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Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout

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RATINGS: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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We throw seventy-five pounds of tart Door County cherries into each oak barrel with a rich Imperial Stout and then age it for six month to create this savory delight. Cheers

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"damn - another big beer and another winner from Central Waters. This was the nightcap to our DIPA tasting and boy, did it hit the spot. I’m probably being stingy with my score. Great (surprisingly easy drinking!) blend of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and cherries, and roasted malt in both the flavor and aroma. looked a little lite in color, but was super smooth and delicious, with a tight head that lasted. great beer - thanks John! I gotta try me a Bells one day!!!"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2267) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2014
This is normally not a type of beer that I'm a huge fan of but this one works more than most any I've ever had. Poured with a smallish light tan head that didn't last, very little lace, and a clear dark brown color. Aroma is roasted malt and tart cherry. Flavor is like aroma and is fairly dry with pronounced carbonic tang, goes well with these flavors of roasted malt and tart cherry. Good buddy. A little Boozy. Perhaps the best Cherry stout I've ever had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1333) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle from BrookFalls Discount. Pours a very dark brown with reddish tints, and a tan head leaving terrific streaky lacing. Aroma has sweet cherries and light bourbon. Some caramelly malt showed through down in the glass. Taste starts with sweet fruits, tart cherry, some vanilla and finishes with a solid caramel backbone. This is really sweet, between the fruit, the vanilla-y/bourbon and the caramel, although the tartness of the cherries attempts to combat that nicely. Close to a caramel apple flavor, but with cherries. Some smooth sipper-ness to this. Finishes sweet and bourbon-y and tart in equi blends. This was enjoyable. Going to cellar one, and may pick up more. 15.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6571) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2014
12oz bottle, thanks to Nuplastikk for sharing at Old Fashioned in Madison! Red dark brown color. Kind of clear around the edges, mostly hazy. Thin off-white khaki head. Leaves some decent lace. Interesting whiskey and cherry aroma. Reminds me of the whiskey colas my friends would order in bars in college... With a cherry added to it. Doesn’t quite have the body of your typical imperial stout, not at all... Pretty thin. Medium to bigger body. Kind of slick finish. Light tart tannic taste, light to moderate sweet, light bitter. OK cherry stout... Not great, though. Light cherry heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Really enjoyed this beer that I received via a trade. Glad I was able to taste a BA Cherry Stout. I could taste the cherries as soon as I took a sip and then the oak barrel tastes concludes each sip.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMMillsy (1430) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2014
2014 bottle as an extra in trade. Thanks! Pours dark brown with a half finger light brown head. Aroma of light roast, some sour cherry I guess, a bit of whiskey and rubbing alcohol. Flavor is mostly sour cherries, some light roast, and a little bit of vanilla and cheap whiskey finish. Nice that this isn't overly killer sweet like other cherry stout I've had, but it really comes off more as a dark sour brew than stout. Medium bodied with medium plus carbonation . Not bad, but not something to seek out unless you are really into the cherry thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
popery (1433) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Pours a cola brown color. More transparent than I remember, dark brown and opaque in the middle of the glass but pretty wide lighter edges. Small light khaki head. Fades to nothing. The aroma has a good dose of cherries and bourbon. Chocolate, roast and caramel are hiding in the background. The bourbon is nice enough with notes of vanilla, oak and spice, but the booze is fairly strong. I like the cherries a lot. I guess I just wish it was more of a mix of chocolate and cherries with the other flavors supporting. The taste is similar. Lots of cherry and bourbon on top of a fairly mild stout. Pretty sweet. Chocolate seems a bit simple and sweet. Again, I wish the chocolate played more of a starring role and the booze was quite so apparent. Mouthfeel is fairly thin. Carbonation is on the low side. I’ve had this beer a few times now, and it just doesn’t really work for me. It’s a nice idea, though, and I’d love to see it made with a beefier base stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syndicate (89) - Idaho, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Got this thanks to Henshawb. Poured a dark brown almost no head. Nice lacing on the glass. Nose is sweet candied cherries and real boozy. Taste is obvious, bourbon soaked cherries with a nice oakiness that shines with this one. Really sweet and glad i got share this one. This might have taken a couple hrs to drink this 12oz. Either way Central Waters knows how to do big beers and this was one of them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (2134) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2014
12oz bottle shared by JohnGonk. Pours a dark brown/almost black color with a small creamy khaki head. Aroma of strong bourbon, oak barrel, roasted malt, and black cherries. Taste of tart black cherries, roasted malt, strong boozy bourbon, and dry oak.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
DevianceInDark (2) - - MAY 30, 2014 does not count
The beer that got me into Central Waters and has become an obsession of mine. I?ve had 13 and 14 vintage that did not disappoint. Boozy and tart cherry. Wonderful cherry aroma that only increases as it warms. Pour into a snifter and enjoy as it evolves!

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