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Peruvian Morning - Central Waters Brewing Co.

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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 kojevergas:
Photo of kojevergas
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded gold pressure cap acquired from the very gracious Duff27 in a trade and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass. Expectations are high given current ratings, Duff27's recommendation, and my positive experience with Central Waters' bourbon barrel stout - which I was fond of. 2013 vintage. Brewed with Emy J's coffee. Aged in used oak bourbon barrels.

Served chilled and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, nice thickness, and above average (3 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. Predictable for the style, which isn't necessarily bad. Though I have seen better heads - including on Central Waters' own bourbon barrel stout. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Subtle rich vanilla. Refined oak. Pleasant coffee and coffee roast notes; no coffee bitterness at all. I don't detect any hop aromatics, yeast, or alcohol. Dark malts. Cream. Light caramel. Luxurious buried roasted barley. Boy, the aroma gets better and better as it warms, really letting the marvelous coffee notes come through. Rich and decadent. I can tell this one is going to be good. A moderately strong aroma. I'm really excited. Chocolate malt. Quite bourbon-y, but not as much as the bourbon barrel stout; it's more subtle and integrated. A spot-on complex aroma for a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout.

T: Light cream opens to the vanilla-dominant body, with subtle notes of oak and bourbon abound throughout the second act. A bit of chocolate malt, sure. Disappointingly, the coffee and roast are far more buried than the aroma suggested. I hardly get any coffee at all. The finish is a little problematic, with a touch of alcohol hitting along with a contrasting upsurge of caramel flavour. Indeed, alcohol is noticeable in this beer. No hop character comes through at all; any hopping is minimal. No coffee or malty bitterness. Some malty sweetness up front, but nothing overdone or bothersome - except maybe when you get further down the glass if you're drinking it alone. No yeast character comes through. I don't know that I can call it well balanced, but it's put together nicely until the aforementioned setbacks on the finish. Above all else, the complexity and depth of flavour just isn't as high as it needs to be for this to be truly great. And why is the coffee so muted? I love the subtlety here, but it's lacking what other better imperial stouts have mastered.

Mf: Delightfully creamy and smooth. Great body. Good carbonation. Nicely wet without pushing it too far. Pretty good presence on the palate. Chewy. Could be a bit softer. I'd like to see the fragility and delicacy of great imperial stouts, but that isn't here. It suits the flavour profile pretty well, however.

Dr: I'll have no trouble killing this bottle by meself - that's for sure. And it hides its ABV well. But I have to admit, I expected better. Granted, expectations were extremely high. It's not a great imperial stout, but it's a damn good one. I was perplexed by the lack of coffee in particular; the name of the beer alone seemed to suggest heavy rich coffee notes and that's just not the case here. Maybe that time in barrels made the coffee fade? Alcohol does make a brief appearance, but I wouldn't call it a boozy or hot beer by any means. It's certainly less alcohol-redolent than Central Waters' bourbon barrel stout. A little age might do it a favour.

In spite of my above notes, I do have to admit it gets considerably better as it warms; I served it too cold even with the rest period I gave it after removing it from the fridge. It's a tasty brew that I intend to revisit. Very glad I got to try it; thanks again Duff27! I'd definitely have this again - aged or on draught would be ideal.

High B+

It was fine out of a conical pint glass, but a snifter or teku would be ideal.

Aging could very well improve it.

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.