Twenty Two
Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
4.32 | pDev: 6.02%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Our 22nd anniversary beer is a great big bourbon barrel-aged stout.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 26 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crowler filled at the brewery (presumably canned within the past few weeks); consumed on 3/6/21

Pours a deep, motor-oil black body topped with a finger of steady, khaki-colored foam; the head recedes fairly quickly to a spotty veil of cap, a slim though frothy collar, and the occasional strand of soapy lacing clinging temporarily to the walls of the glass.

Aroma offers boozy bourbon standing with charry oak before a milk chocolate infusion brings a coy yet deepening sweetness, peaking with resonant fudge in the backdrop; fresh marshmallow is light over the middle, while barrel spice remains steady alongside praline, candied walnuts, and burnt sugar through the close.

Taste opens with burnt fudge against rounded bourbon barrel dispersing residual vanillins toward a boozy mid-palate of dark chocolate and bittersweet roasted malts; the boozy edge softens, though continues to inform the back end of the profile, now balanced against a tinge of candied raisin and a detailed, heavy char with distant bourbon characteristics.

Mouthfeel shows a silky, medium body paired with expectedly low carbonation belied by a tingly, rounded booziness developing over the mid-palate; a mild warmth extends across the entirety of the palate, with a steady, slick weight carrying into the back end and a boozy twang melding into a clean roast on the finish.

Blunt barrel is skillfully interwoven into a bittersweet malt profile readily embracing the added char and burly textures, a harmonized effort towards an effective throwback of a barrel-aged sipper.

Mar 08, 2021
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I suppose I should review this before my last bottle is gone. 22 oz. container fetched from the Anniversary party which, I presume, I am going to miss greatly this year, breaking my ten year streak. Stupid bloody virus.

Black, as befits a big stout. The nose is bourbon, chocolate, sweet. Also befits.

Twenty Two is a belly warming treat. The taste follows the nose like a faithful black lab. Booming bourbon up front is boozy & welcome in the cold of a Minnesota winter, with a healthy plank of oak backing it up. Minor chords include chocolate, touch of smoke (most unwelcome but greatly diminished since it was fresh), & a slight spiciness reminiscent of rye barrels. The stout underneath underpins it nicely. Big mouthfeel, easy to sip.

In a long, distinguished line of Anniversary beers this one scores…second to the bottom. Nothing wrong with it, that’s just major league competition. Very good.

Dec 12, 2020
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured highly viscous dark chocolate color with a nice thick beige head. At the nose is really just two things: bourbon and rich malty chocolate. Very delectable and sweet. But then upon first sip is chocolatey goodness. Very robust, rich, sweet. It’s a desert in a glass. As it slowly warmed up, the bourbon took over, leading at the forefront. The mouthfeel is full bodied and thick, a huge step up from Central Waters brewers reserve BA stout. This is an amazing beer, I could just call this a chocolate BA stout. And here’s the kicker, this beer is 13.3% abv. There’s no hint of booziness or warmth. It drinks too easy.

Sep 20, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you azuelke for this
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Bourbon, chocolate, some roasted malts, oak, some vanilla, dark fruits.

T- Chocolate, bourbon, roasted coffee, oak, dark fruits, touch of vanilla, hints of caramel.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- A great barrel aged stout, easy to drink and nicely balanced.

Aug 28, 2020
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This reminds me alot of Central Water 16 Anniversary stout. Similar flavors and aromas. Chocolate base stout and smooth as ever bourbon and barrel notes. It really brings me back to the days of really excellant barrel aged CW anniversary stouts. Slightly thinner on the body than CW Sixteen, but man its really close.

Jun 03, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At 51 degrees pours inky black with grey/ruby/cola edges; quick dark tan head; poor cap retention, thin ring; medium heavy legs and small soapy lacing with swirl; the second pour at 56 degrees provides a head that is a bit larger and the cap lingers a bit, leaving a few islands of micro dots floating on the surface and an almost solid ring; medium heavy legs and better (still soapy) lace on swirl. Nose is bourbon, chocolate and raisins; boozy exhale; more phenols as it warms; second pour has more chocolate; still boozy. Taste follows nose on both pours - bourbon, chocolate and dark fruits; oak, vanilla and cocoa nibs; bittersweet dark chocolate; semi sweet chocolate malt base; phenolic finish; second (warmer) pour is slightly more Chocolatey and the dark fruits - raisins and plums, emerge; still has a boozy finish. Medium body, light carbonation; warmth from 13.3% abv; dry barrel tannic tongue coating; increasing heat in mouth; no difference in second pour. Overall the bourbon/barrel notes dominated the whole; it feels/drinks “hot”; I wish I had a second one to age as I believe a bit of time will mellow the alcohol presence; still, I personally like boozy stouts, and I like this beer - it has a bit more body, I think, than many of CW’s Brewer’s Reserve series BA stouts; as always, it’s not adjuncty, and there is enough roast, bitter, bourbon and chocolate flavors to make the whole delicious...I enjoyed, and would highly recommend.

Apr 12, 2020
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GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The look is just black, with no head. The smell is vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. The taste is bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla, just the type of flavor that I enjoy in a BBA stout. The carbonation is medium, and it is thick, full, with a strong alcohol burn on the mouthfeel. Overall, this is an amazing BBA stout, one of the best that I have ever had.

Apr 12, 2020
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darktronica from Indiana

4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thick and fuller in body than CW's typical BBA stouts, this is another excellent anniversary release. Rich and malty, but with a strong boozy heat and alcoholic sting. Chocolate, bourbon spice, mild vanilla and very light vinous notes from oak tannins. I had a Twenty One recently, and the main difference was how that had mellowed out over the past year, compared to this being fresh and aggressive.

Mar 16, 2020
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pkalix from California

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so many coconut/maple/chocolate/tequila/etc... stouts these days it's almost refreshing to see a 22nd year anni beer so 'plain'.... and i must admit i AM disappointed. i just dont know why. it's delicious, though! but i'm done with birds. why cant we have a massive artillery-armed cartoon character? oh. right Dark Lord. oh well. sorry if you were hoping for a flavor assessment.... it's okay. just kind of plain. like the old days. when Russian Imperial Stouts ruled the world. and 'west coast IPAs'.... but it's good! cheers!

EDIT: and WHY TF does Luscious_Malfoy ADD this beer on 1/26 and the FIRST reviewer/rater puts in a rating on MARCH F'ing FOURTH? is THIS part of what is wrong with BA? some sh!tturd gathers up a bunch of future releases and adds them (whether they become REAL releases or not) just to boost his karma? trivial. i know. but geez.... okay. i think my cramps have ended....

Mar 05, 2020
Twenty Two from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 26 ratings