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Fourteen Fourteen | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States
centralwaters.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by 4DAloveofSTOUT on 01-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
216
pDev:
7.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of sweemzander
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Major thanks to Andy for snagging me a bottle!

(A)- Pours a deep pitch black color. Some good tan froth and surprising lace.

(S)- A nice chocolatey raisin and subtle caramel, bark, and nice vanilla oak component.

(T)- Similar to the smell mostly. A bit chocolatey and with a subtle oaky caramel this time. Bits of raisin and vanilla too.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Its actually a touch thin in the mouthfeel for the style, but it helps its drinkability all the same.

(O)- A really good stout from a great, under-rated brewery. Well-balanced with a very harmonious taste and aroma despite a slightly thinner feel. Not ridiculously complex, but just an awesome stout that showcases the barrel aging very well.

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Photo of herman77
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of 3Hops
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of soccerfancooch
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of ryancl
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jegross2
4.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Fourteen Fourteen from Central Waters Brewing Company.
Score: 97

Tap pour served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 03/24/12 at the Central Waters tap takeover at the Local Option during Chicago craft beer week.

Appearance: The beer is a black color with a thick caramel-colored strip atop the glass when held up to light. Served with a thin beige-colored head that settles to a bubbly ring around glass. Minimal lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Rich bourbon-soaked raisins and milk chocolate. Sweet fig, molasses, and a hint of vanilla extract. 4.5/5

Taste: Complex! A lot more bourbon flavor upfront than the nose led on, but it's not really "boozy" -- just warming on the tongue. Behind the bourbon is sweet milk chocolate covered raisins, fudge and a smooth molasses-y backbone with brown sugar flavor in the finish. A little dry whiskey spice in the throat off the swallow. Marshmallow and a hint of almond on the midpalate. Hint of burnt oak too. There's a faint hoppiness in the finish. I love these kind of beers that are loaded with complex bourbon and stout flavors without the bourbon bite from the barrel-aging. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Usually Central Waters' great downfall has been the mouthfeel of their barrel-aged beers, which are notoriously thin-bodied -- but not this one! Full bodied, low carbonation. This beer is dry and modestly sweet. 5/5

Overall: A knockout barrel-aged beer from Central Waters that does not let down in the mouthfeel department. Central Waters should seriously consider re-brewing this, packaging it in four-packs and then distributing it. It is easily Central Waters' best beer, and comparable in quality to Hill Farmstead's Damon in my opinion.

Recommendation: If you ever see this tapped again, run -- don't walk -- to the brewpub and order a couple of glasses.

Pairings: Filet Mignon.

Cost: $7 for a 10 oz snifter pour at the bar, or $10 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of stouts4me
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.7/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this at Matt's birthday tasting last night. Thanks for sharing this, CJ! I didn't think I'd see this

Very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, this looks nice. The nose is great. Coffee liqueur, chocolate liqueur, a big bourbon, oak and vanilla note and even a little bit of a raw oak aroma. The base stout isn't particularly roasty, but that seems to be a Central Waters characteristic, as neither their Satin Solstice or -bal imperial stout is particularly roasty. A mild booze character is present

The palate opens with a blend of chocolate, coffee and booze. Mildly flabby, mildly dull and muddled, this is yeasty, fruity, mildly vinous, especially in the way that the tannins and alcohol play off each other. Medium-full in body, medium-low in carbonation. Mildly roasty and boozy on the finish, this is decent stuff.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Chris. Thanks buddy.

The beer appears dark brown with a thin, light tan head. The aroma is buttery, with notes of oak, bourbon, roast. Smooth feel, but perhaps a bit flabby, per se. Different aspects of this beer lack harmony and continuity. Still, a solid beer and quite tasty. Alcohol presence is tree, but generally unobtrusive. Overall, pretty tasty, but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.07/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Chris for sharing this one.

Beer pours a dark brown/nearly black with a tiny off-white head. Aroma is rather impressive, bourbon, oak, vanilla and a bit of roasty coffee all mix together nicely. The only thing keeping it from being a 5 is that there's a bit of alcohol in there. Flavor isn't quite as impressive as the nose however. It's a nice mix of bourbon, chocolate, oak and roast, but nothing really stands out here. It's a nice bourbon barrel stout, but not the best I've had. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, but full bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall, this is a good beer, but doesn't really stand out among other similar beers. I like it, don't love it.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for this nice rare beer!

It pours a nice very dark brown color with just a ring of head and not much lacing. The smell has a bunch of powdered cocoa, deep dark malt that is semi roasty, some great bourbon cask in there as well. Some nice dark fruits in the nose and the taste as well. A little coffee in the taste along with the bourbon, malt, molasses, brown sugar, etc. the flavor lingers such a long time, it's quite remarkable! The mouthfeel is great and smooth, not much alcohol at all, and great long finish. Overall, a very nice beer!

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Photo of dtmets84
3.51/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks! rom a long awaiting tell me how you feel about the brew aka mediocre

very thinL ight roasted malt presence with strong bourbon aromatics. wishing for more

Overall: Really nice. Reminds me of a barrel of something i i wish i could have been..

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Photo of Soneast
4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7/28/2012

Thanks! Snifter.

A: Brown bordering on black with a deep reddish tinge near the edges. The head is half an inch of beige froth.

S: Nutty dark toffee in the nose with dark chocolate and vanilla. Cocoa and a little coconut with brown sugar and oak. Light roasted malt presence with strong bourbon aromatics. Smells a lot like a Barleywine.

T: A blend of toffee, dark chocolate, and caramel with a lower moderate bitterness. Bourbon is well integrated and there's a pretty great vanilla profile. Nutty notes blend with oak and roasted grains. Well hidden alcohol in the flavor.

M: Upper medium to lower full body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel soft, silky, and creamy with alcohol warming.

Overall: Really nice. Reminds me of a barrel aged blend of Barleywine and Imperial Stout. Recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of brystmar
3.94/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to this one for awhile. Body is dark brown and pours a little watery. Medium-ish tan head, still lacking for a stout.

Good aroma with bourbon melting smoothly into the stout base. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the taste as the bourbon barrel character overwhelms the base stout. This fault seems to improve as it warms, though the bourbon is still overpowering overall. Wish the barrel was more an accent on the base than the predominant flavor.

Body suffers from CWS (Central Waters Syndrome): thin, weak, and watery. A decent stout, but still falls quite short of my expectations.

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Photo of marine1975
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Khazadum
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of The22Lou
5/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of silentjay
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pitch black with a smallish dark mocha head that is perfect for the style that laces extremely well as it recedes to a thin film.

lots of sweet dark malts and bourbon. a nice bourbon heat, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, mocha coffee, cacoa nibs, charred oak. complex and balanced aroma. could sniff this one all night.

bourbon first and foremost, but its well integrated into the sweet and dark roast stout flavors. some chocolate, hazelnut liqueur, a good amount of wood character brings in some earthiness and a lot of sweet molasses, caramel, and brown sugar. a lot of dark fruit as it warms with raisins, dates, dried candied fruits... excellent.

One qualm I've had with the couple CW barrel aged beers I've tried is their thin mouthfeel. This one does not suffer from that AT ALL. very thick and sticky mouthfeel with a nice lingering bourbon heat and sweetness.

tremendous. One of the best stouts I've had in quite some time. Would love for this to be readily available, but I'm just glad to have the opportunity to enjoy this on my birthday. very complex, balanced, and tasty. a monster of a beer and one that puts many of the "BIG BOYS" to shame.

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Fourteen Fourteen from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 216 ratings
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