Twenty One
Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.41 | pDev: 4.54%
Nov 28, 2021
Jan 27, 2019
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like tobacco, herbal roast, oak, smoke, bourbon, and dark chocolate.

This is almost a bit too dry on the finish. There's not enough fullness or sweetness to support the extremely dry tobacco and herbal bitterness here. There's lots of barrel here, bitter, roasty, and super oaky.

This is semi-thin, which is usually the case with Central Waters, and the body isn't big enough to support the intense barrel character on this one.

There was definitely stuff to enjoy with this one, especially fans of big bourbon in their barrel aged stouts, but I could definitely imagine a better version of this beer overall.
Nov 28, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by timmy2b from New York

Nov 14, 2021
Rated: 4.44 by crobinso from Colorado

Sep 22, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Sep 20, 2021
Rated: 4.3 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jun 28, 2021
Rated: 4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Feb 28, 2021
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Reviewed by BarleySane from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours black and thick. Oaky and roasty. Not a lot of bourbon but good overall. The roast and bitterness of a bit overdone and it needs more malt and bourbon.
Jan 02, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by einman from Minnesota

Aug 25, 2020
Rated: 4.44 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

May 25, 2020
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Reviewed by darktronica from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
As usual, CW's anniversary beer brings all the traits that I love about their "normal" BBA Stout, but turned up to 11. Strong boozy heat and bourbon spice on the nose, but more of a sweet, vanilla/honey-forward bourbon like Four Roses or Evan Williams. Fudge and plenty of barrel oak and tannins on the palate, still with plenty of booze but enough sweetness to balance.
Feb 26, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Jan 05, 2020
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Reviewed by pants678 from California

4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Black with no foam.

Vanilla, alcohol.

Notable pine, alcohol, cola and some wood. Needs some dark chocolate or sweetness.

Little harsh, just a tinge bitter.
Jan 04, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Jan 01, 2020
Rated: 4.23 by Mikexw from New York

Dec 27, 2019
Rated: 4.37 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

Dec 25, 2019
Rated: 3.86 by StoutSnob40 from California

Dec 14, 2019
Rated: 4.55 by dunklevice from Wisconsin

Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Nov 11, 2019
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours dark brown almost black with ruby edges; dark tan, fast fizzy head; solid ring; small island of a brief cap; some soapy lacing; thin legs on swirl. Raisins, bourbon, caramel malt, cherries nose. Taste follows nose; bitter sweet dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, lite char, burnt brown sugar, molasses. Moderate minus carbonation; almost full body; dry finish; slightly warming from 13.5%. Overall, well balanced layers of barrel, malt, and dark fruit flavors; another winner from CW.
Nov 10, 2019
Rated: 4.71 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin

Oct 25, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Oct 20, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Sep 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - Pours black with a thin tan head quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

Aroma - Huge barrel presence, bourbon, vanilla, rich chocolate/brownie. oaky right in your face.

Taste - Taste is much less harsh than the nose (which is not a knock on the nose). Charred barrel right up front, bitter chocolate, big bourbon, vanilla tons of oak. Really rich fudge.

Feel - Super smooth and creamy alcohol is really well hidden. Little heat from the alcohol nice dry finish.

Overall - Excellent BBA stout you could not ask for much more.
Aug 18, 2019
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Reviewed by Strix from Wisconsin

4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Frothy brown head, fades to a ring with some spots. Pure black.

Smells of oak, bourbon, vanilla

Thick malty brew, with heavy roasted charred presence, big bourbon note, some warming vanilla caramel sweetness.

Suitably thick for a big stout.

Not a perfect blend of flavors, but hitting some nice notes. An enjoyable brew.
Aug 17, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Aug 13, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Aug 11, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by thinwhiteduke from Illinois

Jul 26, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by eppie82 from Illinois

Jul 14, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Stark black with a tan blanket dying to a thin ring.

My first impressions are that it's thick and exhibits charred brownie crust characteristics with toasty dark bourbon barrel. The light bourbon character comes without heat, but with a spicy rye-like accent. Dark chocolate and chocolate wafer populate much of the middle. Mature touches of sassafras, black pepper and dates compete with pastry characteristics of vanilla, marshmallow and fudge as it warms, and it becomes less thick and more drinkable than you'd expect.

This has a crisp fizz at first, which becomes a firm almost filling carbonation. The slick body finishes tingly semi-dry and semi-sticky with a warming swallow.
Jul 03, 2019
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Reviewed by Vidblain from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Like most of Central Waters' stouts, Twenty One is just a bit thing... but this year's anniversary release features quite a lot more barrel than I'm accustomed to. This is certainly not a criticism - I'm a fan.

The beer features plenty of chocolate, and also a significant bourbon and barrel presence. It's definitely better balanced that Eighteen, but still a bit warm. Finish is clean. It drinks quite easily in spite of the bourbon.

It's an excellent beer overall. Recommended.
Jun 10, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Bum4ever from California

Jun 08, 2019
Rated: 4.67 by Jimmeekrek from Wisconsin

May 31, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Eziel from Ohio

May 25, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

May 24, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

May 21, 2019
Rated: 4.59 by rcjennings from Ohio

Apr 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
650ml bottle, served in a Central Waters goblet glass. Pours a dark black body, one finger offwhite head, good retention, splotchy lacing. Smell is cocoa, milk chocolate with a bit of marshmallow sweetness (like Swiss Miss), wet oak, a bit of smoky bourbon, oak and vanillin. It's a fairly straightforward bourbon-forward, big imperial stout, executed well with a bit of a hefty bourbon barrel presence that is typical for CW anniversary stouts. Flavour follows- big bourbon character, light vanillin, big milk chocolate, mildly dry oak presence. It's got a nice mild fudginess as well, though it doesn't approach that of CW16- which I hold as the gold standard for CW anniversary stouts. Mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, good carbonation, mildly bitter and dry cocoa finish. As far as CW anniversary stouts go, it's fairly straightforward and hits all the notes- in a baseball analogy, beers from this series will reliably hit doubles and triples all day, but grand slams are rare.
Mar 30, 2019
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle. Tan head that fades quick. Oil black.

Marshmallow, vanilla, and rye whiskey. Oak, fudge, and chocolate. Full bodied. Great barrel flavors. Warming. Brownie batter in the finish.
Mar 29, 2019
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 22 fl oz bottle on March 10, 2019. Twenty-first anniversary imperial stout aged in oak bourbon barrels. Thick, rich and delicious.
Mar 12, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota

Mar 10, 2019
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