DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2012 A huge thanks to JPDISPO for this one. This one just blew me away. Pours obsidian, with a big, rich tan head and big lacing. Aroma of malt, chocoff, bourbon, licorine, prunes, almonds. Tastes malty, with a big chocoff flavor, as well as fruit, berries, milk stoutiness, oats. Finishes rich, firm, slighty heavy, and just awesome. Very Impy Stoutish, with further roastiness, sweetness, and a velvety chocolate syrup and molasses taste as it warmed. Very complex, very well balanced, and very damn good.
01-Feb-2012: Updating, not re-rating a thing. Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s been almost 8 years since I received this in a trade from Minnesota beer God JPDIPSO, popped it open on my porch in a lovely 90 degree August night with a CAO maduro cigar, and awarded one of my first 5.0 perfecto robusto scores. This version has an orange label and a 2011 vintage printed on the bottle. Wow, this reminds me a lot of the Fifty Fifty vintages I just worked through, and I wouldn’t change a thing. This 7+ year wait has proved two things to me. 1.) I am an awesome beer rater, leader, and pioneer/discoverer of great beers, and 2.) This beer kicks ass, and always has. beerlvr (5) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2006 does not count
One for the brewer and his willingness to make a bold statement. A dark/black thick with little to no head pour. The aroma is heavy with burbon and chocolate. The taste is noteably burbon and quickly turns to a sweet chocolate spice flavor. There is a is an alcohol kick to this brew that stays with you for a while. Best consumed from a Brandy sniffter (have tried straignt from the bottle cold, room temp, frosted glass, frosted glass letting warm, and tap in sniffter). Flavor intensifies as it ages; bought a case and seems to get better with time. Axenos1 (2) - Alabama, USA - FEB 3, 2008 does not count
This is without a doubt the best beer I have come across. A big beer, it kicks you in the teeth with so much flavor and complexity that you can spend tremendous effort trying to define and still come up short. Complexity increases as it warms, drinkability is first rate from the get-go. Heavy with little head, syrupy without too much sweetness. powerfully alcoholic without making you pucker, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, cream, and pure deliciousness from start to finish. A true cigar beer. Enjoy it alone or with your most powerful smokable, cheese, fruit, or what have you. This beer is the shining star no matter the supporting cast.
An all-star A1 beer. To be experienced at all costs. This is my favorite beer without question. krittenhouse (24) - Shelby, USA - JAN 8, 2014
This is my first Central Waters. Oh so amazing, great color, layers if flavor. Richness of bourbon and vanilla too! tagie99 (1) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2016 does not count
The finest bourbon barrel stout I’ve ever tried. I’ve had many from all over the United States and this one ranks the best.
badHUMAN (3) - USA - MAY 6, 2006 does not count
this is an awsome beer. Its the best beer in wisconsin or the world. its hand crafted by real people with real passion for beer. no fancy names or gimmics. The 2005 batch was a bit off due too only 3 months of aging. MikeHernandez (50) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2007
Aroma: strong bourbon, oak
Appearance: small, dirty-white, head, diminishes
Flavor: bourbon, alcohol, and oak initially, finishes with chocolate flavor
Palate: creamy texture, average carbonation
Overall: Great Beer! badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Pours out black with a tan head that retains well; leaves a nice lacing, especially for a high gravity brew. Smell is splendid. A rich scent of bourbon, vanilla bean, chocolate, and roastiness make up the aroma. This is not overdone like almost all other bourbon barrel beers are; it is amazingly well done. Bourbon taste is strong, but smooth; noticeable, but in no way overpowering. Perfectly blend of flavors. Carbonation is a little higher than medium but does a good job holding this one together. Mouthfeel is medium, with a dry, roasty, bourbon-y, and vanilla finish. BA Dark Lord, Kentucky Breakfast, and Bourbon County Stout are just a few examples of very good bourbon aged stouts; the one that comes closest to this one is BA Speedway. Yes, I did just say that, this is the king of bourbon barrel stouts, in my opinion.
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. Bestbrew1 (60) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2013
This beer is so close to KBS it isn’t even funny. KBS has a little more chocolate on the palate but the two are so similar but this is a little more available. The bourbon barrels they use or their aging process provides a beer that isn’t taken over by the bourbon. It just adds hints of vanilla to the nose of this brew.