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RATINGS: 407   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Central Waters' 10th Anniversary Imperial Stout infused with peruvian coffee and aged in a bourbon barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Bottle thanks to JW77 for sharing. Poured dark brown with a dense tan head. Nose is lightly roasted with notes of rich coffee, caramel, and dark cocoa, very balanced. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor up front is mellow roasted coffee and sweet caramel malts, mid way through some cocoa, bourbon, and vanilla come in to play. Mostly sweet with mild coffee bitterness and slight acidity in the back end. Finishes with a roasted chocolate note. Very good, I would have liked a touch more of a hop presence.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Served from a 12 oz bottle via trade with klikger (BA). The appearance is deep brown with a smaller bubbly roasted brown head. Wow a great nose. Delicious German chocolate cake dominates. Really nice in the coconut, bourbon, a good coffee in the nose too. Excellent nose, I just want to keep smelling it. The flavors are as good, loads of coconut, and bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, oak barrels, lots of coffee but it is hidden beneath all the other flavors. The mouth is very full, incredibly smooth, very warm in the stomach. Wow even better then I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (9935) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
A: The pour is a dark brown color with some red highlights when the glass is held up to the light. A mild tan head forms on top. S: The nose is full of bourbon, vanilla, and coffee. There’s a nice roastiness to it along with a touch of chocolate, molasses, and oak. T: The flavor is quite interesting as the barrel characteristics of bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol come through, but there’s a bit of a spiciness to it as well. The coffee is strong, perhaps too strong for some (but I enjoy it). M: The body is a bit on the thin side for an imperial stout, but still fairly substantial. The carbonation is is a bit high. D: A really complex beer. Even with the barrel aging and a significant ABV, the alcohol presence is fairly minimal. I’m glad to have several more of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4662) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
bottle thanks to exiled. deep chocolate brown with a cream head. fudge brownies, chocolate, roasted malts, and more chocolate on the nose. great on the palate, coffee, chocolate, syrup, and fudge for flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (5929) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2010
12-oz. Thanks, Alex! Pours black with a scant tan head. Enormous rich robust coffee nose, smooth and roasty and loaded with oily complexity of real coffee beans. Bourbon is definitely an afterthought in the aromatics profile. Creamy medium body, very understated carb but in a choesive and pleasant way. Coffee, lots of roast, and a bit of sweet bourbony vanilla on the mid-palate. Long roasty coffee finish. Great BA coffee stout, maybe the best of the lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2010
Thanks riversideak! heavy aromas of boozy espresso shots and toasty oak. stunning together. dark toffee, small tan head. bourbon takes a backseat to the coffee, awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2010
Big coffee nose, roasty and black, bourbon shows up underneath all the coffee, solid interesting coffee/ba nose. Dark cola brown, soft beige foam rings. Intensely robust coffee flavors followed by underlying sweeter bpurbon and vanilla notes. Wonderful mix, very interesting, great balance. Really enjoyable. Well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2010
(12oz bottled January thanks to Exiled) clearish deep brown pour, light tan bubbles constantly on top and decent lacing. Nose of coffee, vanilla, chocolate syrup, sweet caramel and bourbon. Extremely complex and smells incredible. Taste of moderate alcohol, coffee with cream, somewhat fudgey and chocolate syrup. Finish is a little light for the style, very carbonated and creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2010
Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer. The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is lots of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is more of the same with the addition of vanilla, oak and bourbon. Surprisingly, the chocolate is more dominant than the coffee but this is an outstanding barrel-aged beer that lives up to the high ratings that it receives. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
Thanks to Brian for sending this my way! A- At first the body appears to be a very dark brown, almost black color-but when light is shone through flashes of translucent bright cherry red are seen. Head fades to a thin collar. S-Nose is quite interesting. Impressions of coffee and dark roasted malt come through initially-but dark fruit like raisin and plum are also quite noticeable. T- Upfront dark fruits come through the most but there is a nice roasted malt component in the background. The roasted malt character intensifies and adds some bitterness-but nothing intense or overpowering and there is also a slight alcohol burn for the finish. P-Medium to heavy weight body and medium carbonation. A slight alcohol presence but body remains pretty smooth. O- This is a very good, interesting imperial stout and a nice ending to the tasting. The ABV is minimally noticeable. I found this brew to be quite drinkable and unique. The fruitiness blends well with the coffee characters. I’d love to have this one again! Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-08-2010 15:02:09

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