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

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Pecan Kringle StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Pecan Kringle Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #383
ABV:
12.3%
Score:
94
Ranked #3,421
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 5.64%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
29
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Central Waters Brewing Co.
 
Wisconsin, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
94
Outstanding
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Pecan Kringle StoutBrewer's Reserve Bourbon Pecan Kringle Stout
Notes: The Wisconsin classic pastry from a classic Wisconsin brewery, now in liquid form and barrel aged! Cheers!
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 29 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Benish from Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured kinda thin, not highly viscous. The aroma was unreal. Pretty much like the Kringle I remember eating. There’s pecans and that classic icing. A touch is barrel but the icing really takes over. But then the taste was kinda disappointing. There’s chocolate, little pecans, and some barrel, but so much sweetness. It’s kinda one dimensional, not so complex like many of their good BA stouts. It was a little thin In the moth which didn’t help with the sweetness. If something is going to be sticky and sweet, it should have body in my opinion. Overall the aroma was the best part, smells like a pastry!

Jul 02, 2020
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darktronica from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look, I'm not originally from the Midwest. I don't know what a pecan kringle is. But if it's basically a pecan pie, this beer has nailed it more than any other beer with pecans I've tried. It really gets the caramelization elements of a pecan pie topping. Marvelous dessert aroma, but the one thing that lets it down is an odd sharpness on the finish. That does get me going back consistently for another sip, though, so maybe I should give that a pass. Another fun experiment from CW's Brewer's Reserve series.

Jun 27, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black body with brown highlighting and head. Butter pecan dipped in bourbon with brown sugar, caramel and cinnamon aromas, if I dig I get vanilla and chocolate too, just incredible. Taste is liquid butter pecan with bourbon and airy baking spices and the minor other supporters from the nose, but make no mistake, the butter pecan-bourbon-brown sugar trinity is the clear star of this beer. Body stays light but plenty thick, booze is present but not hot at all, some spiced sense to the finish. Never had a beer nail the certain flavor elements like this one has, bravo!

Jun 27, 2020
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Powderhornphil from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty tasty stout. Reminds me of pecan brittle. A little booze and bourbon. Thicker than most of the 12 oz Central Waters Stouts. Finishes a bit sweet.

Jun 20, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, dark brown color, almost black. Two finger off-white head dissipates quickly leaving a partial residual head. Thick ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Aroma has notes of salted caramel, pecans, cinnamon-sugar, doughy malts, bourbon and a light oaky note. Hints of vanilla come through as the beer warms. Really delicious aroma.

Taste follows the nose with notes of salted caramel, cinnamon-sugar, roasted pecans, bourbon and light oaky notes. The malts are somewhat bready - really plays into the overall pecan Kringle profile.

Feel is exactly what I've come to expect from CW brewers reserve stouts - it is thin, but it doesn't take away from how good this stout is overall.

Overall is delicious, another excellent Brewer's Reserve offering from Central Waters

Jun 17, 2020
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Strix from Wisconsin

4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near black with brown edges, good initial head that leaves curtains of lace.

It smells like a kringle. I do not know how they did that. Hint of bourbon, some vanilla, oak, and like, cinnamon roll or something, very doughy smell actually.

Bourbon, vanilla, oak, and literally, a long aftertaste of pecan kringle with frosting, some vanilla.

Very smooth mouthfeel.

I think my only knock on it is that it's a bit cloying after a while.

Jun 06, 2020
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.84/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours an opaque dark brown with a moderate sized tan cap with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma is butter pecan, caramel, oak and bourbon. Flavor follows the nose, sweet but with a touch of bitter dark chocolate in the finish. Feel is medium bodied, heavier than most of the brewer's reserve series but still lighter than most stouts. Overall I love this beer and at a price point that's more than fair IMO.

Jun 05, 2020
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scream from Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice beer. Smell and taste are right there where one would want the to be. Only minor probably in mouthfeel from either carbonation or hops. It will be interesting to see how this might change over time. Another Central Waters winner !

look 4.25, smell 4.5 taste 4.5 feel 4 overall 4.5

May 31, 2020
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Central Waters BBA Pecan Kringle Imperial Stout, 12.3% ABV. Pours black with a 1.5 finger beige head that left light lacing. Nose is sweet doughy pastry, butter, pecans, and sweet caramel/toffee. Taste follows, quite sweet, slightly bitter, not much bourbon taste or heat. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. A Kringle is a supposedly popular Wisconsin treat, but I grew up there and it's the first I've heard of it. Maybe had it since it tastes familiar, but never knew what it was called. This is the best Central Waters beer I've had.

May 23, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into Crane snifter.

Deep inky black with brown edging and a khaki head of 1/2 finger receding to a thin ring.

The nose is just amazing. Tons of sticky pecan and caramel and brown sugar and pecan syrup. The woody nuttiness of the pecans is there as well, bringing complexity to it. Some dusty oak barrel, some sweet bourbon that is definitely eclipsed by the sweetness of the pecan but it's there; slight chocolate, and more huge caramel.

Flavor brings intense charred/burnt malt and pecan sandies. Addition of sweet caramel, nuts, herbal hops, and some bourbon barrel brings added complexity.

Feel is sticky and hot, with a busy carbonation, with hop resin and lingering tingling heat on the finish. Dries out the tongue a bit as well.

Overall, this is a tasty new addition to CW's barrel stout program. I'd like a little less presence of the herbal hops and less harshness of the roasted malt. Even though it's not branded as such, it comes so close to being a pastry stout that you want it to be one - but sells you short in that regard (makes you try to grasp for something sweeter but it's just out of reach.) Solid beer overall.

Price paid : $16.99 / 4 pack
Would buy again : maybe

May 20, 2020
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Pecan Kringle Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 29 ratings