of their other big beers lose their identities a little bit to the barrel, but not here. the cherry keeps up with the other big flavors without adding hardly any sweetness, almost more of a tang from it really, cuts the richness at just the right instance. tons of body and nice and smooth, but it needs more bubbles to keep it moving, this one stagnates a little on the feel for me, gets too heavy and the booze comes out when it warms up even a little bit. overall though an incredibly complex beer, great use of fruit in a dark brew, and very much as good as any of the other huge barrel aged beers these guys put out. enjoyed on draft, but i would love to try it from the bottle as well.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Knapp85
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a cola like black color with a tan head that has no retention or lacing was basically nowhere. The smell of beer is a bit medicinal, cherry and some additional sweetness. The taste of the beer isn't really the greatest, artificial cherry flavors some vanilla and roasted malts. Just didn't really feel the flavors I was hoping for. The mouthfeel is soda-like, light bodied with a sharp carbonation. Overall I had much higher hopes for this beer. Wasn't impressed.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of oline73
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with some light coming through it. There is a finger of light tan head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Peppery bourbon and oak hit your nose up front. There is some smooth roast and a mild sweetness as well. Only getting a very faint cherry note.

Taste: You can pick up the cherries here, but they still don't dominate. This is a good use of cherries in a beer. The peppery oak and bourbon show up here as well. I never would have guessed the abv is as high as it is listed.

Mouthfeel: The body is really thin given the style. Smooth, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I can't say that I loved this beer. The bourbon and cherries were nice, but it just didn't come together for me.

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3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color but I was unable to get much of a head and what little appeared, quickly disappeared

Smell: Intriguing blend of chocolate fudge, tart cherry and Bourbon

Taste: Although there is a bit of chocolate and Bourbon on the front end, they are quickly overwhelmed by the tart cherry flavor and the tartness persists after the swallow, as well; the chocolate (and to a lesser extent, the Bourbon) is always there, but it is just overwhelmed

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Not a big fan of this as I think the mouthfeel is too thin and the flavor is out of balance

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this at room temperature, maybe 68º. 2008 bottling, red foil label.

Pours a chestnut brown, with a long lasting head. Stalagtites of drippy lace.

Fantastic barrel aroma, soaked in bourbon and sun-dried, retaining it's oaky complexity. It reminds me alot of Enigma, strangely enough. Woody with a slight suggestion of dried fruit. Chocolate and spice.

Strong chocolate base with bourbon notes that verge on solventy. Spicy with some black cherry flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, alcohol really only detracts from the taste slightly. This is a nice sipper. More cherry lingers in the aftertaste. Pretty nice anytime of the year...

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3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by chswimmer. Thanks, Craig.

Dark murky blackish-brown...almost crimson hued. A small leather-colored head forms, never really rising to a decent height. It eventually settles to a thin collar.

Chocolate-caramel candy aroma with a wallop of sweet cherries, a bit of bourbon, some solventy alcohol. Meh.

Tootsie roll and cherry candy flavor is prominent. Some caramel and bourbon, oak tannins. Pretty boozy. Dries up in the mid-palate with a bit of tart cherry and chocolate flavors sticking to the tongue in the finish. This is OK, it's kind of like a mediocre Cherry Adam from the Wood.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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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3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to bmanning for sharing this.

Poured into a tulip. Color is a dark brown with a single-finger head that recedes quickly without leaving any lace. Nose is cherry and roast with a bt of astringency in the background. That fades in the flavor, which has roast, cherry, and some bourbon. Feel is slightly metallic, though it does not detract too much. Not nearly as the rest if their barrel-aged stuff.

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4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cherry added to Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout adds an added dimension to it, but it's not a make or break alteration. All of the original bourbon character remains, especially in the nose, and the vanilla woodiness is the same. However, that interplay between the cherry and the vanilla can be nice (it occassionally rings of coconut); and to a certain extent, the slight tart-sweetness of the cherry helps to cut through the implied sweetness of the bourbon. It's a little more "flowing" and drinkable. I liked it then, and I like it now. But I do have to give them credit for pushing the envelope a bit! It's a very worthy beer for many occassions: relaxing in front of the fire with a good book, settling down on the back porch on a warm spring night, snuggling with your lover on the beach or boat at sunset, or paired with a juicy steak just off the grill, and so on. Very well done!!! And, dare I say, worth seeking out? I'd better grab some more first ;)

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3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another one thanks to Tom P. 10/11 vintages side by side.

No head, dark murky molasses color

Nose nice dark choc, caramel, hint of balotin cherry, very light vanilla barrel, the older is a bit more soft and less cherry.

Taste semi sweet, little choc, plenty of balotin cherry real balotin but not super cherry like, light barrel, nice choc on the back end, mild bitterness too, little cocoa nib. Age is again a little flatter in the taste.

Somewhat flat too, med to fuller bod, mild booze.

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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

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