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RATINGS: 724   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HomelessDrew (26) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours pitch black with a tiny tan head that leaves immediately. Aroma is vanilla and bourbon. Taste is bitter from the roasted malts that are then mostly covered up by sweet caramel malts and bourbon. It’s not as heavy on the bourbon flavor as others I’ve tried but it’s definitely there and more balanced, which I prefer. The main issue I have with this beer is that it is overcarbed for the style and there’s too much of the carbonic bit to it which makes the fuller body seem much more light. This gets better when you let it sit out a bit to warm up and lose some of the carbonation. Overall I’m fairly impressed with this stout and pleasantly surprised that it didn’t taste like carbonated bourbon like many others of this style tend to be.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holtguy (175) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrodooo5 (1584) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2017
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!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5979) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2017
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (861) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2017
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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
malrubius (2725) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 7, 2017
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
katrinaez (1664) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2017
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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phranq (122) - - JAN 25, 2017
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (6131) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2017
The beer dark brown with a large tan head. The aroma has caramel, coconut, smooth roast, vanilla, bourbon and light spice. It has a smooth rich velvety body with soft gentle carbonation. The taste has the aroma notes, but it’s richer at first and then has some spicy and earthy hops at the end. Just an excellent beer in about every way.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saltyseadog (60) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 16, 2017
12oz bottle from Windsor Hy-Vee, in a Sam Smith pint glass. Smells of milk and dark chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, candied pecans, vanilla, caramel and old wood. Very nice. Pours almost black with a trace of caramel color visible around the edges, abundant carbonation clinging all around the edge of the glass with one finger of persistent creamy tan head dissipating gradually to a thin layer. Flavor is creamy, sweet and light up front, like chocolate mousse, roasty and bourbony mid-palate with bitter chocolate on the finish and a nice slow sweet alcoholic burn. Solidly medium-bodied, not oppressive in the least, bouyed up by all that nice carbonation and delicate balance of flavors. Slightly sweet mouthcoating quality to it. A really excellent beer, better than I expected it to be! I’ve heard a range of things about Central Waters and don’t normally find it where I shop, so this was a fantastic introduction and really sets the bar high for other offerings in the future. Cheers!

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5911) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2017
12oz bottle from Xroads. Poured a medium density, at best, deep chocolate brown with a smaller fizzy beige head. Aroma is the best thing about this beer. Lots of different types of chocolate, vanilla, very light bourbon barrel in the background, sticky marshmallows. Flavor is much drier, lots of barrel, chocolate, bourbon booze and vanilla beans with some burnt toast. Medium mouthfeel, lighter carbonation and alcohol heat for sort of a let down for a big strong sipper. It’s a good beer but was hoping to love this and scoop up a few 4packs but 1 bottle was enough for the money.


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