Brewer’s Reserve Call Me Old Fashioned
Central Waters Brewing Co.

Brewer’s Reserve Call Me Old FashionedBrewer’s Reserve Call Me Old Fashioned
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American Imperial Red Ale
Ranked #44
Ranked #14,400
4.07 | pDev: 8.11%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
Brewer’s Reserve Call Me Old FashionedBrewer’s Reserve Call Me Old Fashioned
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being from Wisconsin. I felt the need for a brandy old fashioned beer after my daughter college graduation today during this Convid 19 period. I purchase a growler from the Drafthouse in Janesville,WI. I pour the beer into a 4 oz glass due to the strong alcohol content. The beer was true to form of a strong old fashioned type beer and I would recommend this beer as a slow drinking beer. A little too strong for myself but a very good beer overall.

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1961 from Wisconsin, May 17, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2020 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours an auburn/mahogany with ruby hues; light khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas have lots of spruce tips along with some spices. Some caramel and toffee. Some cocoa and chocolate. Not a ton of bourbon and brandy going on in the aroma department. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. More spruce tips and spices leading the way without completely dominating. More caramel, toffee, cocoa and chocolate. Mild hints of vanilla. Some raisins and dark fruit. Some cherries in the mix. Wood/oak come through. Some rye and black pepper. The bourbon and brandy is noticeable in the finish, but they don't dominate the flavors. Finishes slightly warm and spicy along with some alcohol notes, but it's not hot or boozy. It's not that sweet. Malts do their thing. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, crisp, fluffy and smooth.

This is a pretty unique brew, and I mean that in a good way. This one has a holiday/Christmas vibe going on. It would be perfect for that time of year. At first I wasn't sure how I felt about this one, but it quickly grew on me. There's a nice complexity to this one. It's bold but balanced. Originality is key with this one. Well done.

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BB1313 from Ohio, May 06, 2020
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3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 2/18/20; drank 4/16/20 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small khaki head; minimal lace.

This smells just like an Old Fashioned...cherry, bourbon, oak & orange peel.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Same on the's an old fashioned with less booze.

Completely inessential...just have an Old Fashioned. Pass.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Apr 17, 2020
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4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Had 4/7/20.

Pours a mostly clear, reddish caramel color, with a half inch foamy head and some foamy lacing. Aromas of cherries, bitters, brandy, spices, some caramel, light orange, a light herbal aroma. The flavors are pretty similar- cherries, orange, bitters, some brandy, spices, caramel, light malt. Smooth, a good but very thin feeling lighter body, well carbonated.

This is certainly different. The thin feel comes close to making this not seem like a beer. The cherries, Curacao and brandy barrels are most prominent, and the bitters show well too. I didn’t pick up on the bourbon barrels. Great aroma. Very enjoyable, but not sure I would purchase again. Going to put two bottles to sleep for a long nap to see if it changes.

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stortore from Illinois, Apr 15, 2020
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, $5.99 single.
Smokestack snifter.

Mahogany-cherry color with a thin wispy head.

Aroma is really saturated with thick spirits and sharp alcohol. I'm detecting brandy, sweet wine, chocolate cherries, cardboard, and mint.

Flavor is very bitter to start, almost like pine water, and then it morphs into cherry, mint, toffee, spirit-soaked oak, and paper.

Feel is a bit thin, due to the spirit barrels probably, with not much of a finish. Moderate heat.

Overall, a weird one, glad I grabbed a single, but it has a ton of complexity. Check it out if you want something entirely different.

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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Mar 27, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Central Waters Call Me Old Fashioned, 12% ABV. Pours deep red with a half finger off-white head that left no lacing. Nose is cherry, bitters, and brandy. Taste follows, with cherries prevalent, some bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent. The nose and taste aren't a lot like an old-fashioned, but it reminds me of one.

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bbtkd from South Dakota, Mar 22, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get the old fashioned reference with this beer. Interesting take on making a beer taste like something else. Not my favorite from this brewery but I will enjoy the entire 4pm without regets.

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wl2bill from Wisconsin, Mar 22, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As a fan of Wisconsin Old Fashions I was curious on this. It has many of the right pieces, but, surpisingly, it comes across as much more boozy, even if in reality the drink might have a little more alcohol than the beer...maybe not, as this is awfully big (12%).
For fun I poured it into a mixed drink/whiskey glass. Why not?
Cherry and bourbon come across most evidently, and it holds a mixed drink quality to it (not a beer). Smallish head that settles out to thin tan layer. Cloudy amber with orange, brown and yellow.
Complex flavors and finishes really dry..arid dry. Wow. Before then the pick ups include the cherry, bourbon, touch of sweetness, rich malty flavors (toast, but not sweet). The sweetness lies up front with a hint of sweet citrus, like orange. Very brief but there.
Drinks like a mixed drink more than a beer with lower carbonation and a thinner body for a big beer.
A very fun beer to try. Nice job in making something resemble something else completely.
Donated by a friend. Thanks JK.

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garymuchow from Minnesota, Mar 15, 2020
Brewer’s Reserve Call Me Old Fashioned from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 20 ratings