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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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #309
Ranked #1,777
4.38 | pDev: 6.85%
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
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!
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BillyBoxer from Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
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
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Lucular from Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
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
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bret27 from California

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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
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DvdP from Netherlands

3.66/5  rDev -16.4%
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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jkblr from Indiana

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
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
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Pecan Kringle Stout pours black, with a very small, and barley lacing head. Very rich and sweet aroma, pastry crème notes, with pecans. Flavor is also very rich and sweet, lots of sweet candied pecans, frosting, hints of barrel, and then more pecans. Very good body and feel. Overall, fantastic full of flavor, is on the sweeter side, very desert like.

Sep 23, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75


Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: thick dark black color, small mahogany head, fades fast, poor retention.

AROMA: pecan, cinnamon, oats, bourbon, molasses.

TASTE: more of the same, but bourbon cones to the forefront and dominates. Also get oak not in aroma. Pecan is delightful in the aroma, but manifests itself as a bitter finish in the taste. Sweetness cuts the bitter ok, but this still smells better than it tastes.

FEEL: medium to full body. Minimal carbonation. Dry finish.

Interesting. Never had the dessert Pecan Kringle, but this cool nonetheless. The aroma is the winner here. Overall pretty good, but glad i bought just a single.


Sep 21, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 5/12/20, had 8/13/20.

Pours a dark brown, mostly opaque, with a half inch foamy head and light, soapy lacing. Aromas of lots of buttered pecans, some chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, light bourbon. The flavor also begins with buttered pecans, then bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, some brown sugar, light oak, a light bitterness on the finish. Smooth, a very good full body, well carbonated.

You can smell those pecans from six inches away, and they are excellent in both the aroma and flavor. Solid, complimentary aromas and flavors, and while it’s less barrel centered than most in the BR series, it’s really enjoyable.

Aug 26, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like roasted pecans, brown sugar, cookie dough, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, and milk chocolate.

Central Waters seems to be finally be going full (literal) pastry here. I've never had the titular pastry, but the beer does a good job at being restrained but tasty pastry stout. Pecan nuttiness is the dominant flavor here- roasty, nutty, and slightly smoky. There's a nice brown sugar sweetness, with a probably unintentional but very tasty chocolate chip cookie dough feeling. The cinnamon is mild, luckily. The barrel is very well integrated - mostly oak and vanilla are brought in, with very little overt bourbon.

This is a bit thin, but not boozy at all, with a slight creaminess.

Like most CW beers, this nowhere near a t h i c c b o i, but it's well balanced, and very tasty.

Jul 28, 2020
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TrojanRB from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A present from GreenbayBA

Pours a viscous, inky, oily black, very little head.

Nose is toasted marshmallow and’s killer.

Taste is bourbon, vanilla, with nice oak on the finish.

Smooth and silky, and a little alcohol burn in the finish, but in a pleasant way.

Awesome it.

Jul 23, 2020
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micada from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2020 bottle poured hard, chilled to a tulip glass. Color is opaque brown. One finger head that sizzles away a small island and some scant lacing. The pecan aroma is outstanding, easily discernible from about a foot away. First sips are all pecan with some mild dark chocolate and a vanilla oaky bourbon hitting on the back. Alcohol is pretty hot, maybe enhanced by the pecan qualities. Mouthfeel is medium thick. In some ways it reminds me of a Southern Tier Creme Brûlée: bold, boozy, sweet that teeters near cloying. I’ll probably get another obenirvtonti cellar...along with their brandy barleywine, which was even more fabulous.

Jul 12, 2020
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Benish from Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
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 -0.7%
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 +3.2%
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 -7.3%
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 -0.7%
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 +5.5%
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 +10.5%
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 +1.4%
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 +3.2%
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 -4.6%
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: 93 out of 100 with 61 ratings