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Central Waters 1414 (fourteen fourteen) Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Our special version of our Imperial Stout, aged for 14 months in Old Heaven Hill 14 year-old bourbon barrels for our 14th anniversary celebration. Limited release of 1,000 bottles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Huge thanks to someone for sharing this in line at Dark Lord Day 2012. Served in a taster glass. Pours near-black with a nice mocha head and some spots of lacing as it falls to a thin collar. The nose is unbelievable with loads of fresh vanilla and a bit of oak alongside smooth bourbon and a bit of chocolate. The flavor falls off from there with the bourbon taking over alongside a fair amount of booze. Heavy body with low carbonation. Nose was killer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5606) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Shared a 22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a small light brown head. Aroma was roasted malts, vanilla, touch of brown sugar. Flavor was a nice bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, concoction. The sweet characters of it helped to mask a bit of the alcohol burn that lingered at the end, but was still surprised to find out that it was 11% ABV. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
22 oz bottle shared in line for GTMW tickets (Madison, WI). Pours a rich thick blackish pour, good murk and rich qualities. Brownish glow on the edges and bottom. A frothy tannish head that dies to a ring, laces small. Darker. Aromas are rich and thicker, bakers chocolate and cookies, touches of fudge, oak, roast. Vanilla, gentle spirit, thicker toffee, caramel. Roasty, toasty. Good aromas and inviting cookie nature, touches of coconut. Vanilla and creamy elements. Initial is fuller bodied, thicker with enveloping roast, toast, rich coffee. Firm roasty coffee, earth, and dark cacao. Middle gets a touch sticky and oaky, vanilla, gentle heat and caramel. Toffee, with offerings of toasted coconut, biscuits, a gentle smokey element on the nose offers a touch of life into the backend and finish. Really a lot going on, active and rich, mellow barrel notes accent. Really nice, touch of heat, spirit, and lingering firm flavors. Coconut.. Mmmmm. Quite lovely. Thanks a bunch, Mad Town Crew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dunt (299) - Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Generously provided by Matt for our Sunday tasting. Pours a medium brown in color, a little lighter than I hoped actually. 1/4’’ fingers worth of off-white head. Nose is full of oak, rye, bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Flavor is nice and full, exceptionally smooth. Caramel, bourbon, some spicy rye, and a light vanilla. Carbonation is good, nice long finish, light heat, velvety smooth. The best Central Waters I’ve had to date which is saying a lot because I am a Central Waters fanboy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Deftim13 is insane. This starts massively sharp with booze and oak. Sharp alcohol continues but fuzzy vanilla and cream grow. Big mouth feel and coating. Hints of bandaid and medicine, but not in a bad way. Unfortunate to open a rare directly after, but before I finished this rate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 19/20
crossovert (9089) - Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2012
UPDATED: APR 15, 2013 On tap. Basically a bourbon county clone. It beats it in aroma though. Just a solid beer, had it on tap. Big bourbon notes but tempered by that awesome stout base. 1515 is even better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5773) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2012
(22oz bomber thanks to GregSVT) clear but near black, few bubbles. Nose of rich bourbon, light vanilla, fudge, mild alcohol bite that reminds me of tequila but comes in waves, rich chocolate and fairly decadent. Taste of rich fudge that’s not nearly too roasty (a common complaint of mine) and lacks the hops so many American brewers try for. Rich vanilla, bourbon, milk chocolate, and very little alcohol presence. It’s there, but not overwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (617) - Alpine, California, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Aroma is lots of vanilla and bourbon. Taste follows the nose. This is a great beer, but is missing in the palate a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Another huge thanks to dcschiller. Pour is deep brown with very little head. Aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, brown sugar, marshmallow, and bourbon. Flavor shows additional notes of chocolate and coffee. I would love to try this beer at another time because it never should’ve follow so closely to GI King Henry. The barrel influence on this beer is much lighter and slightly more integrated than KH which leads me to believe that it would’ve performed better solo had it been given the chance. Overall body is moderate to full and the finish is fairly balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Big, big thanks to Adam for this beauty. Pours dark, dark chocolate brown with a small tight tan head that sticks around for a bit and leaves a little bit of lace. Aroma is big and much sweeter and less boozy than I was expecting. Lots of baker’s chocolate, molasses, coconut and vanilla. There is some leather and dark wood notes alongside a solid but not overwhelming bourbon character. Ah, that’s where the bourbon went. The first flavor to hit the palate is a big boozy bourbon and vanilla kick. It doesn’t last too long before the dark chocolate malts, roasted coconut and heavy molasses sweetness sticks on the tongue. The finish is a combination of roasty malts and bourbon burn. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky, dessert-like, with soft carbonation and an emerging alcohol burn as it warms. As usual, the barrel program at Central Waters delivers a huge, complex but drinkable beer. I was fearful that the bourbon would be overpowering but it definitely wasn’t. Well integrated with plenty of the underlying beer coming through. Damn good beer.

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