Central Waters Brewing Company in Amherst, Wisconsin is one of the Badger State's great craft breweries. They offer a tremendous line of craft beers.
This week, our friends at Ridgeview Liquor in Ashwaubenon offered an exclusive of Central Waters' Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout. It was a limit of two bottles per customer.
I took advantage of picking up my allotment. Below is my tasting review of the Brewers Reserve Series offering.
The Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout pours a dark color fitting many types of stouts. According to Central Waters, they utilize 75 pounds of Door County tart cherries for each used oak barrel and the beer is aged for six months.
I found wonderful aromas of bourbon, tart cherry, coffee, caramel, vanilla and dark toast.
It tasted like you would expect, with mid-palate layers of coffee inspired stout, teamed with smoky bourbon flavors and a subtle cherry undertone.
The offering is pretty much what I had expected. Those looking for a bourbon-infused stout with a hint of tart cherry flavor, this beer is for you. It is not for the faint of heart, but is definitely worth the prices of between $3 and $4 per bottle.
According to Central Waters' website, this Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout was a Gold Medal Winner at the 2006 Great America Beer Festival in the Oak and Barrel Aged Strong Beer Category.