Brewer's Reserve Pecan Kringle Stout
Central Waters Brewing Co.

Brewer's Reserve Pecan Kringle StoutBrewer's Reserve Pecan Kringle Stout
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From:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #397
ABV:
12.3%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,214
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 6.44%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
59
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 02, 2022
Added:
May 17, 2020
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  5
SCORE
96
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Brewer's Reserve Pecan Kringle StoutBrewer's Reserve Pecan Kringle Stout
Notes: The Wisconsin classic pastry from a classic Wisconsin brewery, now in liquid form and barrel aged! Cheers!
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Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.42 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Jun 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by Fubudu187 from Illinois

Jun 02, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Nice black pour, not exactly "chewy", a small brown head that vanished, no lacing, none of that expected. It smells like a Lehmann Kringle, pecan, cinnamon, brown sugar, it even tastes like that, and that's where the problem lies, for me. 1st sips pretty good, each one gets sweeter. Nice thick opaque body. My wife doesn't like beer but thought this was "really tasty".
May 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Apr 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.86 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by imperialking from Illinois

Feb 14, 2022
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Rated by krh from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Lovely pastry stout. ABV is well hidden, easy drinking, but only have one. Should have saved it for a snowstorm and fire.
Feb 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.48 by travelguy from Ohio

Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by mnredsoxfan69 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Vintage 2021, 12 oz. Bottle hard pour into a 16 oz. Glass.

A: Pours an opaque, dark brown with a quickly fading 1/2 finger tan head, which soon disappears, no lacing on the glass.

S: strong aroma of pecan and caramel.

T: Taste follows nose, sweet pecan praline flavor.

M: Smooth and viscous on the tongue. No alcohol burn, light carbonation tingle on the tongue.

O: Sip this in small amounts in front of a fire. Definitely a dessert beer.
Jan 13, 2022
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Reviewed by TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Vanilla, rum, chocolate, brandy - almost like a fruitcake (or possibly a kringle... not sure this Wisconsin native has ever had a pecan one) - scents emerge from the bottle and fill the area around it. Clearly, this is not a wimpy beer. Opaque and almost viscous-seeming on the pour, the dark brown made it hard to tell where the bottle ended and the beer began. Filling the glass generated little in the way of a coffee-with-cream colored head as it dissipated almost as quickly as it formed. The scent is more of bourbon, caramelized brown sugar now. Unexpectedly smooth going in (given the ABV), the taste starts sweet (close to cloying, but not), sours slightly mid-taste, then goes for the a candied nut ending with a little bitterness. It took me a few moments that this reminds me less of pecan and more of the maple filling from the chocolate truffle I always looked for whenever a Christmas box of chocolates made its all too brief appearance.
Jan 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.36 by BLPasch from Michigan

Dec 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.31 by einman from Minnesota

Dec 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.48 by Krusader from Wisconsin

Dec 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.28 by Eman17 from Illinois

Dec 12, 2021
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
11/27/21 bottle @ home
Nov 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.28 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey

Nov 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.58 by Superseed from Iowa

Nov 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Nov 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Nov 14, 2021
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2021 Vintage

A - Dark brown pour with thin, cream colored lacing.

S - Light chocolate, pecan, pecan creme, butterscotch, and caramel. Any Bourbon and alcohol is completely eclipsed.

T - Chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, Bourbon, oak, pecan, and alcohol presence. Ends on the sweeter side with warming in the back of the throat.

M - Thick, viscous, and lipsmacking sticky. Warming in the throat and some alcohol permeating up into the sinuses.

O - This would qualify as a dessert stout. For the high ABV, it's not super distracting.
Nov 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.56 by JeffSK from Wisconsin

Nov 05, 2021
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Reviewed by RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Easily along with 2021 Heady Topper the best beer of the year ... then again, last weekend's Sept KBS release and the KBS Espresso also pretty damn good. Tried the one, single, immediately invested the $19 in 4 pak. Great beer, great value. Much more of an dessert beer than breakfast beer for me, and that's ok. Looks like stout, huge aroma and flavor, very complex, I get butterscotch, butter pecan, vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, with an big, dry bourbon finish. And now, I'm almost tempted to order the Wisconsin Pecan Kringle online, $22, serves 8. This beer could easily have scored 5's across the board, make it coffee forward somehow, and it would be an perfect beer. Pretty damn amazing, as is.
Oct 23, 2021
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2021 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours almost black; small light khaki head that fades leaving decent retention and lacing.

The aromas are bourbon forward along with a nice amount of wood and oak. Some brown sugar along with hints of spice. Some vanilla and caramel. Some raisins. Malts are there.

The flavors follow the nose perfectly. The bourbon shines without dominating. Lots of vanilla frosting. Some oatmeal raisin cookies. Hints of cinnamon. Some milk chocolate. More caramel. Some toffee in the mix. It's on the sticky and sweet side, but it's not cloyingly sweet or anything like that. Low bitterness. Nice malt backbone. It finishes warm, but it's not hot or boozy.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slick, sticky and smooth.

This is a truly great barrel-aged stout. It's definitely a "pastry stout". The aromas and flavors are slightly unique. The aromas and flavors might not be extreme or overly bold, but they simply hit the spot. There's a really nice "oatmeal raisin cookie" vibe going on. This beer is perfect for the cooler weather. It's perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. Well done. I REALLY like this one.
Oct 23, 2021
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2021 vintage; consumed on 10/17/21

Pours a midnight-brown body capped with a finger and a half of creamy, dark khaki foam; quick head retention yields a thin veil of cap along with a large, frothy collar and splotchings of webby lacing holding temporarily to the walls of the glass.

Aroma bursts forth with sweet pecan accented with caramelized sugar and a resounding butterscotch peak; lush vanilla subtleties eventually find lighter roast malt over the middle as tinges of cinnamon meet ripe, oaky whiskey on the back end of the bouquet.

Taste opens with toasted pecan as softer butterscotch supplements, steadily engaging with light vanilla and waves of bourbon through the mid-palate; burnt cinnamon finds the soft oak of the barrels, while a tinge of fresh coffee finishes, dragging out a nutty, residual bittersweetness against the wispy char allowing cocoa undertones to linger.

Mouthfeel brings a consistency on the burlier end of thin, with a fluffy, moderate carbonation inviting creamy textures to an otherwise oaky grit pervasive across the back end; a predominantly dry finish offers a suggestion of char as the subtle warmth subsides.

A fun barrel-aged stout, with less spirit and more oak drying out the otherwise decadent array of pastry-inspired sweetness; the body is progressively thin yet unwavering, carrying a heavier profile to a uniquely palatable medium.
Oct 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
poured from a 16oz crowler into a snifter. pours a dark brown that settles in the glass nearly black with sandy head that disappears as quickly as it arrived. nose is like a buttered pecan pastry fresh out of the oven and then dipped in bourbon. heavenly. taste has everything the nose has going on with a dash of almost coffee-like aftertaste and an even bigger bourbon punch. mouthfeel is medium-full, making this quite easy to drink for a big barrel-aged stout. overall, i may have found my new favorite CW brewer’s reserve stout tonight. this was incredible, and don’t judge, but i could see this making as good of a breakfast beer as it does a dessert beer.
Oct 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.52 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Oct 08, 2021
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle. Marking on label puts this beer as 2021 vintage.
Black colored body, with the thinnest of red mahogany brown back lit bottom edge. Hard pour brought forth a light tan skim. Leaves behind scattered small spots of lacing.
Aroma is sweet, dense, and inviting. Pecan nutty, lots of vanilla, and coffee. Smells like a Danish pastry.
Taste follows to a degree, with coffee, bourbon barrel, pecan nutty, and sweet like a marshmallow/vanilla swirl. The lighter, sweeter flavors wafts around in the aftertaste, before settling back to the base malts and bourbon barrel.
Light and airy mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
No alcohol burn, but the higher ABV% does present itself through the bourbon barrel expression. Sweeter in the nose, but more balanced in flavor between the sweet, coffee, and the barrel. Certainly presents some pasty aspects but is also a high ABV% imperial stout. Sip to maximize flavors.
Oct 02, 2021
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Reviewed by BillyBoxer from Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The smell is amazing!! Almost too good because it's hard for the taste to live up to the smell. Still, a nice mix of kringle and bourbon. Sweet, but still fairly easy drinking, especially considering the high Abv. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a 12+% stout. But overall a solid pastry stout, especially considering the absolutely intoxicating aroma
Sep 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.78 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

May 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz bottle split with a friend, poured into a wine glass. One of the best-smelling beers I've ever tried - decadent toasted pecans, rich coffee, bourbon, toasted marshmallows. Amazing. I was hesitant to take a taste because it seemed impossible that the beer could live up to the aroma. Sure enough, it wasn't as incredible, but it is still a delicious beer. The 12.3% abv is extremely well-hidden. Overall an amazing beer.
Feb 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.88 by Can_if_you_can from Minnesota

Feb 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jan 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.4 by TomWight from New York

Dec 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.31 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Nov 13, 2020
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle courtesy of basaywhat as part of a bif.
L: black, minimal head.
S: pastry! Hazelnut, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, frosting.
T: same as smell, but with a bit of bourbon booziness.
F: medium. Appropriate to style. A little thinned by bourbon possibly.
Overall: a solid imperial pastry stout without being over the top or super thicc. The smell is amazing. Bearclaw pastry out of a Midwest bakery oven. Recommend, but not surprising as central waters does great stouts.
Nov 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.44 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Nov 08, 2020
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Reviewed by DvdP from Netherlands

3.66/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours black, just small edges of a brown head. Massive fudgy smell, pecans certainly there. Not much thickness, pretty alcoholic. Taste is rich, fudge, some pecan and a lot of bourbon. Not too sweet, if only it weren't so alcoholic, and had more body.
Oct 30, 2020
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle coded 1612 (136 days ago) poured into a snifter at just above fridge temp 12.3% ABV. The beer pours dark brown with mahogany highlights and light brown head. The head recedes to fluffy ring and small island. Minimal spotty lacing. The aroma is impressive in strength and offers candied pecans, caramel, vanilla, pastry dough and minimal bourbon & oak. The taste is semisweet caramel, vanilla, brown sugar & pecan before the oaky bourbon barrel asserts itself mid to late palate. Medium final bitterness and no detectable hop flavor. The mouthfeel is full to medium bodied with less than average carbonation and a semi dry finish. No detectable alcohol in the nose and it's minimal on the tongue. Overall, outstanding. The pastry aspect is perfect as you can smell and taste the Kringle, but the beer never gets overly sweet. Recommended.
Oct 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Oct 17, 2020
Brewer's Reserve Pecan Kringle Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 89 ratings