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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout by Central Waters Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial Stout
9.50 % ABV

Review by skullwithwings on 01/29/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 10 16 3 8 2011
dark reddish brown...little head and some lacing. the nose is very bourbon forward. lots of bourbon and vanilla.

the taste follows the nose. sweetness and bourbon with vanilla. these are certainly the primary flavors with some more traditional roasty stout flavors coming through in the finish. the taste is nice, but this doesn't come off as complex as other imperial stouts I enjoy...granted, this is one of the only bb stouts i have had, so i am comparing it to non barrel aged stouts.

mouthfeel is fine, but it is thinner than i anticipated. it is smooth however.

overall: this is a beer I will buy again, but I there are other imperial stouts i enjoy much more. overall, definitely a good beer. my wife enjoyed it more than myself... i think this is definitely a bourbon fans' beer.

Served In: Wine Glass

Review by tavernjef on 08/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 12 16 4 9 2009
Solid deep, dark brown body, black in most light. Small fluffy light brown head sits briefly which resides slowly to a hazy skim and thickly placed strings of lacing. Aroma is beastly large! Oh, how I love these bourbon barrel lovely aged brews. Damn nice whisky aromamtic nose to be found in this glass. Great oaky twinge. Ahhh and behind each wiff sits some terrific notes of soft and dry bakers chocolate. Taste is full of chocolate laced bourbon, nice little burn and edge of bourbon oak barrel singe of heat and sweetness. Feel is well heated and bourbony, good round body thats just beyond medium. Good warmth within and has a bit of spice to finish off the residuals.One fine drinkin' little Bourbon Barrel Stout, a brew to be taken in slowly, but hard to do when its so smooth. Good stuff!

Served In: Goblet

Review by thickfreakness on 02/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 17 3 8 2008
Bottle thanks to NFLMVP. Thanks Steve!

Pours dark brown but not black with a mocha head that fades quickly to a halo of foam.

Aroma of bourbon, oak and decadent vanilla. Smells a lot like a good creme brulee to me. Coffee, slight bit of dark pitted fruit.

Flavor is much the same with more up front luscious vanilla (but not in a fake way like ST Creme Brulee :puke:). Bourbon, oak, pitted fruits and coffee. I like the oak presence as well. It seems to have an ever so slightly tart, but perhaps just astringent woody finish.

Medium-thick mouthfeel with a little more carbonation than I would like.

Pretty awesome beer here.

Served In: Snifter

Review by Kegergator on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
thanks to beagle for this midwest brew>

Pours very dark brown with a nice looking tan head. HEad fades and leaves a nice layer on top of the brew. Nice sweet bourbon smell on the nose.A little vanilla and alcohol. Taste is all bourbon up front, with na nice burned malt/alcohol finish. Really a great brew. Thanks, beags.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 0
A - Pours a rich, dark brown body that is completely opaque. No light getting through this one. Head is about a half inch tall, light cocoa colored, and is made up of uniform sized tight bubbles. Reduces within a minute to a clump in the middle and a ring around the glass. Not surprising with a barrel aged brew.

S - Smells as if the barrel aging was done with a wonderful balance. Bourbon is there, but doesn't overpoower the rest. Big dark roasty malts bring out chocolate, espresso. Hints of vanilla.

T - Been too long since I have had a barrel aged RIS. Bourbon is right up front, but not overtaking the other flavors in the beer. Vanilla and slight oakiness also present from the barrel aging. Beneath this are the big roasty dark malt flavors. Rich chocolate combines nicely with espresso. Slight alcohol twinge.

M - Full bodied and smooth. Carbonation could use a couple swirls to smooth it down a bit more.

O - Very nice brew here from Central Waters. Bourbon doesn't take over the beer so you can't taste the rest of what's going on. I will be buying a bunch of this every year.

Price: $2.50 Served In: Pint Glass

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