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Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout

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RATINGS: 700   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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The "Brewer’s Reserve" label is used only for limited edition beers. No time or expense was spared to create these beers! This is a good expression of our passion for brewing -- Cheers!


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5319) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Rating #5300! 2013 Vintage Bottle Deep dark brown coloured body with a touch of brown colour that isn’t opaque at the edges, along with a very thin, just oily top of deep brown. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, oak, vanilla, raisins, cognac, whiskey and much more alcohol - super pungent. Medium-bodied; Ridiculously pungent bourbon and oak flavours with a lot of alcohol flavours along with some anise, cognac, roasted malt, light coffee and even a hint of the soy sauce. Aftertaste shows the nice complexities of the bourbon, with a ton of alcohol warmth throughout along with caramelised sugars and a dose of pit fruits. Overall, a good beer (tastes more of a porter) that’s been aged in fresh (or for a very long time) bourbon barrels; Great to try, and perhaps a bit more polished after long times, but this is still a tad harsh after a year of aging. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle (Vintage 2013), purchased from Good Beer in New York (East Village), New York on 25-April-2014 for US$5,49 sampled at home in Washington to celebrate both beer #5300 and the welcoming of the Blizzard of 2016 on 22-January-2016. Vintage: 2013 // Purchased: 25-April-2014 // Sampled: 22-January-2016

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PotjeBier (2276) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2015
12 oz. bottle (from De Bierkoning), 2014 edition, at home. Pours a black color. Light beige head, short retention. Aroma’s: bourbon, sweet, vanilla, wood/tannines. Retronasal it’s sweet, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, light alcohol, light roast. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, vanilla, chocolate. Body is medium, could have been a bit fuller. Long finish with cocoa, light roast, light bitterness. Overall really nice!

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
zeke626 (457) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle, 2014 vintage. Pours an opaque black body with a light brown head. The aroma is rather boozy and almost all bourbon—oak, vanilla, and coconut—with some sugars. The taste is similar, although there is some roasted malts, cocoa, and licorice. The aroma is much more intense than the taste, and unfortunately, the body is rather thin for an imperial stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bonnie628 (50) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Y black with khaki head. Long lasting head, bourbon and coffee aroma. Coffee taste and some caramel. Very smooth especially considering bourbon barreled beers can be big alcohol distractions.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
edbast (38) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2015
12 oz bottle. This is a good but unexceptional BA stout. The bourbon dominates. Very good beer and props to Central Waters for making an affordable no BS (wax cap, "special release", sky-high pricing) barrel aged beer.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fuzzcro (98) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Very nearly a perfect barrel aged stout! I would pull out all stops and rate as high as I could go but for the thin viscosity...delicious in every other way.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Wow, the aroma of this beer is incredible with a complex barrel presence that’s perfectly integrated into the characteristics of the base beer. Very nice bourbon presence with dry oak, vanilla, toasted coconut and marshmallow followed by roasted malt, silky chocolate and a dessert-like fudge cake quality. Very complex and although the bourbon barrel is the strongest component, the dark malts and stout notes aren’t overpowered at all. Smells incredible! I could see some folks wanting more bourbon in the nose but to me the aroma is nearly perfect. Full bodied with a blast of bourbon heat that lingers over the other barrel notes and roasted malt into a slightly spicy, dry finish. A bit boozier and heavier on the bourbon flavors th an the nose suggests, but the barrel character remains complex and is nicely integrated into the base beer. Some dry, charred oak followed by a strong sweet and spicy bourbon presence that’s followed by a smooth vanilla bean flavor before the roasted and sweet malt notes come in. Not as sweet or dessert like as the nose hinted at but there’s still some subtle silky chocolate flavor countering the intense roast. The rost compliments the dry oak and spicy spirit with hints of dark chocolate, burnt toast, oatmeal and espresso bean. Slightly hot with some warmth in the finish but after the palate adjusts, the high ABV is relatively well masked. Definitely a sipper but the complexity and intense flavors make it a very enjoyable drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1512) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2015
Tasted this at the Valhalla Bar, 815 9th Avenue in New York on the 22nd September 2015. Keg, flight glass. Dull black in colour with a thin pale buff head. Malty on the nose with intense sweet dark chocolate notes coming through. Thin oily mouthfeel and non existent lacing. Dark malt complex gives a rich malty base with strong flavours of liquorice, dark chocolate, mocha coffee and vanilla all present in the mouth. There is just a hint of hop resins present which unlike the Lagunitas Imperial Stout, this does linger around much longer in the mouth, giving a dusty hop aftertaste. Strong malt finish with sweet dark chocolate, liquorice along with vanilla oak cask notes and a warming alcoholic burr at the end. A decent Imperial Stout but side by side tasting - I much prefer Lagunitas Imperial Stout to this one!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
popway (134) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Bottle pour is medium body ink black w light autumn leaf brown head Campfire oak and hickory aromas w bourbon underneath Well rounded smooth palate. Taste is right on w lightly sweet bourbon in fulfilling mellow tones Enjoyed in a snifter

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (819) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Tap at Butcher and the Boar with commonshawn. Tulip 12 oz pour. Dark brown into black color. Minimal tan head. Aroma is definitely boozy with nice after dinner chocolate presence and prune. Taste has chocolate and coffee qualities with the ever present bourbon alcohol riding along. More bitterness than anticipated. Rich, complex stout that carries the bourbon barrel family crest proudly. Gets better as it warms. Not sure you need more than one but that one you have is super tasty. Good effort.


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