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style
RATINGS: 729   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bp (912) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Draft: pours dark black, bourbon and chocolate aroma, bourbony taste but not overwhelming. Very good.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HeadyDE (792) - 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..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrSquash (149) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5747) - 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]

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vandc01 (390) - North Branch, USA - FEB 28, 2017
On tap while in Des Moines - nice bourbon character - very nice chocolate aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (13383) - 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.

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 (1593) - 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 (6005) - 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 (884) - 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 (2754) - 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.


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