Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.
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Reviews by cfrances33:
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle enjoyed on 7/16/12 poured into a tulip.
Pour: Dark dark brown with quarter inch khaki head that dispels to a film. Hazy.
Smell: Bourbon vanilla, coffee, little bit of leather.
Taste: Wow, the coffee flavors in there are spectacular, not simply because they are the highlight, but because they evolve throughout the sip. Bitter espresso beans follow by milky iced coffee, and finishing with sweet dark roastiness. Bourbon vanilla accentuates the flavors throughout, rather than taking center stage like other Imperial Stouts. This isn't to say I don't love its bourbon forward, it is just exciting to see the barrel technique used to supplement rather than change.
Mouthfeel: So creamy. Barely any alcohol warmth at all. Bitter, in the sense that raw espresso would be.
Overall: Really glad I got this one, and will be seeking it out again. The best coffee based beer I've had to date.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2012 21:47:37 | More by cfrances33
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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.