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RATINGS: 716   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2007
bottle.....pour is dark brown with a very thin light brown head.....nice barrel aged nose which adds some of that bourbon and toffee goodness. i like this one better than the regular version already....flavors are consistent to the nose with an added bitter roast element that carries on to the finish.....on second thought, i only like this slightly better than the non-ba version. body was a little too thin and the taste didn’t follow-through enough or add enough to make it more memorable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa (thanks!). Pours like an imperial stout generally does, decent sized head. Aroma primarily bourbon and vanilla, with some roasted notes on the back end. The taste was dominated by the barrel unfortunately. Not that it didn’t taste good, just that I couldn’t taste any of the stout. Lots of bourbon and oak here. Slightly tart as well. Finish was similar.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nephilium (1748) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Slight aroma of coffee and vanilla with a touch of bourbon smoke. Pours a dark black with about half an inch of tan head that leaves good lacing on the glass. The taste is a bit tart with a touch of bourbon and smoked malts. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1295) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2007
(bottle thanks Badgerben) Pours brown with an off-white head. Aroma is predominately bourbon. Taste is pretty much bourbon with some slight roasted malt coming through on the finish. Not really complex.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle: Dark brownish-black pour with a small cream halo. Notes of chocolate, dark roasted malts, vanilla bean, brown sugar and a ridiculous amount of bourbon permeate the nose. Massive bourbon-oak flavor throughout with some of the chocolate malt flavors coming through along with some vanilla. Quite good but a bit too bourbon dominant.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sthlm (1285) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2007
[Bottle, thanks Badgerben] Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is bourbon--a lot of bourbon. Taste has something a little odd, then some roasted malt, and of course, bourbon. Fairly thin. Quite carbonated. Not that amazing, too much bourbon for me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12474) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
GABF ’07. Pours black with an average, creamy, lasting, light brown head, fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate), light hops (grass), average yeast (dough, leather) with notes of bourbon. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9265) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 12oz bottle thanks to Ughsmash. Sweey bourbon and coffee nose, sweet milk chocolate note, with moderate yeast apparency. Sweet but rich and delicious bourbon up front, then more sharp and acidic over the middle, finishing a bit lactic and sour, but still with a hefty dose of bourbon, though it’s a bit too sweet. Still, good stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2007 Thanks to footbalm for the bottle. Deep brown pour with a smallish head. Aroma is caramel-toffee chews and butter with a bit of bourbon and vanilla. The bourbon is nicely blended in the taste, but there’s way too much diacetyl. I don’t see a lot of people mentioning this, so it must be a unique bottle. Need to re-rate eventually.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (5103) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2007
(Bottle) So many of these barrel-aged gimmicky crap money grabbing micro behaving like macro whores kinda cheap lowly self loathing coulda been another homemade baloney sandwich on brown bread for lunch beers - but its not. Delicately balanced. Fruity, raisiny mixed with a flemish sour so grampa’d lose his teeth in real flavour. I finally found a barrel-aged beer that works. I cannot remember if this is a premium price but I’d be happy to sample it again if it cost around $5. Good on ya, Central Waters!


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