Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout

Central Waters Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout

Rated 4.017 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Central Waters Brewing Company

Amherst, WI, United States

Style:  Imperial Stout

9.5% Alcohol by Volume

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The brewery's most highly sought after beer, this imperial stout is aged to perfection in oak bourbon barrels. Look for this tasty treat to contain hints of bourbon and vanilla with roasted overtones that is sure to please any connoisseur's palate. Serve this beer at cellar temperature from a snifter glass, and enjoy this expression of our passion for brewing.

ID: 11737 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank128
Overall Percentile99.7
Style Rank37 of 1682
Style Percentile97.8
Lowest Score3.3
Highest Score4.9
Average Score4.130
Weighted Score4.017
Standard Deviation0.351

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  • R.ROUX 395 reviews
    rated 4.4 4 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Pours dark brown in color into a snifter. Small tan head that settles into a ring on the edge of the glass. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, wood, chocolate and vanilla. Bourbon leads the flavors with caramel, dark chocolate and wood. Mouthfeel is full. Another winner from Central Waters, whose barrel aged beers (my second) have been very rewarding given the chance to aerate and warm a bit. Highly recommended.

  • CYBERCAT 9564 reviews
    rated 4.4 6 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Pours a warm sable with a thin tan head. Smoked malt aroma has notes of bourbon-soaked wood and quality coffee. Flavor echoes the aroma and hen some, adding sweet caramel to the mix. Texture is quite firm and quite fizzy. Worth seeking.

  • MATTFUNGUS 234 reviews
    rated 4.9 9 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 10

    what can I say that hasn't already been said here? Well for one I had this as a sample from Ridgeview Liquor on a Saturday and I wish I hadnt already picked out and bought my selection because it was really hard not to go back and buy a whole growler of this. Carmel, coffee, cocoa, vanilla and something warm to the whole rich flavor. And yet no bitter aftertaste. I bet if you put put this in a mug, heated it up in the microwave, added a splash of cream and put marshmallows on top no one would no the wiser, in fact I think people would give up buying packets of swiss miss altogether.

  • SLIM_JIM 80 reviews
    rated 4.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Not much head, but the carbonation was correct. Very smooth drinking with a warm alcohol sensation on the back end. The flavor is heavy with vanilla and the overall experience is pleasant.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.9 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Reminiscent of GI bbs but not nearly as refined. Good boozy oak flavor and aroma, mouthfeel is full, a little burning. Appearance is kinda weak, head is fizzy and it looks kinda thin.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.2 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Great example of what to expect and enjoy from a bourbon barrel imperial stout. Dark brown body with a filmy head and some spots of lacing. Rich aroma of bran cereal (a personal favorite), vanilla, wood and oats. Flavors delve deeper and produce notes of cocoa, molasses, and toast in addition to what is already listed. Drawn out smoothness with a light carbonation and full body. The bourbon and wood are right in line with this bottle, enough to please but not overpowering. Textbook and great, thanks Louis for another great bottle.

  • BROTHERBRANDO 186 reviews
    rated 4.2 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Cherry vanilla slight overtone (probably the barrel), sweet and malty following. Pours a light, delicate head. The dark body looks somewhat black coffee. The vanilla and bourbon are apparent. Smooth texture.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    man...another winner from central waters. great mix of sweet vanilla and peppery borbon, a ton of chocolate (especially in the flavor), and roasted notes. huge barrel influence without being hot. Almost as good as the coffee i.s. but just a tiny step behind. great beer and brewer!

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    thanks to big bad john fox .. . Lots of dark bourbon, molasses, and twisted tar Aromas .. . pours a very dark brown, fantastic foam issues, lacing is very nice .. . . very smooth, nice tart sweet smack, very very nice abv, amazingly well masked .. . christopher walken is such a badass, like this brew, lots of bourbon in him like this brew(watch Suicide kings) .. . a very well made brew, perfect bourbon presence.. . This is a damn fine brew, deserved of its top score in the CW lineup.. . http://www.hulu.com/watch/4165/saturday-night-live

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Well, overall I did enjoy the beer. Since I recently had Peruvian Morning to compare it too, I would say PM won hands down as a better beer but this was still very nice. Dark chocolate exploded off the nose on this one, along with some nice oak, bourbon and vanilla. The body seemed light for an impy stout and I could actually see thru a portion of the body. Dark brown with a light brown cap. Flavor was dominated by the bourbon, dark chocolate, light vanilla, medium sweetness with a black walnut like bitter finish. 12oz was just the right amount for me.

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