Central Waters Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout

RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Johnsense (1582) - - DEC 6, 2016
Near pitch black pour, fast tiny offwhite head. Aroma is chocolate covered cherry truffles, oak, red wine, lighter booze notes. Dark chocolate gives way to sour cherry Liqueur, pinot noir, wood. Medium body with active carbonation. Drinks like a sour/stout hybrid. A sipper that begs for a black forest cake for accompaniment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (2960) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2016
Pour at the Great Taste of the Midwest, 2016. Not sure how I’ve missed this one previously. Dark brown pour, slightly murky. Malty with some tart cherry in the taste. Hard to find any bourbon or barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (7705) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle shared by a friend. Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, slight bourbon and cherry. Tart cherry flavor giving way to sweet malt before a chocolate and bourbon finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emusche (209) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2016
Pours deep copper with minimal head. Aroma is tart cherry, faint vanilla, mild oakiness. Taste is tart cherries, whiskey, very smooth. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phranq (163) - - JUN 15, 2016
Poured from 12 oz bottle 2016 vintage. Dark brown black pour. Aroma is tart cherry, malt, chocolate and vanilla. Gusging with cherry flavor but well ballanced. Slightly bitter finish. A very nice bourbon stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1955) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2016
Bottle. Colour...light brown, but not quite amber, with a thin head. Nose...cherry compote and cherry crisp with hints of ethanol. Palate...dry, with dried sweet cherries, Luden’s cherry lozenges and some rolling waves of booziness. The mid palate is a bit sweeter and than the front and the finish is almost brisk with sappy cherry bark and hints of oaky tannins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrjaxson (557) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Central Waters was scooping 80 pounds of Door County cherries into the barrel four years ago when this edition was created. As a result, it smells and tastes a lot like, well, cherries. Surprisingly light weight for a barrel-aged stout. Still nicely tart. Quite yummy. Wish I had a few more hiding in the beer fridge. Bottled Jan 2012 and consumed Jan 2016.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (464) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Bottle from 2014 into tulip. Minneapolis. Overall, decent. Hard to tell this is barrel aged. Missing the typical CW barrel aged aroma. I’m not sure about the style. The cherry seems to a clash a little with the barrel notes. Definitely my least favorite of the CW bourbon barrel beers. Would be better if made with Michigan cherries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (10077) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2015
12 oz bottle sampled for the first time at DLD from notes. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor had quite a bit of dark, tart cherries, roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, hints of wood, some vanilla, this was something new to me back in 07 when I had it the first time, so I would have rated it higher, subsequent tastings found it to be very good, but not like the first time, solid enough though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
koleminer20 (3348) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2015
From notes. Enjoyed at the Great Taste of the Midwest on August 08. This one has little hope. Ugh. The pour is a medium brown with a larger light tan head and a decent lace. The aroma is all cherry. I would have loved to get some malt, dark fruit, or even a little licorice. There is no barrel, no discernible oak or vanilla. It’s bad. The flavor mimics this. There is nothing in here but cherries. I feel like it’s brown cherry juice. Blah. Not for a stout. The mouth feel is thin and sharp with a light, spritzy carbonation and a lingeringly tart finish. This thing is just something else. And not a good something.

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