Ericular (428) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A respectable bourbon barrel stout. Thinner and rougher than the gold standard BCBS, perhaps milder and sweeter overall. Would like a more in-depth re-rate.
YoDude (10) - Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Vintage 2012, aged 14 months in my beer cellar, presented and decanted from a 12oz bottle and poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Ruby brown with a little head that dissipates quickly to a ring. Very little head retention.
Smell: vanilla, smoke, toffee, dried cherries.
Taste: Sweet alcohol and roasted malt combine into chocolate covered cherries, transitioning to a slight oaken tartness that lingers along with the malt spice. No hop presence.
Mouth feel: rich and smooth, little carbonation, warming alcohol.
Overall: This is a well rounded Specialty Imperial Stout. A great beer on its own, it retains a more complex balance with subtle sweet and sour bourbon barrel flavors. I don’t think I’ve had a more balanced and drinkable beer of this style. Impressive and enjoyable.
pwnzilla61 (9) - - JAN 21, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
caramel, coffee, chocolate, toast, dough, vanilla, smoke, black, tan foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, oily feel, flat, long finish. Creamy coconut, with lots of cocoa and come vanilla. One of the most balanced bourbon stouts out there. One of my fav. and my go to stout. cheap 4 packs and plenty to get a hold of always buy about a case worth. elite beer.
kambei70 (461) - - JAN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours jet black with a tan, creamy head. Aroma is brown sugar, brown malt, caramel. Taste is lactic with milk chocolate, and a brewed coffee bitterness at the end. A little bit of alcohol comes through. Sweet with fairly high carbonation and finishes fairly dry. Full and creamy mouthfeel.
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jeremyh70 (557) - Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle. Pours an almost opaque black with a touch of chestnut highlight. Small tan head with little lacing. Aroma is sweet with milk chocolate, caramel, prominent vanilla and some underlying dark fruit. Taste is initially sweet and has a big vanilla flavor with caramel and milk chocolate. Some bourbon mid taste with fig, hints of coffee, mild oakiness and roast flavor. Finishes semi dry with a mild oaky aftertaste. Mouthfeel is oily and medium/full bodied with low/medium carbonation. Maybe a touch too sweet for me but has a nice level of complexity and all the flavors I look for in a bourbon barrel stout.
charule (741) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Riverside. 2012. Poured very dark brown almost black with a ring of cream. Decent bourbon vanilla aroma. Sharp light cab with med bod. Slight char barrel choc taste. Well rounded.
hockeybeerguy (532) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 Vintage; Rcvd in trade; Consumed on December 30, 2013. Into a snifter. The appearance was dark brown close to black colored body with a quickly dieing slim white somewhat foamy head, barely any lacing was shown at all. The smell is the best part of the beer as it starts out bourbon up front, however, once it warms a bit, there’s a good amount of oakiness and even after more warming - wow, the vanilla comes out along with some light licorice and close to the end of the drink I even got some light chocolate; throughout the entire drink its fairly roasty as well.
The taste is bourbon sweet throughout with the vanilla complimenting it pretty well in a somewhat roasty sort of way; bourbon slightly vanilla aftertaste, dry bourbon-like finish. On the palate, for a 2012 double stout at/about 9.5%, its still fairly hot in the feel, still I say it sits about a medium to heavy in body. not really sessionable - more of a sipper and I expected that so I sipped the whole thing in about 2 and a half hours; carbonation is pretty smooth for the most part. Overall, what a nice night cap to end my day. I’m not sure if I’d want to try this fresh or if I did, I’d make sure I’d have no where to go the following day as I had this over a year old and thought it was pretty boozy, but for the most part I did like it well, next time if I do ever get this again, I’ll be aging it longer and would gladly again accept it. That smell - wow, just absolutely awesome for a Bourbon Double Stout!
Dave11899 (16) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 12oz, bottled pours black into a snifter with a light khakis head. Aroma is heavy burbon, oak and possibly vanilla... Taste is smooth with a tart finish. Burbon is prevalent with a oak accompanying the tartness. Possibly some chocolate undertones; hard to distinguish with the bourbon aging. Medium carbonation and low bitterness. Overall this beer needs just a little more depth in one category to make it unstoppable. The barrels used are perfect. Just needs a little more going into the barrel. By far my favorite beer out if Wisconsin as of today!
tfratzke (43) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I tried this beer a few years ago and deemed it "the worst bourbon barrel stout I have ever had." Fast forward to 2013 and I decided to give it another shot. I am glad I did. Bourbon and vanilla on the nose. Similar flavors when tasting. Nice sweetness. Smooth, a little thinner than I prefer my stouts. This is really great.
krittenhouse (4) - Shelby, USA - JAN 8, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my first Central Waters. Oh so amazing, great color, layers if flavor. Richness of bourbon and vanilla too!