Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout

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RATINGS: 744   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!

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4.2
Alengrin (6007) - BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2018
Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout by this craft brewery in Wisconsin, under the Brewer's Reserve label so limited in production. Somewhat 'membranously' lacing, medium thick, pale beige, creamy head, quickly breaking apart in the middle but generally well-retaining over a blackish beer - but actually very dark chestnut brown with ochre edges. Strong bouquet of any typical, classy BBA American stout: 'fondant' chocolate bars, clearly recognizable bourbon blended in well, caramel sauce, maple syrup, candied dates, walnut liqueur, soggy 'black' bread, hazelnut paste, cold black coffee but softly so, subtle haemoglobin iron, home made blackcurrant jam, hints of liquorice candy, raisin bread, freshly baked brownies straight from the oven, cinnamon, almond, veal stock. Sweet onset, bit 'candied' (candied dates), raisins, dried plums, fried banana slices, but not too sweet and balanced by a mellowly sourish undertone, brambleberry-ish; very thin beefy umami edge too. Soft carbonation, slick but full, oily mouthfeel, though not as heavy and viscous as is often the case in this type of beers; alcohol is noticeable at a very early stage, already - subtly - heating the tip of the tongue. Deeply caramelly and nutty malt sweet body, quickly bitterish due to toastedness but the sweetness carries on till the end; black chocolate and sugared coffee-like shades at the back, before a strong glow of heating, evidently very bourbon-like alcohol raises its head - yet, apart from some slight wryness at the sides of the tongue and all the way at the back, somehow avoids overt astringency and blends well with the creamy 'flood' of caramelly-nutty-toasted malt bittersweetness. Vanilla-scented oak lights up in the finish, actual wood flavours appear (a bit furniture-like even) and a 'cleanly earthy', spicy hop bitter punch blends seamlessly with the toasty bitterness of the malts and the bourbon aspect. Ends more elegantly than I had feared based on the early presence of heating alcohol - though the ending does remain significantly boozy. Lovely 'black chocolateyness' lingers. Warming, robust yet still elegant US 'impy', though perhaps just a tad boozier than it should have been, with 'real' bourbon flavour becoming a bit too apparent for me in the end; could do with more viscosity too, even at 'only' 9.5 % ABV. Still a very enjoyable sipper and doubtlessly a powerful introduction to the world of BBA American imperial stouts; not quite at the world class level of Founders' KBS, BCBS (especially in its pre-pasteurized form), Bell's Black Note or the elusive Toppling Goliath masterpieces in this segment, but flavour-wise, it ticks all the boxes and delivers what it promises. Beautiful stout, in all, certainly, but with a thicker, more 'fatty' body and a tad less alcohol burn (and taste), this would have been an immediate 4.5+/5 for me.

4.2
onceblind (11099) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2018
Heavy deep brown pour under a thin foamy light tan head. Roasty brown sugary and chocolaty nose with a nice woody touch. Smooth roasty dark flavor with a smack of bourbon barrel woody tones and kisses of brown sugar and vanilla with a lingering earthy chocolaty sweetness.

4
shanoknowsfood (109) - Hawaii, USA - FEB 3, 2018
Bottle from a friend. Poured black with a small head that dissipated quickly. Tasted like an Imperial Stout, but i cannot give it a fair review right now because i used it to wash the taste of a Belgian Ale out of my mouth. Yummy and strong, though. Will give it a better review next time.

4
Iznogud (4991) - CROATIA - JAN 30, 2018
Bottle, 355 ml, from Carmine Street Beers. Shared with JFK10000 and Max. Pours black with small beige head. Chocolate, roasted malts, sweet, bourbon, dried fruit, bitter finish. Medium bodied.

2.9
BigBeer45 (1592) - Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2018
Bottle sampled in a glass, this impy was a dark brown in the glass, the bottom of the glass was a very dark red when held to a light, there was a small light tan cover, some nice lacing, this drink had aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon with some liquor notes, a little coffee, caramel, brown sugar and molasses, the flavors was bourbon, other liquor notes, faint roasted malt, vanilla, faint cocoa, the finish had some alcohol bite (from the bourbon), the mouth feel was medium to full, there was soft to less than average carbonation, it felt watery, the nose was ok, more roasted malt (impy notes) would help to balance the bourbon, as this beer warmed, the bourbon grew on the nose, the flavor was pretty much all bourbon and everything else was in the background, more roasted malt would bring some balance to this drink, I was disappointed with this beer, I bought this beer because I liked the other Central Water beers I tried.

4
jonno (3032) - JAPAN - JAN 8, 2018
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3.9
77ships (11601) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2017
355 ml. bottle. 2017 Vintage. Black, solid mocha head. Nose is massive bourbon, chocolate syrup, big prune, almost vague soy sauce. Pure syrup, bourbon is huge but also weird soy sauce, plastic, figs, sugar, half dried prune, some umami more in the back largely, some peculiar base with the figs, soy sauce, prune but still taste with bourbon, syrup bit odd not what I fully expected but rather tasty all the same.

3
phoner2 (63) - Racine, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2017
I don't know if there is a change in the 2017 edition or my tastes but it seems very boozy and light on taste, like brown sugar, water, and vodka in a bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
jsquire (4722) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2017
Mahogany color with a sticky beige head. Nice alcohol nose. Toffee, molasses and brown sugar sweetness and some chocolate.
Earlier Rating: 12/19/2005 Total Score: 4
Dark beer with a jewel like deep red when held against the light. Thin biege head that shrunk to a light dusting and left nice lacing. Sticky burnt caramel nose with lots of bourbon barrel and a hint of hair spray. It has the buttery oak, vanilla and bourbon flavors that I expect to find in a BA beer. The bourbon peaks towards the end of the swallow, with a roast coffee bitterness in the finish. Alcohol becomes more prominent as it warms. Very nice sipping beer. Thanks to CaptainCougar for the bottle.

3.7
ljthiessen (1539) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 29, 2017
On tap at JL Beers. Black pour with a light tan head. Chocolate, bourbon and light coffee notes, hints of bread and dark fruit. A little light bodied but quite flavourful and balanced.


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