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RATINGS: 739   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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3.4
OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2008
bottle, from trade with badgerben almost a year ago, damn. Good aroma, Bourbon, vanilla, soy sauce, little banana too. Brownish black color, small head and little to no lace. Bitter sour flavor, like aroma, though chocolate kicks and vanilla disappears. Strong on the barrel. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, bitter finish. It’s good, but didn’t seem Imperial. At moments I got excited, but ultimately too much bourbon for the other aspects of the stout to show itself.

3.4
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Pours dark brown with pretty thin but resilient off-white head that leaves a bit of lace. Smells of vanilla mixed with malt and a touch of bourbon. Tastes chocolatey, with a touch of bourbon and oak. This is a stout? Really? I would say porter or some sort of Scottish Style anyway. Not bad, just curious. Nice mouthfeel. Thick but smooth, good carbonation. Overall... different but good.

3.7
railcat1 (706) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2008
This was a 12oz bottle that had a nice flavor of vanilla ,chocolate and bourbon and oak but not overwhelming like most barrel aged beers,a nice roasty taste and malts.CHEERS1

4.9
drunkenbum84 (73) - kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Excellent beer from central waters, really nice flavors plus a high alcohol by volume combine for an excellent stout, best beer brewed by central waters and they make a lot of em.

3.8
Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle, picked up in WI when visiting Hezron and meeting his brand new baby.
Deep black pour, brown highlights, persistent old ivory-colored fine head. First smells are the nice vanilla barrel notes and coffee. A bit of sour char follows. A fresh baked cake quality, mingled with some kind of murky funk that brings to mind washed-rind cheese. Briny chocolate and coffee flavor, chalky bitterness with vanilla undertones and a little of the cheese rind funk hinted at in the aroma. A solid imp.

3.6
pantanap (3367) - 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
MaxxDaddy (419) - 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
Nephilium (1821) - 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
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - 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
bdigital (659) - 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.


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