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I had the opportunity to try out some very good beer from the Central Waters Brewing Company in Amherst, Wisconsin.
8% ABV. This Imperial Stout is Central Waters’ 10th Anniversary Imperial Stout infused with Peruvian coffee and aged in a bourbon barrel. Acquired this beer as an extra in a trade. Aromas of coffee and some more coffee. Reminds me of my old man’s morning coffee running in the Omaha household when I was growing up. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, oak, and bourbon. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Overall, a very nice and mellow beer that I wouldn’t mind having every morning. Note: I was told the 2012 brew has been infected and that Central Waters offered anyone who had an infected beer a free Anniversary beer or merchandise from the brewery.
Illumination Double IPA
9% ABV. Aromas of citrus, resin and floral hops, caramel and lightly toasted malts. The taste is citrus, resin and herbal hops with toffee malts. Dry and slightly bitter finish. Overall, a very good DIPA!
Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine
11.5% ABV. There was a rich, thick caramel, bourbon aroma along with dark fruit like plums, good amount of toffee, and vanilla. The flavor is quite rich and fairly boozy from the bourbon especially when the beer warms up, but nice. There’s a ton of dark fruit- plums, figs, dark grapes, dates- in the flavor along with a ton of vanilla, oak, sweet booze, and toffee. Overall a very fine example of a barleywine. Look forward to the next try!
Bourbon Barrel Stout
9.5% ABV. Aromas are of ripe figs, sugars, cereal grains, and booze. Flavor was quite disappointing for me (which led me to think it might have been infected) – almost could detect some sweet cereal grains, bourbon yet a little “watered down”. Grainy with almost a rye bread like flavor as well as some dark fruit flavors. The backfinish was warm and boozy. Overall, a disappointing beer despite its high ratings IMO.