EithCubes (5772) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2017
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2016 vintage bottle. Nose very spirited, some soy, heavy chocolate, dark roast, heavy bourbon and vanilla -- much, much more barrel character than the last from their Brewer’s Reserve. Pour dark brown with plenty of reminders of ruby and tawny, head is sudsy tan. Taste is boozy, heavy bourbon and vanilla again, soy, heavy wood, earthy, spice, and a bit of squeezed jam/red berry, finishes dry with a nice tannic bite. Light body with little carbonation throughout, low-medium bitterness and relatively dry; lightly earthy, dark caramel, hint of dry port, rum-raisin, maybe some mildly oxidized notes for complexity, generally smooth and swishable, classy. Well-made all around, just don’t expect anything more than brutish barrel character. [2017.03.02: 3.3]
vandc01 (398) - North Branch, USA - FEB 28, 2017
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap while in Des Moines - nice bourbon character - very nice chocolate aftertaste.
Lubiere (13548) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep dark stout with a thick collapsing brown head. In aroma, sweet chocolate malt with light coffee notes, light bourbon barrel notes, dark fruits, molasses, alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet chocolate malt with loads of mocha coffee, vanilla cream, alcohol warmth, light woody notes, licorice, very nice and surprising. 2012 vintage.
Holtguy (175) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2017
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon and a bit of burnt malt. Taste is strong on bourbon, with vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. Pretty smooth. I’ve had a bunch of bourbon barrel aged beers that lack bourbon flavor lately, but this is not one of them, I’m happy to say. I enjoyed this a lot. Pretty strong alcohol burn too, which worked in this beer. Nice job, Central Waters.
jrodooo5 (1611) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2017
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bourbon dominated but very tasty! Attractive black pour with a beige head and ring of lacing. The aroma consists of bourbon, toffee, and light roast. The taste is right on point with the bourbon really shining throughout and some nice roasty notes kicking in at the finish. Very pleasant on the palate and quite smooth at nearly 10%. This is good stuff!
thedm (6047) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2017
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This draft brew from a beer bar was served at a cool temperature and poured a very small sized head of foamy finely sized brown colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind no visible carbonation opaque dark brown colored body and a fair lacing. The weak aroma was malty and bourbon. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a lingering roasted malt aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of roasted malt mild wheat mildly vinous bourbon and brown malt. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.
thomashall (896) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2017
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Dark pour. Aroma is pretty hot with bourbon. Taste is better, rich, slight booze but well balanced. Well done, this whole series is phenomenal.
malrubius (2794) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 7, 2017
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Meditrina. Dark dark brown with ring. Boozy woody fruity chocolate ashy earthy aroma. Sweet dark chocolate and fruit caramel and vanilla. Spicy boozy woody finish that has a real bite with the fine carbo. Medium full wicked oily body. Lacks richness and softness. Mostly unpleasant. Try the Reserve Scotch Ale instead. It’s awesome.
katrinaez (1767) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rather boozy in taste, but not in scent. Slight oak and smoke on the taste, but the aroma had a cherry wood burned molasses scent. Thick mouth feel. Very nice and easy. Bottle
phranq (149) - - JAN 25, 2017
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2016. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Black with a tan light head. Aroma is toasted malt and bourbon. Sweet toasted malts and vanilla in the taste. Finish is only slightly boozy.