arminjewell (6148) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep black with thin off whtie head, aroma is huge bourbon and vanilla with some chocolate notes. Taste up front is vanilla, chocolate, and molasses, leading into thick coffee and finishes smoky and dry but excellent and smooth. Have never gotten into central waters, what a mistake!
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours thick and oily black with no head. nose is sweet and boozy with burnt wood and minor coffee. taste is immediate booze and sweetness, the coffee and roast comes and the end and becomes very pronounced. An absolutey excellent beer. Will be definately cellar one or two of these.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to Skyview for this. Gorgeous body. Near pitch black in color with a massive milky-brown head. A delicious aroma. Subtle bourbon, coffee, dark malts. The aroma balances the other flavors in the aroma, but are a bit too strong in the flavor. There’s a bit of a cocoanut finish, but otherwise the flavors are much the same as in the aroma.
reliantkcar (102) - USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
caramel, coffee, roasty, leather, smoke, raisin, black, hazy, tan foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, paper napkin, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter,
fiver29 (1030) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours black with thin tan head. Aroma is coffee and dark roast. Medium mouthfeel. Flavors follow the nose and have a wonderful balance of coffee, roast, hops, and finish smooth with the coffee lingering for a few moments. Nice! I don’t get any barrel action is this brew even though the description says its there. Either way a fantastic brew.
nickd717 (3477) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via trade thanks to deliriumfest on BA. I had meant to enjoy an easy drinking coffee beer on a Sunday afternoon as I racked my homebrewed schwarzbier to its lagering keg, but as soon as I opened this beer and smelled it, I knew I was in trouble. The unmistakable aroma of bourbon flew out of the bottle at me. Damn it. I am such a drunk. Anyway, pours just a shade short of black with a two-finger tan head that leaves great lacing. The aroma, as previously stated, starts off with bourbon. You also get some coffee, roast, oak, and vanilla in there. Flavor is fairly complex and very nice with bourbon, fresh coffee, roasted malt, and barrel notes: vanilla and oak. A little earthy and mildly tannic. Medium-full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel despite slight astringency from the coffee. A very nice beer overall.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Probably the beer of Christmas Day. Really easy to enjoy for quite awhile as this is clearly a sipper. The beer poured into my glass a deep chesnut brown (nearly black) with a smallish 1/2" light tan head. The aroma starts out on the dark chocolate side of things then as it warms up the coffee and whiskey really start to emerge. Molasses, tar and vanilla are also detectable.
Tasting this is really the start of this show. Rich dark chocolate, bitter coffee, woody, and vanilla. The oak really stands out the more this gets to room temp. It’s either that or some hops but I get a really woody bitterness, merging with the coffee bitterness and it finishes really, really dry for an 8% impy stout. The whiskey really plays a solid supporting role with this beer, and never dominates in any way. Really an outstanding beer.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky brown with a medium tan head that fades away moderately and leaves nominal lacing. Aroma of coffee, dark roasted malts, vanilla, mild oak and a nice touch of bourbon. Body is relatively smooth and contains some acidic coffee, vanilla, moderate bourbon, roasted malt. While decent, the bourbon/acidic mix is not exactly up my alley, but overall it’s pretty good.
alexsdad06 (5359) - Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark milk chocolate brown with a medium beige head. The aroma is coffee, caramel, and vanilla that combine nicely around a roasted base. The flavors are coffee, dark chocolate, toffee with some added roast. This is extremely drinkable, to the point I could see myself having it in the morning with breakfast, the middle of the day to take the edge off, or to wind down in the evening. Some alcohol came out as it warmed, but I’m surprised it lasted that long. This is a solid beer and another from this brewery.
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to msante79 for this one. Pours cola brown a tan head. Nose is vanilla, coffee, slight coffee bitterness, and noticeable bourbon. Flavor is vanilla, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, and a bit of alcohol. Medium-full body and lingering roast, coffee, and sweetness. Very enjoyable, and another home run from Central Waters.