ebone1988 (1931) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2017
Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, barrel, bready, good. Appearance is dark brown, light brown head, an unfortunate Coca Cola fizziness that seemed very wrong, and it poured thin. Taste is bourbon, barrel, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, tasty. Mouthfeel is medium body, light, bubbly carbonation, bourbon and chocolate aftertaste. Overall, the body on this is all wrong, because it would be great otherwise. mjmoen (536) - - MAR 27, 2017
B. Pours a black color with khaki head. Notes is bourbon and vanilla. Really digging this one. dogfish120love (1331) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Moderately dark brown. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, vanilla and faint cinnamon. williamstome (1876) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Very dark brown pour, tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, and chocolate. Taste follows, rich and delicious. HeadyDE (843) - Delaware, USA - MAR 10, 2017
2016 vintage, pours a light black color with mocha tan head..nose is nice with quality chocolate..roasted malt character with some vanilla n leather, hint of spice perhaps nutmeg or cinnamon, mouthfeel is pleasant, getting a lot of the same action from nose but with good boozy barrel profile that doesn’t overwhelm, like the creamy texture that lingers, not harsh or abrasive at all, quite a bit of complexity for the under 10 abv level, very tasty barrel aged stout..
MrSquash (155) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2017
Aroma has lots of chocolate with moderate bourbon. Flavor is rich chocolate with sweet malt and caramel. Finishes sweet and boozy. Delicious. ganache (5908) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2017
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 (416) - North Branch, USA - FEB 28, 2017
On tap while in Des Moines - nice bourbon character - very nice chocolate aftertaste. Lubiere (13915) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2017
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 (178) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2017
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.