Rye Barrel Stout | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American Stout aged three years in rye bourbon barrels.

Added by ncketchum on 01-01-2013

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 60
Photo of maximum12
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my favorite Bears fan, mnbearsfan, for slinging a bottle of this my way. I owe you some big hugs for this. 22 ounce bottle split with my wife.

The pours looks like a Midwest stout, dark. The nose is lighter than expected, gentle rye whiskey, chocolate, mild sweetness.

Central Waters Rye Barrel Stout: rye whiskey on the Mark McGwire juice. The barrel is here is predominant in a way that’s rather foreign to this brewery, which appears to pride itself on its (awesomely) balanced barrel-aged program. This is a rye shot to the perineum, in a good way. Boozy: another departure. Little roast, little chocolate, little shoulder massage, little sideways smile. Thick, & tasty in a way that I could drink until I found nirvana, or at least a 1:00 PM wake up.

Wildly different from most of the CW barrel-aged program, this is simple, barrel-heavy, without the complexity or subtlety of most of their beers. And? Who gives a rip. Sometimes, simple is good. Or excellent. Which is what this is.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Smell: lots of sweet whiskey vanilla tons of oak some spice milk chocolate but it smells really barrel forward

Taste: just like the nose this is really Barrel forward a big sweet whiskey note hits you right upfront and drives through into the finish middle of the mouth more Barrel flavor vanilla toasted coconut fudge in the finish you get some Rye spice more of that sweet whiskey flavor pipe tobacco and a big oakiness that lingers in the aftertaste.

Feel: a little thin for a 13% Stout but it doesn't really take away from the experience. Medium body great carbonation. Silky smooth on the tongue.

Overall: When they say a beer was aged for three years in a barrel you except it to be super barrel forward and it is. There's a noticeable sweet whiskey presence but it never gets overwhelmingly boozy. Central Waters does a great job with there Barrel aged beers. The mouthfeel is always my one knock I have when it comes to there beers but the flavor is always so spot on and it doesn't really take away from the experience. A great beer that Is worth trading for if you can get it for the right price.

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Photo of fondyball20
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the bottle release on 3/3/17, Different batch then the previous check-in's.

Very nice Rye flavor, balanced. Some chocolate notes. On the thinner side for body, similar to the other reserve series beers.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Tap takeover at Dexters. Black medium thin body. Sweet rye aroma. Good amount of rye on the nose. So good. Sweet chocolate taste with a good amount of rye taste. This needs to be bottled! Excellent!

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Photo of Stevedore
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Darker brown body, half finger white head that drops quickly into a thin collar.

S- Milk chocolate aromas, a bit of rye whiskey permeates the nose, but for the most part it isn't particularly complex in any way even when it warms up.

F- Smooth milk chocolate, rye whiskey, mildly burnt malt, bitter black coffee.

M- Thinner-medium body, a bit harsh on the finish, although not terribly hot.

O- Decent stout, but a bit thin. I think the rye whiskey on its own doesn't impart enough complexity to the base beer.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stubbys

A - pours dark brown, no head to speak of

S - spiciness of rye, chocolate follows

T - fantastic, lots of the rye barrel, then coffee, roasted malt, just enough chocolate

M - smooth, thicker than the bourbon barrel aged

O - wow, a different take on a great beer, the rye barrel aging gives a unique twist to one of my favorites

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Rye Barrel Stout from Central Waters Brewing Co.
4.28 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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