Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by FreshHawk:
4.4/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Dark cola color with a deep ruby hue on the edges. Medium sized, light, bubbly, whispy, off-white head. Average retention with very little lace.
S - Fairly strong bourbon aroma along with a nice vanilla and slightly oaky aroma. Second to that is a strong roasted coffee bean aroma. Some baker's chocolate. A touch of burnt molasses.
T - Nice bourbon flavor with just a touch of heat. A fair amount of oaky flavor as well. Gives way to a dark roasted coffee flavor along with dark chocolate and baker's chocolate. Some fudge and vanilla notes in the back. Nice mocha flavor develops as the sip develops. Finishes with a slight heat and only a touch of bitter coffee.
M - Medium to full body. Slight carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.
D - Fairly drinkable despite there being a slight alcohol burn. Bourbon and coffee work fairly well together despite the fact that they don't exactly meld together perfectly. I had no trouble finishing this bottle.
Notes: Solid bourbon, coffee beer. There is a slight heat, subtle bitterness of coffee, and the flavors don't meld. Despite that, the beer ends up working. The flavors don't clash and stand well on their own bottom. Solid beer that is a nice little treat.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2013 02:04:41 | More by FreshHawk
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
(FYI: My system only scores in whole numbers)
12oz bottle of 2013 vintage poured into a tumbler today, 1/26/2013.
Aroma- Vanilla and coconut really jumps out in the nose. There are hints of oak, black coffee and burnt toast, but the vanilla and coconut combination is incredibly strong. Very pleasing nose. (4)
Colour- Very dark cola, could be mistaken for jet black but holding it up to the light shows a very dark brown colour characteristic. Pours with a 1cm offwhite head, dissipates very quickly, nothing special. The lacing sticks in sporadic spots. Pretty standard for a double stout. (3)
Flavour- Follows the nose pretty well. Vanilla dominates throughout, with not-so-subtle hints of black coffee. There is a heavy roasted malt presence typical of stouts that impart a good chunk of chocolate and toffee- without it, I'd probably swear I was drinking spiked black coffee. Very complex and tasty- it beats a lot of the coffee stouts I've tried thus far.. and I'm a big coffee drinker. It's not quite BCBCS or KBS though. (4)
Mouthfeel- I guess I was comparing this to the BBS, but in comparison this actually boasts a thicker medium body with good carbonation for the style (BA double stouts typically don't come highly carbonated in my experience anyway). In the mouth, it feels somewhat creamy and very smooth- the best part of bourbon barrel aging. The aftertaste is black coffee with vanilla infused into it. Very good but still a bit watery. (4)
Overall- I'm much more impressed with this one than I was with the BBS. They did this one much better although I never got around to trying the 2012 vintage. Something tells me that this brew is probably best fresh, but I'll save 2 bottles from this 4-banger to drink a year from now. I'm actually thinking about finishing this 4-banger and going out and buying another one to cellar. It's very good and reasonably priced compared to BCBCS, but not quite at the level that BCBCS is. However, if you're not looking for pure motor oil but rather prefer a lighter brew (at 8.5% vs BCBCS' 15%) that delivers a similar boatload of complex flavors, this is a very good choice. (4)
Re-review: Had the 2014 vintage, poured into a Surly Darkness goblet today, 2/28/2014. So... not going to lie, this is clearly contaminated. I got no coffee, though I did get a bit of oak, vanilla and bourbon. But the mouthfeel is thinner than expected even for the base stout and there is a tangy fruitiness to this that reminds me of green apples. Simply not a good beer and I decided it wasn't worth finishing. I'm leaving the scores the same as it was from last year's vintage which was delicious.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 05:39:21 | More by Stevedore
Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,201 ratings.