Twenty Three
Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #364
Ranked #1,965
4.4 | pDev: 4.32%
May 01, 2022
Jan 31, 2021
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Notes: Our 23rd anniversary beer - a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout.
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4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

2021 vintage; consumed on 4/30/2022

Pours a clean oil-black body topped with two fingers of dense, sudsy pale mocha foam; decent head retention yields a half-finger of frothy cap, lush, dense collar, and minimal strands of lacing holding temporarily to the walls of the glass.

Aromas of soft baked apple meet cacao as bourbon vanillins accentuate into deeper caramel and subtle oak lingering, while edges of bready char find a roasty toffee undertone to round out a calm, malt-forward sweetness.

Taste shows a healthy malt roast steadily disperse to light milk chocolate, with a quiet dark cherry imbuement marking the mid-palate; subtle apple brandy soothes a pillowy char as baked caramel is kissed with bourbon on the finish.

Mouthfeel features a body on the lighter end of medium and with subtle carbonation; a light, level mid-palate embraces a drying char with mild-moderate warming rounded into the back end, imparting a pseudo-bitterness to the finish.

A bittersweet stout base softened with barrel sweetness and taking on an unexpected baked apple undertone almost reminiscent of brandy, Central Waters provides yet another quality foundation with a consistently amplified spirit influence coaxing subtleties throughout.

May 01, 2022
4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Apr 22, 2022
4.4 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Feb 02, 2022
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jan 05, 2022
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4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

Pours black black. Small tan head.
Smell is vanilla and bourbon.
Flavor follows but also has some tobacco and roasted malts.
Body isn’t too dense which makes it very drinkable.
I drank 5oz on tap and that plenty.

Dec 13, 2021
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4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DoctorZombies from Florida

Poured at 59°. Multiple layers of oak and bourbon; caramel, toffee, some dark fruits - plums, raisins; some hop bitterness, yet overall mildly sweet. “Thin” for 13.7% abv, but sneaky and dangerous; a tad dry for me, but complex, layered and worthy. CW knows how to make BBA stouts!

Nov 21, 2021
4.12 by McHenry from Wisconsin on Oct 30, 2021
4.51 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Sep 26, 2021
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4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

22oz bottle poured into a pair of Crooked Stave hybrid tulips.

started drinking this at cellar temp.

Appearance: black bodied beer with medium brown bodied head. Thin layer of cap that remains the entire time drinking this beer. No lacing to speak of; booze legs present for sure.

Smell: bourbon barrel forward chocolaty stout. Central Waters wheelhouse beer for sure. Smells like it might have a touch of heat.

Taste: Yup, this is a bourbon barrel forward stout. Lots of charred oak with rich & spicy premium bourbon character. Chocolate base stout which is Central Waters calling card. Tobacco, umami, and molasses interweaved for complexity's sake. Hint of soy sauce too. Did this get some extended barrel aging time?

Mouthfeel: Medium full bodied stout. medium levels of carbonation. Spicy, boozy, rich textures abound here.

Overall: I think that bourbon and brandy varients of twenty three are standing fairly equal to each other.

As a side note, it really took me a long time to get to this stout considering that I tried the brandy back March of 2021 and have had this bottle of bourbon 23 just sitting around waiting for me to open it. Glad that I got to it finally.

Sep 02, 2021
4.24 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Aug 22, 2021
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4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by DVMin98 from North Carolina

From bottle in CW snifter. Deep brown. Limited head. Mild lacing. Smell is roasted malts and heavy barrel. Flavor follows the nose. Just a fantastic deep barrel flavor. Slightly sweet. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, another spectacular anniversary beer by CW.

Aug 16, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

Poured on draft into a 16 oz Snulip glass added in late January 2021. Pours a very attractive near pitch black, with a thin head on an amateur bartender pour, leaves some little bubbles of lace, with little retention again I blame the beertender. 4.5

Aroma cocoa nibs, vanilla bean, dry coffee grounds, coconut, woody oak, cinnamon, and charred bourbon. 4.25

Taste follows deep dark chocolate, woody vanilla, coconut, roasty coffee, cinnamon, and bourbon. 4.5

Mouthfeel is big, gentle carbonation, a tad dry, and at 13.7% it goes down rather easy because it is so complex, but huge flavor with a massive hit of bourbon in the lingering finish. 4.25

Overall this is really impressive stuff, still wish she had poured more aggressive and opened up this monster more, but I am impressed either way. 4.25

Jul 15, 2021
4.6 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Jun 25, 2021
4.46 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Jun 13, 2021
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4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by bbtkd from South Dakota

Central Waters Anniversary Edition XXIII BBA Imperial Stout, 13.7% ABV. Pours black with a one-finger brown head that left no lacing. Nose is oak, bourbon, chocolate, moleasses, and a hint of brown sugar. Taste follows, plus charred oak, slightly sweet, moderately bitter. Excellent mouthfeel, overall world-class.

Jun 13, 2021
4.32 by Soneast from Wisconsin on May 24, 2021
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4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by maximum12 from Minnesota

Having drunk a liter or three of this already I suppose I should review it. 22 oz. bottle split with the wife.

Clever black with a bit of life to it & a nose of fudge, bourbon, oak. Classic.

Central Waters 23 is woody. Woody & oaky & then more oak, right up front. Oily bourbon sprinkled with good grande chocolate chips & a drizzle of molasses. Touch of char on the end as it warms towards room temp. Solid. The strength is in the ability to drink multiple glasses of this at a sitting.

Having a couple world-class, straight-up bourbon barrel stouts in the past few weeks is coloring my perception of this one. This is a very good beer but not up to the best or even the average of this decorated series of Anniversary brews.

May 20, 2021
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4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SpeedwayJim from New York

A big thanks to Jeff for this one.

The regular 23 is Bourbon barrel aged. 22oz. capped bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours dense with a mocha colored head that collapses and slight oily legs. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, brownie, sweet soy sauce, and dried dark fruit. Classic aroma. Beer opens chocolate, prunes, dried dark fruit, sweet soy sauce, molasses, and tobacco. Oakiness in the middle with overtones of leather and vanilla sweetness. More chocolate, molasses, and syrup at the finish. Very much traditional flavors of a barrel aged stout. This is delicious. Body is full with low carbonation. Rich and chewy on the palate and goes down warm with some zing. Rich and sticky finish and aftertaste. Really drinkable.

This one's a bit better than the brandy version. It's nice to see Central Waters carrying the traditional banner high!

Apr 09, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Benish from Wisconsin

Poured black with almost no head. Appeared a tad thin. The nose was heavy on bourbon with notes of fudge and raisins. The taste very luscious with heavy bourbon and fudge. Also some dark pitted fruits. Bittersweet and boozy with a little warmth in the back. Very thick and full bodied mouthfeel. I find that all CW anniversary beers taste familiar, it is the heavy notes of chocolate fudge and bourbon. I have liked them all nonetheless and look forward to them every year!

Mar 05, 2021
4.74 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Feb 21, 2021
4.53 by Ericrnelson from Wisconsin on Feb 06, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JayCheG from Wisconsin

Poured from the bottle into the anniversary tulip pint glass.

A: Black with a thin brown head that quickly dissipates to a slick oily shimmer.
S: Smells of wood, bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. A slight boozy alcohol aroma but mostly in the background.
T: Much the same as smell a bit boozy upfront mixed with bourbon/wood, blends into chocolate and vanilla spiceness, hints of toffee. All blending together to leave a delicious lingering flavor of them all.
F: Rich, decadent and creamy. Coats the mouth in a pleasant way.
O: Another great one by CW and they just keep getting better. Love all the flavors, each taking their turn to shine yet blending together well in the flavor.

Feb 03, 2021
4.23 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Feb 01, 2021
4.38 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin on Feb 01, 2021
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