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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Peruvian MorningPeruvian Morning

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,352 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,352
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 406
Gots: 307 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
2012 Release: Recalled due to infection
2013 Release: Recalled (at least in part) due to infection
2014 Release: Recalled due to infection

(Beer added by: brdc on 01-29-2008)
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Reviews by StoneTSR:
Photo of StoneTSR
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

APPEARANCE: This foams up a lot more than I expected a big Imperial Stout to. A full finger of head swells up, leaving just enough space in my glass to pour this beer sans sediment that I could see through the bottle. The color is pitch black with a touch of brown coming through around the edges.

SMELL: Uh oh. I’m smelling citrus right off the bat. For an IPA, great, and maybe for a big stout, but for it to be this dominant makes me worry that, sadly, this may be one of those infected. There’s also an unusual, but nice cola smell. A little coffee and chocolate can also be detected, but only after the head fades.

The chocolate really picks up a lot as it warms, and actually becomes a wonderfully dominating aroma. So, unlike as I am about to describe in the taste, the smell gets better with warmth.

TASTE: Dark chocolate, vanilla and mocha. There isn’t as much roasty flavor as I expected, but there certainly is coffee, just more like a mocha flavor with heavy chocolate and maybe even a hint of caramel. The vanilla is very nice and rounding too, but this is off just enough to prevent it from being great. That tart citrus from the nose is just too strong here and it overwhelms the intended flavors. It really is a shame because it is clear to see what a great beer this has the potential to be. Looking forward to trying next year’s batch.

What’s worse is that as this warms it is tasting more and more off. Ugh. So sad. I’m looking back into previous reviews now and someone before me said “a bit of soy sauce”. Yep. There’s that, and it doesn’t belong here.

MOUTHFEEL: Sadly, the most notable element of the mouthfeel is the slight pucker that comes from the tartness. Otherwise, it has a light tickle, although more carbonation than usual from an imperial stout.

OVERALL: The only other Central Waters offerings I have had have been incredible. This is clearly a beer that set out to be amazing, and elements of greatness are there, but I think it is only fair to review it as I had it. After all, the brewery let it out there and people should know what they’re dealing with when deciding to purchase, or trade for, this beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of don1481
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage poured into pint glass. Good God, I hope I do not get sick from a third straight year of infected.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown (almost black) with a beige head. No real sign of carbonation besides the head, but then again... even when I hold this up to the light, I can't see anything.

Smell: More bourbon-y up front than the barleywine, not quite as much of a hit as the bourbon barrel stout. Definitely has vanilla, chocolatey notes. Some coffee to pick up on.

Taste: Yeah, this is yummy. Smooth. Hits of vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Less of a bourbon taste than I was expecting, but it's there. The flavors melds together much more nicely than the bourbon barrel stout. Color me impressed.

Mouthfeel: Very clean. Heavier bodied than the barleywine or the bourbon barrel stout. No residue at all left behind.

Overall: Dangerously drinkable. I'm gonna cellar this as well and check on it next year. Provided, of course, these aren't infected and recalled.

Photo of aszatk01
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Schlais
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of sgoodship
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cam to me from the very generous Hophead 101.

A: Dark brown, almost black with a mahogany glow on the edges against the light. Poured a nice finger coffee stained creamy head. Great lacing shows from the start. The head dissipates to a small head but then retains it throughout. Handsome looking brew.

S: Roasted malt, sweet vanilla, a little coffee and subtle booze.

T: Man, that's a tasty beer. The alcohol is there for sure but it is a part of a nice complex and robust flavor. While still chilled, I get a rush of the creamy roastiness with a bourbon kick. It's masked by coffee, vanilla and a tart dark fruit. Absolutely delicious. When warmer, the combination of smokey vanilla and bourbon is more intense and just sublime. Beautifully balanced.

M: Nice full body. Medium but very gentle carbonation. Creamy and very slick and smooth.

D: ABV is pretty low for the style, so it's very drinkable. It's incredibly robust but very well balanced. The bourbon flavor is strong without over-stepping it's bounds. Fantastic beer. I will be re-visiting this one.

Photo of Ben7773
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown bordering on black with an inch of creamy tan head. Some floaties are present in the glass. Aromas of deep dark malts with a blast of fresh roasted coffee and chocolate. Woody tannins and a kiss of bourbon. Creamy aspect as well, nice.

First sip is smooth, creamy dark malt backed up by a nice interplay of chocolate and coffee. Vanilla mixes with wood tannins and sweet bourbon notes. A bit of alcohol heat on the way down. Overall well balanced and the barrel character never becomes overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is creamy with good body. Not overly heavy which is nice. A tasty treat of a beer that I would seek out again if they brew it again! Thanks to kmpitz2 for tossing this my direction.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of tripelz
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is lots of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is more of the same with the addition of vanilla, oak and bourbon. Surprisingly, the chocolate is more dominant than the coffee but this is an outstanding barrel-aged beer that lives up to the high ratings that it receives. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of fenlop54
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ryancl
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of fo1ksguitar
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Near black with thin brown head and some light lacing.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, coffee, and subtle nuances of chocolate and molasses, as well as a not too subtle booze aroma.

Taste: Tastes like a blend of all the elements noted in the aroma (vanilla, oak, coffee, chocolate, molasses). Overall, very well balanced, but this also means that nothing really stands out.

Feel: Smooth, slick mouthfeel that is just a touch shy of full. Low carbonation with an oaky, dry finish.

Overall: Nice Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout with coffee. There are certainly better ones out there (Goose Island BCBCS, Founders KBS), but this is a great deal for the price at roughly half of the others.

Photo of jaminjohnson
2/5  rDev -51.7%

Photo of deebo
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2013 vintage

Poured into a snifter this beer is black with some brown highlights and hints of a tan head that quickly recedes into the blackness of this brew. Aromas of bourbon and oak hit you first with a fairly high level of dark roast coffee also present. Taste is like the aroma, dark roasted malts with plenty of oaky bourbon with a slight vanilla quality. A weaker body than some of the other big BB stouts but at this lower alcohol level that is not unexpected. A fairly high alcohol burn for this alcohol level. Higher carbonation zing than most of the style. I prefer this over most beers from CW but it would benefit from either a higher alcohol content or less burn.

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of warmbier804
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ehammond1
1.93/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, stig!

A pretty imperial stout. Very dark brown, bordering on black throughout, with a nice dark brown cap that leaves irregular spiderwebs of sticky bubbles down the glass.

The terrible infection isn't nearly as detectable in the aroma. There's still some distinct coffee and chocolate notes left lingering, though any barrel presence has seemed to turn into a bit of a vinegar/sour/cherry/tart intrusion.

The flavor is indeed awfully infected. It wasn't so bad at its coldest temperature, but upon minutes of warming, this beer is undrinkable. Sharp notes of vinegar, sour, stale cherries, don't mix at all well with some lingering coffee and chocolate notes. Not the worst thing I've put in my mouth, but not a lot redeeming attributes here.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

I will find something else to drink tonight.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness Chalice glass.
Label says bottled in January.

Appearance: Pours very dark and black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent one finger tan head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Big bourbon aroma upfront with some vanilla, oak, wood, and lots of coffee. Also some chocolate dark malts, smoke, and a noticeable whiff of dark fruit cherries. Definitely some sour elements here. A nicely complex and robust smelling stout.

Taste: A big taste of the barrel aging mixed with coffee beans. Notes of bourbon, lots of vanilla, some oak and wood. Lots of coffee and a nice background of dark malts with some chocolate and caramel. Also some hints of dark cherries in the background. Sweet and somewhat syrupy with the strong vanilla presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat sticky. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very good take on a coffee forward barrel aged stout. The barrel elements mix in very nicely.

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Peruvian Morning from Central Waters Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,352 ratings.