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

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout
808 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by dirtylou on 03-22-2007

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Ratings: 808 |  Reviews: 264
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kevanb
2.41/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Local Option stemmed glass. 2012 vintage, reviewed live.

The beer pours a cola brown color, close to black, but still definitely brown, especially when held to the light. Lots of tiny bubbles race around the glass, a thin fizzy caramel head makes a brief appearance, but recedes quickly. There is no lacing to speak of, poor head retention, and just looking at the glass, I can tell there is going to be a lot of carbonation. My first real thought was that I had just opened a can of cola. The aroma is relatively off putting, tart artificial cherry aromas, almost like a maraschino cherry, unfortunate as the bottle claims to use real cherries in the barrel. Some chocolate comes out, richness from the barrel, lacking in oak, char, roast and really anything complex or interesting, overly sweet and artificial. The flavors are poor to say the best, strong, almost overbearing artificial cherry, tootsie-roll like chocolate sweetness, again, more sugary than anything. Some bourbon does come through with some caramel, but again, it plays up the sweetness. There is no real complexity, lacking barrel character, however, the alcohol, despite the overwhelming sweetness of the beer, never really makes an appearance, for which I am grateful. The body is way too carbonated for a beer this sweet and rich, really adds no redeeming qualities to the beer. However, it does coat the mouth well, and adds a nice subtle warming as it goes down.

Verdict: This beer is a mess, artificial sweetness, overly carbonated, zero interesting barrel characteristics, really just a total fail. I had high hopes for this after sampling Peruvian Morning and a few other barrel treated beers, but this one is definitely one to avoid.

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Photo of Brabander
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The cherries made this beer an average beer and that is a pity. Nice pour in my Struise glass with a decent head with very littles lacing. Nice bourbon notes. The cherries make this beer a bit too sour for me but for the rest a good drinkable beer.

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Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of stumac
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my cracka brotha Onslow for this treat!

this brew pours up a solid black absence of color with a tan head. the nose is oak, cherries, slight sourness, nice malts. the taste is very cherry! oaky, slightly sour, big malts, bourbon, chocolate. very smooth, full bodied, low carbo. All in all, I'd say that there was not enough malts and a little too much sour cherries. Just my opinion. Still a great beer!

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Photo of derkfromwi
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one seems to age quite well. I had a 2013 and the cherry influence was more pronounced than the current year's batch..

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Photo of Beer4B
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of memphischas
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to joshsereese for the bottle!

Pours black with just a bit of light peeking through at the edges. Slightly red tinted tan head forms just a small layer and dissipates quickly. Little lacing.

Lots of sweetness in the nose. Some roasted malts and some big milk chocolate. Cherries provide a bit of tartness and pushes the aromas more toward the dark fruit category. Very slight bourbon with some oak.

Big fake cherry flavor up front. Gets a little chocolately with some bourbon through the middle and back end. Lots of sweet malt and not enough bitter balance. Slight oak and bourbon, but not enough to rescue it.

Thin mouthfeel which is the probably I have with most CW stouts. Carbonation level is appropriately somewhat low.

Really not impressed with this one at all. The cherry adds too much sweetness to an already sweet beer and the mouthfeel is too thin to pull off the flavor combos. Not undrinkable by any means, but plenty more barrel aged stouts I'd go for first.

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SinjaminBentek
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle. 2010 vintage. Poured into a snifter glass a very dark, clear reddish brown color with a light tan 1 finger head. The bourbon is really evident in the nose even after sitting in my cellar for over a year. There is some slight cherry in the nose but it is pretty subtle. Medium/ mouthfeel. This one starts off with a slight sweetness along with a muted ripe cherry tartness that is quickly followed by a lilght roasted flavor, from then on the bourbon barrel takes over and the bourbon notes take center stage. This is an odd beer, I like the fruit notes along with the bourbon but the mouthfeel if really light for an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of krl2112
1.75/5  rDev -54.3%

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Big downgrade from the standard version. Cherry just didn't work and really distracted from the profile that makes the regular so great

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Photo of Ultimate
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BrownAleMale
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brdc
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 batch.
Small capped bottle poured into a snifter.
Very dark, but along the edges multiple crimson highlights make it interesting. Thin tan head shows very good retention, average lacing.
Interesting aroma shows layers of cherry, oakiness, bourbon and roasted malts.
Full bodied, the taste shows the same interplay with a cherry tartness, along with a sligthly sweet maltiness, bourbon alcoholic warmth and added fruitness and oakiness. It pushes the envelope in a very nice way.
A good nightcap.

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Photo of Eman17
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 808 ratings
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