Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #534
Ranked #20,243
3.78 | pDev: 10.05%
Mar 13, 2022
Feb 08, 2021
Very Good
Notes: Ah, memories! What was once a favorite part of our lunches is now brought to you in stout form. Brewed with graham crackers, lactose, vanilla, & natural flavorings to bring back all of that 90's nostalgia.
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3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Mar 13, 2022
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by BucannonXC5 from California

Type: 16-oz. can
Reviewed as: Double Milk / Sweet Stout
Glass: Revision 12-oz. tulip
Price: n/a
From: My cousin Sam
Purchased: n/a; Received March 22, 2021
Consumed: March 26, 2021
Misc.: Canned on Jan. 27, 2021

Thanks, Sam!

Got another great haul from Sam. This one sounded good. Their website called it “Ah, memories! What was once a favorite part of our lunches is now brought to you in stout form. Brewed with graham crackers, lactose, vanilla, & natural flavorings to bring back all of that 90's nostalgia.”

Poured a pitch-black color with four fingers of khaki tan head. Some bubbles creeping toward the top of the sides of the glass. Good watery lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled butterscotch, Werther’s candy, vanilla, lactose, horchata, graham cracker, caramel and toffee. My wife said, “Ewww, smells like old man candy.” About as good from the can. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted about as good as the nose. Got butterscotch, Werther’s candy, vanilla, lactose, horchata, graham cracker, honey, caramel, toffee, malt chocolate and toasted malt. The 7.75 pct. ABV was well hidden. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium-to-full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.50)

This was outstanding overall. A little unusual, but I dug it. (Overall - 4.00)

4.05 | 91 | A-

Dec 31, 2021
4 by paulish from New York on Nov 18, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

12 ounce can, canned on 1/27/21. Big thanks to Brutaltruth for this brew! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch or so tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like vanilla, cream, graham crackers and chocolate. Kinda artificially sweet sugary smelling to me, but not bad if that makes sense. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some caramel. Not bad by any means but a little too sweet tasting for my liking. Don't think I would want to drink any more than one can at a time. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and slick with a good amount of carbonation. It's a little on the low end for being an imperial stout, but if you're into pastry stouts and/or sweeter tasting brews then give this a try!

Oct 03, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz can. Stamped on can bottom is '11/_7/21'.
Dark brown colored body, with a mahogany brown back lit edge. Two finger of light tan head recedes to a partial cap. Leaves a few small spots of lacing.
Aroma is sweet graham cracker, vanilla, and milk chocolate.
Taste is very sweet, with a chalky chocolate malt base. Added in are the graham cracker and the vanilla. These add ins have an artificial presentation. The sweet mix trails off in the aftertaste.
Thin mouth feel. Lower carbonation.
A sweet change of pace, that can be used in a session among fruity IPAs and tart sours. Not sessionable with itself, as it is too sweet, with the thin body.

Aug 08, 2021
3.88 by HopBelT from Belgium on Jul 30, 2021
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This brew pours a dark and muddled
murky brown with cola highlights and a very nice head of tan foam
that subsides to a thick ring, thin clumping layer, and sports some
nice lacing. Nose of heavy graham, vanilla syrup / cola notes, cream,
and dark roasted malts. Flavors follow the nose with graham, marshmallow
cream, moderate dark chocolate, and touches of char and brulee. Nice
mouth feel; medium body verging on medium full, cloyingly sweet, lightly
creamy, and finishing with a bitter malt and cream note.

Some milk stouts are well balanced, this one is a touch off with that
cloyingly sweet finish (this from a person who loves dessert stouts).
The graham is a bit much and the cream needs knocked down.

Jul 10, 2021
4 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Jun 25, 2021
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

Canned January 28th 2021.

Pours black with a 2 finger head of tan foam.

Big aromas of Graham crackers lactose, milk chocolate, definitely smells sweet. Helped along with notes of vanilla.

Taste matches the smell and to my palate, over does the Graham crackers and lactose. I know that it mentions the 2 on the label but please...
Also, it does get a little boozy.

Mouthfeel is good overall; does get on the thinner side in the finish.

More pluses than minuses here so I would recommend it.

Jun 02, 2021
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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bbtkd from South Dakota

Central Waters Duncan Imperial Milk Stout, 7.75% ABV. Pours black and thin, with a two finger light brown head. Nose is graham, vanilla, lactose, chocolate, and a hint of kindergarten paste, but the good stuff. Taste is not as promising as the nose, graham, vanilla, lactose, barely any sweetness, moderately bitter. Good mouthfeel if a bit thin and watery. Overall very good.

May 20, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by hoptheology from South Dakota

12 oz can, dated 1/28/21, into Urban South Willie Beecher.

Black as night and slick appearance, tall firm creamy cap of reddish-beige.

Aroma is a yogurt and graham treat. It's incredible. It has that tangy oddball zip of nearly expiring yogurt, with chocolate nibs and graham cookies. They nailed this.

Flavor brings roasted malt, slight bitter coffee, vanilla custard, coconut creme, graham cracker, slight bitter dry cacao, perfume, and some earthy piney bitterness. Tug of war between zippy yogurt sweetness and earthy bitterness. I wish it was a touch sweeter and less bitter but combined with the nose, it paints a good picture of Dunkaroos.

Roasted mouthfeel, with some busy carbonation and slight acidity. Alcohol heat is moderate. Drying, resinous finish.

Landing somewhere between a pastry stout and a black IPA, this offering is pretty solid. I'd buy another can or three. Again, I have an opposite opinion of my neighbors here. Give this a try! Deserves at least a 90.

$2.29 @ Taylor's Pantry

May 18, 2021
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3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

Sampling a cold 12 oz can poured into a snifter. Beer is courtesy of my brother Brian, Thanks!
The beer pours cola brown to black coffee color with almost no light passing through the glass. A wispy beige head of maybe.5 cm foams up and fades to a thin edge layer rapidly and one large island on the surface.
Aroma is sweet like cake icing and and vanilla with some cherry notes too. Maybe a little chocolate malt, but generally just kind of cloyingly cake icing sweet.
First sip reveals a medium body with fine, spacious gentle carbonation. Kind of thins out on the finish a little.
The flavor is sweet with some vanilla and a bit of biscotti almond note and a little brown sugar and toffee. The beer also finishes pretty dry after each swallow. I dont find any hop presence and the ABV is hidden, but this is a sweet beer and thinner than anticipated. Its okay, but I wouldnt get again, a step below other Central Waters Stouts IMO.

May 14, 2021
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3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by BalancingBrooms from Illinois

Black with little mocha colored head. Nose reminds me of perfume, though with light chocolate, and marshmallow. Taste up front is sweetness, followed by some sweeter chocolate, and maybe some graham cracker, and lots of lactose. Body is medium but leaves a sticky feeling. Ends dryish with vanilla extract perfume. Overall too sweet for me and too much extract flavors. Just not my usual cup of tea but can see the appeal for others

May 06, 2021
4 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2021
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by scotorum from Massachusetts


Poured from the 12 oz. can into a Samuel Smith English tulip

a: Opaque black with an inch thick tan head which dwindled slowly to a medium thick surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Toffee

t: Follows the nose along with a mild hop (?) bite and sweet finish.

m: Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: When your name is on the beer, you have to try it. Aroma and taste somewhat reminiscent of Evil Twin's iconic Biscotti Break, but a little less smooth, or more sharp. CW's barrel aged series is a personal favorite, particularly the Scotch ale, but unfortunately after an initial abundance they are not to be found in my area for a year or more.

Apr 26, 2021
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

Duncan pours a black color, with a small, tan head. Aroma is just lactose and cream flavor. Flavor is a little smoky, very very very sweet, sharp, lactose cream like flavor. Good body and feel. Overall, its interesting. Lots of flavors, strong, just a big milk stout.

Apr 12, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by ichorNet from Massachusetts

When I saw this on the shelf at my local store, I immediately scoffed and assumed it was by some local brewer trying to get cheeky with the labels and that there's no way a Dunkaroos stout could be achieved. I mean, sure, brewers have made s'mores stouts and stouts based on other sooorta similar concepts before, even pretty recently, but this one is literally telling me it's gonna taste like that favored childhood lunchtime-dessert treat, so I had to grab one. Then I noticed that it's by Central Waters, who I haven't had a single bad stout from, and whose reputation in general is pretty spotless, so I felt like giving it a shot would be necessary.

Cracking the can and pouring it into my glass, I'm met with a dark-brown liquid that only has a little bit of clarity around the edges and bottom of my vessel, all topped off with a light-khaki collar of foam that measures a few fingers before sinking to a very retentive and solid-looking half-finger, leaving behind consistent, tiered lace as it does so. Not bad, not bad at all!

The nose is, well... yeah, they nailed it. It's almost disturbing how exactly they made this smell like a whole package of Dunkaroos. How the... extreme vanilla with a specific diacetyl-ish (but not offputting) element, some grainy graham crackers with more than a hint of saccharine sweetness, and a bit of chocolate in there for good measure. It's not really a complex smell by any means, but it's kinda nuts how they got it all balanced and seemingly working together. I hope it tastes good and has these elements working together instead of just being a "proof of concept" in how to combine natural flavorings into a hodgepodge that somehow feels cohesive.

A bit of coconut on the palate, which I didn't notice in the nose, crossed with strong buttercream frosting/vanilla, dusty graham crackers with an oat-like complexion, and some roasted malt notes that bring out a hefty chocolate component in the mid-palate. The lactose is there to smooth things out, but it doesn't feel problematic on the tongue, and the body is still modest and well-carbonated. I'm happy this is below 8% ABV, too, because it could quickly get unwieldy at a higher strength. Worth a shot if you like dessert stouts and watching breweries pull off surprising feats of flavor, gimmicky as they may be.

Apr 09, 2021
3.87 by micada from New York on Mar 26, 2021
3.79 by jera1350 from Minnesota on Mar 24, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BB1313 from Ohio

Canned on 1/27/21. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black; fluffy khaki head that falls leaving great retention and lacing. The aromas have tons of vanilla leading the way. Some butter cream frosting. It's basically all vanilla along with some graham crackers. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose. More vanilla leading the way. More graham crackers coming through. Some chocolate and caramel. Some coconut in the mix. It's obviously on the sweeter side, but it's not cloyingly sweet or over the top at all. Lactose does its thing without dominating. Low bitterness. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's extremely fluffy, velvety, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice dessert beer. It does have an artificial vibe going on which might be a turn off to some, understandably, but I still like it. It's a very bold vanilla overload.

Mar 20, 2021
3.69 by SpaethJam from New York on Mar 14, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mothman from Minnesota

Can. Tan head dark brown color. Lace.

Frosting and graham crackers. Vanilla sweetness. Chocolate. Lactose/cream.

Medium to full bodied. Maybe a tad sweet. Some roast in the finish.

Feb 21, 2021
3.75 by jschott75 from Illinois on Feb 11, 2021
2.28 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Feb 08, 2021
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